Disneyland. It is indeed the happiest place on Earth.
One of the things in my bucketlist is to be able to bring my kids to Disneyland (any Disneyland!) and I am so happy that I can finally cross this one off my list.
We were really blessed that our good friends and M and N’s godparents (M’s godfather and N’s godmother) sponsored/ paid for the kids’ two day Disneyland tickets without us asking. They are really just that kind hearted and they love our kids a lot. Thank you so much, Ninong Burn and Ninang Tricia. Big, big help!
Anyway, as for mine, my husband’s, and my aunt’s 2 day ticket, it was included in the package that we got with our Kingdom Club stay. Sulit na sulit talaga diba?
Ticket prices are posted on HK Disneyland’s website. But again, if you want to save a couple of dollars and you’re in the airport anyway, go buy your tickets at CTS. This is also so you can avoid the lines at the ticket counter at Disneyland.
So, Hong Kong Disneyland has seven “lands” that you can explore – Main Street, Fantasy Land, Tomorrow Land, Grizzly Gulch, Mystic Point, Toy Story Land, and Adventure Land.
Starting Day 4. Before going to the park, we had our free buffet breakfast first at Crystal Lotus, which is located at the 3rd floor of the hotel (same as the main lobby).
It has a fine dining feel to it. Parang bawal mag-ingay. Hehe.
This is what I had for breakfast
They also have congee, different types of breads, asian dish, and bacon, and other pork dish (which I was in no mood to try that day) and you can also request for sunny side eggs. There are cereals for the kids and fruits and pastries for dessert.
After having breakfast, we immediately went to the line for the hotel shuttle to go straight to the park.
Our Disneyland Tickets
Shuttle to Disneyland. If you’re riding the hotel shuttle, it will pass by the Hollywood Hotel first and then go to the park. However, for dropping off, it’s the other way around. They drop the guests from Disneyland Hotel first before the guests at the Hollywood Hotel. Shuttle comes in every 10 minutes.
Planning for the trip. The park’s operating hours during our stay was from 10am to 8pm. Weeks before, I already memorized the park map and prepared two itineraries. The first one was for when there’s not too much guests – I alloted 30minutes per attraction. Just to be safe. The second one was for when there’s a long line for everything! I alloted 1 hour per attraction.
The plan was to enjoy Fantasyland and Tomorrowland on Day 1 and then Toy Story Land, Mystic Point, and Grizzly Gulch if the lines are not that long (itinerary 1) and then Adventure Land and then try the rides that we like again on Day 2.
Itinerary 2 is just to focus on Fantasyland and Tomorrowland on Day 1 (because this is where most of the rides are) and the rest of Disneyland on Day 2.
Well, guess what? Since there were no lines – absolutely none (it was always our turn whenever we go to an attraction) – we were able to enjoy the whole park in one whole day!
Tip no.14. Try to visit the park on a weekday. Avoid the locals’ holidays. On Day 1, we had about 4 tour groups who were there as well. On Day 2, ang pinakamarami na namin nakasabay ay yung mga Disney graduates. Parang fieldtrip, ganung level. Pero hindi namin sila naramdaman sa pila.
Tip no. 15. Allot 2 days for Disneyland especially when you have kids. It’s much more relaxing that way.
Since we do not actually know yet how many people are we really expecting inside, we skipped having our photo taken at the entrance arch. We told ourselves that we will do it tomorrow.
Disclaimer: Taking photos was not our priority on Day 1. So for illustration purposes, I will already be using some of the photos that we took during Day 2.
Also, we were told that the Elsa and Anna meet and greet passes ran out fast. So keeping that in mind, I was determined to get a pass for the very first wave (they have several waves the entire day. However, sometimes, the passes for the entire day are already gone by 11:30am). Hindi ko din alam kung bakit kailangan first wave. Napakacompetitive lang talaga ng nature ko. Kaya actually nabwibwisit na asawa ko sakin. Para daw akong nasa Amazing Race. Hehe.
The park opened at exactly 10am. They were a bit strict and really inspected all the bags (unlike at Ocean Park). For those with 2 day tickets, you have to take care of your ticket as you will be using that for both days.
They will also scan the adults’ fingerprint at the entrance.
The first thing that we did was to have our photo taken in front of the Railroad station, which was not in operation when we visited because of the ongoing construction of the Iron Man attraction (yep!), with flowers forming Mickey’s face. 🙂
Then there was a photographer who took our photos using our cameras and then took photos of us using his camera. He gave us a photopass, which we can redeem at any photopass booth inside. Again, you have the option of buying the print or not. Print is at 138 HK dollars each. They also have an album, which costs close to 2k HK dollars. You can choose 10 photos and they’ll make it into an album. Nope! We did not get that.
Once we were done taking pictures, I got a park map and show schedule and asked a Disney staff (they are everywhere btw and they are all glad to help) where we can get the meet and greet pass for Elsa and Anna.
