Shanghai Disneyland Trip Planning Guide

Shanghai Disneyland is the newest Disney Park and the first in Mainland China. The Park opened officially on June 16, 2016. Shanghai Disney Resort is in Pudong, Shanghai, China, and includes the theme park, Disneytown, Wishing Star Park, the Shanghai Disneyland Hotel, and the Toy Story Hotel.

Over the past three years, the park has gone through rapid changes, and it’s exciting to watch it evolve. This does make for a challenge when planning a trip, though. Our updated guide gives you the latest tips, recommendations, and information to help you plan the perfect visit. I recommend getting the Lonely Planet Guide to further research if you spend time in the city. It’s worth visiting the city of Shanghai for a few days.

Since the Grand Opening, I’ve made multiple trips to the Park and have stockpiled many items to add to this guide. Many Explorers make Shanghai Disneyland part of a bigger Disney Asia Trip (Hong Kong Disneyland & Tokyo Disney Resort) to make it easier regarding Chinese Travel Visas (Don’t worry, I’ll explain this).

Once you’re done studying this guide, you’ll feel like you’ve visited since day one!

Table of Contents

Visa for Mainland China

Enchanted Storybook Castle

I have to stress that you’ll need to understand how travel visas work for Mainland China. Otherwise, you may be denied entry into the country. While I don’t know of this happening to anyone personally, I don’t want it to happen to you. Please read this section carefully.

To visit Mainland China as a tourist, you must have an L-type visa in your passport before arrival (there are a few exceptions, which I’ll cover). Visit the nearest Chinese Embassy in your area to apply. You can read our full guide explaining this process. Some countries do not need a visa ahead of time and are granted a visa upon arrival (which I won’t list here, so check with your country of origin.)

There are two different visas you may receive upon arrival, which you don’t need to get ahead of time. These work in specific ways and, in some cases, are the better option if Shanghai is part of a larger trip. Read the links to make sure you meet the requirements and have all the proper documentation:

Have your hotel reservations and flight information printed out in advance. Make sure the name on your passport matches what’s on the hotel reservation and flights. For hotel reservations, have everyone’s full name on the reservation (matching their passport). For the Disney Hotels, you may have to call (use Skype) to add additional people’s names to the reservation — they’ll e-mail you the newly updated reservation.

To get the transit visa, you must prove you are transiting through China (meaning you have a flight booked to leave China). This means you are flying from Point A to Point B (Shanghai in this case) to Point C (can be anywhere but Point A).

This is why having Shanghai Disneyland as part of a bigger trip makes it easier. You can fly into Shanghai and get the transit visa, then to Hong Kong or Tokyo.

When to Visit Shanghai Disneyland

Camp Discovery Shanghai Disneyland

The biggest decision to make is when to visit. You’ll have to consider public holidays, weather, and personal preferences. These factors affect crowd levels.

The climate in Shanghai is distinct in its seasons. This means the winters are cold and the summers are hot (similar to Japan). The summer is hot and humid (June-September), with temperatures averaging 35°C (95°F). The winter is uncomfortable (December to February), getting down to 0°C (32°F) in the evenings. Weather-wise, Autumn is mild.

Is Shanghai Disneyland Crowded?

Shanghai Disneyland saw 11.8 million visitors in 2018, which isn’t a small number. An excellent rule of thumb is to avoid public holidays. The Park is crowded and, in some cases, reaches capacity. Chinese New Year and National Day are the biggest holidays in the country and last about a week. Even on a normal day, it’s common to see higher wait times across the board on a weekday.

Is one day enough for Shanghai Disneyland?

One day at Shanghai Disneyland isn’t enough. So how many days do you need at Shanghai Disneyland? I always recommend two full days to experience everything at the Park. Much walking is involved, so you’ll want to conserve your energy.

Crowd Calendar

There’s no crowd calendar for Shanghai Disneyland, but in this section, I’ll explain the best and worst times to visit so you can avoid the crowds and have ideal weather.

Attraction Closures

Shanghai Disneyland announces ride closures approximately 15 days in advance. That does make it more difficult to plan accordingly. The best place to check is the Shanghai Disneyland website.

