For those of you wondering where is Shanghai Disneyland, here’s the answer. It’s in Pudong but about a 45-minute drive inland from the famous Pudong skyline featuring the Oriental Pearl Tower, Jin Mao Tower and more. (Pudong translates to East Bank of the Huangpu River, in case you were wondering.) This Disney park is close to Pudong Airport (PVG) which borders the East China Sea.
Should You Buy Shanghai Disneyland Tickets Online?
The answer is yes, but it’s not as easy to buy Shanghai Disneyland tickets online as it sounds. The main reason to purchase tickets in advance is that the park often sells out ahead of time.
You can log into your MyDisney account on the Shanghai Disneyland website. You’ll enter passport details at the time of purchase and will need to bring your passport to the park in addition to the confirmation number in order to pick up the actual paper tickets.
Our printed ticket purchase confirmation said to proceed (with the confirmation number and passport) directly to the turnstile for park entry. This did not work for us. We were redirected multiple times to the main ticket queue to pick up our paper tickets. As you can see, it is not easy to navigate the crowds.
You can also buy the tickets from Ctrip.com, which is probably the most reputable provider of travel services in China. They’ve been in business since 1999
Mandarin rules !! English Lose !!
The fact that cast members spoke so little English surprised me a little because it’s a Disney park. This made everything from ordering food to sorting out our tickets much more difficult than it needed to be , thats not an issue but some people do find it as a drawback.
Shanghai Disneyland Attractions
TRON Lightcycle Power Run is by far the best ride at any Disney park worldwide, in our opinion. It’s currently exclusive to Shanghai Disneyland though apparently headed to Orlando. You must ride it.
The Shanghai Disneyland castle is the largest of any Disney park. It’s called the Enchanted Storybook Castle. Inside is the Royal Banquet Hall, a boutique and even a boat ride below the castle.
Tips Before For Visiting Shanghai Disneyland
Download the Shanghai Disneyland app to check wait times, view the Shanghai Disneyland map, check dining options and more. It is not quite as useful as the other Disney park apps, but it is helpful.
Lanyard for Fast Passes and Disney Passport
Buy a lanyard so that you aren’t continually digging around to find various FastPasses. You can buy them at Avenue M in sizes that fit just the Fast Passes (about the size of a credit card) or in sizes that fit the passport.
Arrive at the park early. It took us about 40 minutes without traffic to arrive from Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai which is located right on the Huangpu River. We tried to arrive right at 8:00 a.m., but it takes a good 15 minutes, walking at a very swift pace (I’d budget for more time with smaller kids in tow), to reach the entrance from the parking lot drop-off point. Plus, it doesn’t hurt to be near the front of the queue. If the park opens at 8:00 a.m., try to arrive curbside by 7:30 a.m. You can also take the subway.
Items to Bring
Bring cash for FastPasses, drinks, and snacks as credit cards are not always accepted.
The person who purchased the tickets needs to bring their passport (a copy will not do).
If it is summer, bring a UV umbrella, sunscreen, a travel misting fan (it sprays mist… a lifesaver when in Asia during summer). The umbrella suggestion is no joke. It will help prevent sunburn, and you’ll crave the shade.
Many, but not all, of the rides with indoor queues are air-conditioned. It is wise to carry snacks and bottled water just in case hunger or thirst strikes in a long line
I hope this blog helps you to plan your Shanghai Disneyland trip.