So that you do not need to go into anymore trouble like I did, I’ll tell you where exactly to get one.
Tip no. 16. How to get meet and greet passes for Anna and Elsa? Go to Fantasyland. Go to Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. On the left side is the stage for the Frozen Meet and Greet. There’s a small tunnel near the meet and greet area (to the left), go there and there are Disneyland staff who have the passes. Ask them nicely and tell them how many people you are in your party. They have like 30 passes I think for every wave.
Fantasyland. So I was happy to get our Meet and Greet Pass. It was at 10:45am (the first wave). You have to be there at 10:45 or else, they will forfeit your slot.
Since, it was just 10:15am (ang agap ko diba? Excited lang ang peg), we decided to try some rides at Fantasyland first, as it was really the first destination on our itinerary.
Fantasyland is where most of the princesses are. It’s main attraction being Sleeping Beauty’s Castle.
Since it was the nearest to the meet and greet area, we decided to go to the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh first.
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. It was a fun ride. The hunny jar shaped car can fit 4 adults and 2 kids. The entrance of the attraction was decorated with gigantic pages from the Winnie the Pooh book.
There was owl’s house, a bouncing tigger, a dreaming Pooh, a stormy night, and a sunny day, Hooray!
Verdict: Must try especially for the kids.
N was scared at first because of Pooh’s dream and the stormy night but he was able to overcome it because we made him ride this again and again (the 4th time, which happened on our 2nd day, finally did the trick). Oh and N does not cry when he’s scared. He’s just like really quiet and holds your hand so close to his body so you can protect him.
Meeting Anna and Elsa. After trying the Pooh ride twice, it was time to line up and wait for Anna and Elsa.
As I’ve mentioned before, M bought an autograph book and everyone was really game to sign their names on it. They do this while they’re talking to M. They often ask M her name and where she’s from and she proudly answers, “Philippines!” and they’ll chat a little about the Philippines. And then they’ll ask M some more random questions. It was a very memorable experience.
The kids each had solo pictures taken with Anna and Elsa then there’s one of them together then also with the whole family.
Flying Dumbo. After meeting Anna and Elsa, we started trying out the rides again in Fantasyland. This time, we tried Flying Dumbo, which N really really enjoyed. N rode with dad while M rode with me.
Verdict: A must try for the kids. N likes it when their elephant goes really high.
Mad Hatter’s Tea Cups.
Verdict: I do not like rides that just make you go dizzy. But we tried this for the sake of trying kasi nga wala namang pila. We did not dare tell the kids that they can make our cup spin on their own, and make it even more “enjoyable” for me. For the whole trip, we only tried this ride ONCE.
It’s a small world.
Verdict: A must try for the whole family! We had fun spotting the different Disney characters in the different worlds. M was also delighted to hear some dolls in Asia sing, “Maliit lang ang mundo. Maliit lang ang mundo.” She excitedly screamed, “That’s Tagalog!”
We did not try the carousel anymore because well, it’s a carousel. Also, we did not try Mickey’s PhilharMagic because the kids did not want to. Since the Golden Mickey’s Show is still at 1:30pm and it was just 11:45am by the time we were done with It’s a Small World, we decided to go to Tomorrowland first and just come back for the Golden Mickey’s Show.
Tomorrowland. Space Rangers and aliens! This place screams “future” and “beyond Earth”.
We were supposed to check Autopia first but was amazed that we have to wait 35 minutes before we can ride. Nope, can do. We decided that we will just ride that one on Day 2.
Instead, what we did was to have our picture taken with the ultimate Space Ranger, Buzz Lightyear! Oh by the way, the characters rest every 20 minutes but no worries, they come back after 5 minutes. I’m pretty sure that the characters will rest more frequently if it’s summer in Hong Kong.
We then checked out N’s most favorite ride in Hong Kong Disneyland – Astro Blasters.
Verdict: a must try for the whole family. Imagine the arcade game that you play at a whole new level. We had fun shooting at Zurg’s aliens (shoot the Z). Hint: you can turn your seats around to better hit your targets. At the end of the ride, you get to compare points too. I do not mean to brag but Team Me always wins. 🙂 Ayaw nila ko lahat kampihan. Ayaw daw nila mapressure.
The true winner is N though, I have never seen him enjoy a ride as much as he enjoyed this one.
Space Mountain. Since we had spare time before the Golden Mickey’s Show and there was no line, we decided to try Space Mountain. N and my aunt decided to sit this one out while M joined us. It was a mistake!
Verdict: M cried after the ride. She was scared because it was dark and it was fast and there were tons of things happening at the same time. The child infront of us cried the entire ride. So not a good ride for kids unless you have super brave ones. M likes roller coasters though. She just didn’t like this one. Husband hated it as well. He got dizzy. While I loved it! Not seeing the tracks was exciting for me. Not to mention the tons of special effects that you will be enjoying. It was not that fast also. Just the right amount.
