Shanghai Disney Resort announced yesterday that Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the award-winning hit Broadway musical, is coming to life in Mandarin on the Walt Disney Grand Theater stage in 2018, with official casting auditions beginning this month.

This marks the 2nd time Shanghai Disney Resort will work with Disney Theatrical Productions to produce one of the world’s most successful stage musicals in Mandarin. Building on the great success of THE LION KING mandarin production, which will play its final performance on October 8th of this year, Shanghai Disney Resort will collaborate with Disney Theatrical Productions again to bring another Disney classic Broadway spectacle to the Chinese audience.

The Disney landmark musical Beauty and the Beast is one of the longest-running and highest-grossing Broadway shows of all time. Since its Broadway premiere in 1994, Beauty and the Beast has been produced around the globe in 37 countries, been seen by more than 35 million people, earned numerous major arts awards, and is the tenth longest running musical in Broadway history. It is the classic story of Belle, a young woman who is first repelled by, then attracted to a gruff yet big-hearted Beast, who is really a young prince trapped within a beast’s body. With music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman, and Tim Rice, and a book by Linda Woolverton, Beauty and the Beast is a romantic journey where things are not always as they seem.

The new show is recruiting China’s music theatre stars as well as up and coming talent from across China at both invited and open call auditions. These auditions exemplify the resort’s strong commitment to showcase China’s top performers, and its dedication to developing local music theatre talent. Shanghai Disney Resort continues to support the growth of China’s cultural industries while bringing spectacular world-class live entertainment to guests.

The introduction of the Mandarin production of Beauty and the Beast will be a magnificent addition to the one-of-a-kind, immersive entertainment guests can discover at Shanghai Disney Resort. Beauty and the Beast will be performed at the 1,200-seat Walt Disney Grand Theater, one of most visited landmarks at the resort.

For more information on casting auditions, please visit the Shanghai Disney Resort official audition Wechat account: DisneyAuditions.

Also in what has become a fan-favorite Shanghai Disney Resort tradition, this September the resort will introduce an enchanting new parade float for the 2017 Shanghai Tourism Festival, bringing magic and excitement to spectators in Shanghai and viewers from around the country. The newly designed parade float is named “Magical Blast” and is designed to delight guests with authentically Disney magic and distinctly Chinese charm.

“Shanghai continues to rapidly develop as a world-class tourism destination and the 2017 Shanghai Tourism Festival is a celebration of all the city has to offer,” said Philippe Gas, General Manager of Shanghai Disney Resort, “We look forward to bringing more unforgettable fun and entertainment to the Shanghai Tourism Festival parade, and to welcome guests from near and far to experience the magic of Shanghai Disney Resort.”

Shanghai Disney Resort made its Shanghai Tourism Festival parade debut in 2014 and has participated in the event every year since. Shanghai Disney Resort’s debut float earned the “Most Popular Float of the Year” award, and the resort’s 2015 and 2016 floats have also been fan favorites with parade viewers.

This year’s Shanghai Disney Resort parade float, “Magical Blast”, incorporates intricate Chinese designs, including traditional Chinese knots and white clouds, symbolizing luck in local culture, melded with bright colors, modern, tropical patterns and exclusive Disney artwork that make this one of the resort’s most vibrant, colorful floats to date. Leading the way for the parade float are Mickey and Minnie Mouse who will be dressed ready for vacation in colorful resort-wear and will wave to the crowds along the Huai Hai Road route. A magnificent Disney castle will be the grand centerpiece of the float, representing the iconic Shanghai Disneyland Enchanted Storybook Castle. On either side of the float, visitors will be greeted by Donald Duck, Daisy, Goofy, Pluto and Chip & Dale. Two-dozen dancers will surround the float, bringing an added touch of charm and entertainment with their exciting choreography, and as the parade float passes by, onlookers will be serenaded with the song “Disney Blast.”

The float will makes its debut at the festival on September 10, 2017, making its way through throngs of happy parade onlookers through downtown Shanghai and watched by millions more from across China live on television. After the Shanghai Tourism Festival Parade, the Shanghai Disney Resort float will make other local appearances in Shanghai from September 11 to October 6, to further spread the Disney magic with fans, families and friends throughout Shanghai.

Finally, to celebrate the most festive season of the year, Shanghai Disney Resort today announced the launch of a new Shanghai Disneyland Fall and Winter Seasonal Pass, on sale beginning September 3. The new Fall and Winter Seasonal Pass offers a tremendous value for guests by giving them the opportunity to experience the magic of Shanghai Disneyland and invites guests to celebrate the holiday seasons like never before.

“Holidays at the Shanghai Disney Resort are very special as they create unforgettable memories for guests with amazing experiences only Disney can deliver,” said Philippe Gas, general manager of Shanghai Disney Resort. “Our guests tell us that Shanghai Disneyland is a multi-day experience and we are excited to offer them the opportunity to immerse themselves in the unparalleled storytelling and creativity of Shanghai Disneyland again and again, now during the best holiday seasons of the year.”

During the holidays, Disney magic is coupled with unique festival moments guests can only find at Shanghai Disney Resort. The park will be transformed for many exciting holidays, including Halloween and Christmas, with tailored festive decorations, enchanting entertainment, holiday-themed celebration, special experiences and new offerings throughout the season.

The Shanghai Disneyland 2017 Fall and Winter Seasonal Pass will be available for guests to purchase beginning September 3. The new pass will be valid for multiple entries by the same guest from September 3, 2017 to January 25, 2018. Standard, Child, Senior and Disabled passes are available at three tiers – Weekday, which is valid for admission on weekdays, except for holidays that fall on a weekday; Any Day, which covers all days except October 2 to 7 and December 31, 2017; and Sunday, which covers Sundays except December 31, 2017. Previous seasonal pass holders can enjoy special pricing when purchasing their passes.

