This post, A Day at Shanghai Disneyland, is part of my 5-Day China itinerary. Click here to check out my whole travel experience in China!
Shanghai Disneyland was my 4th Disney Park, making it official that I’ve been to every Disney Park in Asia! I was worried before going when articles about the bad behavior of guests spread online, but actually being there proved to be an amazing choice for me.
I went on a weekday, and it was cheaper than weekend tickets. I got there at around 8:30 without any ticket, bought one quickly and joined the pile of people already lining up at the entrance.
Entering the Park
It was a gloomy day, and it rained a bit, but there were barely any lines in all the rides so I had so much fun. I loved how different it was to other Disneylands. Hong Kong and Tokyo were very similar in many ways, and the distinctness of this park is my favorite thing about it. The most notable difference was the (really big) castle. They named it as Enchanted Storybook Castle, instead of naming it after a princess. It was so big you could actually see it from outside at the entrance of the park.
My first ride was TRON Lightcycle Power Run. I expected that it would have the longest line, so I ran for it the moment I got in the park. The queueing area was impressive and hi-tech. There was a room with a screen that showed a video, and when the screen turned off, it became a glass window that overlooks the coaster launch area. Whenever I check the queueing time board (they’re all over the park), this ride would always tell ‘5 Minutes’, so I rode it again that night and it was a whole different experience.
The afternoon parade was great as always, but it does not stand out among other versions. But I do have to point out that it was a first for me to see Mulan have her own float. Seeing here have a whole part of the parade just for her, made me feel so happy. I could only imagine how inspirational would that be to all the little kids that love her.
Both Pirates of the Caribbean attractions (Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for the Sunken Treasure and Eye of the Storm: Captain Jack’s Stunt Spectacular) were top-notch. The boat ride features amazing animatronics, super detailed backdrops, and hi-tech video projections. I honestly could not believe how beautiful the design was. The theatre show was amazing as well, although it’s in Chinese. I haven’t even seen any of the films, but I really enjoyed it. My favorite part was when two characters were flying above a hidden giant fan, kind of like that indoor skydiving. Lots of stunts during the show, I didn’t get bored or sleepy, which is a good thing!
I had my lunch at Mickey & Pals Market Cafe. Just chicken and mushroom with rice, in a Chinese way. I didn’t know what’s it called but it was pretty good. Although I should have ate at Disneytown (a shopping and dining area outside the park, but you can go there and reenter the park) because food is cheaper there. The Mickey-shaped egg was (kind-of) enough for me though to justify the price of my meal hahaha
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Another distinct attraction to Shanghai Disneyland is Camp Discovery. It’s a complex of different adventure-themed activities like rope courses and digging sites. It’s something you wouldn’t normally see on a theme park, let alone a Disneyland. There was this huge mountain as a centerpiece of the area and the rope course that I tried had you hike around that mountain. It’s for the thrill-seekers since you have to cross very narrow paths and even walk on just a line of rope on one part. You’re harnessed though so it’s perfectly safe if you slip or something. This is an attraction you really shouldn’t miss!
At 8:30 PM I joined the crowd in front of the castle to wait for the evening show. Ignite the Dream (A Nighttime Spectacular of Magic and Light) was a combination of different elements, not just fireworks. Scenes from movies were projected onto the castle, multiple fountains to create a waterworks spectacle, and of course the fireworks display, all work in sync with the music to create the whole magic. I just wish it was less windy that night so the fireworks would have looked more symmetrical, but overall, the show was a great way to end a great day.
- Bring snacks so you could munch on something while queueing on rides
- Get a fastpass from the most popular ride as early as possible
- Use a fastpass as much as you can
- Watch the parade near the castle so you’d have a nice backdrop
- Get a Times Guide (different from the park map) so you’d know all the theatre shows and character meet and greets
- Watch all the theatre shows, line up at least 20 minutes before they start
- Reride your favorite rides at night before the fireworks when lines are shorter
- Admission Fee – CNY 370
- Lunch – CNY 80
That admission fee was a weekday rate, I think it’s 499 on weekends and holidays. Also, according to their website, starting in June 6, 2018, admission prices would increase. Check out their website for more. (https://www.shanghaidisneyresort.com/en/)
For dinner, I ate something I bought from Family Mart but I totally forgot what it was. I also brought in snacks so I wouldn’t have to buy the expensive food they sell inside.
I love theme parks so much so going here made me super happy. Of course, making people happy is part of Disneyland’s whole idea, and I’m amazed that I always feel magical whenever I’m there. That’s my favorite part whenever I visit them, and Shanghai Disneyland is not an exception.
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