An Engaging and Magical Asian Adventure - Update 2/11 Shanghai

Discussion in 'Other Lands' started by Flossbolna, Aug 2, 2018.

  1. soniam

    soniam Wooden leg named Smith...

    Jun 22, 2012
    Your trip report is so reminding me of my travels abroad with my husband before we had our son. Heck, some of it even sounds like traveling with our son. However, we really do try to be much more responsible and organized with him. It’s the mishaps and grumpy times that make the best trip stories though.
  2. OldSchoolReasons

    OldSchoolReasons DIS Veteran

    Feb 24, 2014
    Loving the details of your trip report! I'm staying at the Toy Story hotel so am appreciating the details - it reminds me of Art of Animation at WDW quite a bit. The Shanghai Disney resort looks massive too.

    Also enjoying the asides about public transport, to my partner's chagrin I am a train nerd so the chance to use a monorail, vehicular railways, tram or basically anything that isn't a grotty London tube is always an added bonus for me. The Shanghai metro looks cute, though not quite on par with the Tokyo monorail with the Mickey-shaped handles.
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  4. Captain_Oblivious

    Captain_Oblivious DIS Dad #257

    Nov 10, 2008
    Actually, you're right. I got a little bored on the ship after a while. I felt like I'd explored everything and was ready to see something different.

    Et tu, Brute?

    Here I am, taking your side, defending you, and you stick the knife in my back like that? What is this world coming to?:sad2:

    I had no idea. Now I have several more characters to ignore! :thumbsup2 :rotfl:

    Interesting. Thanks for sharing that, and I can see why you'd feel such strong nostalgia for the old version.

    And yes, the original Yeti was so much better.

    Uh huh. And look where that got me! :p

    That is a good idea. Never seen that before.

    I'm surprised the windows actually open!

    If only I knew what was being advertised!

    Yes! That would be neat to see.

    That makes sense. We run into that problem quite a bit with highways as well. Everyone wants better transportation systems, but no one wants it on their property.

    Patience. First we're working on air conditioning.

    If Taco Bell did to their digestive systems what it does to ours, it would be the last Taco Bell in China.

    Very cool tower!

    I'm sorry. That sounds like a real pain.

    I've never heard of that, but it looks like a neat little attraction.

    Interesting. I think the skyline looks really neat and exotic. But then again, I've never been to London, Paris, Budapest, etc.

    That's understandable. Those fire hydrants are very quick. They can jump out and get you at any time if you're not vigilant.

    Huh? Whatdja say?

    I'm still looking forward to my romantic Valentine's Day dinner there.

    Fish jerky, blueberry potato chips, mystery substances....yeah, you're really selling this idea well.:crazy2:

    Who does? But don't ever tell Michael he's right about something!


    :rotfl2: I can imagine!
  5. Flossbolna

    Flossbolna Sea days are just so relaxing!

    Sep 8, 2006
    :rotfl2:Yes, it sounds like the start of our trip had some not so good things happening. But you know what: We were just so thrilled to be there that nothing really bothered us. And the trip got better as it went on!

    We were really happy with the hotel. At first I was hesitant as it was so pricey during summer season for what it was, but it ended up being worth every penny. I found it to be a notch above the WDW (and DLP since you seem to have been there plenty) value resorts. It might have been the newness, but it did feel more like a moderate. But then I never stayed at AoA and the internal hallways make a big difference!

    :rotfl:I have my share of experience with grotty London tube! However, I do own a pillow made out of the original Picadilly Line seat cushion material (new, not sat upon by commuters). So I guess I might have a more romantic notion about it than you. As far as I understand the Tokyo monorail actually is being operated by TDR. The Shanghai metro is operated by the general metro system. And I can tell you that it is a million steps up from the Paris RER trains!

    And since you are a train nerd, you will appreciated that I am really excited that when Michael and I go to DLP this spring, the first part of the journey will be on a brand new German two story Intercity train. They are being put in service at the beginning of March and should be a fantastic upgrade on the line between Nuremberg and Stuttgart. :thumbsup2
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  6. Flossbolna

    Flossbolna Sea days are just so relaxing!

    Sep 8, 2006
    I am sorry!! It was such a low-hanging fruit!

    Isn't that great! Oh, and there is also a new one coming soon for Shanghai.

    I am very lucky that I got the original Yeti. My trip in 2007 was when they switched the yeti back on for a short time because they thought they had figured out a solution and I think there were some important people visiting. I remember reading about it on the boards at the time. It was magnificent!


    I had the Google Translator app and with that you can hold your camera to a text and it will then translate the text. Very helpful with the Chinese and Japanese characters. It was fun to see what the texts could be, but because of characters being able to have different meanings, the translation often jumped around giving you different options of different non-sensical meanings.

    It's tedious. But that's the problem if you live in a country that respects the individual's rights. A king never had such issues... I always have to think of that when I marvel at those massive palaces like Versailles: they were only possible because of an absolute monarch having no regards for their subjects.

