Shanghai Disneyland: A Park of Superlatives

Shanghai Disneyland opened back on June 16th, 2016. With Disney CEO, Bob Iger, estimating that 330 million people will have access to the park, it could become the busiest park in the Disney family.

That’s not the only news though!

Shanghai Disneyland qualifies for many other superlatives.

Most original attractions

During an interview in the park with Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts, Iger said that 70% of the attractions in the Shanghai Park are original! That’s right. You can’t find them anywhere else in the world and not even in other Disney parks.

Some of these attractions, including Tron, which we’ll discuss below, could give us a glimpse of what we might expect in the future at Walt Disney World Resort.

Biggest and Tallest Castle

The Enchanted Storybook Castle is the tallest castle Disney has ever built at 196.8 feet tall. It’s also the only castle that celebrates all of the Disney princesses. Iger said, “It’s so big. Why not?”

What’s more, the Enchanted Storybook Castle is more than just a structure. It houses a grand staircase, a restaurant, a stage for outdoor shows, fountains, a salon, a store, a garden, character areas, and two attractions including a walk-through and a boat ride. It’s the only castle that guests can go under without being “back stage,” and guests have unprecedented access to the castle.

There is lots to do inside the mega-castle. Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved
There is lots to do inside the mega-castle. Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved

The Most Unique Lands

Shanghai Disneyland is separated into six lands; four of them are completely unique!

Mickey Avenue is comparable to Main Street USA, but it’s much shorter allowing guests to get to the action more quickly. Gardens of Imagination functions as the hub, and it’s the first land to place attractions facing the front of the castle. Fantasyland will keep some of your favorite rides including The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Peter Pan’s Flight, and Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train while adding a few new attractions like Alice in Wonderland Maze and Hunny Pot Spin. Treasure Cove will be similar to Adventureland with a brand new Pirates Of The Caribbean attraction.

Adventure Isle will have a Soarin‘ ride called Soaring over the Horizon. There will also be a stage show in Adventure Isle called Tarzan: Call of the Jungle. The most unique attraction in Adventure Isle is Camp Discovery. This ropes course allows guests to travel through a lush natural world of the Arbori people who welcomed the League of Adventurers in 1935 when they were blown off course. Among other things, this area has the tallest man-made waterfall in Asia. Could something like this replace the outdated Tom Sawyer Island?

Tomorrowland is perhaps the most unique. When Tomorrowland was built in Magic Kingdom, it included things like microwave ovens, the PeopleMover, and space travel in Space Mountain. These things aren’t really revolutionary anymore since they’re more representative of today than tomorrow. In Shanghai’s Tomorrowland, you’ll see the classic Space Mountain, but you’ll also see a new ride called Tron Lightcycle Power Run. This two-wheel rollercoaster is the fastest ride that Disney has ever created. At 60mph with a low center of gravity, you don’t even need a seatbelt to stay on the ride vehicle! The land will also include a version of the Buzz Lightyear dark rides called Buzz Lightyear Planet Rescue as well as a Star Wars Launch Bay and a Stitch Encounter.

The Most Culture

Shanghai Disneyland is, as Bob Iger says often, “Authentically Disney and Distinctly Chinese.” Around the Enchanted Storybook Castle, there are Chinese gardens with the twelve zodiac signs. There is also a lot of open space and greenery including 12,000 newly planted trees on 1,000 acres of park property.

Roberts of Good Morning America pointed out that the Chinese are used to tight quarters and buildings built very closely together. Guests to the park appreciate the spaciousness of the park.

Would you like to visit Shanghai Disneyland?