China does a lot of things right, but Disneyland in Shanghai is one of our newest obsessions! With everything you can do in China, you wouldn't think Disneyland would be one of ILP China volunteers favorite vacation spots, but it is! There are many reasons we love Disneyland Shanghai, but these are the top 10.
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There are so many obvious reasons for loving Disneyland in general. The iconic rides, the characters, the childhood nostalgia of watching your favorite movies. That list could go on and on. But, there is something a little different about visiting Disneyland Shanghai, especially when you're living so far away from home. Here are the top 10 reasons we think it's a huge hit!
- The treats
- Tron Lightcycle Power Run
- Getting your America fix in
- The Story Book Castle
- The Peter Pan Ride
- Easy for ILP volunteers to travel to
- Short lines
- One of a kind shows
- The Pirates of the Caribbean ride
- Experience classic Disney in China
There is nothing better than finding comfort food while living abroad. The treats in Disneyland Shanghai will remind you of home and will taste even better than you remember. My only advice, bring a lot of food money because you will want a little of everything!
Tron Lightcycle Power Run
This is rumored to be one of the coolest roller coasters in the world. While it's not the fastest roller coaster, it's a really pretty ride that tells a story along the way. It's not to be missed when you're there.
Getting your home fix
Living in China for a semester can leave you feeling a little homesick at times. Going to Disneyland will make you feel like you're in America for the day and recharge your battery for a bit!
The Story Book Castle
The castle in Shanghai is unlike any at the other parks. The castles in Anaheim, Paris and Hong Kong belong to Sleeping Beauty and the Orlando and Tokyo's castle belong to Cinderella ... so who's does Shanghai's belong to? It's actually built as a tribute to ALL Disney princesses and it is MASSIVE.
If you look at the details, you will notice no two walls are alike. Look at the engravings and sculptures along and see if you can pick out all the details dedicated to each princess! Also, make note to check out the weather vane on top that is pointing to the original Disneyland in Anaheim.
The Peter Pan Ride
While other parks have this ride, this one has been updates and expanded. Love Peter Pan? Don't miss a chance to see the new and improved!
Easy for ILP volunteers to travel to
If you're one of our volunteers living near Shanghai, you can go to Disneyland over the weekend because you're only a couple hour ride away! You know what that means? You can go more than once if you want! Grab the people in your ILP group that are as big of Disney junkies as you and head over!
Unlike the ones in California or Florida, the lines in Shanghai are short! That alone can make a trip to Disneyland worth it!
One of a kind shows
While they do have some of the classic shows, Shanghai has some very unique ones that you won't see anywhere else. You can also pay a little extra and go see a live Broadway production of "The Lion King" in Mandarin.
The Pirates of the Caribbean Ride
This attraction starts with you joining Jack Sparrow at world's end. While you will find some similarities to the classic Pirates ride, you will be surprised just how different it really is. (Just a hint: sit on the right side to for a better view of Jack Sparrow's transformation).
Experience Classic Disney in China
While Disney is Disney and will always be familiar and feel like home, Disneyland Shanghai has a distinct China flare to it. It makes the experience that much more unique and amazing.
I think Walt Disney said it best, "The way to start is to quit talking and begin doing".
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