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Hong Kong Disneyland – Part the Second

Day 2 of our Hong Kong Disneyland experience was possibly even better than the first day. Partly because we managed to recover somewhat from the exhaustion of having to hit the ground running on the first day.

Friday morning, we took a 5am flight and arrived in Hong Kong at about 10am, blitzed into the hotel for a quick check in, then went straight for lunch and into the park. Which meant that I was awake for the better part of 48 hours and even though the kids got pockets of sleep on the flight, they were surviving on pure adrenaline the entire first day.

After a nice deep sleep in our room at Disney’s Hollywood Hotel, the kids were up and ready to go at 8am on Saturday morning.

Breakfast was a character buffet meet and greet at the Enchanted Garden in the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel next door. The food? Stunning both in terms of variety and quality. I still can’t get over how good the food is in Hong Kong Disneyland because my brain has been programmed to associate Disneyland with fried chicken. But the best part was that Mickey, Goofy and Pluto came over to say hi while we were munching on dim sum.

Kirsten saw Mickey approaching from 3 tables away and started shouting “MICKEY! MICKEY I’M HERE!! SEE, IT’S MICKEY, MOMMY!!!” Naturally, everyone turned to look at the commotion but she got an extra hug from Mickey for her enthusiasm.

Once we were in the park, our first stop was Tomorrowland to get Fastpasses for Space Mountain. Since I was pregnant and Kirsten was too short, we did the baby rides while the 2 boys used our Fastpasses and went on Space Mountain 4 times. Yes you heard right, 4 times. Truett just made the height limit for the ride and he was in roller coaster heaven.

Hearing him rave about Space Mountain, I almost tried to sneak in once for old time’s sake but I didn’t because I’m pregnant and responsible.

Another of their favorite rides was Autopia, a race car ride that they could steer and drive along a track all on their own. They weren’t very good at steering so the ride got a little bumpy but all that bumping made it all the more fun for them.

Here’s a video of Truett showing off his driving skills. By the second ride, he actually got pretty good.

While queueing for the Jungle Cruise boat ride, they were picked by one of the cast members to be little helpers to the skipper on board. They were given special safari vests and allowed to help the captain steer the boat.

The last land we visited was the bright and cheery Toy Story Land, the park’s latest addition which opened in November last year. It is also Asia Exclusive, so you’ll only be able to experience it here. There were 3 rides here – the Slinky Dog Spin, the Toy Soldier Parachute Drop and the RC Racer. Unfortunately, Kirsten was too short and I was too pregnant for all the rides here so we walked around and took pictures while the boys got their adrenaline fix.

Baby girl is on a mission to grow taller and I’m on a mission to give birth so when we do that, we’ll be back to try them out.

By late afternoon, we managed to try most of the rides but we couldn’t possibly leave without doing the meet and greets, so we spent the rest of the time waiting to meet characters.

Truett wasn’t big on queueing to take pictures so after spending 20 minutes in line to meet Pooh, he decided his time was better spent on one of the rides. Kirsten, however, was intent to meet Minnie. I told her the queue to meet Minnie would take 25 minutes and she was all “I will be patient…I want to give Minnie a big hug.”

So she did. And that hug meant the world to her.

That pretty much wraps up our 2-day Hong Kong Disneyland experience. Just as we were walking out of the park and waving goodbye to the happiest place in the world, Tru turned to us and said “I like Disneyland. We need to come back again, ok?”

My sentiments exactly.

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  • Reply Jaime Chan March 20, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    wow looks super fun..what is the height requirement for toy land?

    • Reply Daphne March 21, 2012 at 5:51 pm

      Yes it was lots of fun! Not sure about the exact restrictions but i think it varies from 120cm to 90-something.

  • Reply Ai Sakura March 20, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    What a lovely trip! You are looking great for your pregnancy.. a definite glow there :)
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    • Reply Daphne March 21, 2012 at 5:52 pm

      Thanks babe! Haha its most likely the camera lens effect but that’s really sweet thanks!! :)

  • Reply Adorra March 20, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    D’awwwww. They got to meet lots of the Disney characters! -envies- The kids look super happy to be there! You are looking good too Daph!