Stitch Encounter. Again, since we had few minutes more to spare and since it was almost 12:30 already, we decided to check out Stitch Encounter because N wanted to check it out.
We thought it was going to be boring but it turned out to be fun. Stitch from the screen is really interactive and you know who he interacted with? M! That is the reason why there would never the same show ever!
He always mentions her name, calls her his new bestfriend, and even took a picture of her and N. N was so jealous that he wanted us to go back and told M that, “This time, Stitch will ask me my name. Not you, okay?” Unfortunately, we did not have time for it anymore so we were unable to go back.
Verdict: Fun thing to try with the whole family.
We did not try Orbitron anymore as we feel that it is just like Flying Dumbo.
The Golden Mickeys. We went back to Fantasyland to the Storybook Theatre to catch the 1:30pm show of the Golden Mickeys.
We were unable to get a seat closer to the stage but we sat near the aisles and there are characters passing through there.
Verdict: Must watch for everyone. Seeing all your favorite Disney characters sing and dance on stage is totally worth the lines. There’s Toy Story, Quasimodo, Little Mermaid, Tarzan with his pretty abs, and the ballroom scene from the Beauty and the Beast. It was also fascinating how fast Bebe changes her costumes.
The show ended at 2pm. Since we were a bit famished by then, we had a quick lunch at Clopin’s Festival of Food. The kids had barbeque with rice while hubby and I had Yangzhou fried rice. The serving’s a bit big and a meal could be shared by two people. Taste was so-so though. Prices range from 65 HKD to 80 HKD per meal.
Since it was almost time for the parade and we want to get good seats, we went back to Main Street and decided to wait for the parade to start.
We waited for about 15 minutes and then finally, it was time for the parade.
Flights of Fantasy Parade. They only have one parade a day when we were there. It was at 3pm.
M was chosen to participate in the parade. 🙂
Tip no. 18. Seat in front. They call for kid volunteers who are seated in front to participate in the parade.
Adventureland. After the parade, we went to Adventureland and tried the Jungle River Cruise.
Verdict: A must try for the whole family. This is also N’s favorite ride. He enjoyed seeing the animals. He got scared with the fire effects but seeing the different jungle animals made him want to go on the ride again and again.
We did not go on anymore to Tarzan’s treehouse as we do not want to climb up with N in tow. Given that, we did not go on the raft either.
We then went to the three new attractions of Hong Kong Disneyland.
Grizzly Gulch. This basically has a Western feel to it. My favorite ride is in this area! The Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars! Oh, the surprises that this ride brought! Imagine a roller coaster on a mountain with caves with bears inside the caves.
Verdict: A must try. Even M enjoyed this one.
We also had our photos taken here.
After this, we went back to Adventureland to catch the Festival of the Lion King at Theatre in the Wild. We had fun watching it. Although N got a little bored in the middle. We like Scar. He was gooood! We also like the flying girl during Simba and Nala’s Can you feel the love tonight?
Mystic Point. We went to Mystic Point after the Lion King show. You can find Mystic Manor here. It’s like Night at the Museum. Everything comes to life when you, in the story’s case it was Albert the monkey, open a magic music box.
Verdict: WE LOVE IT. Definitely a must try. A car can fit four adults and 2 kids. N got scared with this ride the most. He was covering half of his face the whole time.
Toy Story Land. Our last stop for the day was Toy Story Land. N had a blast here.
We rode the Slinky Dog Spin, and RC Racer.
Verdict: Slinky Dog Spin is also N’s favorite ride. He rode this one twice the first day and twice again the next day. RC Racer is the tamer version of Enchanted Kingdom’s Anchor Away. Just when we were starting to enjoy ourselves, the ride’s already done.
We also met Jessie and Woody. Good thing we did because the next day, it was the Green Army Men, who are available for the meet and greet and N is scared of them! We did not try the parachute drop anymore.
We went back to Fantasyland to wait for the fireworks display. While waiting, we went to Fantasy Gardens and had our photo taken with Pooh, classic Mickey, Goofy, and Pluto. M also had her autograph book signed by all these characters. We also redeemed our photo pass here and viewed our photos in the kiosk.
After that, we sat at the bench and munch on some corn that we bought from the food stall.
At exactly 8pm, the fireworks display began. It lasted for 12 minutes. It was truly magical.
Ending Day 4: After being dropped off at the hotel, the kids changed into their pyjamas and waited for the story telling session. After having cookies and milk, we went back to our room.
And I reluctantly started packing as we are going back to Manila the next day. Boo Hoo.
We are hoping for a perfect day still on Day 2 of our Disneyland trip. We were hoping that the lines were as short as the first day because we can only stay until 6pm to be able to catch our 9:55pm flight.