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Hong Kong 2013: Disneyland – The Rides

Since we were moving around in a bigger group this time and stopped several times to eat and shop, we didn’t manage to take many rides. We started off with Astro Blasters in Tomorrowland while Anya and Adrian went to ride on Space Mountain. Then we took the It’s a Small World ride before heading to Toy Story Land where Anya and Adrian took the Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop before we all went to spin around in the Slinky Dog Spin. After the parade, we took the Jungle River Cruise in Adventureland. Finally the little ones sat on Cinderella Carousel in Fantasyland while Anya went back for another Space Mountain ride.

Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters

Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters

zapping aliens

zapping aliens

Halloween decoration at Toy Story Land

Halloween decoration at Toy Story Land

Pixar Ball and Slinky Dog Spin in the background

Pixar Ball and Slinky Dog Spin in the background

Toy Soldier Parachute Drop

Toy Soldier Parachute Drop

Anya and Adrian

Anya and Adrian

before being dropped

before being dropped

toy soldiers in the flesh

toy soldiers in the flesh

Adventureland

Jungle River Cruise

Jungle River Cruise

the Lobos

the Lobos

great balls of fire

great balls of fire

running away from rhino

running away from rhino

Fantasyland Cinderella Carousel

Fantasyland Cinderella Carousel

Angie & Isaac

Angie & Isaac

a selfie with my boy

a selfie with my boy

happy to sit on his own

happy to sit on his own

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Hong Kong 2013: Disneyland – Flights of Fantasy Parade

The Flights of Fantasy parade is my favourite bit of the whole Hong Kong Disneyland experience. I love the catchy music, the elaborate costumes, the energetic dancers, the colourful floats, EVERYTHING! It’s simply perfect.

Anya was invited to take part in the mini princess parade where the little girls who are dressed like princesses have a special row of chairs set up for them with an unblocked view of the Flights of Fantasy parade. They get special name tags and have umbrellas to shield them from the blazing hot sun. The mummies get to stand behind the princesses and bake in the heat!

We didn’t have such a good view of the parade the last time we were at Hong Kong Disneyland so Anya really enjoyed herself this time! She was stoked that the princess float was parked right in front of the mini princesses for such a long time with Cinderella so close that she could wave and smile at her.

mini princess parade

mini princess parade

pretty maidens in a row

pretty maidens in a row

little umbrellas for the princesses

little umbrellas for the princesses

here comes Dumbo!

here comes Dumbo!

excellent view of the parade

excellent view of the parade

waiting for the Mickey float to approach

waiting for the Mickey float to approach

everybody's favourite characters!

everybody’s favourite characters!

Hello Mickey!

Hello Mickey!

bouncy tiger dancers

bouncy tiger dancers

super cute float

super cute float

dancers springing up and down

dancers springing up and down

the float the mini princesses have all been waiting for!

the float the mini princesses have all been waiting for!

they are here!

they are here!

Anya's favourite character

Anya’s favourite character

Belle

Belle

Jungle Book

Jungle Book

the guy inside must be roasting in that costume

the guy inside must be roasting in that costume

cute ladybird vehicles

cute ladybird vehicles

Tinkerbelle!

Tinkerbelle!

Stitch

Stitch

Buzz

Buzz

love the Toy Story float

love the Toy Story float

caught up with the princess float again

caught up with the princess float again

Hong Kong 2013: Disneyland – It’s a Small World!

It’s been more than a month and I’m finally getting started on our Hong Kong trip! Our last trip was in Mar 2011 just after Anya turned 2 and this trip was shortly after Adam’s 2nd birthday. It’s definitely better to do the trip in March because it’s so much cooler then! We were melting in the heat during this trip!

One of my favourite rides in Disneyland is ‘It’s a Small World’. I know some people find the dolls creepy but I really like looking at the various scenes, spotting Disney characters and listening to the music. I would be quite happy to take the ride more than once a day!

Many, many pictures of the ‘It’s a Small World’ ride:

It's a Small World

It’s a Small World

it was really hot but also slightly rainy

it was really hot but also slightly rainy

we were just in time to see the clock in action

we were just in time to see the clock in action

welcome

welcome

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I spy Bambi and Thumper!

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ermm.. somewhere in Switzerland?

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Paris, France!

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Cinderella and her Prince

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a jolly Irish jig

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Holland

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is this in Germany?

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spot Aladdin, Jasmine and Abu

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I can see Simba, Pumbaa and Timon

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Mexico?

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Woody and Jessie

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Japan

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Thailand, and is that Rajah?

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China/ Hong Kong

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Ariel and Flounder

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kangaroos and Easter Island heads?

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what is this??

goodbye!

goodbye!

Hong Kong Day 3

Day 3 was all about Disneyland! We were there from opening to closing so that’s about 10 hours! I think Hong Kong Disneyland is really suitable for toddlers because it’s quite small and the rides are all rather kid-friendly. Anya had a lot of fun there and so did we. She really liked taking photos with the mascots that we met and enjoyed the parade too. She had mixed feelings about the fireworks though. One moment she would be going “Ooh!!” and the next she would declare that she was scared.

Our final day was spent checking out the shops at the Citygate outlets before we made our way to the airport and home to Singapore. Anya threw a fit when we had to take her new Mickey Mouse toy away so that it could be put through the x-ray machine at the airport. She wasn’t amused when one of the airport staff tried to cheer her up by zapping her with the hand-held metal detector. But she collapsed and fell asleep right after that so she must have been extra cranky at that moment.

waiting for the gates to open

(over)dressed for the occasion

with minnie and mickey!

teacups

she loves rabbits

river adventure

flights of fantasy parade

at the water playground

before the fireworks

at the airport the next day

Hong Kong Day 2

We spent most of Day 2 at Ocean Park! We had to give the exciting rides a miss but Anya enjoyed the show and the panda. After Ocean Park, we made our way to the Disneyland Hotel. Anya still can’t stop talking about the Mickey Mouse train that we took. :)

with the little mermaid

scary jellyfish!

dolphins in the show

the cable car ride is quite an experience

after looking at the giant panda

mickey mouse train!

disneyland station

trying on some minnie ears

dinnertime

Hong Kong Day 1

We took the evening flight to HK on Friday and arrived around Anya’s bedtime so we all went to sleep and woke up refreshed for our activities the next day! So on the first day, we took the Star Ferry over to Central, then a bus to the Peak tram lower terminus and finally the tram up to the Peak. We checked out the view and then popped into Madame Tussauds before getting some lunch. After that, we went to the HK Zoological and Botanical Gardens for a walk before hunting down some roast goose for me. We ended our long day by watching the ‘Symphony of Lights’ from the Avenue of Stars and having some supper near our hotel.

on the plane. she didn’t keep the headphones on for long!

on the star ferry

peak tram

great view!

with my darling Jay Chou

anya & astroboy

adrian & tiger

hunting for roast goose

waiting for the symphony of lights to start