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More than five years and $5.5 billion after first breaking ground, Walt Disney opened its first Chinese Disneyland on Thursday to crowds eager for a theme park that was "authentically Disney and distinctly Chinese."

Spread over 963 acres - a space that includes two hotels, a 100-acre lake and the "most interactive" Storybook Castle ever built by Disney - the Shanghai park celebrated its official launch on June 9, a week before it fully opens to the public.

"China represents a great market for the Walt Disney Company because our stories are not only known here but they are universal in appeal, they touch people's hearts all over the world, no matter what country, no matter what culture."

"So this is, I think, a great market for Disney and a growth market as well. Obviously, the size of the market, the number of people is another reason. But this is... the biggest step actually that we've ever taken anywhere to grow in a market."

Unlike Hong Kong Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland, which visitors say are near-carbon copies of the U.S. theme parks, the Magic Kingdom in the Middle Kingdom gave plenty of nods to its host nation, by mixing classic Disney features with Chinese customs and architecture.

For example, rather than an American-style Main Street, the main promenade is called Mickey Street, and the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac have been given a Pixar-style makeover.




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ZSPD Pilots Stats

Top Aircraft Types

# Flights Type
1 10 B737-800
2 8 B737-200
3 8 B757-200
4 6 B747-400
5 4 B777-200

Top Pilots by Flights

# Flights Pilot
1 36 Matthew Vargas
2 10 Roman Sill
3 2 Kaida Freeman

Top Pilots by Flights (month)

# Flights Pilot
1 5 Matthew Vargas
2 2 Roman Sill

Top Pilots by Hours

# Time Pilot
1 223:30 Matthew Vargas
2 33:39 Roman Sill
3 03:45 Kaida Freeman

Top Pilots by Hours (month)

# Time Pilot
1 53:42 Matthew Vargas
2 06:10 Roman Sill

Top Landings

# V/S A/C Airport Pilot
1 -68 ft/min B772 KJFK Matthew Vargas
2 -135 ft/min B738 KLAX Kaida Freeman
3 -198.39 ft/min B733 KORD Roman Sill

Top Landings (month)

# V/S A/C Airport Pilot
1 -149.94 ft/min B77L YSSY Matthew Vargas
2 -693.59 ft/min B752 VHHH Roman Sill

ID Name Rank Flights Disney Air Hours Transfer Hours Vatsim PilotEdge Status
DIS0027 United States Matthew V Senior Captain 36 223.3 259 Vatsim ID
DIS0036 United States Roman S Second Officer 10 33.39 0 Vatsim ID
DIS0094 United States Kaida F Flying Legend 2 3.45 4685