My Perfect Day in.. Hong Kong Disneyland

I’m super excited to start a new little collab series, and today I’m collaborating with the lovely Hannah from Courage and Kindness, as she shares my absolute adoration of what is possibly Disney’s most underrated park: Hong Kong Disneyland. We both visited the park last year, and I’m so happy to have found someone who I can share my gushing about how much I love this little park, despite it being often overlooked or put down in the Disney community.

The concept is basically what it says on the tin – we’ll both be writing a play by play post on what would be our perfect day in the park, and for me, it doesn’t get any better than this..

A good and bad thing about HKDL is that the park doesn’t normally open til about 10am most days, so there’s no need for a crazy early start. After getting into the park at opening and a gentle stroll down Main Street USA, I’d get a few photos in front of the pretty little pink castle while the park is still quiet, then head right into Tomorrowland and get straight into the Hyperspace Mountain queue early. In most Disney parks I’m very clockwise minded, but HK is an anti-clockwise loop for me!

From Tomorrowland, I’d cut through into Fantasyland and hop on Its a Small World, and then get in line for the first performance of Mickey and the Wondrous Book at 11.15am. After the show, it would be Teacups, then Dumbo, meeting characters in Fantasyland Gardens, and maybe even Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, then I’d head to Royal Banquet Hall for a lunch of piggy pork buns and other delicious offerings, finishing just in time to head through the castle and back to Main Street USA to nab a spot on the route for Flights of Fantasy Parade at 1pm.

After standing in the heat, a sit down in some air-con would be needed, so from Main Street I’d head round into Adventureland for the 2pm performance of Festival of the Lion King, then round to Grizzly Gulch for a wild ride on the Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars and a further cool off in Geyser Gulch. Onwards, I’d take a tour of HKDL’s answer to Haunted Mansion – Mystic Manor – then through the Gardens of Wonder into Toy Story Land!

I love the Toy Story Land rides; it would be Parachute Drop first, followed by RC Racer and Slinky Dog Spin, then back into Fantasyland, stopping off to explore Fairy Tale Forest and meet Tinkerbell, before going back for the 6pm Mickey and the Wondrous Book performance – can you tell I love watching shows?

After another trip into the book, it would be back to Adventureland for a Jungle River Cruise, then back to Main Street USA to sit and wait for Paint the Night parade at 7.30pm. This is definitely my favourite nighttime parade ever, and while it kills me that its left Disneyland CA, it makes me happy knowing that it still lives on in HKDL. After the parade, I’d grab dinner in Starlight Diner in Tomorrowland, then saving the galaxy in Buzz’s Astro Blasters, and back to Main Street for the closing fireworks!

Quite a lot to fit into a day in a little park! Be sure to go and check out Hannah’s perfect day here!

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Chef Mickey’s, Hong Kong Disneyland

Even if you’re not staying at Hong Kong Disneyland’s Hollywood Hotel, its definitely worth making the trip to visit Chef Mickey’s!

Chef Mickey's Hong Kong Disneyland

The restaurant is open for breakfast and dinner, with lunch available during peak times, and Mickey visits during breakfast every day, and lunch and dinner during weekends and public holidays, but you can understand his absence when he must be so busy in the kitchen preparing the multitude of food that’s available!

Chef Mickey's Hong Kong Disneyland

Chef Mickey's Hong Kong Disneyland

Chef Mickey's Hong Kong Disneyland

All meals are done as buffets, but there is quite literally something for everyone, with dinner dishes ranging from traditional cantonese to sushi, curry to pizza to salad, and an incredible range of dessert options, including an ice-cream bar, and just as many options available at breakfast!

We ate here for both breakfast and dinner, and everything was perfect both times, and with it being one of only two character dining experiences in Hong Kong Disneyland, you’ve gotta try here!

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Hong Kong Disneyland Hollywood Hotel

There is nothing that makes a Disney trip more special than staying in a Disney hotel, and Hong Kong’s Hollywood Hotel is pretty special!

It’s the lower budget of the two Disney hotels at Hong Kong Disneyland, with another currently under construction, but oh my gosh is it beautiful!

Hong Kong Disneyland Hollywood Hotel

As the name suggests, the hotel is theme is old school Hollywood, from the art deco style of the building itself to the hotel reception and every other little detail from the piano shaped swimming pool and neons.

Hong Kong Disneyland Hollywood Hotel

Hong Kong Disneyland Hollywood Hotel

Hong Kong Disneyland Hollywood Hotel

Hong Kong Disneyland Hollywood Hotel

The hotel has two restaurants, Hollywood and Dime – a quick service style diner – and Chef Mickey, a huge buffet which the boss himself visits at breakfast, and there’s also the Studio Lounge bar which shows movies on a big screen in the evenings. There’s also, of course, a souvenir shop in the reception area!

The huge garden area is home to the outdoor pool complete with a slide for the little ones, and there’s a small playframe tucked away in the palm trees and greenery.

