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Shanghai: Top Experiences In Shanghai Disneyland

Shanghai: Top Experiences In Shanghai Disneyland

We specifically selected a Monday out of our Shanghai journey to go to Shanghai Disneyland, considering it will be much less crowded. Nicely, it was nonetheless fairly crowded with some queues needing round 1.5 hours because the afternoon approached. Thus, we might solely handle sure rides/exhibits for that day, however we had a relatively fulfilling time visiting these rides/exhibits we picked.

Journey to Shanghai Disneyland

Early within the morning, we shortly completed our breakfast and took a taxi from our lodge to Disneyland. The journey took round 40 minutes.

The place was so big that It took some time to stroll from the taxi stand after alighting, to the place the precise ticket entrance was (abt 15~20minutes). Subsequently, do word this into your preparation time.

Shanghai Disneyland – Ticket Queue

There have been lengthy queues outdoors the doorway, unfold out on two sides. We joined one of many queues and it didn’t take too lengthy earlier than we acquired into the theme park, since we had already purchased the tickets on-line.

Shanghai Disneyland – Fastpass

Utilizing the Disneyland app, every customer is entitled to at least one Fastpass for chosen rides. Slots are by particular timings and are restricted, so you’ll want to seize them as quickly as you could have gotten the doorway tickets.

Shanghai Disneyland – Disney City

Getting into the Shanghai Disneyland, we first come throughout Disney City (nice for photo-taking). As we needed to rush to particular rides first, we gave this place a miss, intending to return again later (alas, no time, we by no means did).

The temperature was round 22 levels Celsius that day (March), so it was fairly cool to stroll round. Nevertheless, the solar was brightening, so we needed to squint our eyes typically whereas taking footage.

Shanghai Disneyland – Photograph Alternatives

Beside the long-lasting Disneyland citadel, there are many lovely buildings across the entrance space for photo-taking.

Disneyland Photograph-Cross

We purchased a photo-pass at 199 RMB from an official Disney photographer and queued as much as take pictures in entrance of the Disneyland fort. The images turned out properly, apart from somewhat squinting of the eyes.

Our First Disneyland Photographs!

There have been six photographs and three have been with a body.

This photo-pass is used for all the images taken round Shanghai Disneyland. It’s a must to current this after a journey to affiliate the pictures. At the moment, we didn’t fairly perceive what this implies. When Vin and Dar took two rides later, he didn’t do that affiliation on the counter, so we didn’t have a replica of their photographs in experience!  (solely know of this a lot later). Sigh.

Shanghai Disneyland – Journey Isle

Getting into the Journey Isle, we began queueing for our first present of the day, ‘Eye of the Storm: Captain Jack’s Stunt Spectacular‘ present.

1. Captain Jack’s Stunt Spectacular Present

We received into what appeared like a saloon and the actors began interacting with us, performing humorous antics in Mandarin.

Vin began becoming bored midway and thought this was all we had queued up for. Simply then, the doorways in entrance of us opened up and we headed into an auditorium with a stage and seats. This was extra prefer it!

It was an entertaining present as they acted out the scenes within the film and added some fascinating stunts. I particularly like one the place Jack was continuously propelled into the air by gushes of air under. It was fairly superb how he managed his actions. They spoke in Chinese language however I feel in case you are acquainted with the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films, you may nonetheless perceive from their actions.

Outdoors the present venue was an enormous pirate ship for individuals to enter and discover. We’ve got no time for this as we have been dashing for our subsequent experience! It will definitely be good to board the ship.

2. Pirates of the Caribbean – Battle for the Sunken Treasure

This can be a experience we marked because the “must-do” for this Disneyland Journey. That’s why we got here to this primary within the morning, for worry of lengthy queues later.

A queue was anticipated however luckily, we have been nonetheless shifting alongside in batches and never stagnant. It was additionally not boring as a result of we handed by a number of fascinating “pirates set-ups”. It aimed to convey the customer into the pirates’ realm with the spooky gadgets and dialogues.

