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Get An Exclusive Look At Shanghai’s New Disneyland

After five years of expectation, Disneyland has come to Shanghai and it’s magical!

Even though it took half a decade to build and about 5.5 billion dollars, Shanghai Disneyland opened its doors for the first time on June 15th, 2016. The whole ceremony was significantly dampened by the tragedy that happened in Orlando, but the opening still happened according to plan, according to CNN News.

If you are asking what exactly is so special about this Disneyworld above all others, well, executives have a thing or two to say about that topic. Not only is the Shanghai Disneyland the biggest Disney Park outside America, but it also has to offer a lot of new attractions, amongst which are some that pay respects to the Chinese tradition and cater to the preferences of Chinese visitors.

But this is only the tip of the iceberg for Shanghai Disneyland, which is the second of the franchise to open in China (the first one was opened in Hong Kong in 2005). For starters, the legendary Enchanted Storybook Castle is taller than anywhere else in the world, as well as more interactive and technologically most advanced.

Among amazing attractions and crazy rides you can also find the largest Lego store in the world, which is a very nice surprise, and the first World of Disney store in Asia.

The amusement park is traditionally divided into six parts – Mickey’s Avenue, Gardens of Imagination, Fantasy Land, Adventure Isle, Tomorrowland and Treasure Cove. Each of the parts has its special vibe and is per usual fit for most ages, though some like Fantasyland are more fit for younger children.

No worries, there is a lot for those young at heart, if not in age, and one of the rides that is very quickly becoming a signature for Shanghai Disneyland is Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle of the Sunken Treasure. It’s safe to say that park developers went out of whack with technology innovation on this ride, because the boats in which the visitors sit are controlled magnetically, so you can expect pretty much anything when it comes to swinging around and spinning during the ride.

Some of the all-time-favorite rides, however, didn’t make the cut, and one of them is Space Mountain. To ease the pain, though, developers made a newrollercoaster that is TRON themed and it’s rumored that it’s one of the fastest coasters that Disneyland in general has to offer. Details of the ride are very exciting, but you will have to check it out for yourself, although we can promise you a good fright.

When you get hungry and want to go souvenir shopping, you’ve got Disneytown at your disposal with fifty different restaurants and shops.

There are also two hotels that are a part of the park – Disneyland Hotel with Lumier’s kitchen and the Toy Story Hotel, where the rooms are movie-inspired.

All in all, Shanghai Disneyland has opened his doors big style and now it remains to be seen if the park will live up to the high expectations of Disneyland visitors from all over the world.

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