And no, eating my weight in breakfast dumplings was not one of them.
Last week, I boarded a 13-hour flight to China in order to witness Shanghai Disneyland officially open its gates, and boy, was it quite the experience. The park, which is massive and beautiful, contains new attractions and never-before-seen entertainment, but also some eccentricities that were surprising to an American parkgoer such as myself.
Sure, the stateside parks have weird characteristics, too—if you’ve planned a meal 180 days in advance or if you've seen a kid eat ice cream for breakfast, you’re a Disney World vet—but discovering Shanghai’s peculiarities during the Grand Opening celebration was just as fun as the real-life journey through the movie Tron.
Come relive the most significant difference between rides here and ones back home, the souvenir nobody wanted, and the secret surprise inside Shanghai Disneyland’s fanciest hotel.