I think one of the advantages of travel in China is that there are plenty of private guides one can hire to be driven around and it does not cost thousands of Dollar as the similar type of service would cost in Europe. So, your plan to hire guides definitely makes sense! It might be worth it to look for a travel agency that specialises in non-group China trips and get someone to put it all together for you. Friends of mine went to China with their kids when the kids were 5 and 7 because a family friend was working in Beijing and they wanted to visit. They travelled around quite a bit, all with a guide who would organise everything for them. She said it was actually such an easy vacation because they knew someone else was dealing with the details. I think I knew that! The TDR Explorer website is a good starting point for all sorts of information, also as to when to go: https://tdrexplorer.com/best-shanghai-disneyland-trip-planning-articles/ Exactly! I mentioned this in a comment here yesterday: I do appreciate reading others' experiences and like if I get a good description and reasons for their like or dislike. From that I can form my opinion. Like when you mentioned in your last update that you did not like a meal because it was too spicy, then I know that this would not be an issue for me. But if you had said you did not like the dish because the salad was not fresh, I would know to stay away from that place. I think the worst solution was this train station without a train, it kind of draws attention to the missing train. I am relieved!! We will be at DLP next month and I will try to remember to take some pictures of the well hidden expansion pads there to post as a comparison. That's great!! I do get that long days are different from short visits and three days of serious WDW touring tires out the healthy people, too. I sometimes think one of the reasons why we have less ECVs here is that we do have a lot of sick days (up to 6 weeks with full wages, after that you still get a portion of your wages) and therefore people can take more time off to really work on re-gaining mobility after an accident. I recently read something about that this is one of the reasons why we have far less people in Europe taking pain killers as there is less of an economic need to function again as soon as possible. If you go during non-peak season the locker thing will be far less of an issue. Same here! Michael and I were at Europapark this summer, a German theme park, and they had a similar ride and there it was even worse! We had no clue how we got our results. Ride was still quite cool, you were travelling to Atlantis and shooting sea serpents. That's what my sister and I did in 1992 in Disneyland! We went round and round on the Matterhorn! I have to admit that I am lacking some of the cultural understanding as to where the sensitivities lie with regard to certain topics. I watched Song of the South once and thought it was incredibly boring outside the animated parts, had no clue that "tar baby" is something problematic and otherwise thought the film was horrible in depicting poor people as mean and women as stupid. This shows how much context matters for certain things. I would normally never forget food either. But I think with the heat and the jet lag our systems were just totally out of whack. The sandwich was really large. And as I just said, the heat and jet lag really did a number on our appetite. I am also wondering if we did not have a granola bar at some point that I brought from Germany. No, this was last year, the CPAP only arrived this year and 7am in China was 1am in Germany. There you see where his priorities are! And this was not the the earliest that he got up during this trip!!