A month before Shanghai Disney parks open, visitors flock to its retail and restaurant complex

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Still a month away from its official opening, Walt Disney Co.’s latest theme park resort in Shanghai is already a popular destination attracting thousands of Chinese. A Disney store -- the biggest park-operated retail shop in Asia -- and restaurants in a public, commercial strip of the Shanghai Disney Resort opened on Saturday to long lines. Locals flocked to the area to stroll around its artificial lake and snap pictures with a fountain sculpture of Mickey Mouse on a steamboat. Disney also began trial operations for the park -- its sixth worldwide and first in mainland China -- over the weekend.

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