Jun 5, 2017
In the previous column, I wrote about going to Shanghai Disneyland from Suzhou. This time, I would like to write about my experience of staying at the Shanghai Disneyland Hotel with my husband and daughter.
I should start by saying that, as it was our daughter’s birthday, we paid extra to stay in the club level of the hotel. This gave us access to a special “Magic Kingdom Club” lounge, as well as some other extra benefits that you don’t get with a normal room. The lounge has an excellent view of the fireworks and visuals for the “Ignite the dream” show in the evening, and the soundtrack for the show is played while it is happening. Another benefit of the club floor is that a Mickey Mouse character wearing pajamas comes to say good night to children in the lounge, after they have been read a bedtime story.
For adults, the club floor offers an early evening happy hour where cocktails and other alcoholic drinks are served, together with some light bites. Breakfast and afternoon tea are also provided in the lounge. Our daughter really enjoyed the food, especially some of the cakes that were designed in the shape of Mickey Mouse.
The room we stayed in was very elegantly decorated, and had some nice features for children. There was a pull-out bed that our daughter slept comfortably in, and there were lots of free Disney films to watch on the TV. Additionally, above the beds in the room, there were some “magic” lights that turned on when we pressed a button by the bedside table. Because it was our daughter’s birthday, the staff had also put some balloons and a happy birthday message for her in the room. She was very happy about that!
Outside of our room, there were plenty of activities for children in and around the hotel. We took our daughter to the Little Mermaid swimming pool, and she enjoyed playing in the water there. We also took her to the Mickey Mouse Playhouse on the same floor, where she could join in several different activities. When we were there, she made a badge and played some games. Finally, there is an outdoor water play area called Hakuna Matata Oasis. We didn’t pay that a visit, as it was winter time, but it looks like it would be a lot of fun when the weather is hot.
One obvious reason to stay at the Disneyland Hotel is that it is very close to the entrance to Shanghai Disneyland Park. There are three options to get from the hotel to the park – boat, bus, or by walking. We used both the bus and the ferry. Buses come very regularly (every ten to fifteen minutes) but take slightly longer than the ferry to arrive. The ferry is more direct and quicker, but only departs every twenty minutes or so. We didn’t walk between the hotel and the park, but I would guess that it would take around twenty to thirty minutes in total. It is also worth noting that you can buy Disneyland Park tickets in the hotel, which saves some queueing time at the park entrance.
Overall, I would recommend staying at the Disneyland Hotel. Although it is a little pricey, it is worth going for a special occasion.
About the Column
Kaori is from Fukuoka, Japan and she moved to Suzhou with her British husband in 2010. She gave birth to a baby girl in Shanghai in 2014 and is currently a full-time mother, but previously studied Chinese at Suzhou University. Kaori enjoys going for walks, going out for meals, shopping on Taobao and visiting new places in China. Places she has particularly enjoyed visiting include Harbin, Beijing, Qingdao, Hangzhou, Moganshan, Guilin and Yangshuo. She also loves to explore different areas of Suzhou, both old and new.