Disney Magic

Hong Kong Disneyland – Part the First

I think I fell in love with Disneyland the first time I walked down Main Street in Disneyland, Anaheim 14 years ago. It was one of those moments in life where you know something magical is happening the very moment it happens. I remember standing outside the Emporium looking down the street at Sleeping Beauty’s Castle and feeling like I was in a dream I never wanted to wake up from.

Over the years, I’ve been to Walt Disney World in Florida, Disneyland in Tokyo, and back to Disneyland Anaheim. And every single time, I’ve felt the magic standing at that same spot along Main Street.

This visit to Hong Kong Disneyland, we wanted the kids to experience the same magic.

The moment they stepped into Disneyland, they alternated between the OMG-I-can’t-stop-jumping-euphoria and the too-much-awesomeness-brain-shut-down. It was too cute to watch.

The first order of business when we arrived was the Flights of Fantasy Parade, a street parade with floats, a marching band, lots of dancers and their favorite Disney characters. We got great seats with a brilliant view of the entire parade.

Kirsten even got a chance to join in the parade to dance with the characters. She was so thrilled she couldn’t stop talking about it the rest of the day. “I dance really well like a princess right? SO FUN!”

Right after, we went for the classic “it’s a small world” boat ride in Fantasyland. I have to admit that in all the times i’ve been to Disney, I’ve never been on this ride because it’s totally for babies. In fact, I’ve never been on most of the rides in Fantasyland because there’s no way I’m queueing 45 minutes surrounded by a bunch of babies to get on the carousel or the spinning tea cups.

But with the kids, we became one of those parents who stood patiently in line for a 2-minute ride on dancing horses. And you know what? It was awesome.

We also managed to catch a show on the first day – The Golden Mickeys. I must have enjoyed it the most because it was basically a musical singalong session featuring all my all-time favorite Disney songs from Beauty and the Beast, Little Mermaid, Mulan, Hercules. The husband didn’t really know most of the songs but he thought the staging was superb.

The kids got a little bored halfway through and Kirsten fell asleep just as her beloved Ariel came on stage, which was unfortunate because that was the only time we managed to see Ariel appear during our entire Disneyland visit. She was really bummed when she found out that Ariel doesn’t do character meet and greets in Hong Kong Disneyland so it seems like we’ll have to make a trip down to Florida some time in the near future.

That was pretty much the end of our first day and we wrapped it up with a splendid dinner and the “Disney in the Stars” Fireworks show.

I’m not really a foodie but I have to take a moment here to talk about the food in Hong Kong Disneyland. It’s like having the best of both worlds because there’s nothing like being able to slurp down a bowl of steaming hot wanton noodles in Disneyland. When we were in Florida, we were eating burgers, pasta, fried chicken and fries until we were both a little nauseous. Our Chinese stomachs were craving for some comfort food in the form of rice, noodles and chili sauce.

During this trip, we had some awesomesauce Chinese food. Like double boiled conpoy and chicken soup in coconut, king prawns in black bean sauce, wok-fried tenderloin beef cubes and these super cute character paus.


More to come tomorrow.

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  • Reply Adorra March 19, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Loving the kids’ outfits! Supaaa cute. Disneyland is a land of magic. Didn’t want to leave the place when I was in Tokyo even though it was mad freezing cold. Hahaha! And, maybe I should consider visiting HK’s one. :p
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    • Reply Daphne March 19, 2012 at 3:44 pm

      Hi Adorra, yes you should!! Every Disneyland trip is a new experience but with the same magic!

      Oh and I love Disneyland in winter, can dress up in nice layers and you don’t get hot and sticky from all that running around :)

      • Reply Adorra March 19, 2012 at 3:48 pm

        My only problem is that I was beginning to look like a fat red dumpling running among the many pretty Japanese girls and boys clad in their what we wear to work even though it was like 10deg. Nonetheless, anything to see the magic! How’s the food in there? Nice?
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        • Reply Daphne March 19, 2012 at 4:57 pm

          LOL yeah their dressing is legendary. But I’m always in jeans in Disneyland anyway – ease of movement trumps putting on a fashion parade. Oh, the food is very good. Mostly Hong Kong style Chinese food, but good.

  • Reply Bun Bun Makeup Tips March 19, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    What cute food!!! The mickey mouse head cut thing (winter melon?) in the coconut looks delish!! I think I’d enjoy The Golden Mickeys too. I’d like to visit a Disneyland one day… Lego Land too…
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    • Reply Daphne March 19, 2012 at 4:59 pm

      Haha most food in Disney is Mickey Mouse shaped. Not sure what the thing in the coconut is though, probably a melon of some kind.

      If you haven’t been to Disneyland, Hong Kong is a nice place to start. Not too intimidating and relatively near as well.

  • Reply Elaine March 20, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Seems like the HK disneyland is rather different from when I went something like 4 years ago. Perhaps its time for another visit!
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  • Reply EDmund March 21, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    The kids look adorable! Many thanks for your company on the trip! :)

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  • Reply Princessa April 5, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    I love your blog! Been a reader for a long time. Ashamed I didn’t recognise you during the trip. Adorable kids! Still can’t imagine how you manage them…

    Hope to see you again ;)
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    • Reply Daphne April 9, 2012 at 11:28 am

      Hi Sabrina, it was nice to travel to Disneyland together. :) Pity we didn’t get to hang out much though..

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