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  • Shanghai Disneyland Warning : May 2018

    Hello. I just got back yesterday and I never saw any of this information before I went, so I wanted to share..

    First, a question. Is Shanghai Disneyland worth it? Unequivocally yes if you like Pirates. IMO, their version, as most already know, is undoubtedly the best dark ride in any Disney theme park and I've been to them all. I must have ridden it 15 times in two days. Truly awesome.

    A few warnings and a bit of information:

    There is a crew who work the Shanghai airport wearing "Airport Staff" badges that are not airport staff. Their job is to get you into one of their cars to take you to your hotel and charge you as much as they possibly can. They'll tell you any lie to get you to follow them as opposed to you getting in a proper cab. One of the guys with us is a world traveler and he figured it out right away. I'm not sure I would have. Our "Airport Staff" friend told us the cabs were no longer running. He told us he'd help us find an ATM that accepted our International VISA cards. My friend called BS and we went and found the Taxi line. This sounds like a no-brainer, but I assure you, once you arrive in China, it's like the wild west and many things don't quite make sense.

    As mentioned, we also had trouble finding an ATM that would accept our cards, so I recommend arriving with at least 200 Yaun in your pocket. This will cover your cab ride. The Disney resort hotel we stayed at had a functioning international ATM.

    Despite the Disney Resort being there for a few years, our real cab driver did not understand our English of "Disneyland". Luckily, one of our party had it and our hotel and address already written in Chinese on a piece of paper and that got us to the hotel no problem. You'd think they'd understand tourists and "Disneyland", but not all do, so come prepared.

    Be aware, Chinese people and park guests are not like US park guests. They often smoke where ever they want and pushing and shoving is normal to them. They also will cut a line and an entire family will be ahead of you before you even know what's happened. How you deal with this is up to you. I basically blocked them every time they tried and they actually were very accepting of the fact that I wasn't going to let them get in front of me. They'll still try over and over though. And get used to having hands on your back and people leaning on you as you try to watch fireworks. It is just the thing they do.

    Also know that their are black market Disney sellers INSIDE the park! I kid you not. Craziest thing I every saw. They sell ears, key chains, rain coats and umbrellas. It is again, like the wild west there.

    Is it worth it? Yes. For Pirates it is. The bonus is TRON, which is pretty cool. Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters is so much more state of the art than our versions, you'll want to cry. Plus the ride system on Peter Pan is smooth and awesome and 2016 vs.1955 so it is fun to experience as well. If none of these things matter to you.. just go to Tokyo.

    Good luck!



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    We had a very similar experience. We were immediate approached and took out money for a “cab” but I realized they were trying to swindle us and went to the taxi line. The cab driver didn’t understand “Disney” at all... but somehow we got there without even having the address.
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      I asked this question on another thread, but I’ll ask it here as well: how hard is it for a foreigner to identify the legit taxis at the airport? And if this is such a challenge, why not take the train into the resort? Quite honestly we are heavily leaning toward taking the train and avoiding the entire taxi “experience” that everyone seems to have there.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Gelatoni97 View Post
        I asked this question on another thread, but I’ll ask it here as well: how hard is it for a foreigner to identify the legit taxis at the airport? And if this is such a challenge, why not take the train into the resort? Quite honestly we are heavily leaning toward taking the train and avoiding the entire taxi “experience” that everyone seems to have there.
        If you follow the airport signage to the taxi rank it should be fairly obvious where to go to pick up an official taxi. It took a bit of explaining to describe Disneyland as a destination, and ended up showing a print out of the toy story hotel address in Chinese.

        The reason you'd likely want to take a taxi instead of a train if Disneyland is your destination, is that the park is quite near the airport, about a 20 minute drive, but to get there by train you'd end up taking a 2 hour journey with connecting trains going into the city centre, then out again to the resort to get there.

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