Best Times to Visit

Here’s what I believe are the best times to visit Shanghai Disneyland:

  • March through May
  • October and November

During these months you’ll have comfortable weather. While it’s a bit cooler in March, you’ll visit right after Chinese New Year, and the crowds are lighter. As for October, avoid the first week as this is National Day, but if you visit afterward, the crowds are gone.

If you don’t mind the cold, December and January are another good time to visit. The temperatures during this time get as low as 0°C (32°F).

For specific days during the week, I recommend Tuesday through Friday. Park tickets are more expensive on weekends and public holidays than weekday tickets (more on that in the ticket section). Mondays are generally busier because people want to avoid paying the higher price for a weekend ticket.

Worst Times to Visit

It’s best to avoid these major holidays if you plan on visiting Shanghai Disneyland.

  • Chinese New Year (January or February)
  • July and August (School Holidays)
  • National Day (First week of October)

Chinese New Year (called the Spring Festival) changes yearly, usually in January or February. This is the most important celebration in China and is a family holiday. This means a lot of families visit Shanghai Disneyland during this time.

The summer holidays for most students are in July and August. Not only is the park busy, but it’s also the hottest time of the year, which is unpleasant.

National Day is another week-long holiday in China and is in the first week of October.

As a reminder, always remember to check the public holiday calendar before you decide on exact dates.

Mickey Minnie Shanghai Disneyland Christmas

Seasonal Events

Shanghai Disneyland offers seasonal events with limited-time food, decorations, character greetings, and entertainment. The only downside is that, unlike Tokyo Disney Resort, the Park doesn’t announce event dates far in advance. It’s common to have an announcement a week or two before the event begins. It’s best to check our latest news closer to your trip.

Seasonal events typically include:

Shanghai Disneyland Park Tickets

Shanghai Disneyland Discount Tickets

Shanghai Disneyland offers both 1-day and 2-day Park tickets. There are two different tiers of tickets that vary in price: Standard (weekday only) and Peak (weekends and public holidays).

Here are a few options to buy your Shanghai Disneyland Park tickets:

If you buy your tickets online, you’ll have to show your passport at the ticket gates on the first day (after that, you won’t need to). However, if you buy your tickets with your Disney Hotel reservation, you won’t have to show your passport at the turnstiles (this is taken care of at the hotel).

Shanghai Disneyland Annual Pass

If you plan to visit the Park for quite a few days, then it’s worth considering their annual pass. There are three levels: Silver, Gold, and Diamond. Check the official website for pricing.


Toy Story Hotel Shanghai Disneyland

Shanghai Disney Resort offers two Disney Hotels — the Shanghai Disneyland Hotel (starts at about $260 USD per night) and the Toy Story Hotel (starts at about $135 USD per night). You’re able to book hotels for six months in advance. Both hotels are fantastic and offer character greetings and restaurants.

If it’s within your budget, I recommend staying at either of these hotels. Getting to the Park from within the city isn’t the easiest, and much like Tokyo Disney Resort, you’ll want to get to the Park at least 30-60 minutes before it opens.

You’ll get a few perks by staying at the Disney Hotels:

  • Guaranteed Park entry
  • Free shuttles to/from the Park
  • One additional FastPass
  • 30-minute early entry

The 60-minute early entry is enough to justify spending extra time to stay at one of the Disney Hotels. The main entrance into the Park is unpleasant and crowded, and it takes 30 to 60 minutes to get there (depending on the crowds). Before entering the park, you must go through security first and then the ticket turnstiles.

For hotel guests’ early entry, you go through the Disneytown entrance 60 minutes before the Park opens (you enter close to Tomorrowland).


If you’re on a budget, then the Toy Story Hotel is a great option (not to mention your only option for a budget Disney Hotel). If you don’t mind being off-property, then here are a few recommendations:

The Courtyard is my top choice for an offsite hotel. It’s near Shanghai Disney Resort and offers a free shuttle to/from the Park. The only downside is that if you want to do anything in the city, you’ll have to take the free shuttle to the metro (it’s not walking distance).


