[Insider Tips] The Only Shanghai Disneyland Guide You'll Need

11 May 2018

Noelle Ong

Klook Travel Curator

All you need to know about Shanghai Disneyland

Shanghai Disneyland is the newest of the Disneyland theme parks, located in Shanghai, China. Home to the largest and tallest Sleeping Beauty castle of all Disney theme parks, 6 different themed lands, 2 hotels and a whole bunch of magic, it definitely deserves a spot on your list.

With so much to see and do, you’ll need to plan your theme park strategy in order to conquer the park! Read on to discover insider tips and key information to help you maximize your day at Shanghai Disneyland.

Getting your Shanghai Disneyland ticket

Tickets are available at Shanghai Disneyland itself, but these often involve long queues. By booking on Klook, you can be one of the first few to enter the park with a mobile e-voucher sent straight to your mobile phone right away. Remember to have your passport and e-voucher with you when entering the park for verification at the gates.

Depending on your schedule, Klook offers both 1-day and 2-day admission passes. For those who want to explore the park at your own pace, we recommend getting the 2-day pass. This way, you’ll get to experience your favorite rides multiple times and experience the Disney magic to its fullest.

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When to visit Shanghai Disneyland

If you can, plan your trip around these periods to avoid the peak season of Shanghai Disneyland. An excellent rule of thumb is to avoid Chinese New Year (February) as well as National Day (First week of October).

Summer is hot and humid (June - September) and temperatures average at about 35 degrees celsius. Winter (December - February) is also worth avoiding unless you like the cold. With temperatures dropping as low as 0 degrees, you might end up freezing while queueing for rides.

The best time to visit would be end of February and March where the weather is milder as well as September when the summer rush is over.

Staying at Shanghai Disney Resort

There are two hotels in Shanghai Disney Resort namely the Shanghai Disneyland Hotel and Toy Story Hotel. While they might cost more than staying at surrounding hotels, there are certain perks you just might not be able to refuse:

  • Complimentary water taxi to Shanghai Disneyland from Shanghai Disneyland hotel
  • Shuttle bus service to the park
  • Advanced reservations for Disney Fastpass (when you book the Disney hotel and park tickets bundle package via Shanghai Disney Resort)
  • Advanced entry to Shanghai Disneyland via the Disneytown priority entrance

Photo credit: https://www.shanghaidisneyresort.com/en/hotels/shanghai-disneyland-hotel/ and https://www.shanghaidisneyresort.com/en/hotels/toy-story-hotel/

Getting to Shanghai Disneyland

Shanghai Disneyland is conveniently located at the end of train line 11 if you’re coming from Downtown Shanghai.

If you’re traveling with family or in a group, we’d suggest booking a private car transfer for a hassle-free experience. This way you won’t have to worry about getting lost in the trains or having to drag your tired bodies on public transportation after a long day at Disneyland.

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Shanghai Disneyland Fastpass

The Disney Fastpass allows you to return to the ride at a specific time frame for shorter queues! You can pick one up at the Guest Services counters of the following attractions or through the Shanghai Disneyland App. Do note you’re only allowed to hold one Fastpass at any one time and each person needs to have their own Fastpass for the ride.

Did we also mention that these Fastpasses are FREE!

If you’re using the Guest Services counters, go to the kiosks to scan your ticket and retrieve a receipt of your Fastpass! Do not lose this receipt as you’ll need to show it to the cast member along with your ticket when you return at the designated time slot .

If you’ve got the Shanghai Disneyland Official App, all you’ll need to do is scan the QR code on your ticket and select “Get Fastpass”.

Fastpass attractions include:

  • TRON Lightcycle Power Run – Tomorrowland
  • Buzz Lightyear Planet Rescue – Tomorrowland
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train – Fantasyland
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh – Fantasyland
  • Peter Pan’s Flight – Fantasyland
  • Roaring Rapids – Adventure Isle
  • Soaring Over the Horizon – Adventure Isle

Shanghai Disneyland tips

  • Opt for single-rider lines for shorter queues
  • Download the Shanghai Disneyland App so you’ll be notified of all ride closures and show timings as well as wait times
  • Bring an empty water bottle since you can get cold water from the water fountains. This will save you some cash on buying bottled water

Shanghai Disneyland ride and attraction highlights

Here are some of Shanghai Disneyland’s best rides and attractions grouped according to location for easy navigation.

Treasure Cove

Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for the Sunken Treasure

This ride was termed the “Must Do” ride by almost all who’ve been to Shanghai Disneyland. We’re convinced that if you have time for only one ride, this might be it.

Set sail in search for Captain Davy Jones all while crossing paths with pirates, mermaids and of course the savage Kraken. Hold on tight to your eye patches because this ride will have you twisting, twirling and even sailing backwards on the treacherous waters!

Klook Tip: Make sure you get a seat at the front of the boat in order to be fully immersed in the experience.

Photo credit: https://www.shanghaidisneyresort.com/en/attractions/pirates-of-caribbean/

Explorer Canoes

Climb aboard your canoe, grab your paddle and get ready for an excursion of a lifetime. Paddle through shipwrecks, treasure caves and even Skull Island. We do advise you to keep your hands inside the boat at all times, especially near the piranha infested waters near Q’olari River.

Klook Tip: We suggest going on this ride early because it closes at 4.30pm, earlier than the rest of the rides.

