The Rat family checks into the Toy Story Hotel in Shanghai Disney Resort
It's been a little over a year since the Rat family took a vacation together. The last time we all gathered for a vacation was in February of 2016, in Aulani. For 2017's family vacation, we packed our bags and met up in Shanghai Disney Resort's Toy Story Hotel.
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Meet, eat and be merry (PS: not all dishes are made equal)
Our first meal together in over a year involved some Mickey shaped pastries and noodles at Toy Story Hotel's Sunnyside Market. This was the only time we ate here throughout our trip. From this one visit, I really enjoyed the Mickey Mix Nuts muffin and the Sichuan Spiced Pork and Vegetable with Rice. One dish that really didn't do it for me was the Fishball and Prawn Noodles. To be dead honest, the soup lacked flavor and the fishballs had the texture of an eraser. Stay away from that one!
It's off to the museum we go!
After breakfast, we took a shuttle bus from the hotel to Shanghai Disneyland and walked to the train station. From the bus stop, it only took us about 5 minutes to walk to Shanghai Disney Resort's train station. From there, we started our little adventure of manoeuvering Shanghai's train system to Xinzha Road Station. It was pretty straightforward. Before our trip, we researched about using the train in Shanghai and got super inflated results on travel times. According to Google Maps, it would have taken us over 2 hours to get to Xinzha Road Station from Shanghai Disney Resort's train station. In reality, it only took us a little over 30 minutes. If you are thinking of exploring Shanghai city, don't be afraid to take the train. It was cheap, clean and efficient!
It's time for lunch
Ratketeer, I have a confession to make. I hate museums. The only reason why we visited the Shanghai Natural History Museum is because of my son, Haku. The little rascal loves dinosaurs so much, we had to take him to this museum after finding out that it has a huge dinosaur exhibit. So, what's my verdict after visiting? I still hate museums. We went on the weekend which means crowds, which didn't help alleviate my stereotypical generalization that all museums are boring. Sorry Shanghai Natural History Museum. It's not you, it's me. After walking around for a while, it was time for lunch.
The worst food we had all trip
If you are planning on visiting the Shanghai Natural History Museum, I highly recommend for you to NOT eat at the food court. Look at the picture above! Look at little Mahina's face! That's a rare sight. My kids don't usually say no to food. She stored those fries and chicken in her mouth for as long as possible, so that she don't have to put anymore in. Food here was terrible. I had the Beef in Oyster Sauce with Rice which sounds like a really safe choice, but even that was terrible. None of us finished our food! No one! If you get hungry in the Shanghai Natural History Museum, might I suggest visiting 1868 Cafe. After that horrible lunch, none of us were satisfied, so we had to wash away that foul taste in our mouths by chomping down on some desserts!
Back to the hotel we go
We were all beat after the museum, so we headed back to the hotel to rest up for the next day. I'm happy to say that day 2 of exploring Shanghai involved no museums. Yes! Yes! Yes! Oh, but how did the food fare? Did it get better or dare I say, worse? Hold on to your horses Ratketeer. All will be revealed soon enough, in next week's episode of The Rat Family in Shanghai. Stay tuned!