Continuing from my post on the short holiday within Hong Kong City, our group proceeded to Disneyland after checking out from Excelsior Hotel. As we were afraid of morning peak hour traffic in the city, we got up “especially early” at 8am (was actually way off our targeted time of 7am), the men went for their me-time breakfast and packed simple food for the rest of us before we do check out. After checking with Conceirge on the possible routes to Disneyland, we were advised that taking the cab would be better due to our group size and that the location of the Umbrella Movement that morning will not be affecting our transfer too. The whole journey took a max. of 45 min.
Disneyland Day 1 (03 Dec ’14)
We did spend quite a bit time at the Hotel Concierge. Thankful that while the hubs were settling cab fare and luggages, the kids had a little corner to themselves for some TV-time and we could concentrate with the administrative work for our booking. I think they had not watched TV for many days too!
And since the paperwork took so long to check in, let’s have a wefie before parting with our money for the expensive park admission tickets. We all had to pay using credit card as we had knowingly splurged our cash in the city over awesome food and shopping. ;p Yes we were cashless by the time we checked in to Disneyland Hotel, save except for a few tens for the cab fare to the airport.
Anyway, we settled and paid for everything and received this sheet of Hotel Information. I must say that just staying at the hotel alone would be enough entertainment for the kids without going the park. HK Disneyland Hotel provides a lot of kids entertainment in-house. It was a pity that we did not get to enjoy all these facilities (except Wi-Fi and shuttle bus) as we have full intention to stay IN THE PARK for the next 2 days.
We booked three Deluxe rooms (garden view) for our group and had a connecting pair so that the kids get to run about at night. The room was spacious with a touch of Disney magic at every possible corner and room amenity.
As soon as we dumped all our luggages, we took the kids to zoom right off for the shuttle bus.
For information on Shuttle Bus schedule, refer to this link.
We reached the main gateway of Disneyland and the kids started running amok. It took like 8 shots before before I finally found this photo above which I feel is nice. All 3 mummies were also excited in our own way although I’m the only one who hasn’t been to Disneyland before. I guess the Disney Magic works in every one irregardless of age.
From the main gateway to the Main Street inside the park, it was endless photo-taking for us. Below are just some shots I want to share as keepsake.
Very first lesson of the trip ~ the kids were told stories on kids abduction in Disneyland. All the horror stories we’ve heard of or read about were shared with the kids again, and narrated as graphically as possible. Hahhahah!
This below was not a breeze of a ride at all. Notice that the gals were all in PINK cars. This was because gals MUST HAVE pink cars!!! Park visitors were all issued a tag with car number and we were supposed to stick to it. We ended up having a very hard time in order to satisfy the girls’ wishes to sit on pink cars and the boys on red/orange cars. It’s just a car, kids!! Nevertheless, we managed to get them what they wanted and were less fussy on subsequent rides.
The most boring ride in the whole park was Autopia yet some of us made 3 rounds on it. And here, my two very miniature and enthusiastic F1 drivers taking me on a ride around the park. Luckily it was a track-guided car ride. >.<
Lunch was a brief and quick affair for us as we had to watch our time and took care not to miss the afternoon’s ”Flights of Fantasy” parade which is scheduled twice daily. We had lunch at the Starliner Diner located inside Tomorrowland since we were already there.
Starliner Diner serves western delights which pleased the kids so much that they gobbled up everything cooperatively and we had plenty of time to get to the Parade Square.
Atmosphere was high and everyone was waiting excitedly in anticipation for the Disney characters to appear.
We were supposed to head for the Golden Mickey show straight after the parade. But we bumped into the setting up of photo-taking queue for Cinderella and Belle at Fantasy Land along the way and we couldn’t say no to this perfect opportunity without having to wait for ten thousand people for our turn.
I wonder what was R thinking. “Is this a real princess? OMG I held the hands of Belle! Should I wash my hands?” ;p
Despite being first in the queue, we took more than 15 min to take photo with Cinderella & Belle and ended up having to run all the way for the Golden Mickey show. I never ran so hard in 20 years as long as I can remember! Thankfully, everybody made it for the show without anyone falling down along the way as the theatre was pretty far from where we were.
