Every place I visit has an at least 1 activity highlight that I make sure to check off my bucket list. Whether it’s an attraction to visit or a cuisine to eat, it feeds my sense of wanderlust and excites me to explore more. For this travel episode, it was to visit the happiest place on earth — Hong Kong Disneyland!
It has been an emblem of the World City of Asia that anyone who visit for the first time should not miss. It’s the type of destination anyone will never be old enough for, most especially if you grew up singing the theme, dressing-up like the characters, and believing in magic.
That’s why for this travel episode, Disneyland topped our list. We’re kid-like excited to to go and ride themed attractions, take photos, eat Mickey-shaped snacks, and experience the magic of Walt Disney.
Take a peak on how we spent our day in the wonderful world of Disney with over 60+ photos we snapped!
HOW TO GET THERE:
Disneyland has its own railway that brings you to the themed park. To get there:
– Take the MTR from wherever you are to Sunny Bay Station.
– Board the Disneyland Resort Train en route to the mainland resort.
Disneyland opens at 10am daily however if you want to maximize your day like we did, leave your whereabouts as early as you can because a day isn’t actually enough to try all the things Disneyland has to offer. And like any other tourist, I’m sure you also want to avoid long queues from purchasing tickets and riding attractions plus I’m sure you need enough time to take photos too!
Tip: Some hotels and inns offer discounted Disneyland passes which can help you save time and money.
As we wait for the amusement park to open, we spent the whole time taking touristy photos and boomerangs by the iconic entrance arc and fantasy fountain which has been a mandatory for everyone who visit the resort. If you’ve been here, I bet you have this shot too!
Disneyland is divided to 7 main sections comprising of themed attractions, restaurants, and souvenir shops. Upon entrance, Main Street USA will be welcoming you with an overwhelming alley of instagramable exteriors of souvenir shops that makes you feel-like you’re inside an animated neighborhood.
And of course, we didn’t miss the amazing moment of enjoying the view of the iconic castle we often see as the OBB of Disney movies. This is where the fireworks display and the Flight of Fantasy Parade also happen during the latter part of the day.
WHERE TO EAT:
Disneyland is consistent with its theme on every part of the park including the food and refreshments in-store. During our trip, we were able to try the Starliner Diner for lunch and the Main Street Market for snacks.
Inside Tomorrowland is where you will find the Starliner Diner. It’s a futuristic space-themed diner that serves lunch platters and finger foods. Main Street Market on the other hand can be found along Mainstreet USA which serves on-the-go snacks like character-shaped waffles, ice cream, and other refreshments.
Tip: Most of the restaurants open around 11am so better come to Disneyland with full stomach so you’ll never go hungry till noontime. Though there are a lot of food stalls stationed around the park too.
WHAT TO RIDE:
Like what I’ve said, a day isn’t enough to try and see all the attractions in the park. At first, it’s quite overwhelming that makes it hard to decide which ones you should go first.
Tip: Get a map upon entrance and pin down the attractions you want to prioritize. It will help you save time in identifying where to go first.
Personally, I only have 3 must-visit zones in Disneyland that I’ve been wanting to see: Toy Story Land, Hyperspace Mountain, and The Festival of The Lion King. And I’m so happy to be able to check out all these attractions off our Disneyland itinerary.
Toy Story Land
If you know me too well, you’ll know how much I love Toy Story. I don’t know why but many people say that Woody and I looks the same. That being so, Toy Story landed first on our list and much to my surprise, we made it just in time for Woody’s photo-op session.
My Inner kid’s subconscious screams in happiness and excitement!!! He’s here!!!
Hyperspace Mountain is an exhilarating roller coaster ride in the dark that brings you to an outer space battle experience against the dark force ala Star Wars. If only the lines weren’t that long, I’ll go for another ride! It’s that awesome!
It’s A Small World
We hopped on the boats of It’s A Small World as we also take a break from the excited adrenalin that has been up since we landed on Disneyland. It’s a cute attraction that takes you around the world featuring its mechanical miniatures of different countries and attractions.
Mickey and the Wondrous Book
If you are into shows and musicals. Disneyland has two featured shows to watch out for as well. Mickey and the Wondrous Book and The Festival of the Lion King. The time slots of performances vary depending on the available shows.
Tip: If you want to catch the shows, there’s a separate Time Guide map where you can see the time slots of every attraction and shows. There’s one for restaurants too!
Theater in the Wild: The Festival of The Lion King
Theater in the Wild: The Festival of The Lion King gives you a 10-minuter snippet of the broadway hit featuring a stellar cast and majestic set and technology used in the production.
Indeed, Disneyland is the happiest place on earth that allows you to take your mind off things and just enjoy the moment — Hakuna Matata. There’s a nostalgic magic that takes you back to your childhood fantasies where all you’ve ever wanted was to be good and defeat the bad. No pressures. Just fun.
Despite of the tiring day of exploring Disneyland, it’s a trip to remember. Surely, I’ll come back to ride the attraction we missed and maybe, God willing, I’ll check-in to their hotel-resort too.