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Shanghai Disneyland hotels to combine Chinese culture and Disney characters

Shanghai Disney Resort is scheduled to open in spring of 2016

The two hotels opening next year alongside Shanghai Disneyland will combine Chinese culture and tradition with Disney characters, such as Mickey and Minnie Mouse, the Little Mermaid and Cinderella.

The Walt Disney Co., a part owner in Disney's first theme park on mainland China, released details Wednesday of its Shanghai Disneyland Hotel and its Toy Story Hotel, part of the resort that will include a park and a shopping and entertainment district.

The Shanghai Disneyland Hotel was described as an elegant, Nouveau-inspired hotel, featuring a fountain with a large glass peony blossom -- a traditional flower of China -- adorned with Disney fairies. Guests at the hotel will be provided amenities expected at Asian hotels, such as slippers and tea bags in the rooms.

The hotel, with 420 guest rooms, will also have bronze statues of Mickey and Minnie Mouse in the porte-cochere.

The larger Toy Story Hotel, with 800 rooms, will be a family-oriented inn with Woody and Buzz Lightyear Courtyards and a Sunnyside Cafe decorated with Chinese-style kites, flown by Disney characters.

Both hotels will include gift shops plus a service that delivers merchandise bought at the park to the hotels. A shuttle will transport guests between the Toy Story Hotel and the park, and a complimentary water taxi will carry passengers across the Wishing Start Lake, between the park and the Shanghai Disneyland Hotel. 

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