TRIP REPORT: Shanghai Disney Resort (Part 5 – Treasure Cove)

Treasure Cove Entrance Sign at Shanghai Disneyland
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In the summer of 2018 my partner and I visited the Shanghai Disney Resort as part of a two-week trip to the Chinese city Shanghai. In seven articles, appearing every weekend here at wdwnt.com, I will share our adventure through this newest Disney Resort that opened in 2016. I am writing about the park and its theming, Disneytown, and the hotels. In this fifth trip report, I will discuss the first pirate-themed land of all the Disney Parks: Treasure Cove.

Theming Treasure Cove Shanghai Disneyland

Treasure Cove Tells Its Own Story

My favorite lands in theme parks are the lands that have a story of their own, where all the details add up to that specific story. Treasure Cove at Shanghai Disneyland is one of these lands. It was founded in 1690 by Spanish nobleman Don Diego Sevilla Portillo. Eventually, Treasure Cove fell in the hands of the British Royal Navy, but their rule softened when Jack Sparrow (from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies) arrived and turned the place in a harbor for pirates.

Theming Treasure Cove Shanghai Disneyland

Theming Treasure Cove Shanghai Disneyland

Jack Sparrow at Treasure Cove in Shanghai Disneyland
You can also meet Captain Jack

All the little details in the land add up to this story. The town’s theater, were Eye of the Storm – Captain Jack’s Stunt Spectacular plays, was built in a part of the mansion of this famous Don Diego. His portrait can be found on the walls in the waiting area of the theater.

Don Diego Sevilla Portillo at the El Teatro Fandango in Treasure Cove @ Shanghai Disneyland

Pirate Post at Treasure Cove in Shanghai Disneyland

 

Theming Treasure Cove Shanghai Disneyland

Theming Treasure Cove Shanghai Disneyland

Theming Treasure Cove Shanghai Disneyland

Theming Treasure Cove Shanghai Disneyland

One of my favorite details in all the land are the small houses above the land, that look like they are really far away.

Theming Treasure Cove Shanghai Disneyland

Treasure Cove has three small ‘attractions’ that add to the kinetics of it. The first is called Explorer Canoes. Together with around twenty other guests, you take your seat in a fully guest-powered attraction. Guests go by over the water of Treasure Cove and Adventure Isle, while seeing some unique sights that can only be viewed from the canoes. Don’t worry! Cast Members are there to help with steering the canoe.

Theming Treasure Cove Shanghai Disneyland

Mind that the Explorer Canoes close in the middle of the day (when it is really hot) or with bad weather, so you do not have to paddle in bad circumstances.

Furthermore, there are two playgrounds in the land. Shipwreck Shore is designed for the young to have fun with water. Siren’s Revenge is a bit more mature, with interactive portraits of characters from the Pirates movies.

Back of Siren's Revenge at Treasure Cove Shanghai Disneyland
The back of the Siren’s Revenge

Pirates of the Caribbean – Battle for the Sunken Treasure

You might have heard already everything about this new version of the famous Disney ride. This E-Ticket is the headliner in Treasure Cove and it really deserves to be this too. Because the boats can carry many people at once, this popular attraction has a wait time of less than sixty minutes during the day, so there is no reason to skip it during your visit. The waiting area is also filled with details!

Pirates of the Caribbean Battle for the Sunken Treasure at Treasure Cove in Shanghai Disneyland

Pirates of the Caribbean Battle for the Sunken Treasure at Treasure Cove in Shanghai Disneyland

Pirates of the Caribbean Battle for the Sunken Treasure at Treasure Cove in Shanghai Disneyland

Pirates of the Caribbean Battle for the Sunken Treasure at Treasure Cove in Shanghai Disneyland

Before starting your adventure, you come through Barbossa’s Bounty, the main restaurant in Treasure Cove that I will discuss below. You encounter the pirates that try to escape in the other versions of the ride by calling the dog. As you can see on the (blurry, sorry) photo below, they do not succeed.

Pirates of the Caribbean Battle for the Sunken Treasure at Treasure Cove in Shanghai Disneyland

After this meeting, you can start your adventure. As part of Jack Sparrow’s team, you are going to try to steal the sunken treasure of Davy Jones. Of course, Jones is not happy with this plan and he sends his ships from the bottom of the ocean to the top. In front of a huge screen, you are also sent upwards in the middle of a great special effect. You enter the battle between Jack Sparrow and Davy Jones before the flooding water sends you backwards into the station.