Lotso Bubble Waffle Shanghai Disneyland
Lotso Bubble Waffle at the Toy Box Café in Toy Story Land is among my favourites!

Restaurants in Shanghai Disneyland Park and the hotels combine Chinese, Western, and International cuisine. These restaurants range from buffets to table and counter service. Disneytown (Shanghai’s version of Disney Springs or Downtown Disney) has a wide range of dining options, including a Starbucks.

You’ll also find various snacks throughout the Park, including theme park staples such as popcorn, ice cream, waffles, and turkey legs (which garner long lines, oddly enough).

There are a few table service restaurants at Shanghai Disney Resort:

  • Royal Banquet Hall (Character Dining inside the Enchanted Storybook Castle)
  • Aurora (Shanghai Disneyland Hotel)
  • Lumiére’s Kitchen (Shanghai Disneyland Hotel)
  • Club 33 (Only members can make reservations)

One important note is the tap water in Shanghai is not suitable for drinking (brushing your teeth with tap water is okay). You’re given free bottles of water in your hotel room. The water stations inside the Park are safe for drinking. Also, you won’t find any Coke products; it’s all Pepsi products and Pepsi Max.

Restaurant Recommendations

Tangled Tavern Shanghai Disneyland
Tangled Tavern

Here are my recommendations for the best places to eat:

  • Pinocchio Village Kitchen (Pizza)
  • Barbossa’s Bounty (BBQ ribs)
  • Wandering Moon Restaurant (Chinese cuisine)
  • Toy Box Café (Western options & cute desserts)
  • Tangled Tavern (Western and Asian cuisine)
  • Mickey & Pals Market Café
  • Royal Banquet Hall

Both Tribal Table and Wandering Moon Restaurant offer vegetarian options. I am not aware of any vegan-friendly options in the Park. If you have food allergies, most restaurants can accommodate you. You’ll have to consult with each restaurant individually (there’ll be a Cast Member who speaks English in most cases).

Snack Recommendations

  • Remy’s Patisserie: Duffy and Friends-shaped Panna Cotta (the flavours are just okay, but super cute)
  • Remy’s Patisserie: Shanghainese Pork Bun (this is one of my favourites)
  • Toy Box Café: Toy Story drinks with the collectible tumblers
  • Toy Box Café: Lotso Bubble Waffle
  • Il Paperino: Donald’s Waffle & Soft Serve
Toy Story Land Collectible Cups Shanghai Disneyland
You’re able to collect three different tumblers from the Toy Box Café in Toy Story Land


  • Check restaurant menus through the official app or website
  • Save on dining by getting a meal voucher through Klook
  • Make a reservation at the Royal Banquet Hall ahead of time (use Skype)
  • Guests take breaks in the quick service restaurants, even during off-peak dining hours (find a table first if you can)
  • If a Cast Member doesn’t speak English, there are English menus you can point at
  • The water stations inside restaurants are hot or warm water (use the fountains outside for cold)
  • Outside food is not allowed

I also recommend getting food allergy cards (I haven’t used this service, but I did some research and read positive things). If you have severe allergies, then the information in this Reddit thread helps.

Attractions & FastPass

TRON Shanghai Disneyland

Shanghai Disneyland offers some of the world’s best and most modern Disney attractions. Undoubtedly, these attractions are part of the main reason you’re making the journey to Shanghai.

In my opinion, the best rides include Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for the Sunken Treasure, TRON Lightcyle Power Run, and Camp Discovery.

A FastPass shortens your wait time for an attraction. You’ll have to make a FastPass reservation through the official Shanghai Disneyland App or the dedicated kiosks around the Park. It’s included with your Park admission at no extra cost.

Knowing how to use the FastPass system and having a strategy can make or break your day. Read my field-tested FastPass strategy that explains everything you need to know, including what the best rides are.

TRON FastPass Shanghai Disneyland App
You’ll reserve FastPasses through the official app. The free Wi-Fi in the Park works.

Disney Premier Access

This is the paid FastPass option, which allows you to gain access to the FastPass lines for certain attractions. This is perfect if this is a once-in-a-lifetime trip or you don’t want to deal with long lines.  This article explains how to use Disney Premier Access.

