The "Grand Opening Celebration of Shanghai Disney Resort" was a half-hour musical performance that combined Chinese culture with the beauty of the new Enchanted Storybook Castle. It would have been a letdown if you were expecting it to take you on a tour of the new park but these TV specials always have a tendency to be performance-driven. The final result is a visually marvelous presentation that is completely overshadowed by a distracting narration. I don't know who decided to have teen Disney star Sofia Carson interject unnecessary commentary at all of the magical moments but it made it difficult to emotionally invest in what was going on. Some commentary was fine, such as introducing performers like Lang Lang and explaining some of the story. But to interrupt important moments by saying "There are more choir members on the balconies, isn't this magical?" was entirely superfluous. The "Grand Opening Celebration of Shanghai Disney Resort" probably didn't deliver what most of us had hoped to see; still, it was worth watching to hear the thoughts of Bob Iger, see the incredible new castle, and enjoy the unique cultural musical stylings of Tan Dun.
[Pictured: The fireworks above Enchanted Storybook Castle are reason enough to watch]