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Disney Shanghai

Take one fantasy castle, two world-class hotels, six themed lands with dozens of innovative attractions then add state-of-the-art special effects and a side of dim sum and you have the phenomenal Shanghai Disney Resort.


The sixth and newest Disney resort worldwide, Shanghai Disneyland Resort offers visitors an exciting and unique Disney experience that reflects both the beauty and unique identity of today’s China along with the magical traditions and legendary service that Disney has perfected over six decades of theme park wizardry.

The most technologically advanced Disney Resort to date, a host of world-class attractions and live entertainment spectaculars – many appearing for the first time in a Disney park – mean there is a veritable smorgasbord of magical moments for guests of all ages.

The six enchanting lands are filled with thrills, whimsy, creativity and adventure. Mickey Avenue, inspired by the legendary mouse and his pals is a welcoming, whimsical place where guests can grab a selfie with Disney’s most iconic characters.

In Fantasyland little guests will find the Enchanted Storybook Castle, the tallest, largest and most interactive castle at any Disney theme park, and where they’ll receive the royal treatment as they meet all their favourite Disney princesses.

Adventure Isle immerses guests in a newly discovered lost world, filled with hidden treasures, while at Treasure Cove, the first pirate-themed land in a Disney park, guests can join Captain Jack Sparrow and Davy Jones on thrilling piratical adventures.

Tomorrowland is a place of infinite possibilities where Disney’s innovative use of technology will allow visitors to break the bonds of gravity on Jet Packs, and send them “to infinity and beyond” with Buzz Lightyear and the heroes and villains of the Star Wars saga.

At Gardens of Imagination, guests can leave everyday life behind to take a spin on the Fantasia Carousel, soar on the back of Dumbo the Flying Elephant, enter the Marvel Universe and enjoy iconic Disney entertainment including an after-dark show of music, special effects and fireworks: ‘Ignite the Dream – A Nighttime Spectacular of Magic and Light’.

Filled with firsts including brand-new rides and shows, in due deference to its location, Shanghai Disney offers breathtaking entertainment with Chinese acrobats and performers and storylines that feature the beloved Disney character Mulan.

There is also Shikumen architecture at Disneytown and experiences such as the Garden of the Twelve Friends which features the animals of the Chinese Zodiac reimagined as Disney and Disney Pixar characters.

shanghai disney

Two imaginatively themed hotels, Shanghai Disneyland Hotel and Toy Story Hotel, offer visitors extra special places to stay and are conveniently located near the theme park and Disneytown, an international shopping, dining and entertainment district and Wishing Star Park, a beautiful garden with a glittering lake.

Authentically Disney, yet distinctly Chinese, Shanghai Disney is ready and waiting to sprinkle a little of its magic on your family.

Shanghai Disney: 10 Firsts

Shanghai Disney Resort’s state-of-the-art technology, innovative rides and incorporation of unique Chinese characteristics mean there is a wealth of Disney firsts throughout the resort.

Here are 10 of the best.

1.Mickey Avenue is the first main entry at a Disney park that is completely inspired by the Mickey Mouse and his iconic friends.

2.The Enchanted Storybook Castle is the tallest, largest and most interactive castle of any Disney theme park and is the first castle to represents all the Disney princesses.

3.Entertainment includes mesmerising performances by Chinese acrobats and entertainers.

4.Beloved Disney character Mulan will feature in many of the storylines.

5.The Garden of the Twelve Friends features animals of the Chinese Zodiac reimagined as Disney and Disney•Pixar characters.

6.Delicious Chinese cuisine makes up approximately 70 percent of the menu items, along with traditional Disney favourites.

7.Adventure Isle is a brand-new themed land of mystery and ancient legend about a tribal people, a giant, reptilian creature and a mighty Roaring Mountain which forms a backdrop to the Camp Discovery challenge trails, a set of three ropes courses.

8.Voyage to the Crystal Grotto is an enchanting, new excursion that celebrates classic Disney tales of magic and imagination as it travels the waters of Fantasyland to a finale inside the Enchanted Storybook Castle.

9.The TRON Lightcycle Power Run is the first of its kind and one of the most thrilling coaster attractions at any Disney theme park, with a twisting, turning track, high speeds and rich storytelling.

10.Treasure Cove is the first pirate-themed land in a Disney park and the spot to join the adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow on the multimedia thrills of the Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for the Sunken Treasure ride.

This article featured in volume 48 of Holidays with kids. Enjoyed it? Subscribe to see more!

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