Hong Kong Disneyland – Day 2!

It’s the last Disney day, waa!

With the park not opening until 10.30, we grabbed our Mickey waffles in the hotel instead, at Hollywood and Dine, before catching the resort shuttle to the park. It’s a lot busier today, but being hotel guests we get quicker access to security and ticket checks, so we could just swan on past the crowds and into the park. We actually missed rope drop due to doing some early shopping, but once we were done it was time for park action!

Hong Kong Disneyland 10th anniversary

We walked through the castle into Fantasyland, and decided to skip the hour queue for Dumbo in favour of going to Toy Story Land for Parachute Drop, which only had a 10 minute wait, then round to Mystic Point for Mystic Manor. Although it’s this parks Haunted Mansion equivalent, it’s actually a very different experience but a lot of fun all the same! From there we went back into Grizzly Gulch, and another go on the Mine Train, still only with a 5 minute wait, then back across into Fantasyland for another showing of Mickey and the Wondrous Book. Yesterday we managed to walk in with 5 minutes til showtime, but today getting there 20 minutes before it was a huge queue.

Hong Kong Disneyland Fantasy Gardens

After the show, feeling refreshed from half an hour of air-con, it was time for us to go and meet the boss, Mickey Mouse himself, in Fantasy Gardens, to complete our set of family photos with Mickey in every park. Now well past 1.30pm, it was time to find food, so we walked through Fantasyland back to Tomorrowland and grabbed lunch at Starlight Cafe, then got in the queue for Buzz, which was held up a little by a protein spill!

Hong Kong Disneyland Flights of Fantasy

After another successful mission, I shot off to get a spot for Flights of Fantasy, but within 5 minutes of the parade starting, had overheated and was fed up with people pushing their children in front of me, as well as battling to get photos over a sea of umbrellas, so called it a day early. At this point Mum and Hannah had also had enough of the heat, and decided to go back to the hotel for a swim, so Dad and I went to catch the next show of Mickey in the Wondrous Book, but finding it had already filled up, did Its a Small World instead.

With the park being much busier today, we didn’t want to chance another full theatre for Festival of the Lion King, so went straight across to that, because although it meant a half an hour wait, it was shady and there were fans, and then half an hours sit down in an air conditioned theatre. NB: I know I keep mentioning heat and air con, but seriously it’s 35C and not a cloud or hint of a breeze.

Hong Kong Disneyland City Hall

After the show, we queued about half an hour for Hyperspace Mountain, which may not seem like much in terms of most parks, but was actually the longest wait time we’ve had today! We planned to go from there to Storybook Theatre, but once again Mickey and the Wondrous Book had already filled up, so another miss! Instead we got a drink in Corner Cafe, then found a spot on Main Street USA for Paint the Night.

Hong Kong Disneyland Paint the Night parade

The parade felt much more laid back today; we sat further up Main Street which was a lot cooler and less crowded, so we didn’t cook as we had yesterday! To fill the time between the parade and the fireworks, we managed to sneak in two rounds on Buzz and get back to a good spot to watch Disney in the Stars for the final time.

Hong Kong, you’ve been a blast! See ya real soon!

Hong Kong Disneyland – Day 1!

I am so happy today guys! Not only am I in Hong Kong Disneyland, but I’ve finally completed one of my biggest bucket list moments – visiting all of the Disney parks around the world – and I’ve done them all in the last 13 months!

Hong Kong Disneyland

Hong Kong Disneyland is beautiful too! While it may be the smallest park, it is so pretty; it’s very much like Disneyland California in style and appearance, complete with baby Sleeping Beauty castle at the end of Main Street. It’s also so quiet!!

We got into the park just before opening at 10, and were able to see the rope drop by the castle, before going straight to Tomorrowland for Hyperspace Mountain – hello 5 minute wait! From there, we literally walked onto Buzz, then went back down Main Street for a Mickey waffle kinda breakfast.

Mickey waffle

Tummies full, it probably wasn’t the most sensible idea to go straight to Grizzly Gulch for the Mine Train – a slightly more extreme Big Thunder Mountain – but it was a 5 minute wait so we did it anyway! You’re probably getting a sense of how quiet it is now..

With Mum feeling a little delicate after waffles and rollercoaster, we took a quite walk through Toy Story Land and Fantasyland on our way to the Storybook Theater for the first performance of Mickey and the Wondrous Book. I was hoping for something spectacular, and I was so happy with it! It was like a cross of Mickey and the Magical Map (Cali), Forest of Enchantment (DLP) and had a very small amount of Frozen, making it just the right balance of everything! I love all Disney shows, but that was definitely a top contender!

Mickey and the Wondrous Book

Next stop was Its a Small World – a ride that was lacking from Shanghai, and by the time we came off that, it was time to make our way back to the castle for the 10th anniversary show. It was basically a marching band and Mickey and the gang having a little dance in front of the castle, but it was quite sweet. In desperate need for air con, we took a quick walk through some shops before heading to Festival of the Lion King in Adventureland. The show was a little different to its Florida counterpart, in that it was more of a narrative of the Lion King story, but it was still fabulous and the performers were amazing!

