journey to shanghai…

1this past week mario and i set out on quite an adventure… our first journey to shanghai china for a business trip.  we started out early morning in phoenix on a 5am flight to dallas where we connected on the 15 hour direct flight to shanghai arriving at 4pm the following day.  we met up with our colleagues kevin and tracey and made way to our hotel in downtown shanghai….

32 the next morning we boarded a high speed train to our next destination spending two days shopping a market, it was absolutely packed with anything and everything imaginable.  china is a crazy busy place with people going in every direction on foot, by moped, car, bus, and my favorite were these bikes (i wanted one)…

5 4we took the train back to shanghai to spend our last day at one of the places i never imagined having the opportunity to visit in my life – shanghai disneyland!  as a disney fan i’ve followed the years of construction and grand opening celebrations in june of this year.  it was a “pinch myself moment” that we were actually in disneyland… in shanghai…

6 7 8 9the park was beautiful, the buildings on main street were decked out in holiday style, the shops filled with all of the fun merchandise you’d expect at disneyland, and even the candy shop was loaded with their signature character apples – it was awesome…

10 11the main feature at shanghai disneyland is without a doubt the castle!  this magnificent fairytale structure towers high up into the sky and is loaded with architectural details from every angle.  it can be seen from anywhere throughout the park and even has a themed restaurant inside, it was beautiful.  we explored the park to check it all out.  the attention to detail was exactly as disney promised “authentically disney, distinctly chinese”…

12 13  it has similar attractions to other disney parks, like peter pan which we rode, but it also has a couple of attractions exclusive to this park: tron (a cycle-type roller coaster), and pirates of the caribbean (a unique version of a disney classic).  the wait for tron was 180 minutes and considering none of us wanted to spend 3 hours waiting in line, we headed over to pirates and let me tell you it was the best disney attraction i’ve ever experienced…ever! we even went back in line to ride it a second time immediately after we got off, it was that good.  i just can’t even put into words how cool this ride was – pure amazement…

14 15after we left the park, we enjoyed dinner at the cheesecake factory and did a little shopping in “disneytown” their version of downtown disney.   to finish off the trip there was even a starbucks so we were definitely happy guys!  thanks again for sharing the journey…t!m



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66 Comments to “journey to shanghai…”

  1. Dona says:

    Only you and Mario could make a trip to Disney Shanghai a business trip and it be absolutely legit!!! Glad you had fun and thanks for sharing it with us!!

  2. Mimi says:

    Omg… awesome! I soooo appreciate you sharing this! I’m thinking that’s one place I’ll never make it (who knows…), but love hearing about it! Going to go YouTube videos of that Pirates ride…

  3. What a trip! You guys really know how to travel.

  4. Maureen Chandler says:

    What an amazing trip – loved the photos!! Merry Christmas to you both!

  5. S@ndy Diller says:

    Looks like you had a great time. I have been to China and agree that it is wonderful. Shanghai is my favorite city of our visit.

  6. Lynda says:

    That bike would be fun for junking. Thanks for sharing the adventure.

  7. MartyF says:

    Thanks for sharing your pics, Tim! It looks like it was an amazing trip and so awesome that you got to visit the new Disney park. Hubby and I are big Disney park fans, so we both enjoyed seeing these. Glad you’re back safe and sound 🙂

  8. Dria Finn says:

    I can only dream of going there. I love living vicariously!

  9. creatingincolors says:

    What an adventure! Thanks for sharing!

  10. That sounds amazing!! Thanks so much for sharing your fantastic experience!!

  11. Sheila Bacon says:

    One of the numerous highlights of your posts is to experience through your words and pix the travels that the two of you take. I hope to resume traveling in the near future (once I get done working and am truly retired), but meanwhile, I’m traveling vicariously through your experiences. Thank you for sharing!

  12. how fun, looks like it was a fun trip, once in a lifetime!

  13. Lorrie S. says:

    What an adventure! Thanks for telling us about it.

  14. Sharron says:

    What a surreal experience that must have been! Wow!

  15. jayne says:

    That sounds absolutely AWESOME !!!

  16. Christine says:

    Looks and sounds amazing! Thank you for sharing!

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