Entertainment & Fireworks

Shanghai Disneyland offers a variety of stage shows, character greetings, a daytime parade, and a nighttime spectacular — all of which are in Mandarin. Even with the language barrier, the stories are simple enough for you to get the idea most of the time. Here’s a list of my entertainment recommendations (you see now why I say you need at least two days at the Park):

Mulan Shanghai Disneyland
Mulan in Mickey’s Storybook Express

The spectacular fireworks show, Ignite the Dream, is a perfect way to end your day at the park. This doesn’t rival Disney Dreams over at Disneyland Paris, but it’s marvellous for their first fireworks show. I prefer watching the show from the end of Mickey Avenue and not from the Gardens of Imagination. The reason is that the Gardens become intensely crowded and I find this unpleasant (you’re also told to sit).

Parades are a passion of mine, and while Mickey’s Storybook Express is not the best parade, the music gets you moving. A standout feature of this parade is that Mulan appears as her warrior alternate ego, Ping, and comes in riding on her trusted companion, Khan. The parade route is long, so finding a decent spot to stand is easy.

Captain Jack’s Stunt Spectacular is an over-the-top stage show worth watching. Even though the entire show is in Mandarin, there’s enough action that you won’t notice you have no idea what anyone is saying.

The best way to describe Tarzan is that it’s a light version of a Cirque du Soleil show.

Then one of my favourites is the Golden Fairytale Fanfare in front of the Enchanted Storybook Castle, a stage show with gorgeous costumes, music, and appearances by several Disney Characters.

Always check the official website for showtimes.

Character Greetings

Shanghai Disneyland features several Character Greetings throughout the Park, from Marvel and Star Wars characters to Duffy the Disney Bear. The outside greetings (mainly in Mickey Avenue) are quite popular and have long waits. It’s best to ask a Cast Member when a character comes out.


Disneytown is Shanghai’s version of Downtown Disney or Ikspiari at Tokyo Disney Resort. It offers a variety of shopping and restaurants, including The World of Disney Store, Starbucks, and The Cheesecake Factory.

Travel Tips

Mickey Mouse Shanghai Disneyland

Here are tips and advice to make your time at Shanghai Disneyland less stressful and more enjoyable.

  • Major credits cards are accepted in stores and restaurants (kiosks are cash)
  • If you need cash, the ATMs in the Resort accept most foreign cards (check with your bank)
  • Arrive at the Park at about 60 minutes before opening (if you aren’t staying at the Disney Hotels)
  • Buy the Shanghai Disney Photo Pass in advance
  • Having a Mandarin Phrasebook will help with communication issues (also great if you don’t have access to Google)
  • Mandarin and English is spoken at Shanghai Disney Resort (Hotel Cast Members & Managers usually speak a level of English)
  • The language barrier isn’t too much of an issue even though most Cast Members in the Park don’t speak English


Travelling to a foreign country comes with first-hand experiences in cultural differences. Here’s a list of a few you’ll notice during your visit:

  • Portion sizes for food are similar to Western diets
  • Queuing can feel disorderly at times, so be aware guests sometimes jump the queue (cutting the line)
  • It’s not uncommon for children to relieve themselves in public (with parental help)
  • While there are smoking areas and signs indicating where smoking is not allowed, some guests may ignore these signs
  • Unauthorized merchandise sellers exist in the Park. They likely won’t interact with you, but always buy from the stores or official kiosks in the Park


When flying into Shanghai, you land either at the Pudong International Airport (recommended) or Hongqiao International Airport. The easiest and quickest way to the Disney Hotels and the “Courtyard By Marriott Shanghai International Tourism and Resorts Zone” hotel is by taking a taxi.


A taxi to the area is anywhere between 140 to 160 RMB ($20 to $25 USD). Only take taxis from the taxi stand at the airport (follow the signs). People will ask you if you need a taxi; ignore them and go to the taxi stand. This way, you know you’ll get a reputable taxi.

If you go with anyone who approaches you, you’ll likely be overcharged for your taxi. I was quoted 400 RMB ($60 USD) for a taxi to Shanghai Disneyland Hotel, which is a rip-off.

