Over the last self-extended long weekend, we headed to Hong Kong with the kids in tow. Our highlight of the trip was to attend our girlfriend’s wedding in Hong Kong style while the highlight for the kids was Disneyland. We set aside about 5 days for this trip but had 4 days essentially since we only reached around 5ish in the evening on first day and had to leave by noon on the last day.
We took a 1pm flight which I thought was a comfortable timing and we could probably get some shopping done at the duty-free shops in the transit area if we check in two hours prior. Except I forgot that it’s not two that we shop for now but FOUR!
The cub scored a pair of Rayban shades cos he looked so cool in it.
By the time we were done with the purchase, it was the last call for our flight. -_-
The kids got settled in quickly, thankfully! They were glad to have their inflight entertainment system back again. (We took a budget airline for our last trip.)
Our ETA at Hong Kong was about 5pm on day 1, and my plan was to get to Disneyland as soon as possible so that we would not miss the parade and fireworks at Disneyland Park.
After checking into our room and offloading our luggage bags, we had to get the kids to contain their excitement over a Disneyland hotel room and move towards Disneyland Park pronto!
While waiting for the parade to start, we got the kids to load up on some bread we bought earlier at the airport as we will only be having dinner after we were done with the parade and fireworks show.
The ‘Disney Paint the Night’ Parade was spectacular! I LOVE IT! Mack from Cars looked exceptionally cool!
After the Parade, we went into the stores to shop around before returning to the Main Street about 15 minutes prior to wait for the ‘Disney in the Stars Fireworks’.
Loved the medley of songs from Disney movies and of course, the fireworks!
With the Christmas tree up, it does feel a whole lot like holiday season as we walked in the (fake) snow alongside Christmas-decorated houses in Disneyland Hong Kong. If only it was even cooler!
We returned to the hotel to have dinner. I understand Hong Kong is not known for its service. But for a hotel that’s associated with the “Happiest Place on Earth” and has no qualms charging their guests 5-star hotel rates, I would definitely expect 5-star hotel level of service standards. We had staff retorting, giving us the hand to signal for us to wait instead of saying politely “please give me a minute” when we asked for assistance. WT*?!
Thankgod their food was pretty good. We polished everything and returned to our room for the birthday cake!
It was the Husb’s birthday when we left for Hong Kong so we took our celebrations there. Here’s a tip to share –BYOCake! We learned our lesson from the lil’ dragonlady’s second birthday celebration at Disneyland last year and bought our own cake at a bakery in the airport before heading to Disneyland. It’s not wayyyy cheaper but at least we got to choose the flavor we wanted!
Day two – the day my lil’ dragonlady had been waiting for! She has been keeping her hair long ever since her Frozen-themed birthday parties earlier this year in anticipation of meeting Queen Elsa. She wanted to braid her hair like Elsa when she wears the costume again.
I would hate to disappoint her after all the months of waiting. Hence, the first thing I went to find out as soon as we got into the Park was the location and timing for the meet-and-greet session with Elsa.
Found the location and snapped a pic before it gets too crowded!
I think they are wise to not have the meet-and-greet location at a prominent spot or the queue would be crazy.
With a wee bit of time to spare before the meet-and-greet, we went to get ourselves Fast Passes for ‘The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh’ which was just nearby.
There were already a few Elsa fans in the queue when we returned about 15 minutes before the session. Another tip to share : bring your own snacks because there are limited and overpriced choices at the theme park.
My lil’ ice queen kept her cool when Queen Elsa arrived
But couldn’t hide how pleased she really was to finally meet Elsa!
We brought our very own Sven along too.
I was relieved that we fulfilled our promise to let our lil’ dragonlady meet Elsa. The best finishing touch to her Frozen parties this year!
Because we do not have enough time to queue for meet-and-greet with all the characters and cover the rides that I think they would want to try, I asked the kids what they would prefer – rides or taking pictures of the Disney characters. Both wanted rides so we could skip all the long queues for picture-taking. Yay!
Theme parks are more enjoyable for the kids now that both of them can take most of the rides. The Husb would have to wait for a year or so when the lil’ dragonlady is tall enough to join him for the thrill rides.
Along the way, we would come across some other Disney characters we could take pictures with and didn’t require us to queue for long!
We did our pit stop at Plaza Inn. Food was hardly anything to shout about. The food at random 茶餐厅s are probably much better!
I had forgotten about the ‘Flight for Fantasy’ Parade but we were lucky enough to walk right into it. So proud of the cub who was not afraid to go join the parade when I gave him the nod to do so, and brought his lil’ sister along!
The Husb remembered that I wanted to take my favorite Disney ride – ‘it’s a small world’ and gave the kids a boost to their energy levels, so that they can take the last ride of the day with me!
It’s a small world after all
It’s a small world after all
It’s a small world after all
It’s a small, small world
世界真細小 小 小
小得真奇妙 妙 妙
I had higher hopes that Disneyland this time would be a lot more fun now that they are a year older than the last time we were there and I wasn’t disappointed. The kids did really well walking as much as their little legs could carry them. It probably helped that the kids are pretty well-trained by now with all the solo-parenting outings they had been with me. They know they have to persevere and walk on their own as there is no stroller and mommy cannot carry them, but they are also aware that they can ask (and not whine, or we will go home!) to take a rest whenever they feel too tired to go on.
There were inevitably little fights every now and then, but together they went for rides, took photos with characters, trooped on even when they were tired,
and dozed off in the cab.
Really enjoying this stage they are at now!