Let’s continue with the Part 2 of our trip to Hong Kong Disneyland! Click HERE to read the Part 1, with reviews on the two latest attractions – Toy Story Land and Grizzly Gulch, the amazing Flights of Fantasy parade and Festival of the Lion King show.
The experience in Disneyland is truly magical. A visit to the Hong Kong Disneyland will not be complete, unless you stay in the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel or Disney’s Hollywood Hotel. This trip, we stayed at the Disney’s Hollywood Hotel.
Disney’s Hollywood Hotel
This is our room, with a beautiful garden view.
Little Edison had a pleasant surprise from the hotel staff when we checked-in to our room on the first day. He received a birthday card signed by Mickey Mouse and a small gift! The hotel staffs are so thoughtful, even though it’s just a small gift, but it meant a lot to our boy.
He danced around the room, and said “Look! Mickey Mouse sent a birthday card to me!”
Breakfast on Day 2: Enchanted Garden Restaurant at Disneyland Hotel
Day Two of our Hong Kong Disneyland experience was even better than Day One. I guess the main reason is that we managed to recover from the exhaustion of waking up at 4am on our first day! Secondly, we started the day with a splendid breakfast at the Enchanted Garden Restaurant at the Disneyland Hotel.
It’s a fabulous international buffet in an array of sumptuous dishes, surrounded by Victorian elegance, with Disney Characters meet-and-greet at every table and memorable photo-taking sessions.
Main Street, USA
When our tummies are filled, we head to the theme park. Our first stop was Main Street, USA. The time was about 12 noon, and the weather was sunny and hot. In this 20th century American town themed-land, the best thing to do is to SHOP!
There is an array of delightful shops offering every type of keepsake, from Character-themed toys, chocolates, cookies, soft candies, jewellery, crystal arts, to a variety of exclusive Disney merchandises. We bought all our souvenirs here and have them delivered to our hotel.
Then, we hopped on to the Hong Kong Disneyland Railroad, a loving recreated antique train that chugs along while we relax and enjoy the wonderful view of the entire Disneyland.
The above picture was taken by Little Edison. During this trip, he has been trained to take pictures for us, and he’s getting really good at it.
Coming up next is Tomorrowland – it’s all about the thrill of space exploration! My favourite ride has to be the Autopia.
We tried it during our last trip here in March 2011, and Little Edison really enjoyed getting behind the wheels and drove along the futuristic streets with crazy corners. However, we had to give it a miss time as the waiting time was a tad too long for us. Not forgetting the blazing hot sun! You can see that almost every visitor is carrying an umbrella, and that’s including me for sure!
Fantasyland is our boy’s favourite, I would say. He enjoys the Cinderella Carousel, Mad Hatter Tea Cups and Dumbo the Flying Elephant. I bet younger kids will really enjoy Fantasyland, as the rides here are much gentle. The waiting time was about half an hour for each ride, and he patiently waited for his turn without any complaints.
By the time we get to the Adventureland, the sun has set and it wasn’t that warm anymore. In this exotic world of a jungle, I highly recommend the Jungle River Cruise. You’ll get surprises around every bend in the river including an epic battle of fire and water. You’ll also see hippos, elephants, cobras and orang utans in the jungle.
Here’s a short 3-minute video of the Jungle River Cruise that I took. I like to share it with you.
Toy Story Land & Grizzly Gulch
Both parks have been pretty much reviewed in Part 1, and here are some pictures to share with you. Mystic Point is a new theme land that is still under development now. It’s located in between Toy Story Land and Grizzly Gulch, and it’s expected to be opened next year. Now, we have a reason to visit HK Disneyland again next year. Don’t we?
Grizzly Gulch was opened in July this year, and it is exclusive to Hong Kong Disneyland. Toy Story Land was opened late last year, and it is also Asia-Exclusive! Here are some of our recommended rides in these theme lands.
Our recommended rides:
Slinky Dog Spin – a gentle ride suitable for younger kids (also Little Edison’s favourite!)
Toy Soldier Parachute Drop – high flying adventure, moderately challenging. It’s my favourite!
RC Racer – it’s the most thrilling ride in Toy Story Land! It is V’s favourite; I don’t dare to try it myself.
Our recommended rides / attractions:
Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars – a must-try in this theme land! You’ll get to see the entire Grizzly Gulch theme land when you travel on these mine cars.
Geyser Gulch – check out the active and powerful geyser bed in this township.
Grizzly Gulch Welcome Wagon Show – enjoy the lively musical performance featuring singing and dancing from performers in Gold Rush-era outfits. Kids can participate in the show too!
A good two days together with lots of fun, good food and fond memories to bring back to Singapore, that pretty much wraps up our Hong Kong Disneyland experience. To be honest, just as we checked-out our hotel, V and I started to ponder over our next holiday spot.
Then, our boy turned to us and said “I love Disneyland! We’ll come back again, ok?” I chuckled and looked at V; the answer to our question is obvious!
This picture was taken by Little Edison. I didn’t realize that the little girl was standing behind us when he took this picture. So cute.
In my next post – Part 3, which is also the last part, I’ll share with you my recommendations and travel tips to Hong Kong Disneyland. Please stay tuned!