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Shanghai Disneyland Grand Opening TR!

PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 11:04 am
by gerstlaueringvar
So I just came back from Shanghai Disney Resort, yes be jealous haters!

First of all, I would like to say a huge thank you to all the cast members and everyone working behind the scene. When I was inside of the park today, I was the one saying “Thank you Cast Member Chris and have a magical day” hundreds of times and make everybody happy.

The weather today was not really nice, It was rainy and extremely humid. But Disney handeled the bad weather pretty well.

First thing I can clearly tell about this park is that it is engineered to hold huge crowd. Walkways are massive and there are small paths separated by trees in main walkways so that people can still move around during parade. The park seems well prepared for the grand opening as all the cast members seem to be very confident about their roles in the park while there are still some of them not really used to being called “Cast Member” and called themselves staff because Chinese society is so used to the word “Staff” and “waiter”. I think the opening team did an excellent job.

Guests wise, since it is opening day, there were a lot of American and Japanese Disney fans. I almost had a Tokyo Disney flash back because I was camping outside of the park since 7:00 am and everybody around me is either Japanese or American. Chinese guests are significantly better behaved then those I saw at say Wanda and Happy Valley because whoever try to get opening day tickets is a fan of the Disney culture to each of their own levels. Aside from a really rude guest that almost got into fist fight with a cast member when he was trying to walk through the restricted area during firework, it is generally more acceptable than I expected.

Ride wise, I am leaving full reviews till later because I will be leaving for the park again in 2 hours (yes, no sleep between two Disney park days and camping outside 3 hours earlier). But let me just say I would take out Journey and Tower of Terror at Tokyo Disney Sea in exchange of something like Pirates at Shanghai Disney. I am more shocked than impressed. And Soarin’s new movie is a lot better than the old one, especially the new scents.

Operation wise, certain rides are going much slower than how Disney should be like, such as 7DMT and the seriously pointless canoe ride. But Soarin’, Tron and Pirates are running as fast as possible.

Please keep in mind that I don’t think this park is English friendly enough. There is no English on Fast Pass tickets, the subtitles for the pre-shows most rides are pretty hard to see and there is no English subtitles during shows. I’ve seen quite a lot of confused international guests. Cast members all speak enough English for their positions but sometimes very heavy accent might get in the way a bit.

Overall, Shanghai Disney feels like somewhere in between HongKong’s Disney Discount Edition and Tokyo’s Disney Deluxe Edition. Some of the rides are truly incredible but there are definitely some things to improve on as of now. I personally think for grand opening, it is already as good as it can be. It will be much better when the park gets to warm up a little bit more.

Shout out to the guy born in Lafayette, IN sitting next to me on Soarin’!

Re: Shanghai Disneyland Opening Day TR!

PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 11:31 am
by fatdaddy
Awesome! Must ride Tron!

Re: Shanghai Disneyland Opening Day TR!

PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 11:31 am
by Mrlittle
Super cool that you were one of the first visitors. Looks like the park is simply amazing. Pirates and Tron definitely are rides I want to ride one day. Great Trip Report.

Re: Shanghai Disneyland Opening Day TR!

PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 11:57 am
by AJMouse
Awesome report, Tron looks absolutely awesome at night!

Re: Shanghai Disneyland Opening Day TR!

PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 11:57 am
by viking86
Great trip report! Tron looks truly spectacular at night! Thanks for sharing! :)

Re: Shanghai Disneyland Opening Day TR!

PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 12:06 pm
by coasterbill
:lol: I love checking my Fitbit when I go to parks. I've never hit 30k though. The closest I've had is about 27k at Cedar Point.

Awesome update by the way! That park looks insane.

Re: Shanghai Disneyland Opening Day TR!

PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 12:39 pm
by toughmudder
Awesome TR! I'm surprised that the park wasn't more packed for opening day... but perhaps the crowds were spread out due to the size. The wait time for Soarin' was still long, but it seems like some in the press were expecting mass hysteria on opening day - seemed very reasonable.

Any word on the AA for Roaring Rapids? Waiting patiently for video to see if it's fixed, and if it's as cool as the concept art made it out to be...

Re: Shanghai Disneyland Opening Day TR!

PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 12:45 pm
by jynx242
Thanks for taking the time to post the photos of your adventure!!!

And as I think everyone else is thinking....

Tron, Tron, Tron, Tron, Tron, Tron..... :lmao: :lmao: :lmao:

It truly looks spectacular and I'm glad it appears to be getting off on a good note.

Have fun on day 2

Re: Shanghai Disneyland Opening Day TR!

PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 1:07 pm
by brneff99
Congrats on making Opening Day and thanks for sharing with many of us who will never make it there...

Re: Shanghai Disneyland Opening Day TR!

PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 2:14 pm
by KBrylczyk
Yin, dude, I like you. You're a good guy. But I gotta be honest with you here, see, I can't respect you now. Not because you got to Shanghai Disney, no, that's not the reason. The reason is because you said you'd happily rip out Journey AND Tower at Tokyo to replace it with Pirates AKA Spider-Man On Water.

Now, nothing against this Pirates as I'm sure it's great, but c'mon, really? Disney's best ever ride (Journey) and (probably) second best ever ride (Tower) in exchange for that? Naw, dude, naw. You crazy.