AFP

LOS ANGELES

Disney’s long-awaited theme park in China’s commercial hub Shanghai, its first on the mainland, will open on June 16, the company announced Tuesday. The $5.5 billion facility, originally slated to open last year, will feature everything from an Enchanted Storybook Castle - the tallest in any Disney park - to a ‘Toy Story’-themed hotel and a theater with a Chinese-language production of the Broadway hit ‘The Lion King.’ But Walt Disney Co. also says the park will reflect China’s own culture - something Chinese officials sought to ensure before permitting the icon of US entertainment to enter the country. ‘When it opens in June, Shanghai Disney resort will be a one-of-a-kind, world-class destination that is authentically Disney and distinctly Chinese,’ Disney chairman and chief executive Robert Iger said in a statement.