Kicking off the final 24 hours of previews and trial runs before formally opening the gates of Shanghai Disney Resort, Disney CEO Bob Iger said Wednesday the company is thinking of expanding "sooner rather than later."
A $5.5-billion project co-owned by a state-owned investment group, Shanghai Disney is already the largest overseas investment for Burbank-based Disney. But there is a further 7 square kilometers of adjacent land to add more attractions or even separate parks, Iger noted. "We are already thinking of what to do next."
More than 500,000 people have visited the theme park since trial operations began in late April, Iger said. Information about the park -- and lines stretching to three hours in some cases -- has spread rapidly via social media, creating "interesting issues" and "a little pressure on demand," Iger acknowledged. But he pledged that the park was working to resolve some of the kinks discovered in the trial phase.