Robb & Elissa in Asia - 2016!

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Re: Robb & Elissa in Asia - 2016!

Postby The Geek Mojo » Thu Dec 22, 2016 7:36 am

Great trip report and a lot of useful info I can use when I make a future trip to China. Big fan of Disney so both Disney parks there are most definitely on my bucket list. However, confused why there is a dislike of Pepsi so much. I've been following these forums for many years and seen quite a few posts of how some are sad Pepsi is at certain theme parks. I mean I like Coke too...But I also like Pepsi...I'll drink either. I'm just curious. Are you all mad at Pepsi for setting Michael Jackson's hair on fire or just don't like the taste? Either way, not a big deal. Just curious?

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Postby TheAmericanKnight » Thu Dec 22, 2016 7:59 am

robbalvey wrote:
larrygator wrote:For those that don't realize there are still two classes of people in China with a great cultural divide between those who grew up in urban versus rural communities. Although many Chinese have moved (or were forced to move) from farms to factories, the new urban families have not quite forgotten and revert back to their their rural ways. During my three weeks in China I talked to the guides quite a bit, and many of them were embarrassed by the uncivilized half of the population that is flooding into urban areas. Many Chinese are still learning how the rest of the civilized world interacts and are a product of their culture. Many don't realize it is inappropriate to relieve yourself whenever you need too, they don't know the concept of waiting patiently (versus pushing), they don't understand the need to provide personal space, and the tonality of the language gives the signal that everyone are always yelling when sometimes they are not. Quite frankly when you are trying to relax on vacation those foibles are annoying and can ruin the magic.


This is 100% correct. We had our guide from our first two sightseeing days say the exact same thing to us and at Disney, we had quite a few cast members including management come us to us and try to explain and apologize for some of the Chinese behavior. It's the same thing with a lot of Brazilians I know. While I realize the entire culture doesn't behave like a Brazilian tour group at a theme park, often times my friends I have from Brazil will apologize for those groups because even they know they act horrible. And honestly, there are plenty of awful Americans, too (just go read social media for ten minutes) and I find myself having to apologize for the "Ugly Americans" when we travel abroad. Having to do it even more now thanks to our recent election results. :/

How very true though that no country is completely clean. I live in the U.S.A. and graduated from high school a couple years ago (currently in college) and assuming that nothing has changed there, American high schools sound very much like the description of the Chinese park goers you described. It's more than a cultural thing, it is the way people are brought up.

As for Pirates Of The Caribbean, I thought the same technology was going to be applied to a new Star Wars ride in Hollywood Studios at Disney World. With that being said, as much as I would not mind seeing Pirates replaced, keep it for the fanboys while the "cool kids" ride the new Star Wars boat ride.

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Postby viking86 » Thu Dec 22, 2016 12:43 pm

Awesome trip report! Love the pictures of the Shanghai DL castle, looks like an amazing building! Thank you for sharing, looking forward to see more from your trip! :)

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Postby x2isawesome » Thu Dec 22, 2016 3:07 pm

Just curious, anyone know why Shanghai serves Pepsi products when Disney is usually coke. Seems weird to me.
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Postby larrygator » Thu Dec 22, 2016 3:37 pm

x2isawesome wrote:Just curious, anyone know why Shanghai serves Pepsi products when Disney is usually coke. Seems weird to me.


Because the management of Disneyland Shanghai signed a contract with Pepsi and not Coke.
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Re: Robb & Elissa in Asia - 2016!

Postby robbalvey » Thu Dec 22, 2016 3:43 pm

So after two full days of Shanghai Disneyland, we took a break, went back into the city and explored a bit more...

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When traveling to Shanghai Disneyland by train, there is an easy access Metro station right at the park! This also allows you to get into the city easily as well!

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Ahh, yes.... this is what I'm used to China looking like! ;)

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Anal bead tower... (official name, not making it up!)

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The real reason for our trip into Shanghai this morning! The World's Largest Disney Store!

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WARNING!!! Lots of Shanghai "World's Largest Disney Store" pics coming up next!

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Ok, I *NEED* all this Baymax Christmas stuff in my life right now!

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There are a ridiculous amount of TsumTsum here! Never seen this many in one place!

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More TsumTsum ... and wait there is even MORE...

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INSANE!!!

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Why don't we have any of this cool Baymax stuff back home???

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I also need all this awesome Zootopia stuff in my life!

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Some of the interior of the world's largest Disney Store Shanghai! It's amazing!

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Plenty of stuff for your little princess!

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Star Wars section and yes, more TsumTsum!

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If you are into the Asian Disney Store UniBEARsity character there is plenty here!

Here's a quick look around the World's largest Disney Store!


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A new Taco Bell just opened in #Shanghai and after our awesome Tokyo Taco Bell visit last year we had to check this out!

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Because when in China... You get tacos! Of course! Duh!!!

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International Taco Bell is VERY different than in the US! Familiar yes, but not as "fast food" as you're used to.

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I love the "Taco characters" you see at Asian Taco Bell! I need these in my life! lol

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Having a wonderful #TacoFriendsChristmasParty! lol

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Yay! We found our favorite Chinese local! Brent and his family came and met up with us in Shanghai!

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To complete our "ugly American fast food" tour of China, we went to the new Pizza Hut where you are seated by this cute robot!

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Much like Taco Bell, Asian Pizza Hut is VERY different from what we are used to in the US! It's less like "crappy, greasy pizza" and more like "somewhat decent restaurant." I mean, they have steak and escargot on the menu!!!

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Back at Disneytown at Shanghai Disneyland, We've seen Disney park service cast members do "water art", "chalk art", but this the first "leaf art" we've seen!

We found something cool in our hotel room!


And that wraps up Shanghai! Next stop... Hong Kong Disneyland!

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Re: Robb & Elissa in Asia - 2016!

Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Thu Dec 22, 2016 5:00 pm

Loving the Taco Bell and Pizza Hut photos. The tacos look edible, and not covered in nacho cheese powder! And the meat tray at Pizza Hut. :cool:

I would love to experience the Shanghai version of Pirates. I liked the one in California quite a lot (it became my new favourite dark ride), but even based on the videos I've seen of the Shanghai version, it looks just light years ahead in technology and visually impressive. I don't know if we'll ever get to China, though I'd love to, and most Americans certainly never will. Disney does a remarkable job keeping their attractions relevant and appealing, so maybe we'll see this copied in the U.S. I would absolutely make another trip to either Disneyland or WDW if they did.
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Re: Robb & Elissa in Asia - 2016!

Postby milst1 » Fri Dec 23, 2016 2:40 pm

Nice report.
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Postby ObeyTheShihTzu! » Fri Dec 23, 2016 3:37 pm

My eyes are popping out at your incredible coverage in your Trip Report.

I'm still deciding between the escargots at Pizza Hut - or.....maybe buying ONE OF EVERYTHING at the world's largest Disney Store!! :lmao:
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Re: Robb & Elissa in Asia - 2016!

Postby gerstlaueringvar » Fri Dec 23, 2016 5:58 pm

It was great meeting you guys in Shanghai! Great TR so far and have fun in HK and Japan!

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