Shanghai, Hong Kong and Tokyo

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  1. Neha

    Neha Earning My Ears

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  2. chicagodisneyguy

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    Absolutely awesome info! I am heading to Vietnam for 2 weeks in October/Nov to celebrate my 40th bday and being the Disney nerd I am, want to hit one of the Asian parks before heading home. I know this is pretty subjective, but for the people who have been to two or three of the parks, which would you choose and why? My plan is to be at the parks on a Monday and Tuesday and fly home on Wednesday. What city I fly home from doesn't matter and I am pretty points/miles flush at the moment.
     
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  4. Mousequake

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    You need to show confirmation that you have flights and hotel booked at your next destination. When you arrive in Shanghai, there will be a separate line for the 144-hour travel without visa, and you show that information there.
     
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  5. DisneyRegulars

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    [QUOTE="chicagodisneyguy, post: 58680581, member: 218372]I know this is pretty subjective, but for the people who have been to two or three of the parks, which would you choose and why?[/QUOTE]

    I personally don’t think you could go wrong with any of them. They are all unique and have their own feel. If you are up for something that feels the most different I would say either Shanghai Disney or Tokyo Disney Sea. Tokyo Disneyland felt like almost a carbon copy of Magic Kingdom. The Pirates ride in Shanghai is amazing, and it doesn’t look like it’s coming to the USA anytime soon. The park is huge in Shanghai and feels massive, the castle is also very nice. The only bad thing about Shanghai is the other guests, so if you are prone to rage when people cut in lines or throw trash on the ground skip Shanghai in favor of HK or Tokyo.
     
  6. cschaaf

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    Not arguing with your experience there, just wanted to add our experience at Shanghai.

    We only had one time where someone 'cut' in front of us. We were in line for Peter Pan and were looking around and the line in front of us had moved about 10 feet. The group behind us walked past us and filled in that gap. It never felt 'rude', never felt like they were trying to 'get away' with something, it just felt like what they were used to doing.

    There were other times where, if we stood in single file, as apposed to standing right next to each other, someone would come up beside us and fill in that gap. When the line moved, they would let us back in front of them. They weren't trying to gain an advantage, just filling in gaps.

    Lastly, when I was in line by myself for the Challenge Trails, there was a family behind me - a small boy, his mother, and what I would assume was his grandmother. The boy kept creeping up in line and would get in front of me while the rest of the family stayed behind me. They could have gotten in front of me too, if they wanted, but they stayed back. The mother would call the boy back and several times, she apologized to me in the best way she could with the language barrier.

    As far as trash on the ground, we saw it for sure, but didn't think it was anything that we wouldn't have expected at another park. We went to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas at MK last month and saw just as much, if not more, trash on the ground. Especially in the darker queues: Pirates, Splash, 7 Dwarves, etc.

    Interestingly, we spent 3 days at Universal after that and saw very little trash on the ground anywhere.
     
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  7. katt789

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    I personally liked Tokyo the best, it won for attractions, entertainment, friendliness of cast members, and Japan in general was my favourite place!! However you cannot park hop until day 3 in Tokyo Disney, so you'd have to do one full day at Disneyland and one full day at DisneySea. We did 4 park days and still wished we'd had more time in DisneySea. I liked it the best but it takes the longest to explore

    That being said, if you only have 2 days, I would go for Hong Kong or Shanghai as there's only 1 park to conquer. If you've been to DLR in California, HKDL is very similar to that, there's a few stand out attractions/shows that make it different, and they are AMAZING attractions, but it is a very similar feel and such in the park.

    Shanghai is the most unique between the two, it has its own castle design, amazing shows, Pirates is worth the trip alone (Tron's also awesome, but I personally didn't like it). You could easily do all the original attractions and a few of the copycat ones in Shanghai in 2 days.
     
  8. chicagodisneyguy

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    Thanks for all the info guys, very much appreciated! We are leaning towards Tokyo Disney but Shanghai looks really neat too. I'll definitely be back to pick your brains when we come to a decision!
     
  9. nickcirc

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    Late to the party i know, but when we did all 6 parks around the world in one trip in 2016 we did Hong Kong -> Shanghai -> Tokyo. It's super easy to combine all 3 Asian parks into one trip over a week. No need for Chinese visa either if you adhere to TWOV.

    That said, if you only wanna do 1, Tokyo for sure. But if you can get creative with your airline routing, putting HKDL into there isn't difficult and can be done as a stopover (less than 24 hours) if you're travelling on a low day (we were last there 2 weeks ago) even on a Sunday, nothing was over 20 min wait.
     
  10. psakid

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    My family of 4 used the 144 hour Transit Visa without any problems. The biggest headache will be with your departure gate agents; however, they should be more familiar with the process as China has had this Visa for 3-4 years now. Even Beijing is going from 72 to 144 hours soon, if not already.

