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2016 Hong Kong Day 2: Hong Kong Disneyland | Main Street Corner Cafe | Flights of Fantasy Parade | Disney Paint the Night Parade

October 2, 2016

Day 2 in Hong Kong and we were off to Hong Kong Disneyland!

If you have been reading my blog for awhile, you probably know that I’ve been to Hong Kong Disneyland once, back in 2014. It was my first time to Disneyland (back then) and everything was going wonderfully until the very last moment.

That one incident that eventually ruined our experience in Disneyland and made it just that bit less magical.

I’m just going to summarize the story here so you know what I’m talking about. The story goes like this:

The Boyfriend and I were doing last minute shopping at Emporium (the main store in Hong Kong Disneyland), and we were rushing to make payment before the fireworks. I have applied for the annual pass earlier that day, and with the annual pass, I was entitled to 10% off on any retail purchases in the theme park. We were buying quite a number of items, hence we decided to make payment using a credit card instead of cash. As I didn’t have my credit card with me, the Boyfriend was the one making the payment using his credit card. However, we were taken aback when his payment was declined by the cashier because she insisted that the credit card must match the name on the annual pass, in order for them to apply the 10% discount. We ended up asking to speak to the store manager and the whole saga dragged on until we eventually missed the fireworks.

Long story short, they eventually apologized and offered us a complimentary one-day ticket to Disneyland and that ticket has a validity of one year. Unfortunately, we didn’t manage to return to Hong Kong in the following year, so technically, the ticket had already expired by the time we went back this year. Still, the Boyfriend decided to send them an email and to our surprise, they decided to honour the offer and gave us the one-day ticket even though it has long passed the 1 year validity period!

Before our trip, I actually googled and find out there was some sort of promo available for the 2-day ticket and hence we decided that we would get the 2-day ticket instead. (2 days also mean that there will be more time for us to shop and take pictures, instead of squeezing everything into a single day.) We highlighted that in our email to Disneyland and they were very nice to give us a 2-day ticket instead of the original one-day ticket that they initially offered.

And so, we decided to visit Disneyland on our second day in Hong Kong!

Left the hotel at around 11am, and took the MTR from Causeway Bay to Central station. From there, we have to cross over to Hong Kong station.

Their train station is huge and its a long walk from Central to Hong Kong station. Fortunately, they’ve clear signages around so no worries of getting lost.

From Hong Kong station, we then travel to Sunny Bay station, before changing over to Disneyland Resort line!

On board the adorable Disney train!

Reached Hong Kong Disneyland at around 12:30pm!

Not going to miss taking pictures before we enter. We took ours using a tripod.

Instead of joining the normal queue to get our tickets, we had to proceed to the Guest Relations counter to get our complimentary ticket sorted out. From there, we also got an additional 2-day ticket for the Boyfriend at HKD739. I vaguely remembered the price was cheaper when I checked it online (remembered I said I saw there was some kind of promo?), but since that was the price stated when we were at the counter, we decided to just pay for it.

And off we went!

If you’re a 2-day ticket holder, they will require you to register / scan your fingerprint when you enter the theme park. This is to ensure that the ticket (for the second day) is not transferrable to another person.

The 2-day ticket is valid for a 7-day period and the first visit must be on or before the validity period printed on the back of the ticket.

I’ve never seen the night parade before, so I was rather excited to catch it that day!

Upon entering the theme park, the first place we went to was Emporium since that was the first store we saw upon entering Main Street, U.S.A. We were clear that this trip to Disneyland was mainly to shop and take pictures, and not so much for the rides.

Emporium . Main Street, U.S.A.

 

Removable costumes for your Duffy or ShellieMay.

I really like the Donald Duck ones.

We left without getting anything because I planned to look around and take my time to decide what I want to get.

By then it was nearly 2pm and we decided to settle down for lunch. Picked Main Street Corner Cafe located at Main Street, U.S.A since we’ve never dined there.

Main Street Corner Cafe . Main Street, U.S.A.

 

The food looks promising!

We were told that the waiting time for our food is approximately 30-minute, but I believe they took way shorter than that.

The first thing that came was the Barbecue Chicken Wing Trio. Trio because it comes with 3 different sauces – U.S. barbecue sauce, Thai Chili sauce and Chinese barbecue sauce.

