After an interesting stopover at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, we hurriedly went to what we deemed as our trip's main attraction situated at a reclaimed area in Penny's Bay, Lantau Island.
The cab driver sweet talked us into going straight to Disneyland sans the MTR which according to him would cost almost the same. Somehow, we were persuaded into taking that deal, although later on we found out that we have been charged much higher than normal. You really can't blame us. The driver was well-mannered, intelligent and used to be an executive before his retirement from the corporate world.
For all it's worth, we were still glad that we took the cab instead for it was raining that afternoon. When Ren and I saw this signage, we were beyond ecstatic.
This was the grand display that welcomed us to the Hong Kong Disneyland theme park.
I couldn't resist taking a snapshot of Donald Duck which I thought was a basic contradiction to one's surge of joy felt while inside the park. It's beyond impossible to be grumpy when you're inside Disneyland!
I have been told that this particular sight is typical of Disneylands around the globe. At least, I was able to share in the merry tradition brought about by the HK Disneyland Railroad where one can take a grand tour of the theme park aboard this one-of-a-kind train.
We saw this price card at at the entrance and gladness swept over me once again when I found out that we didn't have to pay for Tutapel's entrance pass since he was barely two at the time.
It's a good thing that Ren took this photo of our entrance passes for I misplaced them when we returned home. Don't they look so cutesy?
At the entrance, we were able to grab hold of this map...
...which helped us navigate the theme park.
Almost as soon as we entered the park, we saw Goofy and Pluto walking! And away we went following them in a matter of seconds.
We did outrun the others and managed to get this snapshot before the queue became unbearably long.
The earth-toned brick road led us to some pretty amazing attractions inside Main Street, USA.
For one, there was the Corner Cafe, an elegant diner to soothe our famished belly-bellies.
Of course, there was this robust, interactive show with a movable backdrop that drove the crowd to some feet-stomping moments.
Here's a sample clip to give you a clearer picture of what I'm trying to say.
What is Disneyland without its famous Sleeping Beauty Castle, right?
Don't you think it bears a striking resemblance to its US sibling? When you look closely though, the only difference lies in the fact that the HK castle uses a darker shade of blue than its American counterpart. In Tokyo Disneyland however, the Cinderella castle is its main feature. When we visited it years ago, there was even a storyteller who dramatically told us some of the events in some of our best-loved fairy tales. At least that was our impression, for we couldn't understand a word he said. :-) The Sleeping Beauty Castle in HK though was merely a pathway to Fantasyland. I can't help but feel a little disappointed about it.
Moving along Fantasyland, we saw this.
But since we were not really fans of spinning cups, we decided to pass on this one.
Somewhere, there was a wizard telling a group of people some stories. I thought that maybe, it was a refreshing alternative to the castle storyteller in Tokyo Disneyland.
When I saw the Cinderella Carousel, I can't help but remember the Korean Drama Stairway to Heaven and prayed that somehow I'll be able to see the real set in Lotte World, Seoul sooner that I've ever imagined.
Anticipating the influx of babies and toddlers in the theme park, it was a good thing that there were several baby strollers on stand-by.
Welcome to Adventureland! You see, HK Disneyland is divided into four main sections: Main Street, USA; Fantasyland; Tomorrowland; and of course Adventureland.
Cuddly Disney characters entertained a bunch of kids and even offered some phto-ops in the process. Since we were on a roll, we weren't able to have our picture taken with them.
This Disney employee was so full of energy and incredibly kind. She conversed with Tutapel and even gave him a sticker book afterwards!
This attraction gives you a taste of what it would be like to traverse mysterious rivers of adventure.
In Tarzan's Treehouse however, just about anyone can play musical instruments and simply explore this interactive attraction to his or her heart's content.
Fantasy Gardens offer some of the most uniquely landscaped flora, which I think is just right for that most anticipated rendezvous with the famous duo: Mickey and Minnie! Here, they oblige to take pictures with fans either for free or for a fee-if you decide to purchase the photo taken by the stationed Disney photographer.
Mickey's Philharmagic normally offers an exhilirating movie adventure for the whole family.
Here, we got to wear 3-D glasses and watched a Disney film in 3-D, of course. Unfortunately, Tutapel didn't like the idea so he basically closed his eyes during the 15 or so minutes we were there.
Want to know more about this? Simply go to this link: The Golden Mickeys.
For some suggested gift items, do check out this link: Top Ten Souvenir Items in HK Disneyland.
A half-day tour of HK Disneyland was certainly not enough to explore and experience every attraction to the fullest. That's why I'm looking forward to visiting it again with the family in the near future.
Dont' forget to ride the one-of-a-kind Mickey Train before leaving HK Disneyland!
Bon voyage E! I do hope this post will help you somehow. Enjoy!