The Happiest Place on Earth Opens in Shanghai

Along with a handful of my colleagues, I had the great privilege of being present at the Grand Opening of Disneyland Shanghai. 15 years in the making and a $5.5 billion investment, the park oft referred to during the opening ceremonies as “authentically Disney and distinctly Chinese” boasts the largest Storybook Castle in the world.

Tron, an intense, fast, and (admittedly) scary roller coaster set to the music of Daft Punk was a thrill I was sure I wanted nothing to do with. Finally agreeing to accompany my friends, it was so much fun I went on it twice in a row!

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First time ever riding in the front car of a roller coaster.

Soaring Over the Horizon was a spectacular way to explore the world from an aerial view seeing places I dream of going one day. And Pirates of the Caribbean had me oooooh!-ing and ahhhh!-ing like a small child. It was a super fun ride! (Neither ride is conducive to photographs.)

I even got to go on the Star Wars Launch Bay and met both friend and foe.

On June 15 and 16, despite being nearly 40 and wearing a suit, Disney made me a kid again.

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