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Part 1 - Arrival Day (scroll down)

Part 2 - Sightseeing around Shanghai & World of Disney Store!

Part 3 - Shanghai Disneyland - Day 1

Part 4 - Shanghai Disneyland - Day 2

Part 4 - Hanging out in Shanghai! World's largest Disney Store!

Part 5 - Hong Kong Disneyland - Day 1!

Part 6 - Hong Kong Disneyland - Day 2

Part 7 - Ocean Park!

Part 8 - Universal Studios Japan!

Part 9 - Nagashima Spaland

Part 10 - Kidzania Tokyo - Amazing kids theme park!

Part 11 - Sega Joypolis & Tokyo Decks Area!

Part 12 - Tokyo Disneyland Day 1

Part 13 - Tokyo DisneySEA!

Part 14 - Tokyo Disney Countdown Party!

Part 15 - Final days at Tokyo Disney!

 

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Hey everyone!

 

We are currently on what we'd like to call a "Disney of Asia" trip where we will hit up all the Disney parks in China, Hong Kong, and Tokyo in that order! We'll also be stopping at a few other parks along the way including Ocean Park, Universal Japan, Nagashima Spaland, and more! Follow our socials to keep up to date on our travels:

 

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At the moment, we have arrived in China! We are staying at the Shanghai Disneyland Hotel for a few nights. Today we will try to de-jet lag by doing some sightseeing and relaxing and tomorrow we will be at the park for two days. Here's our arrival update and just hanging out around the Shanghai Disneyland Resort:

 

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We are on our way to Shanghai Disneyland! It will be a long flight though. A total of 18 hours in the air!

 

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We have arrived! Our home for the next few days... The Shanghai Disneyland Hotel!

 

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Here's a look at our room at the Shanghai Disneyland Hotel!

 

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Love the pull-down hideaway bed!

 

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View of #ShanghaiDisneyland from our hotel!

 

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It's around 8pm at night and going to take a quick walk around Shanghai's version of "Downtown Disney."

 

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Our first meal at Shanghai Disneyland Disneytown consists of Asian food of course! Soup dumplings here are fantastic!

 

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Interesting that Shanghai's version of "Downtown Disney" is closed up and totally empty by 10pm on a Saturday night!

 

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Yes! Starting a trip to #ShanghaiDisneyland with some @Starbucks is the PERFECT way to start a trip!

 

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The Shanghai Disneyland Hotel has an awesome bar themed to "The Pastoral Symphony" section of Fantasia!

 

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A look at a few more of the shops & restaurants found at #ShanghaiDisneyland's Disneytown!

 

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Mickey Mouse topiary in the back area of #ShanghaiDisneyland Hotel!

 

Here's a quick little tour video of the Shanghai Disneyland Hotel:

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Good morning from the lobby of the #ShanghaiDisneyland hotel! More China updates coming soon!

 

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These "Chinese Zodiac Duffys" are super awesome!!!

 

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View of #ShanghaiDisneyland from our hotel this morning! We will be visiting the park tomorrow!

 

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Taking a quick walk around Disneytown before heading out for some Shanghai sightseeing.

 

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I fully agree with this 100%

 

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OMG! I want her nametag! lol

 

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There is a metro station right next to Disneyland, you know, just like at all the USA parks! Oh, wait...

 

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TsumTsum themed food? Sign us up!

 

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This gelato store was awesome!!!

 

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Awwww! What a cute little turtle....

 

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DIE TURTLE, DIE!!!!!

 

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Today we are doing some sightseeing in #China. Tomorrow... #ShanghaiDisneyland!

 

Be sure to follow our socials! Live updates on Twitter!

 

Click for Part 2 - Sightseeing around Shanghai & World of Disney Store!

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I can't read this right now. I'm starting to ....faint!

 

Wow oh wow, great start to your trip Robb! The Ultimate Disney Asian Tour, I'd call it. UDAT!

 

Have a great time you guys, and looking forward to more and more and....

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I can't wait for more updates and to get Robb and Elissa's honest opinion about the park. I know a lot of other fanboys opinion of the park and rides but I can't wait to see other peoples views. The hotel looks amazing and I love the Bar theme!!!! Can you sign up for stomping around on grapes to make wine? That would be awesome.