Thrilling Journey with a Scary Finish

It was probably the most fascinating experience we took and if we had extra time, we might have gone on it once more! The visuals have been beautiful and along with the sound results, we actually felt as if we have been on a pirate’s journey! Do take notice that all the journey is forged in darkness with cinematic lights, so it won’t be appropriate for youngsters afraid of darkness.

Probably the most shocking factor was on the finish of the journey and we have been shocked for a second. I shan’t reveal right here however Ling was so scared that she lastly cried out, despite the fact that she was completely fantastic with the boat experience all through.

Snack Break

Whereas strolling in the direction of Fantasyland, we noticed a cart promoting popcorn and couldn’t resist shopping for. The caramel popcorn tasted nice and helped crammed our abdomen for some time so we might rush for extra points of interest!

Subsequent, we tried to go for the “The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh” however the wait-time was about 1hr 17 minutes! Disappointingly, we needed to give that a miss and went to the primary Disney Citadel to take a tour as an alternative.

three. As soon as Upon A Time Journey

We entered the Magic Mirror Portal the place Snow White’s Fairy-tale world was proven in Chinese language and the viewers might do some interactions with the screens. We tried to work together however they don’t reply too nicely to our contact. In the center, we have been separated into smaller teams as the world was small. As I didn’t know resulting from strolling forward, Vin and Dar was pressured to go to a different wing of the citadel. We noticed the identical factor although, as we confirmed later once we met up.


There was loads of climbing as much as do! I carried Ling to climb up as I used to be afraid we wouldn’t have the ability to meet up with the remaining within the tour (and received separated from my circle of relatives…hmph!)

Photograph Spots – Good Citadel Wall Backdrops!

four. Nice Acrobatic Present – Tarzan: Name of Jungle

Subsequent, we went for the Disney Present – Tarzan: Name of Jungle. We have been very impressed with the stay stage present which has nice music – iconic rating from the Disney function movie Tarzan and high-flying acrobatic motion. The breathtaking acrobatic stunts made me assume it might have been a ticketed present by itself and we might needed to pay so much to view it. Nevertheless, it’s included within the Disneyland Tickets! We left the present,  completely entertained and felt it was an ideal present to not be missed!

5. TRON Lightcycle Energy Run

We then walked to Tomorrowland for the spotlight of our Shanghai Disneyland Journey – The TRON Lightcycle Energy Run! It’s a high-speed adrenaline crammed thrill journey which just one member in our household might do -Daddy Vin ( >.< Each Dar and Me don’t dare to).

He had earlier booked a Fastpass utilizing the Disneyland app and the timing of the journey is at three:22. We walked to the ticketing entrance to ship him off on the joys journey.

Shanghai Disneyland – Tron Journey Expertise

Vin’s account: 

On the entrance, there was a particular queue for the Fastpass. There was a employees who validated my Quick-Move on the Disneyland app towards the photograph that was (secretly) taken in the mean time once I first entered Disneyland.

Once I walked alongside the trail, the atmosphere shortly become a futuristic world and I felt as if I used to be within the TRON world. Alongside the best way, there was a clear wall the place I might see the rides zooming off on their tracks.

Because of the Quick-Move, I solely waited for round 15 minutes to get on the journey. Guests have been suggested to maintain all unfastened gadgets within the small compartment in entrance of every’s TRON mild cycle.

As soon as safely seated, the sunshine cycles have been moved ahead to the start line and a timer began to rely down. As an alternative of slowly accelerating, the sunshine cycles instantly sped off at excessive velocity the second the timer reached zero!

It was all a quick and blurry journey for me, since I had taken off my glasses in worry that they might fly off. It was one of many quickest and immersive rides I had taken and one which I might need to take as soon as extra!

Quick-Meals Lunch at Tomorrowland

Whereas ready for Vin to return again, I ordered some fast-food on the “Stargazer Grill” reverse the Tron Experience. There’s open air seating, so he would simply spot us when he walked out. He quickly joined us and ordered a burger for himself.