    1) A valid Passport & Visa (if required for onward country).
    2) You can't fly back to the country of origin, you must fly to another authorized country. USA-HKG-PVG-TYO-USA, USA-PVG-TYO-USA or reverse works. Just think of the PVG stop as a layover between two different countries. A flight to another mainland China city is not allowed.
    3) The departure ticket (with seat assignment) must be within 144 hours (6 days) of day after arrival (time starts at midnight after arrival).
    4) Fill out Arrival/Departure Card on board before you arrive (you'll also need hotel/accommodation information to fill out the card).

    This is a brief overview. Various internet sites have details for specific or special situations.

    You can't beat the price......
     
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    Ours trip is from Canada to Hong Kong (
    Will layover Transfer in pvg for 2 hours), then on the way back from HK we want to stop in Shanghai for three days. So HKG to PVG to Canada. Will that qualify the 144 visa free program?
     
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    TLPL

    The quick answer is Yes. Canada is a participating country under the 144 hour visa program. Hong Kong is considered a special administrative part of China so flights to and from are considered to be outside of China. We'll see what happens after the 50 year treaty expires.

    Enjoy your trip and especially the Disney Parks.
     
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    Thank you for confirming this.
     
  14. AZMama2016

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    We are doing all three Asia parks next May but have a slightly different twist: it will be in conjunction with a HK to Tokyo cruise. The plan is to come into HK early and get three nights at a hotel near the airport since it’s easy to get into the main parts of the city by train and accommodations are cheaper. We will do day 1 sightseeing, then day 2 at HKDL. We were there back in 2007, although the park was much smaller then and we easily did everything we wanted to do in half a day. On day 3, we’ll transfer to the ship. The first night is an overnight in HK, so we’ll get more time to sightsee before departing.

    Shanghai is going to be the toughest, as it’s an overnight stay during the cruise. I believe we get in about noon and depart around 5 pm the next day. I’m thinking we’ll do SDL the day we arrive. It won’t be a full day but better than nothing. I debated about getting off the ship and staying overnight at the park, but feel like we’d be missing out if we didn’t do something non-Disney during such a short stay, and the complications of an off-ship overnight stay and the possibility of missing the ship when it departs is too risky for me. I will need to find out where we expect to dock and arrange for transportation to and from the park.

    Tokyo is the end of the trip and has another overnight there, so we will sightsee those days. I’m thinking it would be best to go from the pier to the park on disembarkation and stay a couple nights there to get at least two full days. Then we would fly home. I’d love to get a couple more days in Tokyo but we will have been gone over 3 weeks by then and the thought of hauling all that luggage around with just me, hubby and our 6 year old will be too much!

    First question: I’m thinking of seeing about hiring translators or guides for Shanghai and Tokyo. With such a short time there, it would be best if we were with someone who could get us around quickly. I don’t know how I would find such guides and whether the cost is feasible, so it’s just a thought right now. Anyone have any suggestions or recommendations on this (even whether to do it)?

    Second question: how are strollers viewed at the parks? We go regularly to WDW and DL and the stroller is a lifesaver. Our kid will be 6.5 at the time of the trip, but I wouldn’t hesitate to bring the stroller since she’ll get tired with all the walking and we’ll want to be able to get around fast to maximize our time there. I just want to make sure it won’t be a big cultural faux pas. And if I can bring it, is there any concern with stuff getting lost or stolen while the stroller is parked? I’ve never really worried about this in the US.

    Final question: how much local currency in cash should I plan to bring per day in the park?

    Thanks for any help! Normally I can find whatever I need online but this one is tough as there isn’t as much info about these parks available and very few people who have done all three Asian parks, let alone in conjunction with a cruise!
     
  15. DisneyRegulars

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    When we travelled around China we worked with Flight Centre travel agency to arrange a guide and private transportation in each city. It was great. If you want I can PM you the name of who we worked with at that travel agency. I bet they could arrange a guide for you.

    As far as cash, you don’t need much cash. I think that we spent the most cash on ice cream carts. Everything else takes credit cards. $20 per person would be more than enough cash.

    People definitely use strollers, but especially in Shanghai the average age of visitor I swear is young adult. We barely saw any actual children in our two days there. A lot of people had these really cool very small foldable stroller things that were more like pushing a kid on a bike seat. They were neat. I would just rent a stroller in the parks. It would be a nightmare to lug a stroller around for a three week trip.
     
  16. AZMama2016

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    Yes, if you don’t mind sending me the info about Flight Centre, that would be great. Thank you for that and the other advice as well. We may end up leaving the stroller altogether, although it’s handy at airports and I like having it for the storage at the parks.
     

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