Here we go.. The rest of Hong Kong Disneyland, Days 2 and 3! If you haven’t seen Part 1 (Day 1), please read it here: Hong Kong Disneyland Day 1!
I could hardly bring myself to drag myself out of our comfy hotel bed.. but I was so looking forward to breakfast at Enchanted Gardens, Disneyland Hotel! Woke up, and got ready in record time, all ready to roll.
We took the resort shuttle bus as usual, and got ourselves to Enchanted Gardens, stomachs prepared!
The breakfast at Enchanted Gardens was served buffet style, and the variety was HUGE! There’s all sorts, from Western breakfast items, to Asian food like Indian and Chinese. I didn’t even attempt to try a little bit of everything because there was TOOO much!
Just some of the food we had.. Mickey waffle for you? I really liked the Western breakfast items like the beef patties, bacon and ham! Yum.
And whilst we were in the middle of enjoying our delicious breakfast, guess who came to join us at our table!!
Mickey was so cute!! And I loved how he kept us entertained with his “acting” and hand gestures.. The characters can’t talk so they have to use hand gestures and body language to communicate with us instead. Super adorbs!
Okay, after all the excitement. Back to breakfast. Ahahaha. Check out my Mickey shaped pancake! Sorry, I know the obsession with all the cute Mickey foods is kinda overboard, but honestly, they are REALLY REALLY cute!
By the way, we got a “professionally taken” picture with Mickey, which can be purchased right at the table! The staff will go around with the pictures for your viewing, then you can decide whether or not you want to purchase them. We bought a few of them, cos YZ thinks they are really nice souvenirs of the trip!
Headed right over to the resort park after breakfast, today we were determined to spend our entire day trying as many rides as we could, that we didn’t get to try the day before! :DDDD
I also read that in the first Disneyland USA, the names painted in the windows on Main Street serve as credits for some of the many people, Imagineers and others, who contributed in some way to the creation of Disneyland. Largely they appear as fictional businesses (gyms, realtors, dentists), and they often refer to a hobby or interest that the person honored. Ub Iwerks’s window, for example, refers to his prowess with cameras.
ISN’T THAT REALLY COOL?
That’s one of the things I love about Disneyland, and what makes it so different from other theme parks! It’s how every single little thing has got a story behind it. Who doesn’t love stories? I really do!
“OMGGGG THE ICE CREAM IS MINNIE-MOUSE SHAPED SO CUTE MUST BUY CAN WE GET ONE?!”
I really like how there are so many quaint looking nooks and spots along Main Street U.S.A! Super nice for camwhoring at because it’s all so pretty and pastel and vintage looking. YZ and I stole a couple of pictures in someone’s front porch! 😛
We headed to Tomorrow Land, and chanced upon the coolest street cleaners/sweepers striking up a fast and furious beat on their pails and trash cans! Woaaa!!! That’s another fun bit in Disneyland, you’ll always spot lots of random street performers showing off to the interested crowd! It is thoroughly entertaining and engaging!
Okay, I was so crap at the Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters shooting game that I wanted to give up after awhile. I believe YZ’s score was like 4 times of mine or something =__=
But Space Mountain was incredibly fun!! It’s an indoor roller coaster thats completely in the dark.. save for some dim flickering lights and special sound effects that make you feel like you’re in outer space! Wheeee!!! Too fun!
Another of the attractions we didn’t try the day before was Mickey’s PhiharMagic, a 4D film attraction!
I thought the way the show ended was super cute too, but I’m not gonna be a spoiler! I’m sure you can find Youtube videos if you really want to know, or experience it for yourself when you visit Hong Kong Disneyland!
We picked quite a few items for sharing, including some mains and a high tea set, followed by dessert! 😀 I’m not too sure how we managed to stuff so much food into our tummies even after such a huge buffet spread breakfast, BUT WE DID.
Just some of the food we had, there was a pork ribs, a vegetable lasagna, and a mixed grill platter! And the Disney High Tea set, needless to say we were all snapping away with our cameras for a good 10 minutes… Well, the camera gets to eat for the blog first.
We went back to exploring the park after lunch! There’s actually a whole lot to see and try at Hong Kong Disneyland, and I honestly think it will take up at least one full day of your time to queue up for and all the popular rides and attractions! Plus you have got to catch the Flights of Fantasy Parade, and the fireworks at night.
Whoever said that Hong Kong Disneyland is too small and not worth your time, I totally do not agree! Especially with the new areas to explore… More on that later in the post! ^.^
We did the Jungle River Cruise the day before at Adventure Land, so today we ascended Tarzan’s Tree House instead! This was a walk-through Tarzan’s Tree House, while narrating the story of Tarzan with scenes and props. Very nicely done!
You get to “travel” around the world with dolls dressed in various ethnic costumes, with the theme song “It’s A Small World After All” playing in many different languages throughout! My favourite parts of the boat ride, there was Hawaii with Lilo and Stitch, and an Underwater World with Ariel and other mermaids! Toooo adorable!
Went back to Disneyland Hotel for dinner, at Walt’s Cafe!
It was a nice and dimly-lit restaurant with a very posh and soothing ambience, as well as the most impeccable service! PS. Do you spot those pictures on the wall? They’re all pictures of Walt Disney, the man behind the legacy! There were also letters and sketches by Walt Disney, with his early visions of Disney theme park.
The french onion soup, butter chicken and cod fish were especially good!