Pirates of the Caribbean Battle for the Sunken Treasure at Treasure Cove in Shanghai Disneyland

If I need to choose one word to describe this ride I would choose ‘giant’. Giant sets and screens try to immerse you a new story based on the movies, that has the same characters, the same setting, and the same feel to it. The boats move faster and slower all the time and they can move in different directions. I understand when attractions receive a critical response when using screens, but here it is definitely used to enhance the experience and I suggest you look at it that way.

Eye of the Storm – Captain Jack’s Stunt Spectacular

In the earlier discussed El Teatro Fandango, there is a show about pirates. For the first part of this 30-minute show, guests stand in the lobby looking at a balcony where the folks from the theater give a presentation. They are interrupted by the pirates of Jack Sparrow, looking for a misplaced treasure (I’m not sure since it was all in Mandarin, but this I heard afterwards).

El Teatro Fandango in Treasure Cove at Shanghai Disneyland

El Teatro Fandango in Treasure Cove at Shanghai Disneyland

El Teatro Fandango in Treasure Cove at Shanghai Disneyland

El Teatro Fandango in Treasure Cove at Shanghai Disneyland

The more interesting part is once you have taken a seat in the theater itself. Jack himself appears and a short while after him the British Navy, looking for him. They pull out canons and the theater fills itself with smoke. Once the smoke is cleared, there is nothing left of the beautiful stage and we see the leftovers of the building and a glimpse of the sea.

Eye of the Storm Captain Jack's Stunt Spectacular in Treasure Cove at Shanghai Disneyland

This is the start of some action-packed swordfights, while there is a big tornado coming from the sea. The big finale starts when Jack and the Royal Admiral fight ín this tornado (a no wall wind tunnel, comparable to those when used with skydiving). This thrilling, second part of the show makes it worth waiting for!

Eye of the Storm Captain Jack's Stunt Spectacular in Treasure Cove at Shanghai Disneyland

Eye of the Storm Captain Jack's Stunt Spectacular in Treasure Cove at Shanghai Disneyland

Eye of the Storm Captain Jack's Stunt Spectacular in Treasure Cove at Shanghai Disneyland

Overall, it seemed fun. I would love to see this show when translated into English.

Shopping and Dining at Treasure Cove

There are two places to buy your pirate-themed merchandise. The first is a shop at the exit of Pirates of the Caribbean, called Doubloon Market. This is a nice shop, but nothing really special. The second option is a cart further in Treasure Cove, called the Jolly Gypsy.

There are also multiple food carts in the land. Pintel & Regetti’s Grub to Grab sells German style sandwiches, The Snackin’ Kraken some sea food churros, and Tortuga Treats the famous American Turkey Leg. Although this last one has a lot of people wanting to try one, I liked the theming of The Snackin’ Kraken better. You can see that one below.

Snackin' Kraken Shanghai Disneyland Treasure Cove

Snackin' Kraken Shanghai Disneyland Treasure Cove

The only real (counter service) dining option is Barbossa’s Bounty. This restaurant has the same formula as Pinocchio’s Village Kitchen. After you have received your food you can take place in of the many ‘indoor’ seating areas, or in the ‘outdoor’ one (that is still indoor) with a view on the boats in Pirates. We sat outdoor and I have to confess that I love this atmosphere.

Barbossa's Bounty Theming Shanghai Disneyland

Barbossa's Bounty Theming Shanghai Disneyland

Barbossa's Bounty Theming Shanghai Disneyland

Barbossa's Bounty Theming Shanghai Disneyland

Barbossa's Bounty Theming Shanghai Disneyland

Barbossa's Bounty Theming Shanghai Disneyland

Barbossa's Bounty Theming Shanghai Disneyland

We ate the pork ribs and the squid, both fine dishes. Watching Jack Sparrow and other pirates visiting the restaurant and interacting with guests also enhanced our visit.

Barbossa's Bounty Food (pork ribs) Shanghai Disneyland

Barbossa's Bounty Food (squid) Shanghai Disneyland

When leaving Treasure Cove, you walk into some new adventures. Next week I will discuss the last land in Shanghai Disneyland: Adventure Isle. If you have any questions regarding my trip or the Shanghai Disney Resort, do not hesitate to contact me at [email protected]wdwnt.com.

Click below for the earlier trip reports in this series:

Shanghai Disney Resort Summer 2018

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About the author

Henk

Henk is a former Overseas Park Writer at WDWNT. He said goodbye to the website in August 2018, after new career opportunities. If you have any questions regarding his articles, you can still contact Henk at [email protected]

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  • HENK don’t they have devices that you can wear that translates at guest services ? I know they do here @ walt Disney world resort. have really enjoyed your reports.

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