Our time in Hongkong Disneyland deserves a post on its own.
We had the most amazing and magical time in Disneyland!!! Such that after our time there, whenever Judah sees the mickey logo on the MTR ticket machine, he will press it and says he wants to go there.
We learnt quite a few things to do and not to do there.
We went on a Saturday so it was crazy lots of people. Well, to be begin, First tip: BUY PROMO TICKETS ONLINE BEFORE REACHING HK. I should have bought the tickets online before reaching HK grounds. There was a promo of HKD598 and merchandise vouchers and popcorn 1-for-1 deals. But I kept procrastinating till we reached HK and realized that the promo doesn’t show up when you’re in HK!! Bummer! So we paid full price and no additional deal!!
Second tip: DON’T GO ON WEEKENDS!! Duh!! The whole world would be there. Mondays look like a good day to go according to the times guide, there are special shows on Monday, Saturday and Sunday.
Third tip: BRING LOTS OF WARM CLOTHING if you’re going during winter months. We were there on a 12°C evening!! Oh my world!!! It was freezing!!!! The wind chills!!! Perfect weather though if you want to experience real winter in wonderland. We love it but at times it was abit too cold and we wished we were better prepared. Don’t be fooled by the sunny day in the daytime though.
Fourth tip: YOUR LITTLE CHILDREN CAN GO TOO. We heard from others that Disneyland might not be suitable for little kids like Judah’s age. Because he might not be able to go on the rides. While there were some rides that he definitely missed the height limit like the Ironman One. But he managed to go on 3 rides!!! There were rides that didn’t have any height restrictions and it really depended if the child is adventurous or not. I was surprised how daring he was! He went on the Mad Hatter Tea Party and Slinky Dog rides and loved it! I was actually getting a little giddy from them!
The entire family went onto the It’s a small world ride! That was so fun! David was so amazed by the moving dolls and objects. Though of coz he would not be able to remember them, but I would remember the look of wonder on his face!
If it was not for the long waiting times, Judah would probably have gotten onto more rides. So, we have to go back again one day soon!
We were able to stay all the way but Judah fell asleep when the night parade was about to start and wouldn’t wake up for it. He managed to catch the fireworks though, we heard that there would be no more fireworks come 2018. 😥
Fifth tip: Buy the return MTR tickets before entering Disneyland!! To beat the crowd of course!! I thought about that when we were queuing to buy tickets to go back. Duh, too late!
Sixth tip: Try to schedule 2 days for Disneyland if you can afford it. There is just too many things to do and watch!! Don’t plan to fly back the day after Disneyland too! Give yourself the next day to sleep in and take a slow morning, you’re on vacation.
Seventh tip: We only planned to have one meal in Disneyland as we thought the food would be very expensive! So we tried to smuggle food and snacks in. Well, the security gave us a hard time when she discovered char siew baos in our bags. But I told her we will eat them now and she let us go. Did we? If you have extra moolahs, then buy the experience of food there. Noodles were HKD109!!
Eighth tip: Use the stroller rental system. I’m not sure if it’s free but it was super tiring for me to babywear David the whole day!!! If the next time we are there and we have 2 kids who want to sit on the stroller then I’ll definitely rent one from Disneyland!
I’m trying to see if I can reach 10 tips, so bear with me
Nineth tip: Merchandise from Disneyland. Twice I’ve been to Disneyland and I DID NOT get anything from there to remember of. It was too overwhelming and expensive to decide what to buy. From the wise words of my husband: “You already spent a lot to buy the experience of Disneyland, why still spend so much on junk?”
Tenth Tip: Breathe when you enter Disneyland. It was overwhelming for me as an adult, so many people and sounds or noises and things to do and see. Where do we go first? What do we do first ? FOMO mentality. Breathe and decide what you want to see first – parades or rides or go one round according to the map.
There, I have it! 10 tips to Hongkong Disneyland!