Have your hotel name written in Mandarin (Chinese) to show the taxi driver. Taxis will only take cash, so make sure you have some on you. There’s an HSBC ATM just outside of immigration (before you leave into the arrivals area) where you can take out cash if your card is on the Visa Plus network.

Shanghai Disneyland Hotel

浦东新区, 上海 201205

Toy Story Hotel

浦东新区, 上海 201205

Courtyard By Marriott Shanghai International Tourism and Resorts Zone

秀浦路3999弄17号,201315 上海
+81 21 5150 9988

Metro & Maglev

Another option is the Maglev and subway, which takes about an hour to get to the Resort after a few transfers. I recommend buying the “Maglev Single Trip + Metro One-Day Pass” (55 RMB or $8 USD) right at the Maglev station (follow the signs). That way you are able to get to Shanghai Disney Resort station without having to buy extra tickets:

  • Maglev from Pudong International Airport
  • Transfer at Longyang Rd to Line 16 (Heading towards Dishui Lake)
  • Transfer at Luoshan Rd to Line 11 and head right to “Disney Resort”
  • Download the Explore Shanghai Metro App (iOS & Android)

To get back to the airport, ask the concierge to call you a taxi. They’ll make sure you get a legitimate taxi. Ask the concierge to write down how much the trip costs. This way there is less chance of a dispute if the taxi tries to overcharge you. A taxi ride from the Disney Hotels costs about $20 USD.

How to Access Blocked Websites

Using the Internet is troublesome in Mainland China, and Shanghai Disneyland is no exception. The Great Firewall of China, as it’s known, prevents websites, apps, and services such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google, and a plethora of other sites from working while in the country. Even if you have a foreign phone, you are not exempt from this. However, iMessage and FaceTime work without any issues. If you need to communicate with others, then download WeChat for iOS or Android (it’s the most popular messaging platform in China).

Disney Hotels and Park have free Wi-Fi, but websites are blocked here, too. The official app does work on this Wi-Fi, however. To access blocked websites while on these Wi-Fi networks, you’ll need to install a VPN. I recommend Surfshark and have used it while travelling. Keep in mind that the Wi-Fi in the Park isn’t reliable and I don’t recommend relying on it.

If you’re with T-Mobile in the US, they offer an international roaming package (you can access all your apps and websites). The only downside is it’s 2G, which means it’s incredibly slow and not ideal for sharing video and photos.

SIM Card

If you have an unlocked smartphone, there’s a simple way to access all your apps and websites. This 4G SIM Card works in both Hong Kong and Mainland China. I use this each time I visit Shanghai (that’s how I can post to Instagram while I’m there).

Before Your Trip

A simple list of things to do, read, or buy before your trip. This makes planning things so much smoother.

  • Download the Official Shanghai Disneyland App and create your account
  • Download the Metro App for iOS or Android to navigate the trains
  • Save yourself money by getting discount Shanghai Disneyland Park & meal tickets
  • Buy this SIM Card to get around blocked websites & apps (Great Firewall of China)
  • If you need a Wi-Fi device, I recommend this one (you’ll need to use a VPN to access most sites)
  • If you plan on using a VPN, install it before you get to China
  • Perfect your trip to Shanghai with the Lonely Planet Guide (I love using this for research)
  • Read DisneyTouristBlog’s Shanghai Guide too (it’s always good to get other opinions)
  • Budget about $50 USD (320 RMB) per day in cash (get this before you go from your bank)
  • If doing the transit visa, make sure your full legal name is on your hotel reservations
  • Print out all hotel and airline reservations

Pro Tip: You can see the Shanghai Disneyland Park Map and ride wait times through the app. If you download ahead of time, you can study the map to become familiar with the Park and see wait time patterns.

Do they speak English at Shanghai Disneyland?

Cast Members don’t widely speak English at Shanghai Disneyland. Don’t let that deter you from visiting, though. Cast Members working at the front desk at the Hotels and Guest Relations will have English-speaking staff. If you don’t speak Chinese (Mandarin), you’ll be fine at Shanghai Disneyland.

Most entertainment and shows are in Mandarin and not English. However, they’ll speak English if you do character greetings with face characters.

