Shanghai Disney Resort

Disney Bucket List – What’s on Ours?

by on March 1, 2017

Disney Bucket List

Most theme park fans have a bucket list. Whether it’s hitting every international Disney park or finally experiencing that very expensive meal you’ve always wanted, there’s usually something that brings a wistful look to our eyes. With that in mind, we asked our fabulous blog team: “What’s on your Disney bucket list?”

Claire:
1. Star Wars Day at Sea. I have yet to do a Disney Cruise, and if I’m going to do it, I’m going to do it right: Lucasfilm panelists, movies shown on a loop, characters galore, amazing cosplay, and delicious food. Coincidentally, all of it happens to be on a majestic cruise ship which in and of itself has amazing perks!

2. Tokyo Disneyland/Disney SEA
3. A week in the Grand Californian Resort
4. Adventures by Disney to Africa
5. Eat at Sanaa and finally have that bread about which I’ve heard so much.

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SATURDAY SIX: Third Annual Theme Park Turkeys of the Year

by on November 26, 2016

This week’s SATURDAY SIX is one of our favorites as we present the Third Annual “Turkeys” of the Year. For Thanksgiving this week we took a look back at things both Disney and Universal fans should be thankful for, but today we are going to go the other way. Gather ’round as we continue the fine tradition of awarding six Theme Park “Turkeys” to the craziest, most outrageous, or just downright weird stories of the year, concluding with the coveted Golden Turkey award. Let’s kick off the ceremony with a food situation that blew us away….

# 6 – That Time Disney Charged $12.99 For a “Hurricane Box”

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Art by Juliette Elton (@JulietteElton)

In early October, the state of Florida had its biggest weather scare in almost a decade with the oncoming Hurricane Matthew. Most of the models used by meteorologists had Matthew slamming into the East Coast, and then continuing straight up through the center of the state hitting Orlando. Seemingly playing a weird game of chicken, Disney and Universal both waited until just about the last possible moment to announce their hard ticket events of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Halloween Horror Nights would be cancelled for Thursday, October 6th,  and all the Orlando theme parks would be closed on Friday, October 7th.

With the storm bearing down on Florida, food everywhere was being cleared off the shelves at Walt Disney World. Lines appeared at the hotel food courts that seemed impossible to believe were true (but they absolutely were.) The food court at Port Orleans French Quarter was in the process of being refurbished, and there WDW was offering a $12.99 boxed meal that included a sandwich, an apple, a bag of chips, and a cookie. Pictures of the paltry boxed lunch hit social media and news outlets, including the Orlando Sentinel, with most of the reaction being very unfavorable to Disney.

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Visiting Shanghai Disneyland

by on July 11, 2016

This post is written by guest writer Elisabeth Lackey, who recently returned from an opening week trip to Shanghai Disneyland. Enjoy!

The Line Up

No surprise, but entry lines for Shanghai Disneyland’s Grand Opening were impressive. Jammed in among a mass of jostling umbrellas we waited a bit over an hour and a half to step through the turnstiles. Later we read online that the park opened 30 minutes early to help accommodate the crowds, but we saw no indication of this by the line’s movement.

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After quick pics at the Mickey clock tower and some gaping at the Enchanted Storybook Castle, we headed to the Adventure Isle Fastpass kiosk. After about 15 minutes the line was dismissed because all FPs were distributed for the day. Having spent so much time in line with no results except that the Minnie t-shirt I was wearing had become rain soaked, frustration began. Half an hour later, however, I was with my family experiencing the magnificent Pirates of the Caribbean–Battle of the Sunken Treasure and my mood transformed to one of wonder and appreciation.

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Since we had expected crowds and a bit of chaos during SDL’s Grand Opening, we were so pleased with how the rest of our day progressed. Lines were long, e-ticket attractions shut down periodically during the day, and Fastpasses were unobtainable, but we were able to experience much of the park’s offerings. The TRON Lightcycle Power Run’s actual wait time was significantly longer than posted (60 min compared to a stated 30), but we were able to ride the light and action cycle ride.

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Julia’s Best Week Ever, April 7, 2016: All Good Things

by on April 7, 2016

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In a perfect world, all days in Florida would be rainbows and sunshine, right?

