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Arrived in Shanghai yesterday. Hope this helps someone:
The Wishing Star Park is much more extensive than I had first thought. It's only open 7am-7pm, although outside those hours it's accessible to SDH guests via a special gate connecting the hotel gardens to the park. There are (at least) two 24-hour convenience stores located inside the park itself. They are not Disney-branded. Most of the piers are apparently not in use - only the ones served by Wishing Star Ferry are used.
The bridges actually have names. One is called Magic Bridge, another Happiness Bridge, not sure about others.
I'm guessing the previous poster meant to post parts 1 and 2 rather than part 2 twice. Here's part 1:
Wow, so how did we miss this video?? There is just so much new stuff in here I don't have time to make screencaps.....
This is an amazing video!!
More from @DisneylandDrive today....
Is it just me who absolutely loves these facades!!:
More views inside the castle:
Various other pirate stuff:
As usual, there is *even more* over at @DisneylandDrive...
Continued photos from DLDrive (https://twitter.com/DisneylandDrive):
Some signs in the outer part of the resort:
Finally, here are some other things I found interesting or which hadn't been seen before:
Finishing off with the enigmatic entrance to the renowned "Club 33"!!
First off, various facades (probably most if not all are from Mickey Avenue):
Here are some interesting photos of Toy Story Hotel:
If anyone has the full text, I would be really grateful!!
Wall Street Journal has posted a short video with some clips from the SDR soft opening: http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2016/05/09/video-shanghai-disneyland-test-run-ahead-of-june-opening/ (I think the video itself may have originated from China's CCTV, but didn't find the link to the original.
Not much new in here, but there are a couple of micro-clips of the MSE Parade, including an appearance by Ulf (who wasn't shown in the video shared earlier today):
So here's a list of characters I spotted in the MSE Parade across both videos (and the earlier image which - predictably - shows Mickey also):
* Mickey Mouse
* Minnie Mouse
* Daisy Duck
* Chip & Dale
* Mr Incredible
Inside the Magic posted a few more photos of SDH. Most of them have been seen before in the earlier Theme Park University posting, but there were a few new ones, especially of the bronze statues.
For anyone who didn't realise from MarcoDisney's post, the Shanghai Disney metro station opened today!
In other news, China Eastern has unveiled a Shanghai Disney Resort plane! Presumably it will fly guests from other cities to Shanghai to visit the Disney resort.
The tickets we get issued are e-tickets which have a barcode. You can either print it out, or present your smartphone for scanning. (The smartphone has the webpage open where the barcode is displayed.)
Hope that helps!!
Had a chat with Annie from reservations on the phone today for over 1 hour! Wow it's so frustrating, as the staff don't speak good English, and don't have a lot of information, and seemingly don't want to tell me they don't have lots of information. Often it feels like you are speaking to an automated service. Because several times after I asked a question, I was asked "So, you want to know about dining at Shanghai Disney Resort, right?" And I said yes, and then she read me some pre-scripted information, which she had repeated to me five or six times during the phone call, despite my protests. And this was mostly copied from the official website! No disrespect to the staff, seriously, they are just doing their jobs, and are very nice people. But it is very frustrating the way it's organised.
Anyway, basically I was able to confirm the following information:
* Booked breakfast is available at Lumiere's Kitchen and Aurora only (within SDH - I didn't ask about TSH)
* Booked breakfast times are at 6:30, 6:45, and so on every 15 minutes until 9:45 which is the last timeslot
* Bacchus Lounge and Ballet Cafe are also open in the mornings for breakfast, but don't take bookings. And the food provided would be a lot more basic because these two venues are intended as "a place to relax" only
* Dinner times are also every 15 minutes
* For both breakfast and dinner, you have to arrive within 15 minutes of your booked time or the reservation will be cancelled
About character dining, Annie told me that every restaurant offering character dining (which is only Lumiere's Kitchen (SDH) and Royal Banquet Hall (in-park) currently) is offering character dining for every single dining slot at breakfast, lunch and dinner. But to me this seems quite unlikely to be true. In fact, Annie did not even seem to know what character dining was until I explained it to her.
She was not able to tell me anything about the food available at breakfast at each restaurant, or any further details about dinner choices than what's already on the website.
I had been wanting to ask you about your third-party hotel booking for some time now but I hadn't got the chance because it was off-topic.
I'm assuming you will now cancel your stay at Dikang Boutique Hotel, but did you ever hear anything about the status of your booking?
I only ask because I booked the Dikang Boutique Hotel a few days ago, but I got a phonecall from the agent (english.ctrip.com) a few hours later saying they had spoken to the hotel and the hotel only accepts advance bookings up to 2 weeks in advance of your trip, not earlier. And advised me to call back 2 weeks before my trip. But I was quite surprised because you had booked it back in early February and for August, which is much further in advance even than for me!
From your screenshots I deduced that you booked using Agoda so I re-booked through Agoda and as yet I haven't got any information from the agent about the booking being cancelled or anything like that....
Well this thread is like a breath of fresh air!
I spoke to the reservations people earlier today on the phone and asked about this. The agent (Annie) told me that there is no information on this available as yet.
So we have:
* Jinger - Yes you can enter 2 hours early
* Gina - Yes you can enter 2 hours early
* Annie - No information
* Nono - No you can't enter 2 hours early
This is very confusing.
If anyone gets someone in future who confirms that you can enter 2 hours early, can you please ask them about whether this applies to the opening days? On our behalf. This will help.
To be honest, since the park opens at 9am each day, I find it unlikely that it will open 2 hours early for hotel guests, as this would mean it opened at 7am, which is really quite early for someone to visit a theme park! Does anyone else know if any other Disney parks around the world open quite this early?