Dear 100 Hour Board,
Have any of you been to a foreign Disneyland? I think the Pirates ride in Shanghai looks amazing! Oh, and the Tower of Terror there too.
Avoid Disneyland Paris,
Tim on a Kruse
None of the current writers have, but Ms. O'Malley is a star and has been to all the ones in Asia! Here's what she had to say:
I'm so glad that Auto reached out to me because I recently added two more Disneys to my list! Here are my thoughts on what I saw and experienced!
Disney TokyoSea: There are two parks at Disney Tokyo and reviews I read online said TokyoSea was better for adults. I wasn't impressed, but I wasn't not impressed either if that makes sense. Just meh. Disney Tokyo isn't actually owned by Disney so a lot of the classic Disney magic I was expecting wasn't there. Also, everything was in Japanese. The food stands had English translations and they had English maps but that was it. The shows were all in Japanese with no English captions or translations. There weren't a ton of rides but the wait times for the ones we did go on were short. My friend and I were there for about 8 hours and leisurely paced ourselves and finished everything about 30 minutes before the fireworks started. Also, this is where the Tower of Terror was. I haven't been to Disneyland LA and the last time I was in Orlando I was too scared to go on it, but I'm sure they're similar. Overall, 6/10.
Disney Shanghai: I have been and lived in China before but this experience was somewhat of a nightmare. First off, the park is huge. Our group hit almost 30k steps from trekking all over. The problem is that because the park is bigger, it can hold a lot of people but there aren't enough rides to accommodate everyone. Almost all of the rides had at least an hour wait, and popular ones like Pirates and Tron were two or more hours. Fast passes go out quickly so I spent most of my day waiting in line. Also dealing with Chinese culture and customs in a heavily tourist area can be frustrating. In China, it's typical to fill in every available space so the queues are packed. Standing in line for 2 hours in the hot, humid Chinese summers is miserable when there are people literally pushing on your back or cutting in line to fill the empty space you've saved to give yourselves some breathing room. I will say that the Pirates ride had amazing graphics and it was probably my favorite at that park. The castle there is amazing though. Its so big that there is an attraction inside of it! There are more rides here than Disney Tokyo but it's just so hot and crowded that the "newness" of it isn't even worth it. If and when they build new rides, it could be worth it but spending 5 hours in lines is not my jam. Overall, 5/10.
Disney Hong Kong: This is literally my favorite Disney park. The longest wait time I experienced was 40 minutes and it was just for one ride, one time. All the other rides are 20 or less. The castle is on the dinky side but the park is just so nice and amazing that the dollhouse sized castle can be dealt with. My favorite Disney ride, Mystery Manor, is only here! I was sick when we went this past weekend but because I love DisneyHK so much, I still wandered around with our group, my throat on fire and coughing up a lung. I will say that there is a lot to do in Hong Kong so if you're visiting HK for the first time and only have a few days, there are better cultural things to see and do, but if you have the time, I highly recommend it! Most definitely a 10/10.
Asia is a great place to explore! I can't recommend experiencing it for yourself!
P.S. My niece would disagree with you on DL Paris. Exhibit A: