I think I might sound like a spoilt brat but I agreed to go to Hong Kong on the condition that we must go to Disneyland. Hehe! So after following through the notion over the first few days, the day I had been looking forward to had finally arrived!
[Hong Kong November 2015]
9 November 2015
Hong Kong Disneyland | Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Just like most Hong Kong breakfast joints, the list of the options available at 新釗記 is so long that the menu is so intimidating especially when it is written solely in Chinese characters! But if you take some time to analyse the menu, you will realise that it’s basically toasts or noodles with a variety of ways they are serving them. Talk about trying to have something for everyone. Haha!
Anyway, believe it or not, this is actually my very first 公仔面 even though it is a common option on the menu everywhere! 😛
From Wan Chai, we took a train eastwards and made a transfer at Central MTR Station for Tung Chung Line at Hong Kong Station. And then when we arrived at Sunny Bay Station, we made another transfer for Disneyland Resort Line.
Quite a long haul actually. But all the complaints disappeared magically when the train with Mickey Mouse-shaped windows and so squeaky clean and polished that it was glistening in the sun, pulled up at Sunny Bay Station on Disneyland Resort Line. Everyone else on the platform cheered.
HONG KONG DISNEYLAND! FINALLY!
This is the station where you can hop on a choo choo train that runs around the park with another stop somewhere furthest from the main entrance. And I have absolutely no idea why we didn’t bother to take a ride to get an overall view of the park actually. I guess we would rather be exploring and walking around on our own feet. Haha!
Balloons, oh what a big bunch of balloons! And the staff saw that we were so mesmerized by the whole bunch and she actually offered to let us, the biggest kids in the entire park to a take a photo holding them! Up, up and away!
Trying to wake Sleeping Beauty by creating a ruckus in front of her castle and we failed horribly. She’s gonna keep sleeping and it’s not like there’s anything we can do *shrugs* aside from making a deal with each other that we will get on as many rides as we can so we’re moved on to the first stop…
Don’t mind us looking all excited while waiting for our ride on Orbitron to start! It was just a kiddy ride! Haha! Although a couple of rides and attractions were closed for maintenance at Tomorrowland, we had some fun at Stitch Encounter and managed to catch a slightly more thrilling ride on Space Mountain!
We were doing very good for a start! And we basically became bigger kids and half skipped our way over to Fantasyland!
Zooming right into the queue for the next ride without knowing what’s in store and thank goodness there was absolutely no queue but…
At the other end of the line is a slow boat ride down a lazy river meandering along vibrant backdrops and some 300 traditionally dressed children and Disney characters singing to the classic song in various native languages. After that 10-minute cruise ride, I almost swore I will never sing that song ever again. Haha!
Queuing up for Mickey’s PhilharMagic…
The whole situation at Fantasyland is really so different as compared to Tomorrowland! Every ride has a long snaking queue so we had no choice but to bear with the one at Mickey’s PhilharMagic then skipped everything else and moved on!
Perhaps all the girls would have already gone crazy by the time they arrived at Fantasyland but my excitement is slightly delayed until we arrived at Toy Story Land! OH. MY. GOD. That’s my favorite-most Disney x Pixar film! Howdy Woody~
The queues at the rides at Toy Story Land is nowhere better as compared to Fantasyland but Vim and PJ insisted that they are going on the RC Racer. I, for that matter, cannot take rides with repeated motions so I decided to sit out for this one. Hehe!
Fooling around, as usual, while we were in queue at Mystic Manor!
The one and only ride available at Mystic Point and it is yet another slow ride. But I have to say that this is definitely not as boring as cruising through the lazy river. Hehe!
In line again, this time for the Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars!
And if you are going to ask me, this is the most exciting ride in the entire park in my opinion. Not that it is as extreme and
nerve wrecking exciting like the Battlestar Galactica at USS, but my vote still goes out for this one!
I guess we will definitely go again and again on this ride if the queue isn’t that long! Haha…
A little Wild West Photo Fun at Grizzly Gulch…
Well yes, it was so so so random, I don’t think he remembered us and it was really quite awkward but we spotted and took a photo together with one of the buskers from the other night at Victoria Harbour! Haha!
And in case you were wondering, yes we forgot all about eating while we were out in Disneyland! And to make things worse, we only made do with some snacks and bites from the food stalls around Adventureland when we finally started to feel a tinge of hunger. Oops. Hehe!
And also, the queues could only get crazier as the day crawl by so we skipped all the other attractions and rides at Adventureland. The turnout at the park was really surprising. We were expecting less crowd and queue since we were there on a Monday but we were wrong. So wrong.
But anyway, before we know it, the entire day zoomed past and we completed the loop around the park and we are back in front of the Sleeping Beauty Castle again!
And we ruled off the idea to start for the parade and fireworks because we thought we had enough of humans and the crowd. We didn’t want to deal with a bad situation trying to get out of Disneyland when everything is over. So, we made a run for it once we were done with shopping and headed off to Olympian City for Tim Ho Wan! 😀 😀 😀
Pardon the poor quality photos of the food we had at Tim Ho Wan, I was a little worn out and hungry by the time we got there after a long day out at Disneyland that I didn’t bother to try to make anything look aesthetically better. I was merely keen on quickly snapping the photos for documentation purpose so that we all can have some proper food in our system again. Hehehehe…
Anyway, food was good. And it was all that really mattered to me. I cannot be bothered if the Olympian City outlet is the one awarded with the Michelin star or not. Even until now. What really mattered was a clean and nice place for us to fill up our stomachs and rest a little. Besides, I would have put up a strong fight if the rest insisted on trying to locate one of the outlets awarded and listed in the Michelin guide!
Oh but just to highlight, I don’t know if they do the same here in Singapore, but the Baked Bun with BBQ Pork were prepared fresh with every order and that made it highly addictive. I think, collectively, we had close to 10 plates of those buns during this dinner session there. Hohohoho!
Did I mention? This was actually our very last night at Hong Kong! A little sad that our little escapade together is going to end so we decided to take a walk over to Mong Kok after dinner and spend the rest of the night there.
We went back to the Ladies’ Market 女人街 for the benefit of those we didn’t see it the other day when we were in the area and wandered along the streets of Mong Kok where I finally caught sight of the whole chaotic neon lights situation on a typical evening in Hong Kong! Really a trademark of Hong Kong!
Anyway, the walkabout helped to quickly digest our dinner and we were all ready for desserts! 😀 We asked a local and he pointed us to a small dessert store located on Fa Yuen Street.
The place is rather small that it is a little uncomfortable to try and sit in to enjoy anything. But they surely serve very good traditional Chinese desserts that reminds me of the dessert place,Loja de Doces Hang Heung Un 杏香园, I have been to in Macau. It’s really rare to find anywhere serving these traditional desserts even in Singapore and we truly enjoyed it so much.
Seriously, thank goodness for the kind local who pointed out this place to us. Our trip to Hong Kong is now complete. Hehe! 😀
More posts from Hong Kong November 2015 travelogue series:
- Wan Chai & Central | Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong
- 1 day trip to Macau | Macau, China
- Wong Tai Sin Temple, Mong Kok & Tsim Sha Tsui | Kowloon, Hong Kong
- Ngong Ping 360 Village & Big Buddha | Lantau Island, Hong Kong
- Hong Kong Disneyland | Lantau Island, Hong Kong
- Tsui Wah Restaurant and Hong Kong International Airport | Lantau Island, Hong Kong