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Family Fun at Hong Kong Disneyland – Day 1 Noon

Family Fun at Hong Kong Disneyland – Day 1 Noon

I spent 3D2N at Hong Kong Disneyland a few weeks back with my wife, Rachel and one-year-old son, Asher for our first ever family vacation overseas.

Family vacation in Hong Kong Disneyland!

Family vacation in Hong Kong Disneyland!

We enjoyed ourselves so much during the three days that we could not bear to leave  the hotel on the last day… for those three days, Rachel and I got to escape from work, family commitments and other adult stuff while Asher got to spend three full days with both his parents – a rare treat for him as both of us are often kept busy at work.

A few quick tips for family (especially those with children under two years old) on traveling to Hong Kong Disneyland:

1. You can leave your stroller at home and rent one for HK$90 per day like we did
2. You can leave your kid’s cutlery and baby food at home as the restaurants all provide kids’ meals, baby chairs and wares
3. Shuttle bus service is provided from the two hotels to the theme park; there’s storage room for luggage and baby stroller if you brought one along
4. Baby cots and wash basins are available in the hotel rooms
5. Hong Kong Disneyland souvenirs are available not just in the theme park, but at the two hotels and at the airport too. Prices are all the same.
6. Bring a water bottle. Free water is available at various water points in the park.
7. Weather can get scorching hot in summer – bring a cap, sunscreen and perhaps a small mobile fan for your kid.
8. Free Wifi is available at the restaurants and hotels’ lobbies (Awesome right!)

Free shuttle transfers

Free shuttle transfers

In summary, Hong Kong Disneyland is extremely baby and child-friendly! Perfect for a family vacation with your young ones. 🙂

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For my trip, we arrived at around noon at Disney’sHollywood Hotel and was able to check in early.

The hotel was very spacious and adorned with Mickey-themed items. Asher particularly enjoyed having his own cot and Mickey bedroom slippers.

Rachel and Asher in our hotel room in Disneyland Hollywood Hotel

Rachel and Asher in our hotel room in Disney’s Hollywood Hotel

MIckey and Minnie decor on the wall

MIckey and Minnie decor on the wall

Washroom

Washroom

Disney cup with toothbrush and toothpaste inside

Disney cup with toothbrush and toothpaste inside

Mickey shower gel and shampoo

Mickey shower gel and shampoo

Bath tub

Bath tub

Asher in his baby size Disney bedroom slippers

Asher in his baby size Disney bedroom slippers

We took a free shuttle transfer from Disneyland Hollywood Hotel to Disneyland Hotel for lunch

We took a free shuttle transfer from Disney’s Hollywood Hotel to Disneyland Hotel for lunch

Entrance to Disneyland Hotel

Entrance to Disneyland Hotel

Lobby area

Lobby area

At the lobby of Disneyland Hotel

At the lobby of Disneyland Hotel

Gift shop

Gift shop

Giant chandeliers at Disneyland Hotel

Giant chandeliers at Disneyland Hotel

Victorian style decor

Victorian style decor

Does this remind you of a fairy tale castle?

Does this remind you of a fairy tale castle?

After check in, we had a most amazing lunch at the award-winning Crystal Lotus restaurant at Disneyland Hotel.

There was a little throne chair for Asher and his own baby cutlery which got him really excited.

Entrance to Crystal Lotus

Entrance to Crystal Lotus

Asher in his little throne chair

Asher in his little throne chair

Asher eating with his own cutlery

Asher eating with his own cutlery

The classy interior of Crystal Lotus restaurant

The classy interior of Crystal Lotus restaurant

Many of the food items were shaped into Disney characters. Some were so cute that we actually felt bad biting into them.

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If you are worried taste was compromise because of the character designs, fret not, the food quality and standard is still there like any first rate Chinese restaurant. My wife, son and I had a wonderful meal at the restaurant, stuffing ourselves silly.

Check out the dishes we had for lunch:

Our lunch menu

Our lunch menu

Pomelo Salad with Smoked Duck Breast

Pomelo Salad with Smoked Duck Breast

Little Pig Barbecued Pork Bun and Little Green Man Vegetable and Pork Bun

Little Pig Barbecued Pork Bun and Little Green Man Vegetable and Pork Bun

Mickey's Seafood Glutinous Pancake

Mickey’s Seafood Glutinous Pancake

So beautiful how to eat????

