Since Disneyland opened in Hong Kong years ago, I’d wanted to check it out but never did because Hong Kong to me always meant Shopping. If I fly all the way there, I gotta get my money’s worth of shopping for the short time that I can afford to stay there, right?
So, of course, I am immensely grateful to Hong Kong Disneyland for hosting last weekend’s trip for me and my friends. I can now say that I have visited this magical theme park!
And I can now also say that, having visited it, I would willingly visit it again at the expense of shopping!
Actually, it’s possible to do both. I just discovered that there’s a factory outlet mall just 10 minutes away from Hong Kong Disneyland. It’s called CityGate and has so many brands — at factory outlet prices!!! — that you could literally shop till you drop! Will talk about CityGate in another blog.
I really love Disneyland! The magic starts even before you step into the park.
A Mickey Mouse train takes visitors from the Sunny Bay train station in the Hong Kong Subway, right to Disneyland park.
Of course, if you’ve just flown into Hong Kong International Airport, you don’t need to take the train. Disneyland is just a short cab ride away. About 10 minutes or so, I reckon.
But I like the train. It’s got plush seats and bronze Disney characters in every carriage!
At the Disneyland train station, shuttles run every 10 minutes to take us to our hotels. (The shuttle ride is only a few minutes.)
You can stay at Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel or Disney’s Hollywood hotel. I recommend the first one cos it’s bigger, has more amenities and is more magical cos it’s Victorian themed! (The other one is 60s glamour theme)
More about the hotels later. Time for lunch!
We were hosted at Crystal Lotus, a Chinese restaurant in Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel. The menu made us look forward to the food, especially the “special” ones.
Heheh! So cute!
The food in Crystal Lotus is quite excellent, so it’s not all novelty. We were served “normal” food, too, but I so enjoyed eating Disney character food!
Okay, and now… photos of Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel, the one we stayed in.
Enchanted Garden, my favourite restaurant in the hotel:
More about the restaurant in another post.
Here’s the cool Princess Room, where little girls can go to be transformed into little princesses:
They get to choose which Disney princess they want to be, and then they get dressed and made up and they get to keep the dress!
It’s really delightful, because you can see cute little princesses walking around the hotel and in Disneyland park all day.
Here’s Cinderella signing an autograph for a little Alice!
And posing for photographs. There’s a long queue of people waiting to take photos with Cinderella.
And Alice in Wonderland!
I’m watching Alice in Wonderland in 3D today! =D
Our guide told us that there are hidden Mickeys all over the hotel. Can you spot the one in the following picture?
We would spend the next two days looking out for hidden Mickeys, lol. For example, on the floor:
Our guide was very cute! She’d point Mickey out to us and then urge us not to step on him!
The gardens outside the hotel:
We took a tour of the Kingdom Suite, the most expensive room in the hotel. (Unfortunately we didn’t get to stay in it.) It’s so awesome, it has a separate vanity table and a TV in the bathroom! In fact, it has two bathrooms!!
It’s a seaview room that’s catered for up to 3.5 people.
Why did I say 3.5 people?
Check this out… hehe:
So cute right! Have you ever seen a hotel that provides baby bath robes and slippers?!!
Well, four of us shared the room anyway, and it’s very comfortable.
Obligatory bathtub photo!
Well, okay, it’s not really obligatory. I was just so excited and happy with everything that I thought a bath tub photo would be apt.
AND WE HAVEN’T EVEN STARTED ON THE THEME PARK YET!!
The hotel itself is already so full of surprises I feel it’d be a REALLY GREAT IDEA to stay in a Disney hotel if you’re visiting Disneyland, in order to complete the experience!
I want to visit again and stay in the same hotel!
Okay, Part 1 of Hong Kong Disneyland post is done. Please come back again for Part 2 (and maybe 3 and 4). =P