    • Reply Daphne March 21, 2012 at 5:53 pm

      They were definitely thrilled the whole time they were there! There’s nothing like watching your kids experience Disneyland for the first time, we’re just happy to see them so happy. Typical parents heh…

  • Reply Grace March 20, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Hi Daphne, your last picture URL link is broken..
    Just FYI :)
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    • Reply Daphne March 21, 2012 at 5:54 pm

      Thanks for the heads up! Should be working fine now

  • Reply Abby March 21, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Wow it’s really great fun to bring kids to the magic land. I have never been to Disneyland myself but from your post I somehow forsee that it will definitely be much more fun when I bring my daughter next time when she’s old enough than if I have gone there alone. As adults, even if first time in Disneyland, we probably won’t shout n scream for excitement. But with my daughter, maybe i will be the one shouting like Kirsten “LOOK, IT’S MICKEY, IT’S MICKEY, KAH YEN COME AND SEE HI TO MICKEY!” simply wanting to show all the wonders of the world to her…..

    • Reply Daphne March 21, 2012 at 5:55 pm

      LOL!! It was insanely fun without the kids because we got to do all the thrilling rides but it’s a different experience being there with the kids. Even though I didn’t manage to do a lot of the rides this round, it was still one of the best Disney trips ever!

    • Reply Daphne March 21, 2012 at 5:56 pm

      Also, I did shout and scream the first time I was there. And the second. And the third… haha. The husband pretended not to know me.

  • Reply Elaine March 21, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    How lucky to be picked out to be guest stars on the ride! As I looked at the photos with the characters I keep thinking Sophia will be scared of them and scream her head off, as she did with the dragons and God of Fortunes during chinese new year periods. But maybe she’ll be ok with Winnie the Pooh. Such a bummer for baby girl to be big enough to want to go on the rides but not tall enough. Disneyland really sounds like super fun for you guys!
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    • Reply Daphne March 21, 2012 at 5:58 pm

      Maybe she might like them when she’s older. They’re nothing like the dragons or fortune gods. Kirsten was terrified of the dragons during CNY too but when she saw Minnie, she was so excited she couldn’t wait

  • Reply SengkangBabies March 21, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Cool, I actually love the first pic. Your kids’ posing steal the Thunder from Mickey :)
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    • Reply Daphne March 22, 2012 at 2:02 pm

      Haha that was before they saw the real Mickey.. when they met the real one they were too stunned to even pose

  • Reply Esther Teo March 21, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    Looks fun! I’m planning to bring my sons to HK Disneyland end of this yr as my elder son has been asking to go Toy Story land. But my worry is his height too.
    Can you advise what the minimum height?
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    • Reply Daphne March 22, 2012 at 2:03 pm

      How old is your elder boy? Can’t really remember the height for each one but Truett is 102 and he could sit on the Slinky Dog Spin and the Parachute Drop.

  • Reply Amy @ The Q Family March 22, 2012 at 4:53 am

    First of all, you look so good for being pregnant and I couldn’t even tell that you have any bump!

    What a perfect timing for me that you went to Disneyland. We plan our Hong Kong trip in summer so this will become handy. :) Most definitely will hit the Toy Story land first to experience the new rides.
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    • Reply Daphne March 22, 2012 at 2:08 pm

      Aww thanks Amy!! Hope you’ve been keeping well. Been following your trips they look awesome!

      Yes you should definitely do Toy Story Land first because that’s new. The rest of the park is similar to Magic Kingdom in Florida. But you get to watch some of the shows in Cantonese so that gives it a different spin.

  • Reply rach March 22, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    i really think there’s something in disneyland that makes one goes ga-ga the moment you step in… kids and adults alike.
    btw, u look awesome. u barely put on any weight.

    • Reply Daphne March 22, 2012 at 2:09 pm

      Totally true! And thanks!! I’ve actually put on 4.8 kg so far but doing much better than the first 2 rounds. Let’s hope I don’t get anywhere near 80kg this entire pregnancy

      • Reply rach March 23, 2012 at 12:04 pm

        u merely looked like u had a very heavy breakfast. ok, & lunch. But that’s about it.
        4.8kg?!! really?

        • Reply Daphne March 23, 2012 at 12:17 pm

          hhahaha wow thanks ah… although I did have a very heavy breakfast the food was too good

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  • Reply EINz October 20, 2012 at 2:12 am

    Happy place indeed! we’re planning to go there, hope it happens the soonest…

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