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It's Mickey St, not Main St: A day at Shanghai Disneyland

Light show performs in Shanghai Disney Resort on June 1, 2016 in Shanghai, China.
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Walt Disney opened its first Chinese Disneyland on Thursday to crowds eager for a theme park that was "authentically Disney and distinctly Chinese."

This new Magic Kingdom in the Middle Kingdom has given plenty of nods to its host nation, by mixing classic Disney features with Chinese customs and architecture.

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Thousands of people have already passed through the gates of Shanghai Disneyland since it began a soft-launch period on May 17.

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The Storybook Castle at Shanghai Disney land is the "most interactive" ever created by Disney, the company says.

Disney has a lot riding on the Shanghai park, which was a joint venture between the U.S. company and Chinese state-backed consortium Shanghai Shendi Group.

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About 330 million people live within three hours' travelling time of Shanghai Disney, which is why the park is central to the entertainment company's Chinese expansion plans.

The company's CEO, Bob Iger, has said the park was a key part of the media giant's foray into the Middle Kingdom.

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Although Shanghai Disney has many uniquely Chinese features, such as Mickey Street rather than Main Street, some favorites made the move East, including the Pirates of the Caribbean.

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Traditional Disney characters are on display at Shanghai Disney alongside local ones, such as Pixar-inspired versions of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac.

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Early park-goers have 11 acres of garden to wander in. The park site also includes a 100-acre lake.

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Tomorrowland is one of six themed areas at the Shanghai park. The zone's wave-like roof structure was inspired by the shape of a Chinese dragon.