Our Hong Kong Adventure: 6th November – 12th November 2013.
Ah Disneyland….the happiest lil place in this big bad cruel world…a place where you can forget all your worries and if you’re an adult, it’s a place where you can feel 5 again! It truly is a magical place for the lack of better words to describe and as cliche as it may sound – it is it is it is magical!
As Sairah’s 3rd Birthday gift, we decided that taking her to Disneyland would make her a very happy toddler since her love for all things Disney is soo immense. This was probably the bestest best birthday gift in her 3 years of life, lol. Hong Kong has always been on my list of countries to visit as well so I’m glad we could do a 2 in 1 trip
So this is Day One at Disneyland in Hong Kong and I’ve posted up the photos in sequence of what we did. Sorry in advance as well for the over-load of pics but hey, it’s freaking Disneyland where every moment counts!
The MTR in HK is one of the most impressive mode of transportation I”ve taken (even better than the train system in Paris!) so we found ourselves in Disneyland via MTR after a 20-25 minutes train journey with 3 inter-changes which was easy as pie!
The one and only train heading to Disneyland was of course all things Disney! You know you’re on the right track when you board this baby!
Photo from Day 2 of Disney just to show you how cute the train looks inside. It is bound to get the kids excited from the get-go.
It took all of 5 minutes to purchase the tickets at the counter and they were many counters to accomodate the huge amounts of visitors. Efficiency here is amazing and I cannot imagine if there was a Disneyland on Malaysian soils…there might be 5 counters, with 3 closed counters or the famous ‘on a break’ sign or system down sign and long queues Just saying.
All set to explore beyond that gate maam.
This is right after the gate entrance (after where they have checked our bags for illegal smuggling of food which we did anyway by wrapping it up with my scarf, heh) and a popular spot for family photos, like so:
Xmas decos are already up esp on the Main Street which adds a beautiful touch to an already beautiful place.
A quick photo outside Fantasy Land (well the tame kiddie type fyi, none of those 50 shades type aight though a 50 shades inspired play land wouldn’t be so bad :lol: )
We first decided to explore Adventure Land where it was all things Tarzan-y.
We took a boat ride and saw some ‘elephants’
Oh bye Ellieeee
And yes, they’re actually fake.
And so are the men climbing up the tree away from Mr Rhino.
Kabooom fire effect…
Baby girl wondering what’s up with the smoke.
We quickly went for a lunch break and let me warn you first how crazy expensive food general is in Hong Kong. Minimum meals are between RM20-3o per dish and yes that’s just for a plate of fried rice! But the portions are quite generous and can be shared.
In Disneyland, food is slightly more expensive.
Note the unhappy look. RM56 for one iced tea which we shared (as you can see) – cheap shits we are
And a plate of veggie fried rice. Word of the day: Ridiculous! That’s why if you can – SMUGGLE food in! Anyway there are some things in life for the sake of your child you just suck it up and PAY no matter how stingy one might be.
More Tarzan exploring after our expensive meal.
We took a raft like ride to get to the other side to Tarzan’s home..
I was too lazy to walk up Tarzan’s home (what’s new) so I sat at a nice comfy corner..
And decided doing this would be more fun than climbing up stinky Tarzan’s home with no real Tarzan at sight. Meh.
Managed to catch a Lion King show which was pretty awesome. Little one enjoyed it SO much!
The Grizzly Gulch adventure land
We went on this Grizzly Gulch ride separately and it was crazy awesome. Just a tip – if you go on the more popular rides around 6-7pm when it’s towards closing time, there will be almost no lines at all! And you can go as many times as you want.
Wanted – a naughty Terrifying Three toddler Ok kidding – she was on her bestest behavior that day. Didn’t think she was going to walk the entire park without asking us to carry her but she did (and boy did she sleep so soundly that night!).
Couldn’t take photos of the ride when we were inside coz I had my camera on my neck and the safety bar went down pressing against it so I couldn’t get the camera out, lol. But Sairah was terrified of this ride…and till today, she says ‘mom,I don’t want to go to Mystic Manor….it’s scary scary!!’. Mystic Manor was a whole lot ’scarier’ in Disneyland in Anaheim when I went years ago…hubby said they’ve somehow decided to tone down the ‘ghost’ elements for HK since locals wouldn’t like something with ghostly tones.