From September 3 to 10, the new Shanghai Disneyland Fall and Winter Seasonal Pass will only be available on the official Shanghai Disney Resort Fliggy Flagship Store with limited-time launch offers for new passholders, in celebration of the resort’s Tmall Heybox special promotion.

From September 11 through the end of 2017, the pass will be available on multiple official channels at marquee prices – including the official Shanghai Disney Resort Fliggy Flagship Store, the resort’s official WeChat and QQ accounts, the Shanghai Disney Resort Reservation Center, the Shanghai Disneyland Main Entrance ticket booths, the resort’s official store on JD.com and through the resort’s official travel trade providers, Ctrip and Dianping.

The new Fall and Winter Seasonal Pass will continue to provide guests with a wide array of exclusive benefits including special offers for resort hotels, discounts on dining and merchandise, Disneytown special offers and many more. Additionally, passholders have special access to exclusive events just for them.

Guests are invited to visit the Shanghai Disney Resort official website www.shanghaiDisneyresort.com for more detailed information.

Frequently Asked Questions When can guests purchase their 2017 Fall and Winter Seasonal Pass? The Shanghai Disneyland 2017 Fall and Winter Seasonal Pass will be available for guests to purchase beginning September 3. Previous seasonal pass holders can enjoy special pricing when purchasing their passes.
From September 3 to 10, the new Shanghai Disneyland Fall and Winter Seasonal Pass will only be available on the official Shanghai Disney Resort Fliggy Flagship Store with limited-time special launch offers, in celebration of the resort’s Tmall Heybox Promotion.
From September 11 through the end of 2017, the pass will be available on multiple official channels at marquee prices – including the official Shanghai Disney Resort Fliggy Flagship Store, the resort’s official WeChat and QQ accounts, the Shanghai Disney Resort Reservation Center, the Shanghai Disneyland Main Entrance ticket booths, the resort’s official store on JD.com and through the resort’s official travel trade providers, Ctrip and Dianping.

What is the price of the pass? We offer Any Day, Weekday and Sunday passes. Passes for children, seniors and disabled guests will also be available for purchase at reduced prices. Limited-time special offers will be available for new passholders at Shanghai Disney Resort’s official Fliggy Flagship store from September 3 through September 10 to celebrate the resort’s Tmall Heybox Promotion. Previous 2016 Winter Seasonal Pass holders and 2017 Spring Seasonal Pass holders can enjoy special prices when purchasing their passes. Complete charts with all pricing are below.

What does the Fall and Winter Seasonal Pass include? The Shanghai Disneyland 2017 Fall and Winter Seasonal Pass will be available for guests to purchase beginning September 3. The new pass will be valid for multiple entries by the same guest on most days from September 3, 2017 to January 25, 2018. Standard, Child, Senior and Disabled passes are available at three tiers – Weekday, which is valid for admission on weekdays, except for holidays that fall on a weekday; Any Day, which covers all days except October 2 to 7 and December 31, 2017; and Sunday, which covers Sundays except December 31, 2017.

In addition, the Fall and Winter Seasonal Pass will continue to give pass holders exclusive resort-wide benefits. Some highlights include:
• 20% off at Shanghai Disney Resort table service restaurants (Royal Banquet Hall, Lumiere’s Kitchen, and Aurora) and quick service restaurants
• 20% off at Shanghai Disney Resort merchandise locations
• Special Disney PhotoPass offers
• 10% off Shanghai Disney Resort hotel room rates
• Special Disneytown benefits
*Please visit the Shanghai Disney Resort official website for the full list of the special benefits and users Terms & Conditions.

Is a government ID required to purchase the seasonal pass?
Yes, government ID is required at the time of purchase. However, the guest who purchases the seasonal pass does not have to be seasonal pass holder or user. The seasonal pass will be associated with the identity and photo of its user on the first visit and is non-transferrable after that. A Guest can only own one Fall and Winter Seasonal Pass in his/her name.

How do guests receive their seasonal pass?
Guests who have purchased a seasonal pass are encouraged to visit the official channel where they purchased their pass and make an advance reservation to activate the pass at one of our ticket booths. Guests will have their photo taken and have their pass issued at that time.
Guests will use the same ticket from their first visit for subsequent visits and their photo on file will be used for validation. After January 25, 2018, all Shanghai Disneyland 2017 Fall and Winter Seasonal Passes expire and are no longer valid for entry.

What are the restrictions on the seasonal pass?
The Shanghai Disneyland 2017 Fall and Winter Seasonal Pass will be available for guests to purchase beginning September 3. The new pass will be valid for multiple entries by the same guest most days from September 3, 2017 to January 25, 2018. Standard, Child, Senior and Disabled passes are available at three tiers – Weekday, which is valid for admission on weekdays, except for holidays that fall on a weekday; Any Day, which covers all days except October 2 to 7 and December 31, 2017; and Sunday, which covers Sundays except December 31, 2017.
Admission is subject to available park capacity each day. THE LION KING production at the Walt Disney Grand Theatre at Disneytown, Shanghai Disney Resort’s shopping, dining and entertainment area, is a separately ticketed event and is not included as part of the seasonal pass. The pass does not include free access to the Shanghai Disney Resort parking lots. Can guests change the name on their seasonal pass?
The seasonal pass will be associated with the identity and photo of its user on the first visit and is non-transferrable after that. Only the guest whose name appears on the pass and whose picture is associated with the pass may use it for park entry. Guests should always bring their government ID to the park with them each time they use the pass, as government ID will be requested by our Cast Members at the turnstiles to confirm identity.

How can guests get answers to any additional questions they might have?
Guests can contact the Shanghai Disney Resort Reservation Center at 400-180-0000 or 86-21-31580000.

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