This composite picture shows the illuminated Disney Castle in the Shanghai Disneyland during the trial operation at the Shanghai Disney Resort in Pudong, Shanghai, China, 9 June 2016.
Chinese law enforcement often relies on in-your-face muscle-flexing, but Shanghai appears to be giving unusual leeway to Walt Disney Co. to police its new theme park there nearly as inconspicuously as in other Magic Kingdoms. Shanghai Disneyland Resort promises to offer a study in the cultural blend of U.S.-branded entertainment and Chinese sensibilities ª Disney's dog Pluto outfitted as a character in the Chinese zodiac, for instance. But a key question as Disney tweaks its magic for the Middle Kingdom is how divergent philosophies on crowd control get applied in a park that 330 million people can reach in less than three hours. Disneyland won't officially open until June 16 but outsize crowds are already flocking by cars and subway to new restaurants and a lakeside promenade in a tourist zone surrounding the theme park that offers a free taste of the experience ª 90,000 on one day recently. Shanghai events have drawn some of the largest crowds in the world, and despite massive numbers of officers and widespread electronic surveillance local authorities have a mixed response record.