A mag­i­cal land for spend­ing qual­ity time with the fam­ily

China Daily (Canada) - - SHANGHAI - By WANG ZHUOQIONG wangzhuo­qiong@chi­nadaily.com.cn

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.

LIU XIN FOR CHINA DAILY

The Pi­rates of the Caribbean ride in Trea­sure Cove area is an im­pres­sive one that ends with a re­al­is­tic bat­tle be­tween two ships.

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