    Haha! We do that in Germany, too!

    Well, according to my husband the Chinese food can do bad things to our digestive system, too. So maybe they are better equipped?

    It has a viewing platform and I think the view must be spectacular!

    It's definitely a secondary attraction, but I do like interesting methods of transport and this definitely fit that description!

    I think I was confusing people. I do like the modern China skyline in the pictures. If I had turned around there would have been the 19th century buildings. This is a picture from wikipedia:


    :rotfl: Reminds me of my mother's sarcastic comments about "Attack Trees" when they were cutting down all the trees along the country roads where we were living in the 1980s because the trees were so dangerous for drivers.


    Think of the food section at the store in Japan at Epcot, but even more fun stuff! Unfortunately we did not even get to try as many fun things as we wanted to! And we will come back to Pocari Sweat in a future update! :thumbsup2

    Yes, you are right there...

  7. franandaj

    franandaj I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!

    Nov 15, 2009
    I don't even know when that will be. We are still saving up airline miles, but I did just hop over to American's website and check out flights from LAX to CDG and it's 87.5K per person per flight (well to CDG it's 107.5 for the way back) which works out to be 780K miles. We are nearly halfway there! I think it might be a while before we are able to go.

    And just a couple days ago I was again installing door locks, but luckily we got smart and hired the contractor to finish up. Best $100 we spent because it turned out to be a real hassle and he had to drill new holes in the iron bars to get one of the locksets to latch.

    I think she forgot about it. :rolleyes1

    No, most Americans train their children not to talk to strangers. There are so many weirdos here, you can't be too careful who you talk to, so they just tell the kids not to talk to anyone.

    I found a lovely Chinese restaurant in Cerritos where they hand make their dumplings. I was so sad when my go to Chinese place started using frozen dumplings from Trader Joe's instead of the nice big ones that were obviously hand made. When I asked why they stopped making them, the person said, "take too much time." Well then "not get my money!" I'll drive 20 minutes to get the fresh dumplings. Besides, they are near my vet so when we spend all morning there and I come out starving, now I know where I'll ask Fran to take me!

    That's a cool idea. And I'm not worldly enough to have run into that either.

    :rolleyes1 Why would I ask such a thing if you didn't point it out? :confused3

    If only I knew what it said!

    That's just......wrong! :rotfl2:

    Sounds like you would have had better luck looking for a unicorn!

    This is also why I pack Fran's suitcases. Far less drama.

    You're the first one to tell me of this neat little ride.

    Sounds like Texas in July.

    You forgot "get off my lawn!"

    I get that! I want to sit down when I eat, and not have a seatbelt on either!

    Smack! You are really giving it to Mark in this update!


    So are these things already plated at the buffet and you just take a little plateful, kind of like Dim Sum on the carts?

    Some of those things look really tasty!

    Like those dumplings. You can have the eggplant. It makes my skin itch from the inside out.

    I wouldn't think they would be. The Chinese are not known for their lovely pastries.

    So when you eat Chinese food in China you are not hungry and hour later?

    That's why I almost always insist on sitting down to a meal and not just grabbing something on the go. I need to sit down and recharge.


    That's still early, but a lot better than the previous scenario.

    Less than seven hours of sleep and you call that decent rest? We have very different ideas! :laughing:
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  8. GoofyFan1515

    GoofyFan1515 DIS Dad #174

    May 23, 2012
    I spent a little more time going back through and getting all caught up.

    I like this too!

    Nice try anyway. ...

    I remember doing the canoes at MK my very first trip (yes back in the E-ticket days). I thought it was fun but don't remember them being this long?

    This is new to me too! Guess I stay in too many low class establishments.

    I think some U.S. stations would be wise to add this feature.

    Really enjoyed all the architecture pictures. Some very intriguing designs.

    Definitely happy you both gave us an extensive review. Doubt I will ever make this Disney Park in person.
  9. Steppesister

    Steppesister DIS Veteran

    Dec 27, 2013
    This is fascinating! I had no idea!

    UGH! That sounds wretched. Sure a unique view, but worth it? Hmm....

    Phew!! After all that a pleasant enough ending to the day. At least you can say you did a pretty good job at exploring.

    Hot and hangry is NO way to be!
  10. dizneeat

    dizneeat DIS Veteran

    Apr 9, 2006
    All caught up here too!

    I have been reading along, but time just seems to get away from me and there is never enough left to comment.

    Thanks for sharing all those photos and all of your experiences. Somehow the Asian parks don't really draw us in, guess the language barrier is to blame. We just returned from DLRP and THAT language barrier was enough for us. ;)
  11. ShellB8585

    ShellB8585 DIS Veteran

    Feb 20, 2013
    Ah yey! just as I am about to start looking into a Shanghai and Tokyo (perhaps Hong Kong) trip I find a TR has been started by one of my fave TR writers! I wasn't sure about Shanghai and to be honest I was only planning on going to tick off another park but it looks like we could have a good couple days there. looking forward to reading more

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