And thus we ended off yet another magical and happy day with a wonderful meal at Waltz’s Cafe! After which it was back to Hollywood Hotel to rest for the night before we spent our last day at Disneyland.. :'(
Two days passed by so quickly, and it was with reluctance that we got up on Day 3.. For the very last day of the trip! Meh.. Almost over too soon!
We had our breakfast at Chef Mickey Restaurant, Hollywood Hotel! Didn’t have to travel for breakfast this time, cos it was just right downstairs in the same hotel! Yayyy. Yet another awesome buffet spread! Buffets are the best, cos you can pick what you want to eat. Heh.
To my surprise, most of the items on sale are reasonably priced, I had expected them to be more costly! Aren’t those iPhone cases super cute? Loved the one of Scrump, from Lilo and Stitch, awww.
This picture was so nicely taken… By YZ! Doesn’t it look like I’m entering a magical door into a whole new world?
We had some time to kill before the next activity on our itinerary, so we just strolled around, and explored the shops!
We were walking along Main Street U.S.A when this vehicle appeared, and everyone started whipping out their cameras and taking pictures, so I did the same thing LOL. Apparently, there were dignitaries visiting the park that day so they got the “royal” treatment by riding down Main Street U.S.A in that car! Cool.
Time for the next activity on our itinerary, and this was what I was really excited about: it was a media preview of the new themed area that’s not yet open to the public, Mystic Point!
Mystic Point, the final chapter of Hong Kong Disneyland’s current expansion project, will officially open on May 17, 2013. Rich in storytelling, Mystic Manor, an all-new, original attraction within Mystic Point, is home to brand new characters, special effects and architecture, each of which seamlessly blends with technology designed to transport guests into a strange and fantastic universe beyond their imaginations.
The story of Mystic Point follows the adventures of eccentric explorer and art collector Lord Henry Mystic, who invites Guests to board the Mystic Magneto-Electric Carriage for a tour of his private museum located within his Victorian manor house. When Lord Henry’s companion monkey Albert mischievously opens a newly acquired magical music box, the enchanted Music Dust inside is released and, a mysterious journey begins.
The star attraction is the ride through Mystic Manor, and it was REALLY fun! We went on it twice, and because there are four carriages with different views during the ride, you get a different perspective each time. It was a totally immersive experience, as we travelled through the house of Lord Henry Mystic, and watched the story of the artifacts coming to life!
And just for a bonus, the soundtrack of the ride is written by Danny Elfman, (famed composer of animated films such as Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas) I love his music, and it added an extra magical touch to this attraction!
We had our lunch at the new Explorer’s Club Restaurant in Mystic Point which has five themed dining areas where Guests are invited to dine in rooms that reflect cultures and styles of exotic locations, including Egypt, Russia, Morocco, India and China.
A diverse range of cuisines with popular dishes from Indonesia, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia are served, including dishes which are making their first appearances in the Park, such as Korean Ginseng Chicken Soup, Sautéed Rice Cake with Cabbage and Korean Chili Sauce, Shabu Shabu with Mixed Vegetables, and more! Also, take a look at the newly introduced special beverage, Blueberry Myst!
The special Blueberry Myst.. It glows with a strange light! Which we later investigated and found out to be a LED light cube placed inside the cup 😀 So fun!
There’s also a Garden of Wonders at Mystic Point.. And in this garden, this several ancient sculptures and mosaics with unbelievable 3D illusions are displayed for you to take cool mystifying looking photos with!
Everyone I showed this picture to were pretty amazed and couldn’t figure out how it worked until I told them. But nope I’m not gonna share how it works here! 😛 You might be able to guess though (hint: look at the previous photo and you might see a littie clue there), it’s a simple optical illusion!
The end of our Mystic Point exploration! Definitely a fun new addition to Hong Kong Disneyland.. You have to experience the ride for yourself!
Mystic Point, the final chapter of Hong Kong Disneyland’s current expansion project, will officially open on May 17, 2013.
Our time in the park was drawing to a close… and we still hadn’t tried the famed Turkey Leg yet!!
I spotted this adorable little girl, who was happily waving at the characters and performers! If even a jaded and cynical adult like me can find so much joy and pleasure in Disneyland.. I can’t begin to imagine how enthralling and magical it’d feel for the little ones :’)
Ahhhhh my favourite Lilo and Stitch float! Look at that giant boat/swing thingy, the two performers on it were swinging it forwards and backwards! I love how the Stitch on top of the float is surfing on “ocean waves” that were made of blue flowers, with little fishes in them! AND this float had a bubble-making machine too! Spot them bubbles!
Thank YOU for the amazing and magical experience.. I really enjoyed my three days in Hong Kong Disneyland! Time to leave the magic behind and return to real life. Both YZ and I had a wonderful time and the happy memories and pictures will stay with us a lifetime! It was truly magical, and our stay at the Hollywood hotel really allowed us to better appreciate the Disney experience in its entirety.
I’ve visited a good many theme parks in my life, but none have ever made me feel the way Hong Kong Disneyland has, like I’m embracing a good childhood friend and getting to know him all over again, but better! Neither have I felt such a ridiculous sense of joy and overwhelming happiness just by looking at dressed up characters dance down the street. It’s partially the infectious and happy energy of the performers and the staff, everyone just really looks so happy, so enthusiastic, and so excited just to be there! And that has made all the difference for me. Truly, there is magic in the air at Hong Kong Disneyland!
Til I see you again! Thank you, Hong Kong Disneyland!