A Whirlwind Trip to Shanghai Disneyland!

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  1. Dentam

    Dentam Dreaming of Disney

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    I know, it really is an awesome hotel!!

    The artwork was so wonderful in both hotels and the park. They really did a great job!

    I think it was about the same size as the Toy Story Hotel room, although the bathroom seemed larger. It was amazing and the beds were SO comfortable - I felt like I was sleeping on a cloud and found myself wishing we were staying there another night!

    Woohoo!! I'm so envious of your trip - I would go back to China in a heartbeat! Have a fantastic time and I can't wait to read your TR!!
     
  2. Terra Nova guy

    Terra Nova guy DIS Dad #811 Newfoundland, Canada

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    I just found your TR. It's the first detailed report I've seen of SDL and it's been a great read. The theming of the hotels is incredible and the park itself has a lot of detail. Too bad the ride wait times were so high, but at least you got to see the park.
     
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    Dentam Dreaming of Disney

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    Glad you found my report! @zanzibar138 also has a very detailed report of her trip to SDL for the opening days!

    The theming was excellent throughout both hotels and the park. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves despite not getting to go on many rides.

    More pics of the SDL Hotel coming up next!
     
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    Dentam Dreaming of Disney

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    Here are a few more pics from our time wandering around the hotel that night. I have even more, but don't have much time to post them all tonight so I'll try to add the rest tomorrow.

    The gift shop:

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    The lounge which had large windows facing the park with the Castle framed perfectly in the middle (I have more pics of this area and the lobby taken in the daylight the following day that I will post later):

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    And more of the wonderful artwork in the lobby area:

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    More pics coming tomorrow!



     
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    Dentam Dreaming of Disney

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    Well, it looks like I won't have a lot of time to work on another update until this Friday. Sorry about that, but it's coming soon!
     
  7. Saphire5742

    Saphire5742 Princess Sparkle

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    Just noticed the link in your signature the other day. Thank you for sharing all those wonderful photos. Everything looks absolutely beautiful! An art lover's dream. And especially SDL hotel, WOW!
    I would love top visit someday just for an opportunity to stay there. Especially that they have a restaurant called Lumiere's Kitchen, he's one of my favorites not to mention he sings my all time favorite Disney song.

    Looking forward to reading more
     
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    SCSteve Earning My Ears

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    WOW! Great trip report! This hotel makes the Grand Floridan look like a slum! If I may ask, what is the nightly rate in USD $ ?
     
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  9. Dentam

    Dentam Dreaming of Disney

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    :welcome: Glad you found my TR! Yes, the parks and hotels are really well done and I especially loved all of the artwork - so many colorful murals and mosaics to enjoy! The SDL Hotel was the cherry on top - just fabulous!


    I LOVED the entire restaurant - so much so that I talked Kelly into going to breakfast there the next morning. It really didn't take any work to convince her though! The best part was they had music from the movie playing the entire time in the background like the music they play in BOG at WDW. LOVED IT!!

    Thanks and :welcome:! The SDL Hotel was pretty reasonable by Disney Deluxe hotel standards. Our room was $336 USD/night and that included the resort fees, tax, etc. And just like the SDL park ticket rates, it looks like this price goes down in the off season. Park tickets are also cheaper than WDW - they were $76 for us in early August and they go down to $56/person in the off season.
     
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    Dentam Dreaming of Disney

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    I realized that I forgot to post the activity calendar for SDL Hotel, so I'm including that here along with a few pics of the welcome letter with souvenir postcards, gift bag, etc that were in our room when we arrived.

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    Dentam Dreaming of Disney

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    Continuing our late night photography trek, we took a peek outside the lobby to the area facing Wishing Star Lake. There was a nice fountain lit with color changing lights, and look at that view of the park!

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    We then went out the front doors of the lobby and took some quick photos of the entrance.

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    And here is the lobby as you walk in the front doors.

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    Next, we decided to go to the upper floors to take a few more pics before calling it a night. I believe the 7th floor was as high as we could go. I think Aurora restaurant and terrace is on the 8th floor.

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    Dentam Dreaming of Disney

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    Just a few more pics that wouldn't fit on the previous post. Only the middle pillar was lit this late at night, but normally all of these are lit.

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    It was around 1am by this time, so we decided to head back to our room to get some sleep before tackling our last day in SDL - and our final day in China!
     
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    Saphire5742 Princess Sparkle

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    More beautiful pictures! Loving it!

    Oooooooh! So Pretty!
     
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    bcwife76 DisneyMomma

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    I love the nighttime shots!!! So pretty!!

    I have to say the lobby reminds me of the atriums on a disney ship!
     
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    So glad I stumbled upon your TR. I L-O-V-E the artwork and mosaics everywhere, the Toy Story hotel is super cute, and the Shanghai Disneyland Hotel is spectacular.

    The park is beautiful too, love those night shots of the castle!
     
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  16. disney144

    disney144 Mouseketeer

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    Would you say that the differences between the two hotels justify the cost?
     
  17. MAGICFOR2

    MAGICFOR2 Condimentessa

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    Subbing, I'll be back to read. So cool that you had a work trip to China, and a bonus DL visit too!
     
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    MAGICFOR2 Condimentessa

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    All caught up! Such a fun look at SDL. Thanks so much for sharing. That TRON ride looks too crazy for me Too bad about pirates and all the long lines and line cutters. Are there no fastpasses?
     
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    GusIsaFoxhound Earning My Ears

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    There are FPs, Magicfor2,- Tron, Peter Pan, Buzz Lightyear, Seven Dwarfs, Winnie the Pooh, Soaring and Roaring Rapids. At busy times, of course, they fill up just like other places, or sometimes they just aren't offered. Just depends on when you're there if you get on or not. I missed Pirates because it was closed all day. :furious:
    Dentam, your photos are great. The SDH is beautiful, almost too nice for me. For the cost of it, I would want to stay in it all day and appreciated it- not what you usually do at Disney! DH has had a bad habit over the years of sometimes booking a really nice place, then we get sidetracked and arrive late, so it just ends up being somewhere to sleep. :(
     
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    Thanks. It sounded a little unorganized, and I'm sure the line cutters didn't help. Have you done a SDL TR also?
     
  21. Dentam

    Dentam Dreaming of Disney

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    We didn't have fp's since as I mentioned I lost my room key early on, then was told afterward it wouldn't have mattered since you have to get paper tickets in order to get fp's. Our trip wasn't organized at all, we were mostly just happy to be there checking out the new park! :)

    I will try to finish up this report later today and finish responses as well. Sorry for the delay - lots happening lately.
     

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