The Golden Mickey show is a broadway-style awards show celebrating achievement in fun with favorite Disney Characters. With musical tributes to heroes, adventure and romance, Mickey and Minnie hosted a star-studded spectacle with guest performances from multiple Disney Characters adding to the glamour and making everyone feel like a winner.
It was late afternoon by the time we were done with the Golden Mickey show. We took a relaxing slow ride in the Small Small World, which happened to be one of my favorite. It’s pure enjoyment listening to the song “It’s a Small World” while the whimsical boat takes us thru the different continents passing joyful congregation of singing children from around the globe. It was a wind-down compared to an hour ago rushing here and there to catch as much of the Happiness at Disneyland as we could. These dolls were so pretty that I do wish I could own a few of them at home.
What’s one to do when we were all tired from the rides? Let’s have ice cream in the cold! I think, it’s really “shiok” to be eating ice cream in the cold cold weather. Thankful that the kids didn’t catch any sickie bug throughout this trip despite the bad weather.
I don’t know why kids loved it. Mad Hatter’s Teacups – I super hate teacups! Giddy-me-not! They took a few rounds before allowing us to call it quits.
Mandatory happy ride on the carousel, Cinderella’s Carousel, no less! Even daddy was enjoying it and we all had our Royalty moments on the ride 🙂
We also had time to visit The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh before we were finally hungry for dinner. It seemed like nobody was ever hungry while having fun in the park.
We played so much and had to made a quick dash for dinner when we realized that the restaurant was serving their last order for the night. We didn’t even have much of a moment to ponder over the choice of food and so simply ordered anything that’s available. While the adults can go hungry, children are not allowed to!
Sorry there wasn’t any food photo for this meal as it was too dark and also too rushed. We had to run after the night parade immediately after dinner too.
After dinner, we quickly “chope” our spot on the pavement fronting the path of the parade. For the kids, if they were to be caught in the midst of crowd, they would have missed all the great deal at the night parade. So we honestly did make an effort to be more “kiasu” and went to get the hottest spots way before the parade is scheduled to commence.
We managed to catch the night parade “Disney Paint the Night” on the first night although it was very cold and with a very light drizzle. Everybody did not mind sitting in the rain just to catch these fantastic display. At the night parade, Mickey Mouse lighted up the night with a procession of Disney Characters and a pageant of pixie-dust infused magic of light and colorvisions.
McQueen & Mack brought about madness from (yes, me). The kids were pretty cool about it. Aren’t these simply beautiful??! Aunty Shirley (me here) was shouting like a teenager as these cars were passing by us. It was like reliving childhood. And yes, I want to go back again! 🙂
See, it was not only me that had enjoyed the parade. Even my friends were clearly mesmerized and happy as evident in these photos. ;p
Unfortunately, rain began to fall upon us towards the end of the parade just when everyone begain gearing up for a memorable fireworks display. I didn’t manage to capture any nice picture because I was holding my handphone in one hand (not being sure whether to take video or photo) and umbrella in the other, while at the same time trying to make sure K wasn’t out of the umbrella coverage too. Lots of umbrellas came into view too. We just had to keep moving forward to avoid being blocked. 😦 It was disappointing not to be able to enjoy the fireworks in it’s full glory. The heavy drizzle also turned into heavy rain halfway during the fireworks display and we had to give up watching before it ends. 😦
The first day at DisneyLand ended with me quite wet and very cold. However the day’s happenings and the two parades we watched already made me as happy as my kids. It was indeed a memorable day! We were one of the very last few to leave the park at almost 10PM after taking our time to attack the gift shop.
The walk out of the park was really long compared to the same distance into the park. Strange, but it’s very true that the journey back is always longer! I bet everyone wished that the hotel is just within the park. How wonderful would that be?!
It’s funny how we were not tired despite the kids not having nap in the afternoon and we were on our foot for almost the entire day. The girls were still sorting through their prized stickers after their bath and also did some doodling before sleep.
I will schedule the post for Day 2 at Disneyland on another occassion. For now, I wish I don’t have to reminisce about the holiday but to be experiencing it all over again, right now!
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