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Treasure Cove

 

Disney Description from June 2016:

Guests who venture into Treasure Cove will discover the first pirate-themed land at a Disney park. Created especially for Shanghai Disneyland, it’s home to a wild, colorful crew of scoundrels, always on the hunt for fun, action and high-seas adventures. Rich in detail and storytelling, Treasure Cove is a raucous collision of color, sights and songs, blending cultures and countries with pirate frivolity, mayhem and personality.

The story of Treasure Cove dates back to the 17th century, when piracy was a thriving enterprise in the Caribbean. In Disney lore, this Age of Piracy featured a band of seafaring rogues who chased legendary treasures, fought monsters and battled each other, always with a humorous glint in their eyes.
 
Guests become immersed in a pirate’s life as soon as they arrive at the entry, the first of five neighborhoods at Treasure Cove. From there, they will explore Shipwreck Shore, Fort Snobbish, Landlubber Landing and the Village, each with its own charm and personality. The land features a mix of architectural styles, along with two giant ships, pirate-themed restaurants and a fun, water play area. Guests of all ages will enjoy the epic scenes in Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for the Sunken Treasure, as well as the up-close action and exciting stunts in “Eye of the Storm: Captain Jack’s Stunt Spectacular” at El Teatro Fandango.
 
Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for the Sunken Treasure
Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for the Sunken Treasure is a spectacular indoor boat ride that takes guests on a new rollicking adventure with Captain Jack Sparrow to steal the priceless treasure of Davy Jones. Seamlessly blending Disney storytelling and state-of-the- art technologies, the attraction features three large media domes, projected effects, lifelike animated figures, theatrical sets and sophisticated lighting to dramatically take guests on, over and even under the sea on a nautical adventure. With a new, highly controlled ride system used for the first time in Shanghai, the boats spin, travel sideways, and even move backwards to create a highly dynamic experience. Gusts will encounter fearless pirates, mermaids and even a kraken. Disney's patented Audio-Animatronics technology and recent advancements in robotics bring these pirates to a new level of realistic performance.
Explorer Canoes
Guests will experience a Caribbean island the way pirates first did – from the water – as they paddle real canoes through the waters of Treasure Cove. Along the way, they enjoy the sights and sounds of the land. With the only propulsion coming from the guests and their paddles, the ride is quiet and stealthy, except when they must dodge attacks from onshore pirates shooting water cannons. Friendly and knowledgeable captains lead each canoe and point out scenic highlights along the way.
 
‘Eye of the Storm: Captain Jack’s Stunt Spectacular’ at El Teatro Fandango
The elaborate and exciting stage production, “Eye of the Storm: Captain Jack’s Stunt Spectacular,” makes its global premiere at El Teatro Fandango. Starring Captain Jack Sparrow, “Eye of the Storm” brings fantastic stunts and swordfights, spectacular scenery, and stunning visual effects straight to the audience. Along with plenty of swashbuckling, the show presents light-hearted humor, a raging storm and a remarkable adventure, as Captain Jack fights off a Royal Admiral in a whirlwind finale, which in itself is a first-of-its-kind achievement in technology and storytelling.
 
Shipwreck Shore
Shipwreck Shore is a water play area located onboard the remains of a shipwrecked French galleon and the surrounding beach. Children and Pirate “wannabes” will explore and play “make believe” in an interactive zone where they spray, splash, squirt and even climb amid random bursts of water, sound effects and animated elements. Shaded seating areas provide a comfortable viewing area for adults and parents to spy on all the fun.
 
Barbossa's Bounty
One of the largest restaurants in all of Shanghai Disneyland, Barbossa’s Bounty is a celebration of the free-wheeling pirate life. A lively, aromatic, colorfully ramshackle “grog shop,” it reflects the personality of its owner and namesake, Captain Hector Barbossa. Featuring Asian barbecue from pirate chefs who love to show off their cooking skills in the demonstration kitchen, Barbossa’s Bounty also offers guests the opportunity to enjoy their meal in the themed dining room of their choice. Guests may also choose the extraordinary experience of dining inside the thrilling attraction, Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for the Sunken Treasure.

 

Attractions
Current Attractions:
  • Explorer Canoes (Opened: Jun 16, 2016)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean Battle for the Sunken Treasure (FP) (Opened: Jun 16, 2016)
Dining
  • Barbossa's Bounty
  • Pintel & Ragetti's Grub to Grab
  • The Snackin' Kraken
  • Tortuga Treats
  • Outdoor Popcorn Cart

 

Quick Facts
  • With more than 3.6 million liters of water, Treasure Cove is home to the largest body of water in the park.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for the Sunken Treasure is the most advanced version of this classic Disney attraction to date. It employs a new ride-system with boats that are controlled magnetically so they can spin or turn and go backwards to maximize the guests’ view of the exciting scenes. It also features the latest Audio-Animatronics technology.
  • The largest attraction facility in Shanghai Disneyland is Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for the Sunken Treasure, at 16,340 square meters (4 acres). It’s also one of the most complex attractions Disney has built with more than 3,000 tons of steel, more than 60,000 meters of conduit under the attraction and more than 13,000 square meters of character plaster on the exterior.

 

Geek's Thoughts

From April 2018:

  • One of my main objectives of the day was to visit Pirates of the Caribbean but every time I checked throughout the afternoon it was either down or had an hour wait.  Finally as the sun was setting the line dropped to a reasonable point and I decided to squeeze it in before Ignite the Dream.   The queue had some fun details and like traditional Pirates attractions moved along at an ok pace.  It was a little more challenging than everywhere else because if you hesitated or left space to talk to your group others would try to fill the space or push by you.   The boats and ride system for this attraction are amazing and offer a lot more flexibility and an enhanced experience over all the others.   The use of screens, large sets, and figures is very well done.  For my taste it is a little too screen heavy still but the integration works well, better than Ratatouille.    The AA figures that are in the attraction have a lot of detail and great movement.     There are a couple classic scene nods but overall it is a whole new experience and it works well.  All the dialog is in Mandarin but you can get the drift of what is happening for the most part but I felt like I was missing some little details.   I was lucky enough to draw a front row seat which mean a clear unobstructed view so it was great!   It is definitely a must see attraction.
  • Siren’s Revenge in Treasure Cove is a walk through Pirate Ship docked along the bay.  There are three main levels to explore and in addition to the exhibits and photo ops there are some great views of the park.     I would visit again just for the views, especially on a blue sky day.
  • Eye of the Storm – Captain Jack’s Stunt Spectacular is a 30 minute show in El Teatro Fandango in Treasure Cove.  This show is very popular and was running nine times a day during our visit.  We were walking by and they were making a last call so we were able to walk right in.  One advantage to this was we were not in the middle of the crowd that was jockeying for position.  This made it a much more pleasurable experience.    The preshow is standing in a room with the performers on a balcony above you so viewing is good from just about anywhere.  Then you move into a large theater.   In addition to a stunt show it is a comedy.  There are several sight gags and slapstick moments.  From the audiences reaction there were funny lines too.   Unfortunately for me the show is 100% in Mandarin which I know zero word in, so all dialog was lost on our group.  Even not understanding a word they were saying I found the show enjoyable.  You could get the drift of the scenes and the students were well done.  I would have appreciated a translation device or alternative audio option or something though. 

 

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