After our recent trip to Shanghai Disneyland we’ve prepared some tips to help you make it onto more rides and avoid spending all of your time in long lines. Here goes our Shanghai Disneyland tips…

Arrive early

Ok so we hear this tip about every theme park; arrive early, queue up for opening BUT at Shanghai Disneyland you need to arrive early, like super early. On our first day of visit we arrived at 8.30am for a 9am opening time expecting to go through bag check and join the queue waiting for rope drop only to find the park fully open and operational despite being 30 minutes before the advertised opening time. On our second day of visit we arrived at 8.15 am for an advertised 9am opening and again found the park open and fully operational with rides running. This extra time in the park was when we achieved most of our rides the minute 9am rolls around the ride lines start building quickly.

Skip the fire works

If you’re wanting to maximise your rides with no queue skip the nightly fireworks and go for it on the rides. From around 10 minutes before fireworks start until they finish at park closing time the lines for rides clear out a lot in that 40 minutes we managed to ride Peter Pan, Winnie the Pooh and the Hunny Pot Spin a minimum of twice each (not bad considering the hour long queue times for each of the rides early in the day.

Skip the parade

For a short time during the parade (we noticed it more at the 3 o’clock parade time) most of the park visitors are occupied elsewhere. We took advantage of this and jumped in the queue for the Carousel with a wait time of only 15 minutes compared with an hour throughout the rest of the same day.

Don’t let rain put you off

Wait times for rides are much lower on days with cloudy drizzly weather so grab yourself a rain coat and enjoy the reduced wait times.

Get the App

The Shanghai Disneyland App posts ride wait times we used that to decide where to go next any time a ride wait time became bearable we headed straight for it.

When visiting Shanghai Disneyland with young kids its a matter of picking and choosing your rides based on what you and your little ones can handle and how good their staying power is for queues. My little guy really wanted to go on Soarin’ over the horizon but queue times in excess of 2,3, or even 4 hours were simply not an option for us. The good news is there was nearly always something to do without too much of a wait time like the Alice in Wonderland maze or the Camp discovery are and most of the character greetings don’t have long wait times (with the exception of the princesses at the castle) so you can always find something fun to do if you’ve had enough of queuing




  1. Barbara. J Reply

    Is the language much of a barrier. Does anyone speak english?

    • The Wandering Mum Reply

      Hi Barbara,
      Not a great deal of English was spoken but certainly enough to get by just fine. If cast members don’t speak English they quickly find someone who does. Each time we ordered food we got what we asked for, we were able to ask for direction or assistance the few times we needed it and we got by on hand gestures and charades 😉 You will be fine. I also found members of the public that spoke English were quite eager to help us out.

  2. Brill! Just what I need. Im going on my own with 2 kids next week and terrified of how long we will have to wait in lines and if people will push etc. Ive read such bad stories. Maybe its not so bad eh?

    • The Wandering Mum Reply

      Hi Trina,
      Please don’t be terrified. I was actually worried about the lines before we went and even had a chat to my little guy about managing expectations and how long we would need to stand around waiting but I was pleasantly surprised. Make sure you are there super early as I mentioned above, we got on a few rides even before the official park opening time. Also the app is your friend!! Enjoy, you WILL have a great time.

  3. I wonder if it is still really crowded now that it has been open a while

    • The Wandering Mum Reply

      Geoffrey I have heard that the crowds have diminished a little, if you do go let me know how you find the crowd levels.
      Have fun

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