Here it is, the post I have been waiting to write! The most magical day of my trip! The place, where dreams come true! For the first time in my 25 years of life on earth:
For my last day in Shanghai, I didn’t have certain plans. I thought I could indulge in some fancy food again, do some shopping and stuff. But that sounded boring, so I wake up in the morning with my friend and asked her if I should go to Disneyland. “Why not?” was her answer, so I did it!
I got ready and went out and about! Well, not yet, I still needed to get breakfast/brunch, so I searched for a cafe close to the Bund or Nanjing Road. I found a cafe called Equilibrium which is very close to East Nanjing Road and Fuzhou Road. It actually is right next to that famous club M1nt, the one with the shark tank.
I ordered a salad, a vegetable quiche and a coffee.
It was light but yummy, and after that I was ready to go. Taking the metro to Disneyland was easy. So, wherevery you are, you just have take the metro or change lines until you are on the right line. And the final stop says Disney Resort anyway. So, you can’t get lost.
When I finally arrived, I was pumped to finally enter the park. The entrance fee is 370 RMB, which is around 40 €. I have never been to Disneyland Paris, nor to any other Disneyland in the world, so I can’t really compare prices, but I have heard that the one in Paris should cost around 50€ for a single-day entrance ticket. It might be because it consists of two parks by now. Still, Shanghai Disneyland is the biggest Disneyland in the world now, and for it being not too expensive is pretty cool.
I also bought my first souvenirs even before entering the park. I saw a stand that sold Minnie Mouse ears, so I got them, for roughly around 10€ and I saw a Disney passport where you can collect stamps which was around 9€. I would recomment the ears, but I don’t recommend the passport, because as I realized later, finding the machines where you can get the stamps turned out to be quite of a challenge, maybe even almost impossible. I only saw one stamp machine, the one for the Alice in Wonderland maze. Very frustrating tbh.
Anyway, when I entered, I took loads of pictures of course. Then, I wanted to have a ride on the carousel, although it was almost only kids and their parents on there, all of them chinese. And in the middle of the madness, there is this white girl with minnie mouse ears on :’D
After the ride which was a lot of fun, I realized that I should have waited because I heard music from the Storybook Castle and there were lots of people standing around there: Stupid me has missed the performance at 2pm!!!! :'(
Small but useful advice: Before you go to Disneyland or any other theme park, check out all the times for performances, so you can choose which one you wanna see and be ready for that.
Since I was already at the Castle, I saw the line for going inside the castle, so I waited. The queue went for ages. It was again, mostly kids with their parents. It was quite cute inside, but rather targeted for younger audiences.
When I got out, I saw an array of shops and restaurants at the exit. I also hoped to see some mascots, as it as shown on the map, but I didn’t, unfortunately. Oh yeah, without the map, I would have been totally lost, so make sure to get one at the entrance. Ask for an english one if you can’t find any.
Now, it was finally time for the Red Queen’s maze, from Alice in Wonderland. It was based on the Alice in Wonderland movie, the new one with Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter. I recommend you this attraction a lot because there is no queue, it is relaxing, it offers great photographing opportunities and you’ll feel just like in Wonderland <3
When I got out of the maze, I found myself at Treasure Cove. After walking around a little bit I saw a plan on a board and it said something about a Frozen sing-along performance. I checked the time and it was almost about to start, so I headed to Fantasyland. The queue wasn’t too long this time either. We got in, could choose our own seats and waited for the show to start. It was a little bit of acting and singing from the performers, but most of it was on screen with subtitles and the certain scenes from the movie. Everything was in chinese of course, I couldn’t sing along, but oh I wished I could!
It was still very entertaining and I would recommend you to keep this in mind.
I was slowly starting to get hungry, so checked out some food attractions nearby. I found one which was very close and sold pizza in shape of Micky’s head. It is the Pinocchio Village Kitchen. I had to have a look, and it actually looked yummy. They had one with tomato mozarella, hawaii, and peking duck. I took the duck one, because I am in China, d’uh! It also wasn’t expensive. Around 10€. That’s okay for Disney Food.
