Hong Kong Travels: Disneyland, Hong Kong

Hello geeks!

Sorry I’ve been a little MIA again. I’ve been a little pre-occupied this month of May. My mind was in jumbles and I couldn’t really think straight, much less come up with a coherent blog post.

As some of you know, I get a little emotional during May as it was the month in 2010 when my life was thrown into turmoil.

To make the story short, I underwent my annual MRI last week and was drowning in anxiety until I was able to meet my neurosurgeon, Dr. Willy Lopez, for the results.

Thankfully, the results were good and everything is all clear! No tumor regrowth! Yahoo!

Moving along, let me continue with my Hong Kong travel last April.

On our 2nd day, we decided to spend the day at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort.

Coming from our hotel, Langham Place Hotel Mong Kok, it should have only taken around 30-45 minutes via MTR to get to Disneyland but since we were with two senior citizens, it took us much longer to get there. It took us 2 hours, would you believe?

The trains were fast but it was the transferring of trains and walking inside the stations that took a while. With 2 senior citizens, we couldn’t walk as fast and we had to take a rest every so often.

If you’re planning to go there with your parents who are already in their senior years, or your grandparents, I would suggest that you take a cab instead to get to Disneyland.

Cab fare would roughly cost around HK$150-HK$200. That’s around P800-P1,200.

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Up and early to go to Disneyland! Good thing our hotel had a direct access to the MTR station!
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Guess where this little girl is going?
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From Mong Kok, you change trains twice. You can get off at Central Station and transfer to Hong Kong Station. The walk from Central to Hong Kong was quite long! Then from Hong Kong station you ride until Sunny Bay and transfer to the train which will take you to the Disneyland Resort Station. The whole trip costs us around HK$30 via MTR.
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Finally near the Disneyland Resort Station!
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Saw these tweens meeting up in the station. I wonder where they are off to.
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MTR Station envy! So spacious, clean and quite cool even though the weather was warm!
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All aboard the Disneyland train!
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More kiddies in Princess costumes!
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Mickey Mouse hand rails!
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Just arrived at the Disneyland Resort Station! It feels so Hogwarts-ish.
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Exiting the station!

Hong Kong Disneyland – The Happiest Place on Earth

Ah, Disneyland! The last time I went to Disneyland was when I was 15 in Anaheim, California.

Now at age 32, I can say that Disneyland is definitely for all ages. As a matter of fact, I think you get to appreciate Disneyland more when you get older.

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Upon leaving the station exit, you’re immediately greeted by the Disneyland Resort entrance! Expect strangers to come up to you and ask you to take a photo of them 😉
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From the entrance, there’s another 10-15 minute walk, depending on how fast you walk to get to the theme park proper.
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Cool fountain where you can take touristy photos.
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Almost there!

Here’s a tip: If you are able to, buy your Hong Kong Disneyland tickets online.

By buying your tickets online, you’ll get to avoid the very long queues at the ticket booths. Trust me, you’ll want to avoid these lines especially during the warmer months in Hong Kong.

When you buy your tickets online, you only need to go straight to the AutoMagic Ticket Booths.

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AutoMagic Ticket Booths! They are awesome!
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You insert your credit card and it will immediately dispense the tickets your ordered.
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Ta-dah! Our tickets!

First stop, Main Street USA!

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The first store we went inside was the Main Street Corner Cafe. We got to Disneyland at exactly 12 noon so we were quite hungry!

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The food was very pricey! But the servings were good enough for 2 so I guess it’s not so bad.
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Artie got the New York Ruben Sandwich
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I got their Pesto Penne Pasta. If I only knew the food portions were good for two, I wouldn’t have ordered this! It was quite good, though, but it was a LOT to take in.
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I forgot what this is called but it’s Coca-Cola with ginger syrup. Pretty good!

After lunch, we were finally ready to explore!

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Took every ounce of willpower not to get anything from their stores.

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I always look for these when I go to a theme park. I love souvenir pressed coins!

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Saw a lot of pretty cute mobile phone cases and these are my favorite!

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I’m a watch freak so I was really tempted to buy this! So expensive, though!
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More watches that I wanted to buy…
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So purty!

Next stop, Tomorrowland!

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Don’t forget to take your touristy photo here! 😉

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Cooling off with some frozen treats!
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Artie was sorely disappointed with the chocolate banana dipped treat he bought. They were sliced! 😦
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If you need to cool off, there are a lot of mist station around and this is one of them. Be prepared to hang out with kids, though!
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Space Mountain!

Welcome to Fantasy Land!

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Fantasy Land… where you can find the “It’s a Small World” ride!
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Anyone remember Fantasia?
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Artie hanging out with his new buddy.

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Taking a break!

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At around 3PM, we decided to go back to Main Street USA as The Flights of Fantasy Parade was about to start!

Flights of Fantasy Parade

One of the things you can’t miss when you’re at Disneyland is the Flights of Fantasy Parade!

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After the parade, we decided to continue going around.

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We definitely will go back in 2016 just to check out this ride!
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Back in Tomorrowland and lined up for Autopia! We lined up for 45 minutes to enjoy a 5 minute ride, haha.

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Sadly, even though we spent 6 hours there, we weren’t able to go around the whole of Disneyland.

Out of the 7 areas, we were only able to see Main Street USA, Tomorrowland, Fantasy Land and Toy Storyland. At around 6PM we decided to head back again to Main Street USA to see the famous Disneyland fireworks.

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The fireworks, definitely a must-see!

All in all, Disneyland is still a magical place and must-see attraction to go to in Hong Kong.

To enjoy Hong Kong Disneyland more, here are some tips:

1. If you can, visit Hong Kong during the cooler months such as September to February. Disneyland will be a more pleasant experience without the scorching heat of the sun.

2. If you can’t avoid it and you booked a trip to Hong Kong during the warmer months, go to Disney late in the afternoon before 330PM, just in time to catch the Flights of Fantasy Parade. This will especially work if you’re with an all-adult party and you have no intention of riding all the rides anyway.

3. As I mentioned above, buy your tickets online to avoid the long queues at the ticket booth.

4. Wear comfortable shoes. Disneyland (and being in Hong Kong) entails a LOT of walking.

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I’ll be back soon, Hong Kong Disneyland! ❤

XOXO,

XOXO

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