So beautiful how to eat????

Double dose of the Green Men

Double dose of the Green Men

Double-boiled Sea Whelk and Stuffed Whole Dried Scallop in Mickey Winter Melon Soup

Double-boiled Sea Whelk and Stuffed Whole Dried Scallop in Mickey Winter Melon Soup

Wok-fried Shrimps and Disney Root Vegetable

Wok-fried Shrimps and Disney Root Vegetable

Chinese beef stew

Chinese beef stew

Fried Rice with Crispy Eels and Pickled Vegetable in Golden Nest

Fried Rice with Crispy Eels and Pickled Vegetable in Golden Nest

Chicken Little Steamed Lotus Seed Puree Bun

Chicken Little Steamed Lotus Seed Puree Bun

Chilled Mickey Green Tea Jelly and Chilled Mickey Red Bean Honey Pudding

Chilled Mickey Green Tea Jelly and Chilled Mickey Red Bean Honey Pudding

Rachel and Asher were both very satisfied with our lunch

Rachel and Asher were both very satisfied with our lunch

Family photo

Family photo

After lunch, it was time to hit the theme park!

Musical fountain at the entrance of Hong Kong Disneyland

Musical fountain at the entrance of Hong Kong Disneyland

Group photo

Group photo

Our 4 x admission tickets over 2 days

Our 4 x admission tickets over 2 days

Upon entrance, we made a quick dash to catch the daytime Flights of Fantasy Parade after renting a stroller for Asher.

We were glad to make it on time. Asher loves it! He was swinging and dancing excitedly to the rhythm and music even before the characters appear:

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Dumbo the elephant leading the front of the parade

Dumbo the elephant leading the front of the parade

The parade is lead by a mobile band

The parade is lead by a mobile band

Asher is all ready to swing to the parade

Asher is all ready to swing to the parade

The first car in the parade featuring all the main Disney characters

The first car in the parade featuring all the main Disney characters

One of the chipmunks in Chip & Dale

One of the chipmunks in Chip & Dale

Donald Duck clapping

Donald Duck clapping

Pretty, cheery dancers

Pretty, cheery dancers

Close-up of the dancers

Close-up of the dancers

Asher excitedly pointing at the parade

Asher excitedly pointing at the parade

Tinkle Bell, the fairy from Peter Pan

Tinker Bell, the fairy from Peter Pan

Small ladybird cars

Small ladybird cars

Princesses' car

Princesses’ car

Snow White

Snow White

Anastasia

Anastasia

The Jungle Book car

The Jungle Book car

Baloo the Bear

Baloo the Bear

Lion King car

Lion King car

Timon the meerkat

Timon the meerkat

Colourful dancers

Colourful dancers

Winner the Pooh in a large pot of honey

Winner the Pooh in a large pot of honey

Acrobatic bees, jumping up and down the WInne the Pooh car

Acrobatic bees, jumping up and down the WInne the Pooh car

Hopping tigers

Hopping tigers

I feel very sorry for the guy playing this donkey - he is the only mascot who has to walk all the way on foot under the hot sun

I feel sorry for Eeyore – he was the only who had to walk all the way under the hot sun!

Buzz Lightyear

Buzz Lightyear

Pretty female Buzz

Pretty female Buzz

Asher dancing

Asher dancing

Cowboy Woody, another crowd favourite

Cowboy Woody, another crowd favourite

Rachel and I were very amused by how realistic the toy soldiers look

Rachel and I were very amused by how realistic the toy soldiers look

The Toy Story car

The Toy Story car

Lilo and Stitch car

Lilo and Stitch car

Dancing with kids

Dancing with kids

Close-up of Stitch

Close-up of Stitch

After the parade, we were headed to the two star attractions first for the afternoon – the Grizzly Gulch and Toy Story Land!

The three newest attractions in Hong Kong Disneyland (Mystic Land won't be open till 2013)

The three newest attractions in Hong Kong Disneyland (Mystic Point won’t be open till 2013)

Coming Soon!

