Day 1 in Shanghai: Breakfast at Sunnyside Market and it's off to the museum we go! (Sept 2017 Trip Report)

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.

 Woody welcoming us to the Toy Story Hotel

Woody welcoming us to the Toy Story Hotel

 Our room key cards

Our room key cards

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!

 Pastries in Sunnyside Market in Toy Story Hotel

Pastries in Sunnyside Market in Toy Story Hotel

 More pastries

More pastries

 What?! More!?

What?! More!?

 Mickey's Butterfly Puff Pastry

Mickey's Butterfly Puff Pastry

 Anyone up for a Marshmallow Lollipop for breakfast?

Anyone up for a Marshmallow Lollipop for breakfast?

 Closer look at them lollipops

Closer look at them lollipops

 Sunnyside Market Menu

Sunnyside Market Menu

 Enjoying breakfast as a family

Enjoying breakfast as a family

 Mickey Mix Nuts Muffin

Mickey Mix Nuts Muffin

 Fishball and Prawn Noodles

Fishball and Prawn Noodles

 Sichuan Spiced Pork and Vegetable with Rice

Sichuan Spiced Pork and Vegetable with Rice

 Mickey Blueberry Tart

Mickey Blueberry Tart

 Little Mahina is happy!

Little Mahina is happy!

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!

 The area near Xinzha Road Station

The area near Xinzha Road Station

 I had no idea why, but I was really attracted to these buildings

I had no idea why, but I was really attracted to these buildings

 Shanghai Natural History Museum

Shanghai Natural History Museum

 15 Chinese Yuan a pop

15 Chinese Yuan a pop

 Exploring the museum

Exploring the museum

 Dinosaur bones

Dinosaur bones

 More bones

More bones

 Bones with feathers

Bones with feathers

 Grandpa and Baby Haku enjoying the sights together

Grandpa and Baby Haku enjoying the sights together

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.

 Menu at the food court in the museum

Menu at the food court in the museum

 Cafeteria style

Cafeteria style

 A packed house

A packed house

 Beef in Oyster Sauce with Rice

Beef in Oyster Sauce with Rice

 Leisure Meal

Leisure Meal

 Confused faces going, "Is this food?"

Confused faces going, "Is this food?"

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!

 1868 Cafe

1868 Cafe

 Menu

Menu

 Cakes

Cakes

 Seating arrangement in 1868 Cafe

Seating arrangement in 1868 Cafe

 Line up for some cakes and coffee

Line up for some cakes and coffee

 They got ice cream too!

They got ice cream too!

 Step right up for some ice cream

Step right up for some ice cream

 Got meself a chocolate cake

Got meself a chocolate cake

 After that disaster of a lunch, the cakes and ice cream put smiles back on everyone's faces

After that disaster of a lunch, the cakes and ice cream put smiles back on everyone's faces

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!

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