Tuesday, September 23, 2014

DAY 2: Hongkong Disneyland and Victoria Harbour

Being a kid at Hongkong Disneyland

We woke up extra early since our itinerary were quite full, morning till afternoon would be for Hongkong Disneyland, then just before dawn we need to go to the Avenue of Stars and Victoria Harbour, then go back to Disneyland for closing parade and fireworks.

From Silka Far East Hotel in Tsuen Wan we rode the train going to the line were Disneyland Resort Station is, which is near the airport mtr line. From Tsuen Wan to Disneyland, the fare price is around HKD15 (PHP87). Commuting in Hongkong is very convenient since trains are interconnected, so it's very easy to go to different tourist spots and shopping districts.

We bought our tickets to Disneyland online I think about 2 days before our flight, this is to avoid the long queue on the ticket booths at Disneyland. I usually buy tickets online if I could, because I don't want to waste my time on queue since, I know that my vacation is always numbered so I want to maximize everything. Good thing tho, because when we went there all ticket booths are lined up with at least 50 persons, we bypassed the normal line and proceeded to the online express ticket booth and, Voila! 3 minutes we are inside Disneyland.

Sorry if the photo is a bit vintage looking, I am trying out certain look and feel
till I get what style I want. I am trying to explore Lomo type of photos

Hongkong Disneyland

Happy <3

Again, at the end of this article you will see the different modes of transportation to get to Hongkong Disneyland Resort. Don't worry it's really easy and remember even if you get lost, don't worry just enjoy it, you'll get there no matter what.

Make sure to wear comfy shoes since this is quite a huge theme park, there are omnibus and taxi cabs that could take you around Hongkond Disneyland Park, though there is always a designated stops for this kind of free transportation. But still, you can enjoy the time riding the double decker omnibus and just take in the beauty of your surroundings.

Omnibus - Double Decker

Taxi cab and the moving piano player

Hongkong Disneyland Resort is divided into 7 areas, you can view the divisions here. I would prefer strolling to get around the park, though we missed one area which is Tomorrow land since the place was swarming with people.

We also got to meet a Disney Princess, Princess Aurora the Sleeping Beauty. Big round of applause for their staff, they really embodied their respective characters.

Princess Aurora - Sleeping Beauty

I am not sure if I have photos of the different areas, but I'll posts those that I have. Kids would really enjoy this theme park. The rides are quite friendly and for those that are not so thrill seekers you'd really enjoy the rides here. Most thrilling rides I guess are those located at Toy Story Land. Without further ado, I'm summing up our Disneyland experience below :

1. Main Street,  US

- mostly souvenir shops and food stores.

Main Street, US at Hongkong Disneyland

Main Street, US at Hongkong Disneyland
2.  Fantasy Land

Sleeping Beauty's Castle
Cinderella Carousel (above) and
Dumbo the Flying Elephant (below)

Cinderella Carousel (left) & Fantasy Garden (right)

Fantasy Land Station
 3. Toy Story Land

- I guess from the 7 areas at Disneyland, probably the RC Racer and Toy Soldier Parachute Drop would be the most thrilling. But still, good enough not to scare your little ones.

Toy Soldier Parachute Drop

Toy Soldier Boot Camp
4. Grizzly Gulch

- Don't forget to ride Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars, it's exciting and I really liked the view whilst on the ride. Sorry no photo was taken since we had to leave the stuff underneath our cabins.

Part of the attraction on Geyser Gulch

Beat your opponent using water guns
5. Mystic Point
-  I won't tell you what's inside, but I'm sure you'll like it. hehe let's leave a bit of mystery on Mystic Manor :).

Mystic Manor

6 & 7. Tomorrow Land and Adventure Land 

Took no photos here, I guess we were really tired from all the walking and we wanted to enjoy what else is in Disneyland. You can view their website for more info, just click here.

Nightscapes at Victoria Harbour

We forgot what time it was while we were at Disneyland, we left around 1730H (GMT+8) when dusk was settling in the horizon. We were a bit skeptical if we could still reach Victoria Harbour on time for our target sun position, where the sky is orange and pink. But sadly, it was already dark when we got to Victoria Harbour.

To get to Victoria Harbour and Avenue of Stars, you have to ride the Disneyland Train and transfer to Sunny Bay Line and alight at Kowloon. From there walk about 5-10 minutes till you arrive at Victoria Harbour. 

There was an event during that time and people were coming from everywhere to watch the night show. It was really cold, my face was numb and my hands were shaking. We had a hard time setting up for a photo since there were people walking around and the wind was blowing hard. It was a nice cityscape, we tried our best to catch the pink sky during sunset but we weren't lucky. We just thought "Hey, we can always go back here", that's the spirit!

Avenue of stars is just by the bay, if you want to know more about this area click here.

at Victoria Harbour, on the right is Tigran's favorite building - Bank of China

Victoria Harbour - just before the pink sky disappear

Victoria Harbour

As were both admiring and looking at the wonderful view of Victoria Harbour, he held me close and hugged me from behind. He was holding my hands since it's always cold, and then he kissed my cheeks, I blushed. I realized that these are the things I missed while traveling and experience the world alone. I thought to myself, I have done my fair share of traveling alone, and now I am glad to have found someone who lust for life like I do. I am looking forward to more of this, to the start of our endless stories, of getting lost and finding the right way, and unforgettable memories that we will talk about till we get old.

How to get to Hongkong Disneyland Resort : 

By MTR Disneyland Resort Line
The conveniently located Disneyland Resort Station is your gateway into the magic.

By Bus
Both Local and Cross-boundary buses are available to take you to and from Hong Kong Disneyland.

By Car or Coach
Parking facilities are available for private cars and coaches.

By Taxi
Three types of taxis - Urban taxis, New Territories taxis, Lantau taxis - provide transportation services to and from Hong Kong Disneyland.

By Ferry
Scheduled ferry service - COMING SOON! Guests can walk from the ferry pier along the Park Promenade to the Theme Park in about 15 minutes.

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