Coming Soon!

Sneak Peek of Mystic Land

Sneak Peek of Mystic Point

Grizzly Gulch

Opened on 14 July 2012, Grizzly Gulch is a complete, world-exclusive new story for Hong Kong Disneyland, which is equivalent of Frontierland and Critter Country. The themed land reminisces an abandoned mining town called “Grizzly Gulch”, set amidst mountains and woods. The centerpiece structure is Big Grizzly Mountain, inspired by Grizzly Peak in Disney California Adventure Park. The town was set to be founded 8 August 1888 — the luckiest day of the luckiest month of the luckiest year — by prospectors looking to discover gold.

Enter the Grizzly Gulch

Enter the Grizzly Gulch

Grizzly Gulch jail house

Grizzly Gulch jail house

Asher on a wanted poster

Asher on a wanted poster

Asher with daddy

Asher with daddy

Asher pointing at some items on the shelves

Asher pointing at some items on the shelves

Asher having fun

Asher having fun

Gold bars

Gold bars

Asher got very good at cheating Disney stickers from Disneyland staff during the trip

Asher got very good at cheating Disney stickers from Disneyland staff during the trip

I rode on the Runaway Mine Ears whereby the wagons would go both forward and BACKWARD. Pretty exhilarating and  not too scary for most people. This ride is fun and should be rather tame for 90% of visitors. Do try it!

Riding on the Runaway Miner Ears

Riding on the Runaway Mine Ears

Closer picture of the ride

Closer picture of the ride

For children, there’s the Geyser Gulch to run around and get wet as well as Disney characters going around interacting with everyone.

Geyser Gulch to get wet

Geyser Gulch to get wet

Small geyser fun

Small geyser fun

Station to squirt water at others

Station to squirt water at others

Toy Story Land

Opened 17 November 2011, Toy Story Land is the first new themed land since the opening of Hong Kong Disneyland in 2005. It is located to the west side of the park, behind Fantasyland. Toy Story Land features characters from the Toy Story movies, such as an enlarged Woody, Rex, an oversized paper plane, and Luxo Jr. Toy Story Land has been marketed by the park as “Asia exclusive”, since its only counterpart, Toy Story Playland, is located at Walt Disney Studios Park in Marne-la-Vallée, France.

Toy Story Land!

Toy Story Land!

Family photo

Family photo

Entering Toy Story Land

Entering Toy Story Land

I rode on the Toy Soldier Parachute Drop and RC Racer. The parachute drop is not as scary as it looks and should be tame enough for most visitors. The RC Racer on the other hand, looks tame, but got my heart pumping crazy as we zip up and down at high speed! It is definitely scarier than it looks and deserve the title as the most thrilling ride in Hong Kong Disneyland – a must-try for thrill-seekers.

Toy Soldier Parachute Drop where you can tossed up and down the sky

Toy Soldier Parachute Drop where you can tossed up and down the sky

Me, all ready to get tossed in the sky

Me, all ready to get tossed in the sky

Rachel and Asher posing in a RC car while I was on the RC Racer ride

Rachel and Asher posing in a RC car while I was on the RC Racer ride

The RC Racer ride

The RC Racer ride

The two ends of the RC Racer

The two ends of the RC Racer

For family fun, there are rides like the Slinky Dog which Rachel and I brought Asher on. It was Asher’s first ever theme park ride. He was mostly stunned by the sights and sounds throughout the ride while Rachel seems to enjoy herself more:

The Slinky Dog! We chose this as the first ever ride for Asher

The Slinky Dog! We chose this as the first ever ride for Asher

Barking Pass for the Slinky Dog

Barking Pass for the Slinky Dog

Rachel and Asher, all ready for the ride

Rachel and Asher, all ready for the ride

Asher wasn't scare in this picture, but pissed that we have to lock him in the seat

Asher wasn’t scare in this picture, but pissed that we have to lock him in the seat

This conclude my first blog post on Hong Kong Disneyland.

CLICK HERE to read all my blog posts on my family trip to Hong Kong Disneyland. 

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Alvin is a marketer by day and blogger by night. He is a 100% geek who spends too much time surfing the web.

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