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
Halloween decoration at Toy Story Land
Pixar Ball and Slinky Dog Spin in the background
Toy Soldier Parachute Drop
Anya and Adrian
before being dropped
toy soldiers in the flesh
Jungle River Cruise
great balls of fire
running away from rhino
Fantasyland Cinderella Carousel
Angie & Isaac
a selfie with my boy
happy to sit on his own
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
pretty maidens in a row
little umbrellas for the princesses
here comes Dumbo!
excellent view of the parade
waiting for the Mickey float to approach
everybody’s favourite characters!
bouncy tiger dancers
super cute float
dancers springing up and down
the float the mini princesses have all been waiting for!
they are here!
Anya’s favourite character
the guy inside must be roasting in that costume
cute ladybird vehicles
love the Toy Story float
caught up with the princess float again
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 was really hot but also slightly rainy
we were just in time to see the clock in action
I spy Bambi and Thumper!
ermm.. somewhere in Switzerland?
Cinderella and her Prince
a jolly Irish jig
is this in Germany?
spot Aladdin, Jasmine and Abu
I can see Simba, Pumbaa and Timon
Woody and Jessie
Thailand, and is that Rajah?
China/ Hong Kong
Ariel and Flounder
kangaroos and Easter Island heads?
what is this??
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!
she loves rabbits
flights of fantasy parade
at the water playground
before the fireworks
at the airport the next day
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
dolphins in the show
the cable car ride is quite an experience
after looking at the giant panda
mickey mouse train!
trying on some minnie ears
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
with my darling Jay Chou
anya & astroboy
adrian & tiger
hunting for roast goose
waiting for the symphony of lights to start