I’d like to start by saying how incredibly blessed I am to have a partner who loves me and is willing to be part of my Disney adventure. With the exception of my very first Disneyland trip at age 11, he’s been on this journey with me all this while, sorting out the logistics, reading the maps, and putting up with my fangirl craziness. So thank you, Edwin, for everything, and I look forward to more Disney madness with you in the future!
Okay, enough gushing. Picture time!
Took the Disney-themed MTR (Hong Kong’s metro/subway), and got into the mood early with leopard-print Mickey ears from Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom. Why buy something if you’re only going to wear it once?
Also, can you guess which character inspired my outfit?
Ta-daa! Disneybounding isn’t as easy as it looks! I had to put together something that not only suited a particular colour palette, but was also comfortable, weather-appropriate, and flattering. The colour of my tulle skirt is a little muted, but it’s the closest I’ve got, and I’m quite happy with the outfit!
Toy Story Land, unique to Hong Kong Disneyland! Unfortunately, it was crazy crowded that day, and we barely took any rides!
Mystic Point is a new area, also unique to Hong Kong Disneyland. It is home to Mystic Manor, its main attraction. True to Disney, there’s a cute little story behind it. It was our first time in this section of the park, so we had to explore!
The Mystic Manor ride is fairly different from other Disney rides, and I’d describe it as a cross between Haunted Mansion and Night at the Museum, if anyone were to make a ride inspired by the film. Definitely entertaining! There’s also a “car” for wheelchair users, which is good to know!
The Explorer’s Club Restaurant in Mystic Point serves dishes inspired by “travels to exotic lands”.
Thanks, but I’ll pass. I didn’t come all the way to Disneyland to have Hainanese chicken rice.
At Grizzly Gulch, with my favourite chipmunks in the world. Dale kissed me again! (The first time was way back in 2010.) He must really like me.
Grr… I’m hungry! Where’s my lunch?
Given the insane crowds, we decided to take it easy and have a leisurely lunch at Main Street Corner Cafe, which offered a special Coca-Cola set menu. The starter was a slab of smoked salmon with papaya and avocado salad on sour cream dill sauce and molecular Coca-Cola. The little caviar bubbles of coke were interesting!
From the a la carte menu, the cream of wild mushroom latte with truffle oil-flavoured milk foam was a bit of a gamble, but it paid off. The latte (or soup, really) was unbelievably tasty, and the paper-thin mushroom slices were a perfect topping. Turned out to be the highlight of the meal!
Also from the a la carte menu, the Cobb salad featured lobster, pastrami, chicken, smoked salmon, quail egg, and avocado, making this was one filling and luxurious salad!
However, the slow-roasted pork belly with vegetable barley risotto and Coca-Cola balsamic gravy was a disappointment. The pork belly was tender but the skin lacked crunch, and the balsamic gravy was overpowering. The vegetables were undercooked and the risotto was bland. What a departure from our previous dining experience at the Corner Cafe!
Luckily, the meal ended on a fairly sweet note, with a Coca-Cola chocolate mousse cake and Coca-Cola granita. I would have preferred it to be more chocolate-y though. The granita was good, but there just wasn’t enough of it!
In case you didn’t already know, Coca-Cola has had a long partnership with Disney, hence you’ll only see Coca-Cola products being sold in Disney parks. At the entrance, a family was stopped and told to dispose of their unopened Pepsi can. The mother refused to let it go to waste, so there was a long debate and I didn’t stick around to find out the ending.
Scoured the park to find Pooh ears, finally found a pair in one of the souvenir carts in a lonely corner! And it was the last pair too! Ah, ’twas meant to be!
“Frozen” music boxes. Guess what song they play?
If imitation is the best form of flattery, then there was a very happy bear in the park that day. He was dancing and doing lots of fun poses with me!
Muahahaha too bad for the kids waiting in line, I’m savouring my magical Disney moment!
When we left, Pooh kissed my hands! Sweeter than hunny, that one. Okay that settles it, I’m going to #disneybound every time we go to a Disney park!
I love the spontaneity of this shot! Goofy, all decked out for Chinese New Year, was the wackiest, tickling us and messing up our hair.
As I mentioned, we didn’t go on many rides. We watched “Festival of The Lion King”, which was good, as always. The rest of the time was spent in the souvenir shop on Main Street, before heading out to watch the new nighttime parade “Disney Paint the Night”, which was all bright lights and club music, but more wholesome and Disney-fied. We then squeezed in one more ride on Space Mountain and had a quick dinner before catching the fireworks display.
And that’s it! Who knows when the next Disney adventure will be? Until then, I’ve got some great memories (and souvenirs) to tide me through. I’ll be doing up a post about our Disney shopping, so stay tuned for that!