Hong Kong Part 2 of Day 2 | My Birthday in Hong Kong Disneyland
Can’t get enough of the first half of our Disneyland adventure? Let’s now continue with the rest of my Disneyland birthday escapade.
Toy Story Land
The second half of our Disneyland adventure started in Toy Story Land. Obviously, the theme of this land is based on Disney Pixar’s Toy Story movie series. Though smallest among the seven lands, it lets one enjoy how it is being in Andy’s backyard together with his toys Woody, Buzz, Hamm, Rex, Jessie, etc.
I found the rides too kiddy so I didn’t ride any of them. I was also a bit disappointed because I was hoping to see Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story Land but I didn’t.
Adjacent to Toy Story Land is Fantasy Land. As we arrived in Fantasy Land, Mickey’s PhilharMagic show was about to start in 5 minutes. We really didn’t have an idea what the show is about but decided to watch the show anyway.
We were given 3D glasses as we entered the theater doors of the PhilharMagic show so we guessed that it would be a 3D musical show.
The show is actually a 5D concert adventure with Donald Duck giving us a tour on some of the memorable Disney songs and characters. It was a delight to the viewers’ senses since aside from the 3D show, the audience got immersed with it, brought about by real splashes of water and the fragrant scent during some portions of the show.
I’m not really into Disney princesses so after the PhilharMagic show and a few photographs we already left Fantasy Land.
At last, the land that I’ve been wanting to go to! I’m a fan of science and Star Wars so I was really looking forward to set foot in Tomorrow Land.
Our first stop is the Star Wars Command Post. We were asked at the entrance whether we would like to meet Chewbacca or R2-D2. My heart belongs to the droid so I took the chance to meet and greet R2-D2.
Our Star Wars adventure continued at the Hyperspace Mountain where riders are sent at high speed to a dark tunnel resembling the outer space. We experienced an excerpt of the Star Wars movie The Force Awakens wherein we were engaged in a raging dogfight in outer space as part of the mission to survey the Imperial Star Destroyer.
I couldn’t get enough of our Star Wars experience so we went to the Jedi Temple next where kids between the ages of 4 to 12 years old (Padawans) are trained by a group of Jedis on how to use the Force. Sadly, the Padawan Training was conducted in Chinese so I immediately left the training session as I couldn’t understand a single word.
We were almost done with our Tomorrow Land adventure when I suddenly saw a familiar figure… it was Buzz Lightyear! What was Buzz doing in Tomorrow Land, isn’t that he should be in Toy Story Land? Well, probably because he’s a futuristic character. Whatever, the presence of Buzz wiped out my disappointment in Toy Story Land and made my birthday happier.
We tried riding the Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters. It’s an interactive LASER firing ride helping Buzz to save the universe from the evil emperor Zurg. Kids will definitely enjoy this ride!
We went back to Main Street USA after we were done with our tour around Disneyland’s seven lands. We noticed that the crowd were gathering and sitting around the giant Christmas Tree in Main Street USA so we also secured our sweet spot in anticipation that there would be a sort of a show that’s about to start. Our Times Guide copy confirmed that A Magical Twilight Snowfall was about to be shown in 20 minutes.
A Magical Twilight Snowfall
A Magical Twilight Snowfall featured Mickey Mouse and his Disney friends singing and dancing their holiday wishes to the audience. The show concluded with a snowfall along the stretch of Main Street USA. B and I enjoyed the snowfall moment as we’ve never experienced White Christmas before.
Main Street Corner Cafe
We were looking forward to witness the fireworks but it was only around 6:30 pm and the fireworks was scheduled at 8:00 pm. There was still 1.5 hours waiting time. We were already tired to walk around and it was too early for dinner since we’re still full from our late lunch. B and I decided then to have our early night snacks instead while waiting for the fireworks. We had our snacks in the nearest restaurant/coffee shop, the Main Street Corner Cafe.
B and I grabbed a cup of brewed coffee for each of us at 22 HKD (~Php 143) per cup. Because it was my birthday, I got myself a slice of Minnie Mouse themed Strawberry Jam Cake for 38 HKD (~Php 247) while B got herself a Jumbo Sausage Roll also for 38 HKD.
As we were eating our early night snacks, the crowd were starting to surround the stretch of Main Street USA. The Disney Paint the Night Parade was about to start in 10 minutes. We hurriedly finished our snacks and joined the crowd in anticipation of the night parade.
Disney Paint the Night Parade
Disney Paint the Night Parade was glowing and shimmering in neon and colorful lights. It was a spectacular line up of Disney characters singing, dancing and illuminating right before our very eyes.
We opted to get our souvenirs at the nearest souvenir shop while we’re still minutes away from the fireworks display. B got herself a Donald Duck mug for 98 HKD (~Php 637) while I got myself a Hong Kong Disneyland shirt for 198 HKD (~ Php 1,287).
I collect ref magnets bearing the places I’ve been to so I made sure I got one from Hong Kong Disneyland. I had it for 48 HKD (~Php 312).
I also got Disney toys and tumblers for my young nieces.
Disney in the Stars Fireworks
It was 8pm, finally! The spectacular show of sparkling lights and colors in the night sky was such a celebration! What a way to end my birthday!
It’s a Wrap for Day 2
On our way back to the parking lot after the fireworks display, we had a glimpse of the night view version of the attractions going to and along the promenade. They looked wonderful in lights that we weren’t able to resist to take photos again.
Our tour guide and shuttle bus were already at our meeting spot when we reached the parking lot. On our way home, the tiredness from the whole day’s adventure sank in but I had a huge smile on my face. It was a happy birthday indeed in the happiest place on earth! Looking forward to more happy memories on Day 3.
Check out my Day 3 blog post here!