Shanghai Disneyland opened to a select few thousand last week as part of its six-week-long trial opening period, and it’s a good thing too, because it turns out there is quite a few kinks that need ironing out before they open the gates to the masses.
Most notably, visitors who have purchased souvenir balloons inside the park for 60 yuan have been forced to get rid of them before taking the subway back home. Metro security staff explain that the balloons “could cause explosions and disrupt the operation of the trains,” according to China Daily.
But that isn’t visitors only problem with Shanghai Disney’s brand-new metro station. They have also complained about strict security checks that require all bags and purses to be checked before entering, which isn’t exactly the norm in the rest of the city.
A third complaint is about high food costs. Most dinners inside the park cost at least 70 yuan, and diners have complained that the meals look nothing like their “appetizing” promotional photos.
This follows more complaints online about Shanghai Disneyland’s “high ticket prices,” despite the fact that at 370 yuan on normal days and 499 yuan on peak days, they are the cheapest Disney tickets you can get in the world.
“Dining and accommodation prices are almost the same as at other Disney theme parks, but our incomes can’t compare with those in developed countries like the US and Japan,” one visitor told China Daily.
Still, we can’t imagine that these small quibbles will do much to dissuade the hordes of tourists ready to burst through the gates on June 16th. Tickets for the park’s opening day sold out in just around five minutes after going online. While it hasn’t even technically opened yet, tourists have already swarmed to stand outside the gates and trash the surrounding resort.
Haven’t had enough Disney yet? Wow! Then check out these pics from inside the park: