Friday, January 12, 2018

Hong Kong Disneyland ~ Flight Of Fantasy Parade

The mood was festive and jovial! An experience your family will surely remember through the ages...

First some TIPS:

Tip 1: This is one of the park events NOT to be missed!  As soon as you have entered the park, check out the schedule of the Flight of Fantasy Parade.

Tip 2:  Get good seats, about 30 minutes before the parade starts.  

Tip 3:  Be considerate in using selfie sticks.  Use of selfie sticks are generally prohibited inside the park, but it was more comfortable using one filming a parade 5-10 minutes long.  Nobody will confiscate it, but please be mindful of other people watching.

Thumbs UP READY!

The Parade starts with Dumbo's float

And a Marching Band ~

Followed by the All Star Disney Characters (Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Chip and Dale, etc.).  I was too captivated with Minnie Mouse, I kinda forgot to take pictures of the rest of the Crew :P

Then came, every toddlers favorite Winnie the Pooh!

Tiger and Eeyore doing their stuffs

Little princesses cheered upon seeing the Princess's Float. 

Woody's Round Up Gang ~

Check out this Jessie cool dance moves.

I love the Toy Story Float.

I felt like I was transported to the actual movie.

Check Out the complete Flight of Fantasy Parade Videos by following the link below ~

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel Kingdom Club

We wanted a special holiday with the kids (they are growing up so fast) and decided to welcome 2018 in Hong Kong Disneyland.  It has after all been 5 years since we have last been to Hong Kong.  Though we were recently in Tokyo Disneyland, the volume of guests was heartbreakingly huge ~ to truly enjoy the park.

Check here our Visit to Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Disney Sea last 2016 >>> Tokyo Disneyland  and >>> Tokyo Disney Sea 

We booked a 3 nights stay at the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel and opted for an upgrade to the Kingdom Club floor.

The elegant service and perks is well worth the additional cost.

    Club Level Benefits
  • Complimentary Deli at Kingdom Club Lounge (730am to 10pm) which includes assorted fresh pastries, cereal, fruit, hot breakfast selections and beverages in the morning; Selection of scrumptious appetizers with your choice of complimentary beer and wine late afternoon and light snacks night time.

  • A Disney character in pajamas visits the lounge at 8pm, where we chanced upon Mickey and Donald Duck on separate occasions.

  • Seems like I am more excited on seeing Mickey than my son.

    It was nice, we don't need to queue in line to have pictures taken with DD and MM :P

    • Children guests were likewise invited to join craft making activities.

    • At night, Club guests are treated to a Bedtime Story Session with a Disney Character popping in to bid "goodnight" to ensure sweet dreams.

    (Not in PJs, but in his Captain America jacket is waiting)


    • Our package also included daily Buffet Breakfast at the Enchanted Garden for 2 adults.  However, since there are 4 us.  I requested that they pool our 1st and 2nd day buffet.  We let go of the 3rd day buffet as it was already too much food for us. 

    So we had breakfast at the lounge on our 1st and 3rd day and at the Enchanted Garden on day 2.

    Breakfast at the Kingdom Club was simple and very limited choices, but it was enough for us.

    Breakfast at the Enchanted Garden is with Disney Character appearances.  Which was real cool as we don't have to queue long lines anymore, just to get a picture with them.

    Breakfast at the Enchanted Garden has good variety, but obviously came to second to a chance of having a picture taken with Mickey or Minnie.

    The Disney Character will come to your table just like that (begging for a picture with you).


    • Kingdom Club guests also receive Priority Admission Passes to 4 attractions (per night stay, so we got a total of 12 priority passes) and seat reservations to the first show of “Mickey and the Wondrous Book”.  No need to queue for us, making our days in the park more memorable.

    Please check also my complete review of  Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel.

    For booking and inquiries, visit Hong Kong Disneyland Website


    Saturday, January 6, 2018

    Welcoming 2018 at Hong Kong Disneyland

    We were at Hong Kong Disneyland (HKDL) to welcome 2018. 

    It has been five (5) years since our last visit. My 13 year old is now half inch taller than I am and my 9 year old is likewise growing as fast.  

    Since we have been to HK numerous times before (Check here to read about our trip to HK in 2012), our HK year-ender was spent primarily touring the park.

    Our before and after picture at HKDL (5 years apart).