6. Buzz Lightyear Planet Rescue

By this time, our toddler had fallen asleep. Thus, we determined to maneuver to the “Buzz Lightyear Planet Rescue” Experience which is situated close by in Tomorrowland. It’s a darkish journey with visuals on the screens, the place the members needed to shoot at sure objects to realize factors. I couldn’t be a part of them as a consequence of sleeping Ling. Thus, Vin and Dar went forward whereas I waited at a sitting space outdoors. Dar loved the journey very a lot they usually fortunately spent some father and son bonding time, firing away.

Vin took this photograph off the display – We didn’t perceive Photograph Move, forgot about it and didn’t hyperlink.

It was getting late and a lot of the rides have been nonetheless occupied with individuals, lengthening the ready time.

As Ling didn’t have the prospect to expertise any journey apart from the primary one within the Pirates of the Caribbean – Sunken Ship, I needed her to at the very least sit in a journey appropriate for her. Thus, we headed for the journey with the least quantity of ready time – Dumbo The Flying Elephant, situated in Gardens of Creativeness.

7. Final Experience – Dumbo The Flying Elephant

We needed to queue for a very long time to journey Dumbo the Flying Elephant. I knew it will in all probability be the final experience for the day, because the solar was setting.

Disneyland Citadel in Sundown

By the point we acquired on the journey after 50 minutes of ready, the skies had turned darkish. Nevertheless, I felt we made the appropriate selection to do that journey at night time! The lights across the Dumbo experience made it fairly magical. As we made our turns, Disney Fort appeared beautiful too.

My solely complain is that the period of the journey was so brief! We pressed on the button to go up and down, and it was over in three minutes!  I assume they needed to hold the timing at this fee or the queue ready time can be too lengthy. Anyway, Ling did benefit from the journey so it was undoubtedly well worth the wait! There was additionally a Dumbo for photo-taking, for many who didn’t get sufficient.

With a lot of the areas beginning to shut, we determined to go to the Marvel Universe Exhibition as one final exercise.

eight. Marvel Universe Exhibition

I assumed there wasn’t a lot issues to do right here however we found a enjoyable interactive exercise – Develop into Iron Man. One stands in entrance of this display for some digital actuality enjoyable and fake to be Iron Man, wrecking havoc on his enemies. 

Disney Fort At Night time

Strolling in the direction of the doorway for our dinner, we handed by the gorgeous iconic Disney Fort. It appeared so lovely at night time!

Dinner At Meals Courtroom

We have been famished by this time and determined to go to “Mickey & Pals Market Cafe” to eat a easy dinner. The fireworks can be beginning quickly and we needed to eat quick. I can’t keep in mind the precise names of the dishes we ordered, however they have been fairly scrumptious. Mine was braised meat in sauce with some potatoes whereas Vin ordered braised hen with mushroom. One of many egg yolk and a carrot was within the form of Mickey!

Shanghai Disneyland Fireworks

Once we completed and walked out to the atrium, we have been simply in time for the fireworks!


We didn’t keep till the top of the Fireworks present although as we needed to get to a taxi earlier than everybody else. There have been a number of individuals who left with us too, in all probability considering the identical. Many taxis have been ready on the taxi stand, anticipating the closing of Disneyland, thus it was straightforward for us to seize one and head again to relaxation.

Listing of the Disneyland Rides/Exhibits We Skilled (Hyperlinks to Web page Explanations):

1. Captain Jack’s Stunt Spectacular Present
2. Pirates of the Caribbean -Battle for the Sunken Treasure
three. As soon as Upon A Time Journey
four. Present – Tarzan: Name of Jungle
5. Tron Lightcycle Energy Run
6. Buzz Lightyear Planet Rescue
7. Dumbo the Flying Elephant
eight. Marvel Universe Exhibition
9. Disneyland Fireworks Finale


>>> We toured Shanghai for five days in March.

Shanghai Day three Itinerary (Morning To Night time):

  • Breakfast at SSAW Boutique Shanghai Bund
  • Shanghai Disneyland
  • Lunch & Dinner at Shanghai Disneyland
  • Again to Lodge Relaxation

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