Hong Kong Disneyland 10th anniversary

Now coming up parade time, we shot across to the castle and hid in some shade for a little while, then found a spot for Flights of Fantasy! The parade actually uses the same music as Disneyland’s Soundsational parade, just with a few word changes, so I felt right and home! There must have been some minor malfunction as half way through all the floats stopped and they invited kids to dance with the performers, but it was up and running fairly soon. I’ve found parades both here and Shanghai tend to be a bit shorter than the Western ones, which is a shame because I love parades, but they’re definitely no less spectacular!

Cooking a little, we caught the train from Fantasyland back to Main Street – incidentally the longest queue we’ve been in all day – and ended up in Animation Academy to learn how to draw BB-8. Spoiler alert: I wasn’t very good at it. Having not eaten lunch, we were pretty hungry now, and looking at the map, Royal Banquet Hall seemed like an excellent choice. It had everything from burgers and pizza to sushi and dim-sum, so of course I had a bit of both!

Mystic Manorimage

From dinner, we did Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, then Jungle Cruise and Mystic Manor all in fairly quick succession, and then another galactic mission with Buzz. We also headed over to Star Wars Command Post with the hopes of seeing Chewbacca, but it wasn’t his meeting time so instead we went back to Fantasyland to watch Philharmagic to kill some time before finding a spot to camp out for Paint the Night.

After loving PtN in California back in January, I was so excited for this, and as soon as it began I felt the magic of it. Again, it was a little shorter than its American cousin, but no less fun and spectacular – although sitting on the ground to watch it felt like being stone baked! With not long to the fireworks, we stayed on Main Street and tried to chill out; it’s hard to do in 30C heat.

The fireworks were fairly short and sweet, but I really enjoyed the tribute to Mulan; Shanghai didn’t seem to acknowledge their national princess much so I was happy to see Hong Kong making an effort! I am now totally pooped, and ready for a good nights sleep before tomorrow’s adventure!

What I’m Wearing – Dumbo

Switching it up from the Shanghai and sharing one of my Hong Kong outfits today, woo!

Dumbo outfit

Dumbo outfit

Dumbo outfit

Dumbo outfit

Dumbo outfit

This outfit takes inspiration from Hong Kong’s daytime parade, Flights of Fantasy, which features my favourite little elephant, and its the perfect opportunity for me to showcase my beautiful Dumbo skirt!

While I did make this skirt (fabric from Etsy!), I feel like I can’t take all the credit because after I screwed up the waistband, the lovely Bel from Closet Geek was kind enough to sort it out for me, and she also sent me these adorable ears to tie the outfit together!

Don’t you just love Dumbo?

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Disney-bound again!

Its been a while since I’ve done a chatty post, and all of a sudden I realised that I haven’t really told you lovely lot about the fact that this summer..

WE’RE GOING TO SHANGHAI AND HONG KONG DISNEYLAND!!

Little Green Men Mochi from Tokyo DisneySea

Little Green Men Mochi from Tokyo DisneySea

Those of you who follow my Disney antics a lot will know that this means I will have completed one of my life goals of visiting every Disney park, and I’ll actually have done all of them within the space of 13 months which is pretty incredible!

So we’ll be out there for two weeks, spending 2-3 days in Shanghai Disneyland (hopefully onsite!), as well as visiting some of the amazing sites of China, then finishing up with 2-3 days in Hong Kong Disneyland before flying home. My sister is currently travelling out in Asia (and taking after her little sister by blogging it), and our trip is coinciding with the end of her adventure, so she’ll meet us out there and fly home with us.

Shanghai will have been open for about a month when we get there, so hopefully they’ll have sorted any issues that they might find by then, although it’ll still obviously be PACKED with people, which is why we’ll be spending a few days there even though its only one park. I am SO excited to see that beautiful castle!

It’s going to be incredible and I can’t wait to share it with you all!

On another exciting note, at the end of April I’m going on a semi-spontaneous trip to Disneyland Paris!

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I’ve been wanting to visit DLP for Spring for a while now as everyone always talks about how much fun and how pretty it all is, and I definitely didn’t want to miss out on Forest of Enchantment, so when I realised how many of my lovely Disney friends are all going to be out there in the same week, I suddenly found myself booking the Eurostar..

I’m going out on the evening of the 27th, and staying at Santa Fe with a few of my Disney girls who arrive the day before me. Originally we were going to stay offsite at the Kyriad, but with Ellie’s AP discount, it wasn’t much difference to stay at Santa Fe so we thought why not! As well as Swing into Spring, I’m also really excited to buy an annual pass as Ellie is going to sponsor me, and I can’t wait to see so many of the lovely people who are going to be out there with me!

Have you got any Disney trips coming up? °o°

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