Disneyland in China
Disney opens a theme park in Shanghai, China. It has a grand opening ceremony. Many people come. Disneyland is a big investment. It costs 5.5 billion dollars.
China is becoming a better and better place for investment. This is good for China and America, too.
There are 330 million people at the theme park. These people have enough money to go to the park. These 330 million people can get there in 3 hours.
Difficult words: theme park (a place like Disneyland), grand opening ceremony (the event when something opens for the first time and there is a big show), investment (investing/putting money into business).
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Disney opened its first theme park in mainland China. Tens of thousands of fans came to the theme park after a grand opening ceremony.
The park is Disney’s largest overseas investment at 5.5 billion dollars. It is a bet at China’s middle class and it´s growing domestic tourism. Around 330 million people within a 3-hour radius of Shanghai will be able to afford to come to the park.
China is continuing to make itself more attractive to investment from around the world. That is in turn mutually beneficial to America.
Difficult words: bet at (think something will turn out the way you want it to), domestic (national), mutually beneficial (beneficial – helpful for both sides).
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Disney has opened its first theme park in mainland China today. This comes just a day after a 2-year-old toddler was grabbed and killed by an alligator at the Orlando Disney resort.
Tens of thousands of fans flocked to the theme park today after a grand opening ceremony.
Disney’s largest overseas investment at 5.5 billion dollars, the park is a bet on China’s middle class and booming domestic tourism. The U.S. firm hopes it will offset an otherwise lacklustre international theme park business.
Disney’s chief executive stressed that China is continuing to make itself more attractive to investment from around the world that in turn is mutually beneficial to America. He even had a message from President Barack Obama.
“The opening occurs during the US-China Tourism Year and it reflects the growing relationship between our nations. It promotes further cultural exchanges and underscores the importance of China continuing to make itself more attractive to investment from around the world that is mutually beneficial to both our countries. Barack Obama.”
The company has said that they aimed to build China Disneyland rather than Disneyland in China. With that in mind, Main Street has been replaced by Mickey Avenue to reduce the feel of Americana, while attractions include the Chinese-style Wandering Moon tea house, a Chinese Zodiac-themed garden, and a Tarzan musical featuring Chinese acrobats.
The firm estimates 330 million people within a 3-hour radius of Shanghai, the country’s financial centre, will be able to afford to come to the park. Looks like good news for the company and possibly a good way to deflect from recent events.
Difficult words: toddler (a young child just beginning to walk), grab (take, catch), underscore (come in large numbers), lacklustre (not doing well), mutually beneficial (beneficial – helpful for both sides), underscore (underline, emphasise), Americana (American things), deflect (change direction).