When I was full and content, I took a ride with a boat ride at the Voyage to the Crystal Grotto and the set-ups around that ride were spectacular.
The ride was over too quickly. Since this attraction was very close to the Storybook Castle, I decided to stroll around the place again, but I realized that some lanes were closed. I was wondering if they were preparing for closing. So when I walked towards the Castle itself, I saw that more and more lanes were closed and secured, so I asked one of the workers. She told me that it was for the big firework that was about to start at 6pm. People were already starting to find the perfect spot to watch it. But I didn’t want to wait there all on myself for over an hour, so I headed back to the entrance area with all the shops, restaurants and bakeries and I was on the hunt for some cakes and stuff. I found one that said Remy’s Pattisserie and inside, there were doughy type of snacks that you could take away. I took a Mike Bun from Monsters Inc. and another Micky shaped chocolate Muffin.
I’ve gotta say though, that now I check the map again, I found some pretty interesting food locations there as well, especially at Mickey Avenue which is the street after you enter, and on Gardens of imagination. Looking at the map makes me wanna go back to Disneyland all over again :'( It was such a magical day, even if I was there on my own, I actually wasn’t! My childhood self was there with me, and all the Disney characters were just right there :’) It sound like I am crazy, but it’s true. Disneyland will always be a lot of fun, if on your own or in a big group (well, actually, I think it might be better to be alone than in a big group, because then everyone wants to do something else and you just end up getting annoyed).
With my snacks, I headed to the Gardens of Imagination to now choose the perfect spot for me to watch the fireworks. There were already lots of people, and we still had more than half an hour left for it to start.
After some here and there, I found a good spot. While waiting, I devoured my snacks.
The last 20 minutes were the longest. The place was getting as full as a concert now, and everyone was using their freaking umbrellas. It was blocking the view a little bit. Luckily, the rain got weaker a few minutes before the start, so many people were putting down their umbrellas and then, it was finally time!!! Enjoy the pictures:
It was breathtakingly incredible! I couldn’t believe the immensity of the performance. There were fireworks, fountain performances, music, video elements, even fire explosions! At the end of the performance, I got so emotional because everything reminded me so much of my childhood and the beauty of Disney that I had to cry. I just couldn’t hold it back.
The park wasn’t closing after the show. It was still open until 8pm. Still, I didn’t feel like going on any attractions. I felt tired and cold, and I still had a suitcase to pack, so I slowly headed towards Mickey Avenue again. Although I already had some dessert, I spotted another place. This time, it was waffles! And if I am not mistaking, the place was called Il Papperino. I chose the waffles (they were shaped like Donald Duck) with only maple syrup as a topping. I forgot the price for this, but it was okay.
While I was eating on a bench, I saw a lot of people passing me by. I though they were entering the toilets, but there were more people going in than coming out. When I finished I check if it was the toilets, but it wasn’t. They were all going to the Merchandise Shop. Of course, I had to check it out!
Guys, if you go to Disneyland, bring lots of money with you! Especially if you want to buy souvenirs or eat all the cute things. I think I spent around 90€ in the park (entrance included). I guess you’d spend more in Paris or the US, so if you wanna buy a lot of souvenirs or eat cute Disney Food, Shanghai is the place for it. The food really wasn’t that expensive which surprised me the most.
I bought quite a lot of things. I found an Ariel mug, THE most BEAUTIFUL one! Then I got a Bell keychain, and I got a plush couple keychain from Alice and the Cheshire Cat. They also had these with Anna and Elsa, with Beauty and the Beast and more.
When I left the souvenir shop, I think at around 7pm, I also left the park. It was such a shame that I only had such a short time in the park, and that the weather was rather bad. Another reason for me to come back, best in spring or autumn :)
I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did. I was really waiting to write this for a long time.
Have you guys ever been Disneyland? Which ones have you visited?
Thank you for reading, and travelling with me!