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Fantasyland

 

Disney Description from June 2016:

Fantasyland, inspired by Disney’s animated films, is the largest of all the lands in Shanghai Disneyland and home to the majestic Enchanted Storybook Castle. The castle overlooks a storybook village and an enchanted forest, while exciting attractions immerse guests in beloved stories. Every corner of Fantasyland offers a magical experience that embraces, involves, and engages the entire family.

In this fairy-tale paradise, guests will float through familiar Disney stories on Voyage to the Crystal Grotto, a fanciful excursion making its global premiere at Shanghai Disneyland. They will ride on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train – in and out of tunnels glowing with dazzling diamonds – and take flight to Never Land on Peter Pan’s Flight. They may also explore the Hundred Acre Wood with Winnie the Pooh or follow Alice through a dazzling Wonderland maze.

This timeless land is for the young and young at heart, a place where fairy tales are born and live forever.
 
Voyage to the Crystal Grotto
Voyage to the Crystal Grotto is an enchanting excursion that travels the waters of Fantasyland. Fanciful fountains and sculptures line the water’s edge, celebrating such classic tales of magic and imagination as Mulan, Beauty and the Beast, Fantasia, Tangled, Aladdin and The Little Mermaid. At journey’s end, guests glide beneath Enchanted Storybook Castle, into a secret, underground chamber in which magical crystals come to life, covering the walls with moving light and color. The experience is sure to inspire the dreams and imaginations of all who make this wondrous voyage.
 
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Inspired by Disney’s classic animated film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, this family- friendly coaster takes guests into a fabulous mine glittering with jewels, where the Seven Dwarfs sing happily as they work. Guests ride in a train of mine cars that winds through rolling hills, with views of pools and waterfalls as they leave the mine and dash on toward the cottage of the Seven Dwarfs. Each mine car is mounted in a cradle-like pivot that allows it to swing back and forth as the track turns. Guests will enjoy music from the classic Disney film, along with a cast of animated figures and helpful forest animals.
 
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Guests will take a ride in a giant honey pot through a musical adventure with everyone's favorite cuddly bear. Travel with Winnie the Pooh through a tumultuous storm to rescue Piglet from a flood with the help of Tigger and the rest of Pooh's Hundred Acre Wood friends. Giant storybooks throughout the attraction tell the Winnie the Pooh stories in Chinese.
 
Hunny Pot Spin
Also in the Hundred Acre Wood section of Fantasyland, Hunny Pot Spin is a delightful family attraction where guests ride inside whirling honey pots – in honor of Winnie the Pooh’s favorite food. “Hunny” is the way Pooh labels his ceramic jars filled with honey. Beneath a canopy strung with honey-dripping hives, friendly bees hum the Winnie the Pooh song to accompany the twirling guests. How fast each honey pot spins is determined by the guests, who may add speed by turning a wheel in the center of the honey pot. The honey pots, labeled in English and Chinese, are painted in loving detail, and each pot appears to be dripping with honey that oozes down the side.
 
Alice in Wonderland Maze
Designed especially for Shanghai Disneyland, this maze is the first attraction at a Disney park themed to Tim Burton’s live-action film Alice in Wonderland. In the experience, guests choose their own path as they wind through the delightfully whimsical world of Wonderland on their way to the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Along the way, they may encounter the Cheshire Cat, the Bandersnatch and sculptures of characters, including the temperamental Red Queen. In a maze of sculpted hedges, stone garden walls, giant flowers, and whimsical sculptures, there’s fun at every turn in this delightful family adventure.
 
Peter Pan's Flight
Aboard a “flying” ship in Peter Pan’s Flight, guests sail through the skies over London and off to Never Land. There, Peter Pan leads guests through a series of remarkable adventures to confront the villainous Captain Hook and his pirate crew. With an exciting, new ride system, guests soar as never before into this action-packed story of the boy who taught our imaginations how to fly. In this classic attraction, updated for Shanghai Disneyland, new Disney magic brings the ships closer to the action and face to face with the characters, as they are showered in Pixie Dust.

“Frozen: A Sing-Along Celebration”
Audiences at Evergreen Playhouse join their Frozen friends and the villagers of Arendelle for a fun and frosty interactive showcase, packed with a flurry of stories, songs and sing-alongs. Two amusing and engaging Festival Guides host the celebration and introduce each magical musical number. Well-known characters Elsa, Anna and Kristoff join the fun and guests of all ages are encouraged to sing along with a few favorite Frozen tunes

Tangled Tree Tavern
Located in the Fantasyland forest, Tangled Tree Tavern is inspired by the Snuggly Duckling, the pub featured in Disney’s animated film Tangled, the tale of Rapunzel. Warped by time and the roots of the large tree nearby, Tangled Tree Tavern is full of rich details and an atmosphere befitting the boisterous ruffians and thugs in the film. Guests will enjoy a hearty meal in this lush woodland environment.
 
Pinocchio Village Kitchen
Just beyond Enchanted Storybook Castle in Fantasyland Village is Pinocchio Village Kitchen. Colorful murals of Pinocchio’s adventures enliven the walls inside this family-friendly restaurant. A selection of food is offered at three counters, with accompanying display kitchens, the largest of which is a brick pizza oven.