Photo credit: https://www.shanghaidisneyresort.com/en/attractions/explorer-canoes/

Captain Jack's Stunt Spectacular

Catch our favorite Disney pirate Captain Jack Sparrow in action at the Treasure Cove theatre! You can expect breathtaking sword fights, incredible stunts and daredevil duels guaranteed to leave your eyes peeled to the stage.

Showtimes: 10:40 AM, 11:20 AM, 11:50 AM, 1:00 PM, 1:40 PM, 2:20 PM, 3:00 PM, 4:30 PM

Adventure Isle

Soaring Over the Horizon

The Arbori Tribe legend has it that inside the portal connecting the physical and mystical worlds, lies the potential to realize one of mankind’s most elusive dreams - flying.

Embark on a magical journey around some of the world’s greatest wonders onboard this ride! Feel the wind in your face as you soar above treetops and rooftops in an immersive experience taking you to new heights.

Photo credit: https://www.shanghaidisneyresort.com/en/attractions/soaring-over-horizon/

Roaring Rapids

Get ready to get soaking wet on the Roaring Rapids. Journey through the mountains and outrace the Q’araq - a crocodile like beast that dwells within. Look out for falling trees, lava tubes, whirlpools and of course, bulgy eyed beast.

Klook Tip: We suggest getting the Fast Pass for this the moment you enter. You will also want to make this the last ride of the day if you didn’t bring a change of clothes!

Photo credit: https://www.shanghaidisneyresort.com/en/attractions/roaring-rapids/

Tarzan: Call of the Jungle

See Tarzan come alive like never before in the Tarzan: Call of the Jungle show! Watch how he confronts issues of right and wrong, loyalty and even love in this spectacular show. With breathtaking acrobatic stunts, comedy and action combined into this production, you’ll definitely be sitting on the edge of your seat for this one.

Showtimes: 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.45pm, 4.00pm

Photo credit: https://www.shanghaidisneyresort.com/en/entertainment/theme-park/tarzan-call-of-jungle/


TRON Lightcycle Power Run

Step into the cyber-fi world of TRON as the Grid comes alive! Fight to stay alive and try to capture all 8 Energy Gates to triumph over the Grid’s most menacing programs. Hang on tight to your handles and brace yourself for flashing lights and an unknown digital frontier on one of the world’s fastest indoor roller coaster.

Klook Tip: The best time to ride this is once the sky turns dark to fully experience the vibrance of the neon lights. We’d suggest taking a Fast Pass and returning at night or just heading to the single-rider line if you want to experience it at night as well!

Buzz Lightyear Planet Rescue

For those of you who have been to Disney parks in the other parts of the world, this ride is like your Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters except better! Grab your blasters and get ready to eliminate Zurg and his evil underlings.

Klook Tip: Get a Fastpass for this and come back during your designated time slot if the lines are long!

Photo credit: https://www.shanghaidisneyresort.com/en/attractions/buzz-lightyear-planet-rescue/

Fantasy Land

Alice in Wonderland Maze

Take a break from the rides at the Alice in Wonderland Maze! Disappear down the rabbit hole as you walk through huge blooms and giant hedges while you try to find your way out. Beware of the sneaky little Bandersnatch that might just steer you toward secret underground caves. Don’t be fooled by the funhouse mirrors in the Red Queen’s Garden because things are really not what they seem.

Klook Tip: Visit closer to sunset to avoid the hot sun.

Peter Pan’s Flight

Fly off to Neverland with Peter Pan on board the magical pirate galleon! Swoop over rooftops with the help of some pixie dust and arrive at the Pixie Hollow and the Mermaid Lagoon in no time!

Klook Tip: You’ll definitely want to get a Fastpass for this ride!

Photo credit: https://www.shanghaidisneyresort.com/en/attractions/peter-pans-flight/

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

This rollercoaster is definitely suitable for the whole family! Cruise along the mines and lookout for your favorite dwarf on your wild ride! After you pass the waterfalls, you’ll also be able to spot Snow White and her dwarf friends celebrating in their little cottage.

Klook Tip: Be sure to collect Fastpasses for the whole family!

Shanghai Disneyland parades

Mickey’s Storybook Express

No visit to Disneyland is complete without catching all of your favorite Disney characters in the parade! With Mickey leading the pack, see familiar faces like Daisy, Donald and of course Mulan as they float by to enchanting tunes from classic Disney movies.

Showtime: 12.00pm and 3.30pm Location: Garden of Imagination

Ignite the Dream – A Nighttime Spectacular of Magic and Light

See the largest Storybook castle come alive in the Nighttime Spectacular! This is for sure the best way to end your day at Disneyland. The amazing projections, lasers, fountains and of course fireworks will transform the castle into a whole new world.

Showtime: 8pm

Klook Tip: The best viewing spots are in the Gardens of Imagination but be sure to be there early to secure a spot!

Shanghai Disneyland Food

The Snackin’ Kraken

Nothing says a day out at a theme park like some sugary snacks to kickstart the sugar rush! Grab a cute Minnie chocolate donut from The Snackin’ Kraken at Treasure Cove. Almost too cute to eat, this will make a great mid-day snack in between all the rides.

Pinocchio Village Kitchen

If you’re looking for a more substantial meal, we’ll suggest getting a pizza from the Pinocchio Village Kitchen in Fantasyland. If you can’t decide on a flavor, try the peking duck flavored Mickey shaped pizza! They also have rice bowls and fried noodles for those who don’t fancy pizza.

Photo credit: https://www.shanghaidisneyresort.com/en/dining/theme-park/pinocchio-village-kitchen/