Thursday, June 30, 2016

Travelogue: Hong Kong Diaries (Part 4) - Trip to Hong Kong Disneyland

Disneyland, I've finally met you! In this last part of my Hong Kong Diaries, let me share with you some of the memories that I've brought back from my virgin trip to Hong Kong Disneyland. Like any girl would, I grew up watching all the Disney movies and being so familiar with each Disney princess's theme song, dreaming that one day, I would be there to experience the Disney magic. 

That morning, we excitedly trained down to Disneyland Resort station, just to realize that it started pouring so heavily that it lasted throughout the entire day. Not dampened by the rain, we continued to explore the theme park with our umbrellas and although we didn't get to try out the outdoor rides, we had plenty of fun hunting for Disney character easter eggs all around Hong Kong Disneyland, as part of their Egg-stravaganza event, as well as indoor rides and performances. 

Go Disneyland must take photos with Mickey and Minnie right? Just so that you know, we queued for almost 30 minutes before we get our solo shot with Minnie. Sounds pretty insane but that's just what tourists do. Halfway while queueing, Minnie picked up a call and went off for a 5 minutes date with Mickey in the park, while they head over to another pavilion for a photo taking session. Sometimes, it makes me wonder how it actually feels to play the role as Minnie Mouse in Disneyland. 

We saw Snow White queueing to meet her best friend, Minnie, too. How cute :p

And there, behold the most beautiful and magical ride in the entire theme park! Wait till you see how it lights up at night! 

One of the best indoor ride that we have experienced was the "It's a small world after all" ride. It was so carefully curated; every detail and decoration. What marvels me the most is the set of mechanism designed for this attraction. Once every 20 minutes or so, the cuckoo clock in the centre of the building will start showcasing small characters, each representing a nationality and tribe. Along with the iconic "It's a small world after all" song, the characters will dance their way out in their brightly unique costumes.

Our expensive but delicious Disney snacks

Watching the balloon man struggle with his big bunch of balloons, in the presence of merciless strong wind, can be quite a therapeutic thing to do. 

As it was still drizzling, Hong Kong Disneyland decided to cancel off the mid-day parade by replacing it with a "wet-weather program". 

Lanterns hanging down from trees; reminds me of the scene from Tangled

Toy Story Land was by far the most impressive in terms of set-up. The enormous, larger-than-usual toys really created the impression of us being small, just like the toy characters from the movie. Many of the rides at Toy Story Land seemed thrilling, but unfortunately, the weather killed our chances to enjoy them. 

Night fell and the rain got increasingly heavier, but I was really thankful to be there at the theme park,  to be able to feel the Disney atmosphere. A little disappointed that we missed the parades as well as the fireworks (that's the main point right grrr) but looking forward to a better experience at Disneyland Tokyo next, maybe? 

Here's ending the Hong Kong Disneyland post with my favourite shots of the carousel. Whimsical and mysterious as they are, oh Carousel, you know how much I love you. We spun round and round, refusing to get down. Kids, we all are; secretly inside. 

Here's a quick recap of my day at Hong Kong Disneyland. Watch for many scenes that are not captured in the photos. Remember to subscribe to The Sky Passport's YouTube Channel as well! 

Quick Catch-up on the Hong Kong Diaries

Love, Quans 

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