Woohoo!! I went to Hong Kong Disneyland for the first time last weekend. It was a whirlwind 2 day stay but we managed to ride and see almost all the attractions.
My day started really early with a flight on Cebu Pacific that was really pleasant and on schedule. From the airport we went straight to Disney’s Hollywood Hotel where we were billeted for 2 nights. Click here for more pictures of the hotel.
Disney’s Hollywood Hotel
After leaving our luggages in our room and snapping lots of pictures we took the hotel shuttle to Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel where we had a scrumptious Chinese lunch at Crystal Lotus restaurant. Click here for pictures of all the yummy food we ate.
Crystal Lotus’ Disney characters dim sum
I was so excited to go to Disneyland right after lunch. In my opinion February is one of the best times to visit Hong Kong Disneyland. The weather was a cool 16-18 C and there weren’t as much people as in summertime.
Right after entering the park in the Hong Kong Disneyland Railroad at Main Street U. S. A. which we rode on the second day. It took us straight to Fantasyland. It was a nice and easy ride and we saw some animals from the Jungle River Cruise along the way.
We met our friendly tour guides Janice and Danny who took us on an exclusive and VIP tour around the park. We bypassed lines and got special treatment which was very unforgettable. If you want the same experience Disneyland offers this special tour service.
As part of the special tour we got reserved sidewalk space for an up close look at the colorful Flights of Fantasy Parade. All the floats were from different Disney movies and all had moving characters or live people dancing around.
Flights of Fantasy parade
The next ride was at Fantasyland’s it’s a small world where moving and singing costumed dolls representing different countries sang the same song in the local dialect. Here two Filipinas sang “maliit ang mundo”.
We also watched a live show called The Golden Mickeys with singing and dancing from all your favorite Disney characters and with appearances by Beauty and the Beast, Tarzan, Woody and Jessie, Quasimodo, Stitch and Mulan. It was fun seeing the host Cece change costumes and sing and dance in almost all the production numbers.
The Golden Mickeys
There were 3 new rides and the most thrilling was the RC Racer. Only a few in our group dared ride it. Our host Danny explained that sitting in the 1st row will give you the mildest experience while the 5th row was the scariest. Naturally I sat in the 5th row with Jaclyn and Robbie. I was glad that the RC Racer went up the highest only 3 times. Any more than that and my tummy was starting to feel queasy. But I loved, loved, loved the Rc Racer!!
You can tell by all the strollers parked below that Toy Story Land is a must visit attraction for toddlers and kids of all ages. I also enjoyed the Slinky Dog Spin which reminded me of a more sophisticated version of the caterpillar ride of my youth.
Slinky Dog Spin
We shared the Corner Cafe Cobb salad and were amazed at how fresh the lobster and smoked salmon were. The salad was really, really good. I just wish there were more lettuce. There was also pastrami and cheese slices, cubed chicken breast, hard boiled egg and avocado. It was really a complete meal in itself.
Corner Cafe Cobb Salad HK$188
I never imagined I would find lobster in Disneyland and it was sooooo good! It came with fries, mashed potatoes or rice but since I didn’t want any carbs my plate was bare. But who needs those when you have lobster and tenderloin on a plate.
Surf and Turf HK$298
Everyone was excited to see Cheesecake Factory on the menu and almost all of us ordered this trio of cheesecakes. It had the same name but it wasn’t from the US restaurant that we know.
The Cheesecake Factory HK$98
Good night Disneyland! I’ll be back again tomorrow. Click here for Day 2 of my Disneyland adventure.
Hong Kong Disneyland
Park hours: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
General Admission Ticket (aged 12-64) – HK $399
Child Ticket (aged 3-11) – HK$ 285
Senior Ticket (aged 65 and above) – HK$ 100