Is Shanghai Disneyland worth the visit?

Undoubtedly, Shanghai Disneyland is a must-visit for any theme park fan. There’s more than enough in the Park to justify journeying to this side of the world. While the Park isn’t perfect and has its issues, it’s exciting to watch this Park grow and evolve in the short time it’s been open.

I love this Park; it holds a special place in my little Explorer’s heart. Once you visit, you’ll understand why.

A trip to China sounds intimidating, and you may hesitate to visit. By following all the advice listed here, you’ll be more than prepared when you make your trip happen! You’ll be happy you did trust me.

More on Shanghai Disneyland

Do you still want to consume more content on Shanghai Disneyland? Don’t worry. I’ve got you covered. Here are videos, podcasts, and other resources to help you with your trip.

Trip Reports

Read and watch my firsthand experience at Shanghai Disneyland through my written trip reports and vlogs.

  • Winter Trip Reports (Parts one, two, and three)
  • VLOG: Christmas Trip Report (Parts one, two, and three)
  • VLOG: Spring at Shanghai Disneyland (Part one and two)

Shanghai Disneyland Grand Opening 2016

I was fortunate to visit Shanghai Disneyland on its first official day on June 16, 2016. What an incredible experience! I won’t ever have the chance to do it again. I’ve documented the entire adventure for you to read, watch, or listen to:

Explorer Thoughts on Shanghai Disneyland?

Do you have any more tips and advice to add? Let us know in the comments!

If Shanghai Disneyland is part of a larger Disney Asia Trip, you won’t miss out on other travel guides for Tokyo Disney Resort and Hong Kong Disneyland!

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  1. Sabrina Mittermeier

    Thank you for this! We leave in 2 weeks! I have 2 questions:
    There is not yet a shuttle bus from Pudong to Disney, right? Did you feel safe taking a taxi or did you have any issues? I’ve heard some bad stories, but it seems that if you stick to the more reputable companies (apparently the turquoise and yellow taxis) and have your address written down in Chinese it should be fine? Thanks!

  2. TDR Explorer

    From what I know, there is no shuttle. I felt fine taking taxis. Just ask the airport where to get one, and you will be OK. Coming from Disney to the Airport, they will know which taxi to get for you without issue. I never felt unsafe at any point.

    Yes, have your address in Mandarin and show it to them. Also make sure to ask the person who is calling the taxi for you to write down how much it is. Just lessens the chance of being over charged.

    Thank you so much for reading!

  3. sarah

    Hello! I had a question about the 144-hour visa, which I’m not sure if you can answer. I’m a US citizen but I live in Japan, with a work visa. If I went from Tokyo to Hong Kong, then Hong Kong to Shanghai, then Shanghai to Tokyo, would Japan count as a “third country” making me eligible for the visa? Or would it not count because I have a visa for Japan and am a resident?

  4. TDR Explorer

    Morning Sarah, I would phone the Chinese consulate in Tokyo to make sure as I am not 100% sure. But, when we went, they never asked for my resident card in Japan only my passport. So, my guess is it’s probably fine. But I would phone and ask if you want to be 100% sure.

  5. theplaz

    For foreign currency: I’ve found the best way (even after fees) is to use your debit card to withdraw local currency from an ATM. Also does not require advanced planning – though to minimize fees you still want to estimate how much currency you need.

  6. Ch Schaaf

    When using a Hong Kong SIM card, did you have to activate it while in HK? Looking at your trip report, it doesn’t look like you had a stop in HK first. I’ve heard some of the SIMs have to be activated in HK before they can be used.

    Thank you!

  7. Harry

    Just a hotel Question:- are they good with early check in’s – My Plane arrives at 9.25 am – but my check in isn’t till 15.00 – I’m heading straight to the hotel with my bags – I’d probably like a nap! what the likelihood of my room being ready/them allowing me to check in early? are Disney good for this?

  8. melissa

    Hello!! Thank u so much for this guide! I went to tokyo disneyland/sea last year and relied heavily on your comprehensive guides! Needless to say my trips to both parks was a huge success!!

