A magical land for spending quality time with the family
With slightly less than a month before the highly anticipated grand opening of the Shanghai Disney Resort, the excitement in the air was palpable, thanks in part to the hordes of tourists who have already been streaming into the Disneytown area located around the theme park.
Even my taxi driver seemed to share my excitement on this day when I was heading to the park to try the rides as part of a preview event for the media. He told me that he was curious to know more about the park and was proud of having such a famous attraction in his city.
I managed to experience three of the rides in the park and they were all impressive displays of hi-tech gadgetry as well as design.
Located in Adventure Isle, Soaring Over the Horizon is a flight motion simulator that takes visitors on a five-minute aerial tour of the greatest wonders across the world. The polar bears that I saw in the Arctic regions looked so realistic I actually wondered if they would emerge from the screen and start charging toward me.
To create a more immersive experience, various scents are dispersed in the air during the ride. While flying over the African plains, I could smell the refreshing scent of the grass. When we were transported to the Taj Mahal in India, the fragrance of perfumes and spices filled the air.
The ride titled The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh in Fantasyland is located in Hundred Acre Wood, the home of Winnie the Pooh and his friends, and it was just as impressive. Though this is probably a ride that will be most visited by preschoolers, Disney has certainly spared no effort in creating an environment that seems to blur the lines between fantasy and reality.
Here, the wonderfully sculpted characters such as Winnie, Eeyore and Tigger are powered by hi-tech system as they interact with one another in different scenes.
The ride that left the deepest impression in me was Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for the Sunken Treasure in the Treasure Cove area. I was captivated from the very moment I entered the attraction as the elaborate setting made me feel as if I was living in the colorful world of Captain Jack Sparrow.
The experience is elevated by the rise and fall of the tram, as if mimicking the waves in the ocean, the emergence of monsters from the water and the well-crafted characters. The ride concludes with a battle between two warships and the sounds and action on display are so realistic I felt as if I had just survived a real battle.
Today, people from different generations have their own ways of spending leisure time. The young adults would often go to karaoke lounges, the elderly people would usually hang out at community parks while children love playing in local malls.
The beauty about Disneyland is that there is no such segregation, for all the wonderful rides offer everyone in the family the chance to spend quality time and share some excitement and laughter with one another.
The Pirates of the Caribbean ride in Treasure Cove area is an impressive one that ends with a realistic battle between two ships.