 

Attractions
Current Attractions:
  • Disney Princesses at Enchanted Storybook Castle (Opened: Jun 16, 2016)
  • Hunny Pot Spin (Opened: Jun 16, 2016)
  • Peter Pan's Flight (FP) (Opened: Jun 16, 2016)
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (FP) (Opened: Jun 16, 2016)
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (FP) (Opened: Jun 16, 2016)
  • Voyage to the Crystal Grotto (Opened: Jun 16, 2016)
Dining
  • Royal Banquet Hall
  • Pinocchio Village Kitchen
  • Tangled Tree Tavern
  • Fairy Godmother's Cupboard
  • Troubadour Treats
  • Merlin's Magic Recipe
  • Vending Cart
  • Outdoor Popcorn Cart
  • Outdoor Pretzel & Churros Cart

 

Quick Facts
  • Enchanted Storybook Castle, the first Disney castle dedicated to all of the Disney princesses, can be seen from Shanghai’s Financial District on a clear day. It is the tallest, largest, and most complex Disney castle ever built. The highest finial on the castle is a cascade of Disney stars topped by a golden peony–a flower representative of China.

 

Geek's Thoughts
From April 2018:
  • In the afternoon paid a visit to Fantasyland.  First stop was to walk around the castle.  It is a very large structure compared to the other castle and you can enter/exit from all four directions.   The central courtyard is impressive with a great view up.  The artwork represents several fairtales.    Overall I thought it worked and in person looked much better than pictures. In pictures it seemed rather boxy to me but it works well in person.
  • Spent some time wandering around the Alice in Wonderland Maze.  I thought this was a fun use of space.  Having it be below grade so guests walking around Fantasyland can look down on the maze was a nice feature.  
  • We were not that hungry for dinner but decided to grab a bite from the Village Haus.  This seemed to be the plan for many as there were people everywhere inside.  Adding to the congestion was the fact that they had started to close some seating areas for the evening already.   The restaurant is set up in a scramble format where you can pick up food from multiple counters then a single paypoint on the way out.  We opted for pizza.  I would have liked to have had a basic cheese option but everything was more than that.. the topping choices felt more like what you would see on flatbreads.   The pizza was Mickey shaped and tasted ok.   I had WeChat working and linked so I was able to use my Season Pass discount on a set/combo meal.  Using it was pretty simple.  You just have to have your coupon ready and the cast member will scan it at the register.  So dinner was a good deal.  T
  • Used our FastPass for Peter Pan.  This was our first use of FastPass.  Interesting to note you need to scan your ticket here just like Anaheim, but here your picture pops up and the cast member looks to compare the picture.  It seemed people were either trying to cheat the system or having problems as they were slow going.   Also they did this scan and compared at both the entrance and merge point.
  • Peter Pan’s Flight attraction in Shanghai has large two row pirate ships and seemed slightly longer than elsewhere.   It integrates more screens and projections, it felt very similar to Alice in Wonderland in Disneyland in that respect.  I thought the screen use was well done for the most part and added to the experience.   Due to the screen use though it seemed the use of figures was more limited throughout.  Overall though I thought it was a great version of the attraction.
  • I made sure to be at the Voyage to the Crystal Grotto for its 9am opening time because the line always seemed to be pushing an hour or more.  The attraction is a boat ride through a handful of scenes from Disney films then a quick pass under the castle.  The scenes were really basic fountains with some characters and music.  They looked ok and the kids in the boat seemed to really enjoy it.  It is sort of equivalent to the storybook land canal boats but instead of small scale models larger scale scenes.   I was happy to experience it with a minimal wait, not sure how pleased if I had spent an hour waiting.  I was disappointed with the Crystal Grotto Finale, which is the scene under the castle.  I was expecting a wow moment and instead it was just ok.
  • “Once Upon a Time” Adventure is a walk through inside the Enchanted Storybook Castle.  The story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is told through a handful of scenes that feature some video and special effect elements.  You can almost think of it as the next generation of the walkthrough found in Sleeping Beauty Castle.   I thought it was well done.  The pacing was a little awkward as I felt rushed up the stairs to the second room and would have liked more time to see the staircase.   I was happy I was not in a full group, the crowd was light so it was maybe a 2/3-3/4 full only so there was some room to move around and not as much of a fight for position as I would expect with a full group.   One note is the dialog is all in Mandarin.  Also a warning that there are a lot of steps both up and down.  It is listed as accessible so there must have been an elevator but we did not think to ask for those in the group that had bad knees.   I would have also liked to have seen an observation area.  The courtyard/garden at the top was great to go outside and look up at the castle but being able to look out on the park would have been awesome.
  • We used a FastPass for the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.  This attraction is located in what felt like a far region of the park, beyond the waterways of the Crystal Grotto attraction is a small area with two Winnie the Pooh attractions, a meet and greet and store.  It is between the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Tangled Tree Tavern.  The attraction seems the same as the Walt Disney World and Hong Kong Disneyland, just some Mandarin writing on the books vs English.
  • Located nearby is the Festival Forest.  This area featured a small stage with some seating and then picnic tables.  Also noteworthy is the stage included the Sword in the Stone.   On the stage there are multiple shows presented throughout the day.   We attended most of a Storytime show where they were telling Beauty and the Beast.  It was in Mandarin but you can still get the drift.   The presentation was in a style like the Fantasy Faire Theatre in Disneyland.  With a couple of leads playing most of the parts, Belle being Belle, and a musical accompanist.   These shows were not listed on any guides, only on the sign near the venue.

 

 

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