First and foremost, a huge Xiè xie (thank you) to the people of Shanghai and especially the Command Center team at The Walt Disney Company (Shanghai) and on-site park personnel at The Shanghai Disney Resort for being such awesome hosts to my husband for his month over there. Special thanks for letting him have a once-in-a-lifetime experience there that he’ll be telling his grandkids and great grandkids about in years to come.

All good things must come to an end seems to have been the general vibe in the Disney universe, whether you’re talking about the massive changes at the Studios, the shakeup in Disney brass, or Mickey finally waking up from his decade-long dream. For me, my spring break trip to the mid-Atlantic had come to an end, and I was ready to hit the parks once again. Unfortunately, Mother Nature didn’t agree.

 

 

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Apparently spring break this year was a pretty wet one. One benefit of living here is that when the weather is bad, we’re able to stay home and do the parks another day. The only place I went out during that rainy Saturday was to hit Tijuana Flats for lunch. Technically, Tijuana Flats is a chain, but it is a local one, and every place has its own unique personality. This is in the one on “Restaurant Row” in Doctor Phillips (near I-Drive and between Disney and Universal).

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Ticket Primer for Shanghai Disney Resort

by on March 30, 2016

2016-03-13 12.14.38With the Shanghai Disney Resort’s opening day set for June 16, 2016, and beautiful photos slowly being leaked on social media, the excitement is building. On Monday, March 28, 2016, at 12:01 AM (Shanghai local time), tickets went on sale for Shanghai Disney Resort. For visitors to Walt Disney World or Disneyland, some of the ways Shanghai Disney Resort handles admission are going to seem very strange. In fact, without some advance planning, you may not be able to get in. Here’s a quick primer about Shanghai Disney Resort tickets.

  1. Only two options are available for tickets: One Day or Two Day. No annual passes, seasonal passes, or other multi-day tickets are sold. Buying a two-day ticket offers a 5% discount.
  2. Ticket prices are based on several factors, including age and height. Infants of 1.0 meter (39.4 inches) and below are free. A child is defined as 1.0-1.4 meters (55.1 inches, inclusive). An adult is anyone above 1.4 meters and below age 65. A senior is age 65 and above. In addition, there is a special price for the disabled, however certificate/proof of disability is required.
  3. Like airline tickets, Shanghai Disney Resort tickets are sold for select days in advance. Currently, tickets are available for days through September 13, 2016. Well, most days…opening day sold out in mere hours.
  4. Tickets get you admission to Shanghai Disney Resort, but a separate ticket is required for The Lion King production in Disneytown. There is no admission fee for Disneytown itself or Wishing Star Park.
  5. Tickets are likely to sell out for certain days. Although Disney has not officially released numbers about how many tickets are available per day, annual attendance estimates are for Shanghai Disney Resort to break 17 million. That works out to just shy of 50,000 per day. The city of Shanghai has a population of 24 million, and many of those people are going to want to be some of the first to see this new park. When the Shanghai Disney Store opened last year, people waited in line for three hours in the hopes to get in. After the first hour of opening, the store posted that it was “closed for the day” to prevent more people from joining the line. Yes, Disney is that popular.

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Julia’s Best Week Ever, March 24, 2016: Shanghaied!

by on March 24, 2016

2016-03-13 12.11.44What do Floridians do on Spring Break? They travel away from Florida, of course. (At least that’s what I did this week.) Meanwhile, as I mentioned in my last BWE article, my husband is in Shanghai, helping get some finishing touches ready for the big launch of the Shanghai Disney Resort opening in June. As his pictures and experiences in Shanghai are more interesting than my trek up the I-95 corridor, I figured I’d share some of what you might see if you plan to visit Shanghai.

Something to keep in mind is that the city of Shanghai is the 3rd most populated city in the world. With almost 23 million people, Shanghai city has a higher population than the entire state of Florida. Hotels and restaurants are plentiful, mass transit is inexpensive and convenient, and there’s always something to see and do. Although some people speak English, the Shanghainese dialect of Chinese is the primary language, and you may be at a disadvantage trying to read signs in stores and restaurants.

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When it comes to dining, there’s more traditional foods, like this dish of noodles and spicy minced mushrooms.

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And then there’s places like Cozi Hotdog, which specializes in corn dogs — in flavors such as crisp potato, “explosive plasma cheese”, wasabi fish roe, dried meat floss, and lobster salad (which apparently are slathered all over a traditional corn dog). The motto of the place, written in English, is “Hot Dog is Not Dog”. Very reassuring.

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