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Unread 4 Mar 19, 11:17 AM  
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Hi all, the wife and I are thinking of going to Disney in January but could do with some advice on costs, days needed, staying on site or off site, best place for flights etc...
Any diggers with personal experience and willing to share would be most appreciated, can tell from the forums posts that it seems to be a lot of people's favourite Disney park!
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I went in 2017. I live in Singapore so it's a much shorter flight to get to Shanghai, and we only went there for 5 days with 3 nights at the Disneyland Hotel and another 2 nights in a city centre hotel.

Went with the Disneyland Hotel because I decided on-site was easier for spending a couple of days at DL, preferred the look of it to the Toy Story Hotel, and really wanted to try out CL (CL at Shanghai DLH included breakfast, snacks, dinner, and more snacks at night, so we only had to worry about getting lunch). We really enjoyed the stay there - hotel was beautiful, CMs were great, and you could either walk to the park (maybe 15 minutes) or take a ferry to the park. Though the room itself was just OK...

I think staying off-site also seemed like a viable option since there is a metro station right outside the DL entrance, but I'm not quite as familiar with this. DL is a bit of a way out from the main Shanghai city centre though.

You'll need to look into visa and whether you can go on the 144 hour visa-free option for China...

Days needed - I think 1 is enough to be honest if you start at rope drop and stay until close. We had 2 days but this was with plenty of breaks, and didn't really feel like we missed out on much - and I usually try to spend as much time in a Disney park as possible!

There are certain rides which are incredibly popular like Soarin' and 7DMT, but if you're familiar with WDW's version then they are pretty similar (though Soarin' has a different queue and pre-show and a different ending). A lot of the rides have definitely been updated, Pirates being the most notable example (by far the best version of Pirates across all the Disney parks), but even Peter Pan has been slightly updated. And then you have the rides that are currently unique like Tron.

When I was there the fireworks were very projection based on the castle, but I don't remember being very impressed by them.

Hope this helps, happy to answer questions about Shanghai DL although my knowledge is now two years out of date...
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Getting confused on the visa front
Our plan is
Manchester-munich (3 hours)- Shanghai (5 Nights)
Shanghai- Munich (3 hours) - Manchester

Everything im reading is saying we wouldn't quality for the 144 hour visa as our inbound and outbound country (germany) is the same.
Is this correct?
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How were the queues, the public, choice of food etc..
Anywhere outside of Disney you would recommend visiting?
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Getting confused on the visa front
Our plan is
Manchester-munich (3 hours)- Shanghai (5 Nights)
Shanghai- Munich (3 hours) - Manchester

Everything im reading is saying we wouldn't quality for the 144 hour visa as our inbound and outbound country (germany) is the same.
Is this correct?
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How were the queues, the public, choice of food etc..
Anywhere outside of Disney you would recommend visiting?
From what I've read about the 144 hour visa... yes that wouldn't work. But I may be wrong.

Queues - can be bad, I remember a lot of queue cutting which was very annoying. And also very bizarre as there were people standing in the middle of queue lines trying to sell knock off Minnie headbands. The only upside is that the CMs seemed to be enforcing a rule that all parties must queue together, which eliminated groups of people trying to cut in front by saying they were joining their friends/family up ahead.

When I went they were doing paid FPs - I ended up paying for a couple of them which made my life so much better. The FP system then was a mess - heard it may have improved now though as they seem to have moved to a digital FP system?

Food - can't help much with food inside Shanghai DL as we mainly ate at the DLH CL lounge. We did have a meal at the restaurant inside the castle which was decent and let us meet Mickey/Minnie/etc without any wait but don't remember the food as being that memorable. There seemed to be a lot of decent chain restaurants in the Disney village right next to the parks though so that looked like a decent option to get food.

And yes there's definitely places worth visiting outside of Disney! We spent a couple of days in the city centre and went around some of the main sights, like Yuyuan gardens (super crowded during the day, much better going in the evening), Nanjing Road, the Bund, People's Square (I think), and also the Oriental Pearl Tower (didn't go up though). Couple of other places I can't quite remmeber. And a cruise along the Huangpu River at night which was quite nice. Lots of good food in the city too - the xiaolongbao from Nanxiang was great, as was the shengjianbao from Little Yang's. There's also the No 1 Food Store (I think) along Nanjing Road which seemed to be a department store dedicated just to food, which has a branch of Nanxiang and a branch of Little Yang's somewhere inside it. Basically we walked a lot along Nanjing Road and along the Bund...
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Originally Posted by irnman View Post
Getting confused on the visa front
Our plan is
Manchester-munich (3 hours)- Shanghai (5 Nights)
Shanghai- Munich (3 hours) - Manchester

Everything im reading is saying we wouldn't quality for the 144 hour visa as our inbound and outbound country (germany) is the same.
Is this correct?
To qualify you need to be travelling from one destination and then onto another so you cannot use it to return to the same destination.

One way around this would be to fly MAN-HKG, HGK-PVG and then PVG-MAN.

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We are going later this year, to get around the 144 hour visa issue, we are going to hong kong first (having a week there) before going onto Shanghai for a 5 day visit (so only works out 3 days really) before flying back to london .

I know when i messaged the China Embassy when we wanted to do london/hk - hk/shang - shang/hk - hk/london they said we wouldn't be able to do it... (also worked out we have no stopovers, cost a 100 more but didn't need a visa and don't have to worry about changing flights... worth contacting the embassy before booking
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You can only get it if travelling to another country I did it 2 years ago US to Bejing then Tokyo .
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