Hong Kong Part 1 of Day 2 | My Birthday in Hong Kong Disneyland
After our day 1 Hong Kong adventure, I was excited for day 2. It was my birthday and we would be spending it in Hong Kong Disneyland!
We woke up at 6:30 am. We needed to prepare ourselves and eat our breakfast before the shuttle’s arrival at the hotel lobby to transfer us to Disneyland. After an hour of taking a bath and dressing up, off we went for our breakfast.
Breakfast at Cafe de Coral
We had our breakfast at Cafe de Coral. We were given coupons worth 20 HKD (~Php 130) per head per day for our breakfast as part of our travel package however, it’s quite not enough for a regular meal in Cafe de Coral. Average price for a decent meal is at 25 HKD (~Php 162.50) so we needed to pay in excess of the 20 HKD per head breakfast coupon. Payment could be in the form of cash or Octopus card.
We ordered a set meal of scrambled eggs with sausage, buttered toast and freshly brewed coffee for 25 HKD (~Php 162.50). We tried if it’s doable to squeeze in into our travel package’s breakfast budget of 40 HKD (~Php 260; 20 HKD per head) so instead of ordering another set meal, we had add-ons of Fried Vermicelli for 5.5 HKD (~Php 35.75) and a cup of freshly brewed coffee for 11 HKD (~Php 71.50). Our total spend for our breakfast was 41.5 HKD (~Php 270), 1.5 HKD (~PHp 10) in excess of the travel package’s breakfast budget.
After we had our breakfast, we went to the hotel lobby to wait for our tour guide to pick us up at 9:00 am.
Off to Hong Kong Disneyland
Our tour guide, a female Indian this time, arrived on time to pick us up and transfer us to Disneyland via a shuttle bus. The Disneyland tickets which are part of the travel package were given to us on our way to Disneyland. Our tour guide also offered us to buy 500 ml bottled water from them as they were selling it for 5 HKD (~Php 32.50) only as compared to Disneyland price of 20 HKD (~Php 130). We then bought our bottled water from them due to a huge price difference in Disneyland. Had we known that bringing bottled water inside the theme park is allowed, we would’ve bought ours in the grocery store wherein it costs 4 HKD (~Php 26) only.
Hong Kong Disneyland Promenade
We arrived in Hong Kong Disneyland around 25 minutes after we were picked up. Our tour guide just announced where we will be picked up at 9 pm to transfer us back to our respective hotels then already left us. We were on our own from then on.
We were greeted by the familiar Hong Kong Disneyland arc on our way to the park entrance wherein all visitors stop to take their photos with it. So did we take our photos too. 😛
It was still quite a long promenade walk going to the park’s entrance after the Disneyland arc. A few Disney attractions along the promenade walkway made the stroll enjoyable though.
Hong Kong Disneyland Park Entrance
After a few more minutes, we finally reached the park entrance. Our bags were searched for security check and we were reminded that selfie sticks are not allowed inside the theme park.
The first thing that delighted our visuals was the facade of Hong Kong Disneyland Railroad Main Street Station.
Hong Kong Disneyland Guide Map and Times Guide
We took copies of Hong Kong Disneyland’s Guide Map and Times Guide at the Information Kiosk before we started our tour inside Hong Kong Disneyland. It’s very helpful to have copies of them as Times Guide provides a schedule of shows and activities while Guide Map provides information on the locations of the different attractions.
As illustrated on the Guide Map, Disneyland is composed of seven lands namely (in clockwise direction):
- Main Street, USA
- Adventure Land
- Grizzly Gulch
- Mystic Point
- Toy Story Land
- Fantasy Land
- Tomorrow Land
We agreed that we would go around the seven lands in clockwise direction.
Main Street, USA
We were already about to enter Main Street USA when I heard someone calling my name. I was surprised with a thought bubble, “Am I not in the Philippines? Why is someone calling me?” When I turned my head, I saw my office colleague. What a small world, we were both spending our company vacation in Hong Kong Disneyland.
After a quick chat with Jaycelle, we immediately went inside the Main Street USA portal to start our time travel and fantasy adventure!
As we enter Main Street USA, we saw long time sweethearts Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse accommodating quite a long queue of visitors who wanted to have a photo op with them. I passed on the photo opportunity with Mickey and Minnie due to the long queue but when I saw my favorite Disney character Donald Duck together with Daisy Duck, I didn’t have second thoughts on falling in line on a long queue just to have my photo taken with Donald! A photo with Donald Duck would definitely make my birthday memorable!
After our photo op with Donald and Daisy, we strolled along Main Street USA with B having a random close encounter with Dale of the chipmunk duo Chip and Dale.
We headed on to Adventure Land after our Main Street USA stroll. We were just 15 mins early for the Festival of the Lion King 12:00 pm show so we decided to wait on the line and watch the show.
The show was worth waiting for, I was glad we were able to watch it. The musical tribute to Disney’s The Lion King was awesome and spectacular. It’s a must see if one visits Hong Kong Disneyland.
Our next destination was Grizzly Gulch. The town has a mining mountain and gives a feel of the wild wild west.
We rode the Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars. My most favorite part of the ride was when the mine cars were climbing a steep mountain and its cable appeared to break sending us all back down in reverse. It was one hell of a ride!
Our next adventure was at the Mystic Point, a land of mystery, magic and illusions.
We were intrigued by the Mystic Manor owned by a certain Lord Henry and its Magneto-Electric Carriage so we entered the gates to satisfy our curiosity.
Our eyes feasted on Lord Henry’s collection of arts and artifacts as we entered the manor. In one corner of the manor, a monkey named Albert who happened to be Lord Henry’s friend suddenly appeared. Albert accidentally opened a mysterious music box which sent us to a magical and 3D animated tour of artifacts coming into life while on board the Magneto-Electric Carriage.
I was mesmerized by the illusions and glittering dusts that I forgot to take photos of the magical tour. That was one cool experience!
Late Lunch at Explorer’s Club Restaurant
After covering four out of seven lands of Disneyland by foot, we felt the urge to eat our lunch. We didn’t notice it was already 2 pm. We ate at Explorer’s Club Restaurant since it’s the only restaurant in Mystic Point. It serves a diverse range of dishes from Japan, Korea, Indonesia and South East Asia.
I got myself a Korean set dish of Roasted BBQ Beef Short Ribs Combo for my birthday lunch at 139 HKD (~Php 903.50). The meal also includes preserved vegetables, beef glass noodle soup, steamed rice and a glass of Coca-Cola drink.
B ordered a Japanese Bento Box with Baked Salmon Combo for 139 HKD (~Php 903.50) which also includes preserved vegetables, mixed mushrooms, gravy, steamed rice and a glass of Coca-Cola drink.
We were recharged after our hearty lunch and were ready to take on our next Disneyland adventure!
Check out part 2 of my Day 2 blog post here!