James writing for Madness Kingdom
"The park that opened as Shanghai Disneyland on June 16, 2016 represents this duality, a very prominent yin and yang running through its core. Shanghai Disneyland is limitless opportunity and calculated constraint. Shanghai Disneyland is a safe bet and a huge risk. Shanghai Disneyland disappoints as much as it succeeds. Shanghai Disneyland is American yet stripped of America. Shanghai Disneyland is the sixth Disneyland in over 60 years and yet still figuring itself out. Shanghai Disneyland is the best and worst of Disney theme parks. Shanghai Disneyland is a funeral and a birth.
Shanghai Disneyland is modern Disney."
This is my first time reading Madness Kingdom, but consider me sold. A well considered and accessible collection of thoughts on Shanghai Disneyland. It's quite detailed, and I devoured it.
I have no idea when I'll be able to make it out to Shanghai, but this review is tempting me to plan a trip. Even if it's not my most desired Disney Park visit (that's Tokyo Disney Sea of course), it seems like this is the most interesting Disney Park. While we've seen individual attractions and even lands built by the modern day Walt Disney Imagineering, I've been very curious to see how they handle an entire park. Without spoiling the post too much, it seems like the results are a little mixed.