StevenX wrote:So I just got back from my trip to Shanghai and Disneyland. I was really impressed with the park; it's easily the best "new" park Disney has done in a long time, and feels remarkably fleshed-out and full-featured. The whole park really feels well thought-out and like a lot of money has been spent on it.
TRON is really fun and very well done; it's the first ride I've been on in a long time that offers a really genuinely new experience and you find yourself grinning the whole time. The attention to detail is great, and some of the individual moments are really impactful (the pre-show room with the frosted glazing turning clear for example).
Pirates is also pretty great, and the technology used is really impressive. The omnimover-type boat system works very well, and the huge screens blended in with physical scenery is incredibly well done. Small details like the shifting of the perspective of movie loops on individual screens to match the boat's position are really well done. If anything, the final scene could have been a bit more explosive and had some actual fire effects though.
Otherwise, everything else was nicely done - although I've never liked any of the Soaring attractions and still don't like the version here. I've never understood the appeal, but the Chinese seem to be going crazy for it.
What's interesting about your report is it seems to be yet another one that is basically "Shanghai Disneyland is all about Pirates & Tron OMG YES!!! And everything is, like, just ok..."
This is sort of my takeaway as well. I liked the park as a whole, thought it was really nicely done, but I came away from it thinking Pirates and Tron OMG!!! And the rest of the park was decent.
I have to be honest though, as much as I loved Pirates & Tron, the park as a whole didn't make me feel like I need to hurry back there. I'll go again eventually, and most likely when they open up another big attraction that is equal to Pirates or Tron, but unlike Tokyo Disney where I can keep going back there over and over without anything new being added, it just didn't seem to have that same draw for me.