    Re shanghai disneyland, do they have popcorn like in tdr? I bought a cute ariel seashell bucket while at tokyo disneysea and am wondering if i should take it with me this year to shanghai.

  9. Emi

    Hi there! Have you tried the photopass? Do you think it’s worth purchasing at Shanghai or HK Disneyland?

  10. Ashleigh

    I’m interested in taking the Ego Bus, there isn’t much information in English online. Is there a specific route that goes to the Disney hotels?

  11. Ryntan

    Hi, do you know what is actually happened when the park is open at 11am instead of 9am?
    – is it because on that day is forecasted will be very low guest coming?
    – what would i missed?
    – should i choose the dates with 9am park opened instead? Or 11am is fine?

  12. Noortje Ros

    Hey TDR Explorer, first off all, I love your content! Second i have questions about the Simcard you mention above. What is the size? I have a IPhone SE and need a nano simcard. Will this work?

    Thank in advance!

  13. Donna Hill

    Klook no longer has meal vouchers for SDL 🙁 STILL I am excited for my first trip in two weeks! Thanks for all of your efforts and great tips!

  14. faecelinee

    I can’t wait to visit Shanghai Disneyland! I am planning a trip to Shanghai in November and I want to maximize my day in Shanghai Disneyland. Thank you for this informative tips!

  15. Mignon

    Hey! Love this guide. Question about the 20% food discount though…If I buy an annual pass and go to the parks with friends who only have the regular ticket. Would I be able to use the 20% discount on all of our meals at the sit down restaurants, if I’m the one paying for it?/

  16. Jennie

    Hello! I’ll be heading to DisneySea at the beginning of 2020 which is how I came upon your website. Hopefully around Christmas time I’ll be heading to Shanghai Disneyland since I haven’t been there since it first opened. I do know that now you are allowed to take outside food into the park as long as it doesn’t require heating up. Also Wechat pay now supports some overseas credit cards which is super helpful not just at Disney but everywhere.

    Thanks for all the great info-I have become a bit addicted to your webpage as well as youtube videos and am counting the days until I get to Tokyo for DisneySea.

  17. Batka Tumur

    Hello Chris, Thank you for your ultimate guide to the resort. I would like to plan my trip in January 2020 but there is no calendar seen in any available ticket selling platforms, even in Shanghai disneyland web site. Only december dates are seen. What can I do? I search google zero results. Thank you.
    Batka from Mongolia

  18. Marco Herrmann

    Can you investigate why foregin countries can not set up a Shanghai Disney Resort Account. To verify and activate the account you need to receive a verification code via sms to your mobile and it seems the dont support international phone numbers !!! I am not able to set up an account and so i am also unable to book anything via the offical website. Thats a joke for such ab big international company. Are they crazy??? I am so angry never had so much trouble to set up a disney account. Shanghai Resort is the only one that not works. Do not understand what is wrong with them?

  19. TDR Explorer

    If you have a Disney account that you use for the US Disney Parks, that should work with the Shanghai Disneyland website and app. I’ve used mine from the US for years. If you don’t have US Disney account, I recommend making one then using it with the Shanghai Disneyland website.

  20. Dee

    Hi Chris. We used your very helpful TDR guide when visiting a few years back. We are now planning a trip to Shanghai DLR this summer (only time we can visit). Looking at the DL Hotel site, rooms are available for this summer but not the park tickets. Did you book the rooms first and then return to DL site to purchase tickets or can I purchase park tickets at hotel concierge at check- in (are hotel guests guaranteed park entry?)? Do you know how far in advance park tickets are released on-line for purchase?
    I’m also having trouble with the hotel reservation since the system doesn’t accept my legal name (last name and first & middle name listed on “first name” line when making the hotel reservation). I’m fearful that if I just list my first and last name on the DL hotel ressie (which is what the system accepts) and my legal name is first, middle, and last names on my passport, then we will be denied the 144 hour transit visa. Do you or any readers have experience with this? Any suggestions or recommendations are greatly appreciated.
    You also mentioned free fastpasses if staying on Disney property. Is that still valid in 2024 or has it been replaced by the pay-for Disney Premier Access Pass? Thank you for your help!

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