Another quick foodie break – eating our smuggled bun with a smile.
Food tastes better when it’s smuggled in okie.
Next up was our ToyStory adventure which we had the most fun. It was a very colorful and happy place to be.
All geared up for the Slinky Dog ride which she enjoyed so much!
There he comes…
Better view of Slinky Dog – the line for this was pretty long since it was a crowd-favorite with the kids.
Weee baby roller coaster! Let’s go round and round…
Partial over-view of Toy Storyland while up on Slinky Dog
Absolutely loved the sight of this gift shop.
Sairah beyond happy at the Alphabet corner.
This is a Y and it’s SO hug-gable.
And this is my cheeky face.
Let’s see how tall (0r short) mom is.
Daddy next to his look-alike Oh the resemblance is rather uncanny.
See if you can spot me – it was an absolute thrilling ride.
Took turns and here’s the hubby coming out from it – in one piece.
WOODY! You got a friend in meee
Every thing you see in this park has been given the cutest finest details to make it soo vibrant!
Even the trash bins have such cute details that stand out. Gentings Theme Park – why you no do like this wan?!
Next up: FantasyLand where it was all things sweet and nice. Definitely Sairah’s favorite side of the park.
Yet another cute gift store. There’s a gift store at every corner and its amazing how people spend so much money here. For poor church mouses like us….all we could do was go in, touch touch, smell smell and come out I wish money really grows on trees.
Went for that very famous 3D Philhar Magic Show.
We had to wear those 3D glasses to enjoy it
If Sairah had to chose her most favorite ride I’m pretty sure the Dumbo ride would come in first or second. We went on this twice.
Dumbo – soon, I will sit on you and my mom might hurt you with her big butt.
Little bodek, bodeking her dad…she’s already asking for a trip to “Bali” and I have no idea where that came about!
And away we go…I obviously got my own Dumbo, woots.
The view from on top of Dumbo – up up and away
We took yet another break coz Sairah wanted a treat so off we went to get her a Strawberry Minnie Ice-cream.
The look on her face: PRICELESS.
Nothing like a sweet treat in Disneyland.
Made even sweeter with the birds chirping nearby
The beautiful park behind us -so much greenery, so-not-used-to-it.
Went on the Winnie The Pooh ride…
And this has to be Sairah’s second most hated ride coz this wasn’t the Winnie The Pooh story she’s used to coz it had some ‘dark’ elements. So sometimes I wish these rides would stick to their true elements/storyline and not include dark elements esp when it might confuse kids.
They were playing some creepy song as well.
Outside Sleeping Beauty’s castle as the clouds get darker. It gets dark here by 5pm.
Around 6 we decided we’ve had enough for the day and made our way back to Main Street.
As it was Autumn, it does get a lil chilly at night but not so extreme that you need a fur coat and boots.
But before our trip back – a quick stop at the gift shop to pick out a toy.
Choices…choices…but the lack of money sucks.
She finally decided on what else….GOOFY baby coz she’s a HUGE goofy fan. We didn’t spot him on our first day coz we were busy with the other rides…but she finally did meet her ‘bf’ the next round and more on that later coz as it is, there are close to 100 photos on this post! Thank you for reading this far if you’re seeing this right now
Mickey cookies – which were RM50 I think, so just snap a photo enough la, no need to buy.
Day 1 at Disneyland – over and done with.
The MTR scene at Disneyland
Hubby and his scum-bag look
The one thing that impressed me about HK was how the locals would actually get up and give up their seats if you’re old or with a child.
It definitely took some getting use to esp when people come up to you, call you out to take their seat so Sairah can have a comfy ride…this is something we’ll never see in Malaysia due to ‘kiasuness’ and a different way of lifestyle.
But we still had time to stop by Langham Place for dinner before heading back.
Little one mothering her Goofy Baby before sleepy time.
And with that ends Day 1 in Disneyland, Hong Kong. More photos to come but of course…brace yourself and I hope my bandwith limit doesn’t go bust on me!