 

Jimmy "Are you going to learn to write Chinese while there?" Bo

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Nice! I can't wait to see more updates. Asia is really awesome.

 

I didn't know Nagashima Spaland was open in winter. Are all rides operating?

 

Asia is awesome. And part of that awesomeness is how many parks here run 365 days a year, even smaller parks. Some rides, especially water rides, will go down for yearly rehabs when the temperatures mean they can't run, but in 6 years of living in Asia I'm still amazed how much is open during freezing cold months.

 

I went to Tokyo Disney once when a snowstorm passed through, and they had almost 90% of the rides running by 3 P.M. Even better is most people left in the morning due to said storm and lack of rides and it was the best day ever! Walk-ons and no crowds for the shows.

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Nice! I can't wait to see more updates. Asia is really awesome.

 

I didn't know Nagashima Spaland was open in winter. Are all rides operating?

 

Asia is awesome. And part of that awesomeness is how many parks here run 365 days a year, even smaller parks. Some rides, especially water rides, will go down for yearly rehabs when the temperatures mean they can't run, but in 6 years of living in Asia I'm still amazed how much is open during freezing cold months.

 

I went to Tokyo Disney once when a snowstorm passed through, and they had almost 90% of the rides running by 3 P.M. Even better is most people left in the morning due to said storm and lack of rides and it was the best day ever! Walk-ons and no crowds for the shows.

 

Why can't America do this....

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Three things -

 

That white "christmas tree" in the lobby is awesome! However I thought there was only a miniscule amount of Chinese Christians. Seems odd to me that they'd have that display. In your short time at the resort have you seen more westerners or asians staying at the hotel? That would explain it.

 

Psy in lollipop form? Creepy but awesome. Oppa eat me style.

 

The Evil name tag. Please tell me they sell these in the gift shop and I will happily buy one from you.

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Three things -

 

That white "christmas tree" in the lobby is awesome! However I thought there was only a miniscule amount of Chinese Christians. Seems odd to me that they'd have that display.

Christmas is huge in China. Always has been at least as long as I've been traveling here. There is Christmas stuff all over Shanghai. not just at Disney.

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Today was mostly a "sightseeing" and "try to get over your jetlag" day around Shanghai. We did a lap around Disneytown during the day and then headed off for some fun in the city. Oddly enough we actually had some clear skies (for China) during part of the day! Was actually a very nice day hanging out around the downtown area and we even went up into the Shanghai Tower which is now the 2nd tallest building in the world behind Dubai's Burj Khalifa!

 

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Heading into downtown Shanghai!

 

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We are doing some "tea tasting" because... China...

 

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Giant poop or Chinese Tea? You decide...

 

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Chinese garden party today...

 

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I like fish... I. Like. Fish.

 

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Found something educational...

 

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Having some authentic "Chinese Food" today!

 

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Found a cool toy store in Shanghai!

 

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Here we are hanging out in Shanghai!

 

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We are about to get really high!

 

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We are so high right now!!!

 

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Time for some actual REAL Chinese Food!

 

And then back at the hotel we made a stop over at the World of Disney store in Disneytown! Check it out:

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Click for Part three - Shanghai Disneyland: http://www.themeparkreview.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=1762222#p1762222

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I expected there to be a bit more smog in the pictures but that actually looks pretty nice!

The Twitter video shows off a bit better what the smog was like, but it was probably one of the clearest days I've ever had in China!

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more beautiful pics, and wow, that food looks amazing (I vote poop on the "tea" pic, by the way).

 

surprised not to hear any recognizable Disney music in the background of the video in the Disney Store.

 

do they just not blast the music as obnoxiously loud as the stores here in the States do?

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I don't remember the smog being that bad in Shanghai, back on the tour in 2012.

I didn't take great photos, but they were clear when it came to building and long distance shots.

 

Shanghai's looking as nice as ever, Robb. The rock garden (Koi!) looks wonderful, too.

Oh, did you get to do an evening Harbor Cruise too? That was a great thing to do, back then.

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