The chicken wings were quite tasty, even without the sauce. I personally prefer to have it without the sauce.

Corner Cafe Sandwich served with French fries

(chicken breast, Gammon ham, bacon, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, and egg)

Main Street Wagyu Beef Burger with Cheese, served with French fries and coleslaw

The sandwich and burger were average. Nothing to rave about.

Together with a drink, our total bill came up to HKD520, which is nearly SGD92. Quite an expensive meal… But well, it’s after all, Disneyland!

Made our way pass the Sleeping Beauty Castle and into Fantasyland.

Pooh Corner

The second souvenir store that we went into was Pooh Corner at Fantasyland.

Magical Coin Press Machine found outside the store. They’ve several ones available within the theme park. Different locations will, of course, gets you different designs.

Item priced accordingly to their colour coded price tag.

Green = HKD65 / Red = HKD75 / Blue = HKD95

Bought one of this tin cookies. Can’t remember exactly how much it costs but I think it’s HKD108.

After shopping, we went over to The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh to collect our fastpass.

All we need to do is to come back again between 3:40pm – 4:40pm and we can skip past the usual queue and went through the fast lane. Everyone please go and collect your fastpass when you’re at Disneyland because it’s honestly so much faster as compared to joining the normal queue. While waiting for your time slot, you can go over to Fantasy Gardens and take pictures with the characters or go catch a parade.

We did just that. Walked over to Fantasy Gardens and got our pictures taken with Mickey Mouse.

There were other characters there too, each one with their own pavilion. We decided to go with Mickey because he’s my favourite!

We only managed to take pictures with Mickey Mouse because we had to rush off to catch the Flights of Fantasy Parade at 3:30pm.

Flights of Fantasy Parade

 

It was my second time catching it and it was still as nice as the first one!

Thanks, to my zoom lens, I managed to take so many nice and clear shots!

After the parade, the timing was just nice to go for our ride.

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

 

On board our own oversized hunny pot!

It was such a kiddy ride!

Subsequently, we also went to one of my favourite attractions: “it’s a small world”, followed by Cinderella Carousel, Mickey’s PhilharMagic and, Mickey and the Wondrous Book show.

It was my first time watching the Mickey and the Wondrous Book show and I really like it. It’s like a musical with all the Disney characters. Funny thing is, Mickey was spotted speaking Cantonese in the show. Highly recommend everyone to catch the show if they’re coming to Disneyland. I personally feel that it’s better than the “Festival of the Lion King” show.

Do remember to check the timings and reach at least 30 – 45 minutes before the show to start queuing. There was a long queue even though we reached 45 minutes before the show.

Check out the video at the end of this post for some clips that I took during the show.

After the show, we went for Mad Hatter Tea Cups, since the queue wasn’t too long.

Following that, we went to check out the Fairy Tale Forest presented by Pandora. I believe this was a rather new attraction because I don’t remember it being here the previous time I came to Hong Kong Disneyland.

Seeing that it was almost time for the Disney Paint the Night parade, we decided to make our way back to Main Street, U.S.A.

Again, it was yet another first time for me catching the night parade.

 

Disney Paint the Night Parade

 

It was such a spectacular show! The usage of all the LED lights made it look extra stunning and magical.

Right after the show, we were told that it will take another 40 / 45 minutes before the start of the “Disney In The Stars” Fireworks. We decided to just stay put at where we were since we were seated in front of the Sleeping Beauty Castle.

The entire fireworks lasted for around 12 minutes? I didn’t particularly enjoy the fireworks, but I do like the lighting effects and the video projection.

It was around 9:45pm by the time we left Disneyland. Almost 9 hours spent in Disneyland and we were extremely tired by the end of the day.

My only purchase for that day was a “Mickey’s Sorcerer’s Hat” Pandora charm. Decided to get that because it was a Disney Parks Exclusive charm. Really glad that I didn’t go too crazy at the souvenir stores.

Before I go, here’s a video made using some of the clips I took throughout the day. Hopefully, it gives you a better picture of what you can expect when coming to Hong Kong Disneyland!

I tried my best to trim the video, but I still ended up with almost 25 minutes of footage.

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