A 4 Day Hong Kong Trip – Part 2 of Day 2: Celebrating my Birthday in Disneyland!


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.

Hong Kong Disneyland - Toy Story Land
A sight of Woody will definitely let you know that you’re in Toy Story Land.

 

Hong Kong Disneyland - Andy's Backyard
Welcome to Andy’s backyard!

 

Hong Kong Disneyland - RC
Remember RC? It’s Andy’s remote controlled buggy.

 

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.

 

Fantasy Land

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.

Hong Kong Disneyland - Mickey's PhilharMagic
The gate leading to Mickey’s PhilharMagic show.

 

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.

Hong Kong Disneyland - PhilharMagic Doors
On 3D glasses ready to watch the PhilharMagic 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.

Hong Kong Disneyland - PhilharMagic Theater
The PhilharMagic show starts in 3… 2… (sorry for the blurred photo).

 

I’m not really into Disney princesses so after the PhilharMagic show and a few photographs we already left Fantasy Land.

Hong Kong Disneyland - Princess in a Cup
Bugtong, bugtong… May isang prinsesa nakaupo sa tasa (Riddle… A princess sitting in a cup). Do you know the answer to this Philippine riddle?

 

Tomorrow 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.

Hong Kong Disneyland - Tomorrow Land
The future belongs to those who carry on!

 

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.

Hong Kong Disneyland - Star Wars Command Post
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…

 

Hong Kong Disneyland - R2D2
Meet my droid assistant 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.

Hong Kong Disneyland - Admiral Ackbar
Galactic mission briefing by Admiral Ackbar.

 

Hong Kong Disneyland - Hyper Space Mountain
An excerpt of our Hyperspace Mountain mission caught on cam.

 

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.

Hong Kong Disneyland - Padawans
Padawans in training at the Jedi Temple.

 

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.

Hong Kong Disneyland - Buzz Lightyear
To infinity and beyond with Buzz Lightyear! Someone got starstrucked.

 

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!

Hong Kong Disneyland - Astro Blasters
Astro Blasters briefing by Buzz Lightyear.

 

Hong Kong Disneyland - Zurg
Defeating Zurg and saving the universe.

 

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.

Hong Kong Disneyland - A Magical Twilight Snowfall
Mickey and friends singing and dancing for the audience.

 

Hong Kong Disneyland - Snow
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

 

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.

 

Hong Kong Disneyland - Main Street Corner Cafe
Taking my birthday snacks at 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.

Hong Kong Disneyland - Birthday Cake
My birthday cake and my birthday coffee.

 

Hong Kong Disneyland - Sausage Roll
Jumbo hotdog, kaya mo ba ‘to?… B’s Jumbo Sausage Roll.

 

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.

Hong Kong Disneyland - Tinker Bell
Tinker Bell opened the parade.

 

Hong Kong Disneyland - Sully
Sully of Monsters Inc. followed next.

 

Hong Kong Disneyland - Cars
A precision instrument of speed and aerodynamics… it’s Lightning McQueen leading the Cars caravan.

 

Hong Kong Disneyland - The Little Mermaid
Wanderin’ free, wish I could be part of that world… those are Ariel, King Triton, Sebastian and Flounder of The Little Mermaid.

 

Hong Kong Disneyland - Belle
Tale as old as time, true as it can be… that’s Belle of Beauty and the Beast.

 

Hong Kong Disneyland - Woody
Yee-haw! Woody riding Slinky of Toy Story.

 

Hong Kong Disneyland - Donald and Minnie
Donald Duck and Minnie Mouse charmed the crowd.

 

Hong Kong Disneyland - Mickey Mouse
Mickey Mouse’s presence concluded the parade.

 

Disneyland Souvenirs

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).

Hong Kong Disneyland - Mickey Hat
Checking out what I can have for a souvenir. Does the Mickey hat look good on me? 😛

 

Hong Kong Disneyland - Donald Duck Mug
B’s souvenir, a Donald Duck mug.

 

Hong Kong Disneyland - Shirt
My Hong Kong Disneyland souvenir shirt.

 

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).

Hong Kong Disneyland - Ref Magnet
Newest addition to my ref magnet collection.

 

I also got Disney toys and tumblers for my young nieces.

Hong Kong Disneyland - Souvenirs
Hohoho! Souvenirs from Disneyland for my 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!

Hong Kong Disneyland Fireworks
Cause baby you’re a firework. Come on, show ’em what you’re worth. Make ’em go, “aah, aah, aah” as you shoot across the sky-y-y…

 

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.

Hong Kong Disneyland - Railroad at Night
Hong Kong Disneyland Railroad Main Street Station at night.

 

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!

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