Hong Kong Disneyland Hollywood Hotel

Hong Kong Disneyland Hollywood Hotel

The Hollywood theme continues into the rooms – I love the wall art of Mickey and Minnie! – and the beds were so cosy! There’s a mini drinks area with a kettle and ice bucket (ice machines down the corridor!) and there’s an area for hanging clothes but no proper wardrobe, and depending on the side of the hotel your room is on, your view is absolutely stunning across the gardens and the bay!

The hotel has shuttle buses that run frequently to the park transportation centre, each one of which is decorated to reflect a ride or land in the park. Sometimes the buses are shared with the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel, but they’re so close together that it doesn’t really take too long to get back from a day in the park!

Aren’t Disney beds always the comfiest?

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Walt’s Cafe

On our first night in Hong Kong Disneyland, we decided to venture across to the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel for a little nose around and a spot of dinner, and we ended up in Walt’s Cafe.

Walt's Cafe

Like the hotel, Walt’s Cafe was incredibly classic in its styling, with wooden wall panelling and framed photos of Walt and his magical life on all the walls; it felt fancy and homely at the same time, like Walt could be sat at the table next to us. The waiting staff were so friendly and attentive, we were given stickers and our water glasses were never empty – we felt really looked after, it was lovely!

I ordered a sandwich – I can’t remember exactly what it was called, but I got to choose three fillings from a list of options! – and my mouth dropped when it arrived..

Walt's Cafe

Yes, those are double stacked sandwiches!! It was so delicious, but I could only manage about two of the monster sandwiches and a handful of chips before feeling ready to burst, and as we were determined to still order dessert, the best decision seemed to be to share!

Walt's Cafe

Yep, share the cutest dessert platter I’ve ever seen! Each of these little mousse type cakes was a different flavour: Pooh was mango, Mickey was chocolate and raspberry and Stitch was blueberry – yum yum yum! It was a really nice meal, and a definite must-do if you’re staying in the Disneyland Hotel, or have time to visit it!

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Favourite Photos from.. Flights of Fantasy Parade!

Oh I just love doing these parade posts!

On top of loving getting to share these photos with you, it also gives me a perfect excuse to relive the magic, and today the magic is coming from the adorable Hong Kong Disneyland’s Flights of Fantasy parade!

Hong Kong Disneyland Flights of Fantasy parade

Hong Kong Disneyland Flights of Fantasy parade

Hong Kong Disneyland Flights of Fantasy parade

Hong Kong Disneyland Flights of Fantasy parade

Hong Kong Disneyland Flights of Fantasy parade

Hong Kong Disneyland Flights of Fantasy parade

Hong Kong Disneyland Flights of Fantasy parade

Hong Kong Disneyland Flights of Fantasy parade

Hong Kong Disneyland Flights of Fantasy parade

Hong Kong Disneyland Flights of Fantasy parade

Hong Kong Disneyland Flights of Fantasy parade

Hong Kong Disneyland Flights of Fantasy parade
Hong Kong Disneyland Flights of Fantasy parade

Hong Kong Disneyland Flights of Fantasy parade

This was such a sweet parade – they even stop the parade to let children out to dance with the performers which despite being baking hot in July, was really cute! To my surprise, the parade uses the same soundtrack music as Disneyland’s Soundsational Parade, just with different lyrics, but that just meant I could sing along easily (you know, to everything that wasn’t in Cantonese!) and the cast members were all loving guest interactions which was amazing!

What’s your favourite Disney parade?

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Hong Kong Disneyland Haul!

Yay another Disney haul!

I really loved Hong Kong Disneyland – a lot more than I expected I would – and I think I picked up some pretty great goodies..

Hong Kong Disneyland merchandise

I love a shopping bag, and this 10th anniversary one is huge! I obviously had to get a park mug, and although I think its a little ugly, it had to be the anniversary one too, and I snuck in a Baymax mug because he’s so cute! There’s also a set of 10th anniversary chopsticks and a Slinky Dog pen, and in the top left is a tsum tsum towel that was on promotion at only £10! I’m not a lanyard wearer really, but this reversible Mickey one caught my eye, and I can use it for my DLP annual pass.

Hong Kong Disneyland lanyard

Hong Kong Disneyland tsum tsum t-shirt

Hong Kong Disneyland t-shirts

So I bought the Finding Nemo tsum tsum t-shirt because I didn’t really like any of the other t-shirts in the store; it was a little pricey, but I figured I wouldn’t be able to get it elsewhere and didn’t want to regret missing out. And then I went into a different store.. We stumbled across a table of sale items, where if you bought 2 items they would both be 50% off, or 4 items or more would be 70% off – who can argue with that logic? I loved all three of these shirts, and my mum and sister also picked one each, so each top worked out at about £5! The middle one is actually a men’s shirt, but I love that the design includes all the lands in the park, and its so comfy, but I think my favourite has to be the Toy Story pea pod top; I fell in love!

Keep an eye out on my Instagram for a Hong Kong Disneyland giveaway coming soon!

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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!