My roommate Candy and I decided to hit HK Disneyland yesterday, as it's still our weeklong Chinese New Year holiday. Although we thought there'd be less people (February 4th was no longer an official holiday for Hong Kong), the queues were still long due to the number of overseas/Mainland tourists.
the scene that welcomes all visitors
We bought our tickets at the gates. The line for entrance passes didn't take much time.
Upon entrance though, we got a little CNY surprise from Disney!
lai see/ang pow (money envelopes from relatives/friends
commonly given during Chinese New Year) with a
chocolate coin inside compliments of Disney!
Sleeping Beauty's Castle
Hong Kong Disneyland now has 7 main zones--Toy Story Land, Mystic Point, Grizzly Gulch, Adventureland, Main Street USA, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland. When I last visited, the first three weren't completed yet, so I was psyched to check them out!
Grizzly Gulch, with its mines, geysers and Old West feel
a miniature version of Mystic Point found inside Mystic Manor
"the gateway to the future: Tomorrowland"
I'm not much of an adrenaline junkie, but two of my favourite rides were roller coasters-- "Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars" (There's a preview in the short video below!) and the ever famous Space Mountain... and despite its infamy among teens (e.g. my brother HAHAHA), I actually liked the last song syndrome-inducing It's A Small World. Another attraction that I thoroughly enjoyed was Mystic Manor because of the overall setting of the mansion.
watch this in HD!
Of course, we made the most out of our Disneyland visit by staying in the park until the fireworks, which as usual, did not disappoint. Still one of the most epic firework displays I've ever seen. (HK's CNY display is tough competition though, but more of that on another post...)
P.S. This incredibly delicious Mickey Waffle, served with fresh peaches and maple syrup, did not disappoint either. Even though the price was quite steep for a waffle (50HKD each, although we must factor in Disneyland's monopoly on food...), I felt as if I were living a "happily ever after" with each bite.
HOW TO GET TO HONG KONG DISNEYLAND:
Ride the Tung Chung Line (Orange) to Sunny Bay.
Board the Disneyland train on the opposite platform.
Take a 5-10 minute walk to the park entrance.
Click here for more details.
Standard tickets for 1-day pass:
- General Admission Ticket (aged 12-64) HK$450
- Child Ticket (aged 3-11) HK$320
- Senior Ticket (aged 65 or above) HK$100
- Strollers are available for rent on Main Street USA.
- Assistance is available for those in wheelchairs.
- Get Fast Passes when you can in order to save time. However, you can't hold several passes at once. You'll have to wait a couple of hours to get your next ones. (but really, these help!)
- Plan your itinerary before entering the main park premises so you can maximise your visit.
- There is a bag check at the entrance. Supposedly, no food and drinks are allowed, but from what we saw, many visitors were able to smuggle in Oreo packs, biscuits, etc.