Visiting The Shanghai Disney Resort

China has a little bit of everything. It is home to some of the world’s most riveting cities, stunning natural features and sought after tourist attractions. One thing you may not have expected to find here are Disney princesses. The Disney Resort in  Shanghai brings a whole new dynamic to tourism in China and if you want to see how it weighs in compared to the other Disney spots around the world, here is what you need to know about visiting.

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Photo Source: Disney Parks


This park, like the others, is divided up into different sections that all have a coordinating theme and associated rides. Some of the attractions you can find within them include:
• Adventure Isle: Visit this portion of the park for the Disney Jungle Character experience at the Happy Circle, Roaring rapids ride, and Soaring Over The Horizon.

• Fantasyland: Here you can find the Alice in Wonderland Maze, Disney Princess and Enchanted Storybook Castle, Hunny Pot Spin, The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh, Once Upon a Time Adventure, Peter Pan’s Flight, Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train, and Voyage to The Crystal Grotto.

• Gardens of Imagination: Dumbo The Flying Elephant, Fantasia Carousel, Marvel Universe, Meet Mickey at The Gardens of Imagination.

• Tomorrowland: Buzz Lightyear Planet Rescue, Jet Packs, Star Wars Launch Bay, Stitch Encounter.

• Treasure Cove: Explorer canoes, Pirates of the Caribbean Battle For The Sunken Treasure, Shipwreck Shore, Siren’s Revenge.

Photo Source: Inside The Magic

Photo Source: Inside The Magic

Going on rides and mingling with the characters aren’t the only things you can do on a visit. In fact, there are plenty of shows to catch for a little entertainment too. Make sure to check out:
• Tarzan: Call of The Jungle
• Frozen: A Sing a Long Celebration
• Golden Fairytale Fanfare
• Ignite The Dream- A Nighttime Spectacular of Magic and Light
• Marvel Comic Academy
• Mickey’s Storybook Express
• Eye of The Storm: Captain Jack’s Stunt Spectacular
• The Lion King


While the kids are enjoying the rides and games, the parents will have a chance to have a little fun as well. Disney Shanghai Resort is filled with shopping opportunities so that the moms and dads can get in a little retail therapy after waiting in lines and running from ride to ride. Some of the shops that can be found here include:
• Adidas
• Build a Bear
• Chow Tai Fook
• Coterie
• Crocs
• Hot Toys
• Innisfree
• i.t
• Pandora
• New Balance
• Sephora
• Samsonite
• Swatch
• Toms
• The Disney Store
• Marvel Mementos
• Sweethearts Confectionary

Photo Source: Theme Park Insider

Photo Source: Theme Park Insider


Whether you spend your day dining or wandering around the park, you are bound to have worked up an appetite. The resort offers plenty of dining options to fit the tastes of everyone. If you want to plan your visit around some delicious meals, check out some of the restaurants that can be found on site:
• Blue Frog Bar and Grill-Western Style
• The Boathouse-International
• BreadTalk-Bakery
• The Cheesecake Factory-International
• Coconut Paradise-Asian
• Crystal Jade-Chinese
• Element Fresh-Western
• Wolfgang Puck Kitchen and Bar-Western
• Wandering Moon Teahouse-Chinese snacks

Where to Stay

If you want to make the visit an occasion and stay longer than just one day, you’re going to need a place to spend the night. There are plenty of excellent options near the park and a few themed ones that make the visit even more special. When making your choice, consider:
• Toy Story Hotel: It has 800 rooms, two restaurants, gardens, courtyards and views of the theme park. Plus, the hotel is meant to transport its guests into the world of Toy Story. What could be better?

• Shanghai Disney Land Hotel: There are 420 rooms, three restaurants, one lounge, one indoor pool, rooms with access to the Magic Kingdom Club, rooms with garden, theme park or lake views. The hotel was designed with Art Nouveau influences with a little hint of Disney magic.

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Photo Source: CNN

Ticket Prices Per Day

Adult: $54 USD
Child: $41 USD
Senior: $41 USD

Plan Your Visit
Planning your trip to Shanghai Disney should be easy. When it comes to weather, be aware that the city undergoes four distinct seasons with an average high of 33 degrees Celsius in the summer and a low of 10 degrees Celsius in the winter.

Download the Shanghai Disney app before you visit so that you can get estimated wait times for rides, see entertainment schedules, and look at interactive maps.

Photo Source: Forbes

Photo Source: Forbes


Getting to the park is easy as there are options for every kind of travel situation. If coming by car, there are multiple parking lots that provide shuttle services to get you to the park. Hybrid and electric vehicles are accommodated by a limited amount of charging stations, guests with disabilities are offered special parking spaces and those with reservations to one of the hotels can park in their lots.

If you don’t have a car, there is an easy route to reach the park via the metro. Take the metro line 11 between North Jiading, Huaqiao, Anting and Disney Resort stations. They operate seven days a week from early morning until late into the evening. If you feel more comfortable taking the bus, there are multiple lines that will get you to the park. Try taking the bus from Shanghai Hongkou Football Stadium, Shanghai Stadium, Shanghai Pudong International Airport, Hongqiao Transportation Hub, Shanghai South Railway Station, or Shanghai Railway Station.
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Shannon Ullman

Hey! I'm a published American travel blogger and teacher. My travel writing has been featured on Huffington Post, Elite Daily, Matador Network and Thought Catalog. I spent over a year living and traveling around China while I taught English there. I have also visited dozens of other countries around the world.