Planning a trip to Shanghai Disneyland, as the newest Disney park, can often be a daunting task. You may find lots of information on “when’s the best time to visit?”, “crowd calendars” & “a touring plan to maximise your time” but what should you actually take with you to make the most of the time you do have once you get there?
Having completed a trip back in November 2016, and experiencing the park for myself in all it’s spectacular and whacky glory, I have put together the following packing list to help make your trip as enjoyable as possible.
I’m starting with the most important one here. And although it sounds pretty obvious, sturdy shoes are an absolute MUST. Those familiar with other Disney parks, may not be fully prepared for the sheer scale of Shanghai Disneyland, it’s not only large, but spread out. If you are going to optimise your time in the parks by maximising your fast passes, you’re going to be doing a lot of walking (or in the case of soarin, running!) across the park, so be extra specially kind on your feet.
The weather in Shanghai is highly changeable, and in the case of our trip in November very unpredictable. We had days where t-shirts and shorts were a must, and on other days I needed a pair of fleece lined leggings under my jeans to keep the cold out. Rather than trying to second guess, take layers, LOTS of layers and you’ll be prepared for anything.
Pick up a tiny umbrella (I used these) in keep in your backpack, you may not need it, but when it rains, you’ll see a sea of umbrellas appear as if from nowhere and they come in especially handy for keeping a ring of personal space when queuing.
In some ways linked to the above (reading it back I’m realising I’m a little obsessed with the weather, rain in particular!) there are occasions when an umbrella isn’t an option. Take a waterproof layer to keep you dry on rides, they aren’t all undercover.
China is still a cash loving culture and although using cards is possible, (although be careful, they don’t often have chip and pin so you may have issues with your card provider) cash is still the easiest and preferred method of payment. In fact as some smaller stalls “cash only” is commonplace so make sure you have some to hand so as not to miss out on yummy snacks.
An open mind
Lastly, and ok, you got me, not an ACTUAL thing (that would be a little bit grim ?) but still very important. Go with an open mind. Much has been written about the cultural differences and horrors that await western travellers but if you go with an open mind, and a willingness to accept that things are done a little differently, especially in the personal space department! you will have a fantastic and memorable experience.
So what do you think? Any Shanghai Disneyland visitors think I’ve missed anything from my packing list? If you’re still planning your trip, what are you looking forward to most? I’d love to know 🙂