    Without toddlers (i.e., no whining and no piggy-backing) this HKDL travel was actually more enjoyable.  

    DAY 1 (December 31)
    • Arrival / Shopping at City Gate Outlet Mall (the closest to Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, where we are staying).  
    We took the Philippine Airlines 8am flight and arrived at HK Airport at about 10am. 

    After deplaning, we made our way out of immigrations and picked up our pre-rented pocket Wifi via Klook.  I have been using this attractions/tours booking site for sometime now (used it in Singapore, Macau and Japan tours) and find it quite efficient.

    Click here for Klook booking discount for first time users: Klook Discount Code

    We quickly headed to the taxi stand and took the Blue Taxi to HKDL Resort.  Taxi fare costs us about HKD150 (for 4 pax with 2 luggage).

    We arrived at the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel about 20 minutes after. We were assisted to the 7th Floor Kingdom Club Lounge  and warmly greeted by the lounge casts (as they call all personnel in the resort).

    We were given our lounge card access, detailed time table of the shows, explained the resort amenities and our complimentary Fast Passes (FP).

    We were also given 12 FPs for 4 per pass and 1 Priority Pass to the Mickey's Wondrous Book Show. These FPs proved helpful in making us enjoy the park even more (Read as: No Queuing).  Please check my separate post on our Kingdom Club experience.

    We left our bags and headed to the MTR Disneyland Resort Station to do some shopping at the City Gate Outlet Mall, which is located in Tung Chung Station, which is two (2) stops away. We got roundtrip MTR tickets to save us queuing time.

    HK ~ where riding an MTR is actually fun

    It was way pass lunch time when we arrived at the City Gate Outlet Mall. Lunch was at Korean BBQ Time located at the Fu Tung Plaza next to City Gate Mall (we decided to transfer to Fu Tung as all the restaurant at City Gate Mall were full).

    We ordered deep fried chicken, Korean seafood pancake and Pork and Beef BBQ set.  Everything we ordered were spot on (It was good to know I will not die of hunger when visit Incheon mid this year).

    Our plan was to check the mall for shoes.  City Gate Outlet Mall carries our preferred brands: Nike, Adidas and Sketchers.  Shoes were on sale up to 70% off and if you are not too choosy of the model these are really good deals.  Be warned, however as the mall was quite crowded and the payment counter were quite long and busy.

    My 13 year old was quite specific to the Nike shoes model he wanted and decided not to buy any.  Me and my youngest, however, got ourselves Sketcher shoes.  I paid HKD850 for 2 Sketcher shoes.

    My son loved his Sketcher's Light Up Shoes ~ and wore them soon after paying.

    We were back at Disneyland at around 5pm, with enough time to freshen up for the New Year's countdown later.

    Our room for 3 nights (Hongkong Disneyland Hotel) ~ Unlimited snacks and beverage access at the Kingdom Club Lounge and a room with a balcony view Discovery Bay (#LoveLife)

    Somebody is excited to welcome 2018.

    HK Disneyland New Year's noise makers.  So ready for the Countdown Party.

    HK Disneyland Hotel is Victorian Themed, similar to the other Disneyland Hotels (Tokyo Disneyland Hotel Review)

    Do you notice the intricate details on the room d├ęcor?

    This cute toiletry kit made its way to my bag.

    HK Disneyland Resort hosted a New Year countdown event at the hotel lobby.  It was fun and exciting seeing Disney All Stars (Pluto, Goofy, Chip and Dale, etc) perform while waiting for the clock to strike 12.

    Countdown to 2018 with Chip and Dale

    Unfortunate my kiddo's power were not enough to keep them up to see the countdown.  The early Manila-Hongkong flight earlier was too much for them (Oh well).

    DAY 2 - 3 (January 1 and 2) - DISNEYLAND PARK
    • Disney Park (we bought the 2 days ticket) also via Klook.  The vouchers were changed to Disneyland tickets on first entry at the turnstile. No need to queue differently to have them exchanged.
    Please follow our Day 2 and 3  ~ Disneyland Park Post  

    • Departure back to Manila.  We left the hotel at 1030 for a 120pm flight.  Yes, extra time for shopping for "pasalubong". A down side staying inside the resort is the lack of affordable shopping.

    Check below link to our 2012 HK trip, in case you wish to read about HK Travel Tips with Kids in Tow >>>  Hong Kong with Children in 5D/4N .

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