Double Trouble in Disneyland, Hong Kong

by Mridula on August 25, 2014

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When our guide for the day told us that the pickup back to the hotel was at 9.30 pm, I had my sincere doubts if the kids would last that long. He was leaving us at the Hong Kong Disneyland. It was 10.00 am, the 9.30 pm pickup otherwise made sense as there are fireworks at 9.00 pm at Disneyland. I made a note of the taxi stand on the way. I knew I would need it, negotiating the metro with two cranky kids and my sense of direction didn’t feel appealing even at the start of the journey.

When my daughter got her passport this year, I was probably more excited than her! I wanted to take her and my niece out, who already had a passport. What better place than Disneyland for the kids, or so I thought.

Hong Kong Disneyland

Double Trouble at Disneyland #Lumia1020

It was a hot and humid Sunday when we visited the Hong Kong Disneyland. I know that was nobody’s fault that the day was hot. It was also a Sunday. It was also a long weekend back in India. It was school holiday time in Hong Kong. So, no points for guessing that it was everyone’s idea of fun, to head out to the Disneyland on that Sunday! From the coach parking to the entrance was a short walk. Anyway, both the kids are good at walking, walking was least of my worries.

We saw the Disney characters at the entrance, there was a long queue in case you wanted to get photographed with Mickey. My kids said they would give it a pass. The queue looked daunting.

We stumble into the area called Tomorrowland. The first ride we saw had a 50 minute wait. I chicken out, we walk into a ride called Buzz Lightyear Astro Blaster. It has a shorter wait and was indoors, which meant air conditioning. The attendants at the ride advised me to sit with Chhavi as each car has two seats. My niece Vasu is big enough to sit alone. We go along the track with guns in our hands trying to blast Zurg and everything else in-between. The kids laugh and I am happy.

The Orbitron, Disneyland, Hong Kong

The Orbitron, Disneyland, Hong Kong #Canon550D

We come out to the same ride I had overlooked , the Orbitron. The kids want to go, they say they don’t mind the wait. I quickly decided that I would let them handle the rides and wait period. If they were happy to wait, I was happy to wait. At the entrance, the staff politely informed us that the wait was 50 minutes. I said thank you and we entered the queue.  The queue was orderly, surprisingly the kids were well behaved, all the kids I mean. There was hardly anyone telling mom and dad that they wanted to do it right now!

We went up in the same car this time as it could seat 4, when our turn came. My niece fiddled with a nob and our craft went up, then she made it come down! It was fun while it lasted, for about  5 minutes. It was a 50 minute wait for a 5 minute ride!

By now we had been out in the sun for more than an hour. The kids were thirsty, they were hungry too. There was a restaurant nearby. Only there was hardly any place to sit. We anyway placed our orders of ice creams and cold drinks and managed to find a seat. The kids polished off the ice cream and told me that they would walk with the drink. I agree.

The Cinderella Carousel, Disneyland, Hong Kong

The Cinderella Carousel, Disneyland, Hong Kong #Canon550D

We stumbled on to the Fantasyland next. We stood in a queue for the Cinderella Carousel. The wait time was about 20 minutes, which meant the ride was not too popular. My daughter said she has done such merry go rounds before. Well, this one looks a lot more posh but she had a point, the basic idea was the same. The kids left the cold drink aside saying they could not finish it. Food was 3 times more expensive in Disneyland compared to the rest of the Hong Kong. I paid in dollars (OK Hong Kong Dollars but still) to buy it and here were two brats leaving it aside! I don’t like cold drinks at all so I could not finish it off for them! You can only bring in water from outside to the park. No outside food is allowed.

Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Disneyland, Hong Kong

Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Disneyland, Hong Kong #Canon550D

After this fun, we got out and my niece spotted a ride called- Dumbo the Flying Elephant. It had a wait of 60 minute and it was a much smaller version of the Orbitron. I tried to dissuade her but she was firm. So Dumbo the flying elephant it was after a wait for 60 minutes. I forgave her in the end because I saw really grown up ladies in their saris (from India too as we had a chat later) enjoying the ride after standing in the queue, my niece is after all 9 years old! We then went in to see a show called ‘Mickey’s Philhar Magic’. It had a very short wait time, it was in 3D, it was in an air conditioned hall. It was a lot of fun, particularly the AC.

Pixie Hollow, Disneyland, Hong Kong

Pixie Hollow, Disneyland, Hong Kong #Canon550D

By now not only the kids, even I was hungry. We went into the restaurant called the Royal Pavilion. We ordered pasta and drinks. By now I was ordering a little less. I decided I could always buy more stuff but I didn’t wish to see my dollars going waste! I had a minor altercation with Chhavi and the lady at the counter offered both the kids stickers to distract them! That was mighty nice of her.  And that is the only Disney merchandise they got! We sat outside in the shade as there was no vacant seat in the air conditioned hall. It was quite nice actually in the shade. Later with some food inside our stomachs we decided to give the Toy Story Land a try.

RC Racer Car, Disneyland, Hong Kong

RC Racer Car, Disneyland, Hong Kong #Canon550D

My niece was attracted by the RC Racer Roller Coaster. My daughter was below the height restriction. I asked the staff if I could let my niece go alone and they said that was perfectly fine. So off went Vasu, Chhavi and I were waiting at the exit for her to comeback. It was a long wait in the hot sun again, there were a few umbrellas that offered some shade. Chhavi asked me to go inside a shop after waiting for a long time. She said she wanted to be in the AC for a while. She told me she would not ask me to buy something from the shop. I was fidgety inside the shop, what if Vasu came out? So we got out of the shop and within two minutes Vasu came saying she was looking for us! She had fun on that ride, the ride actually looked like a lot of fun. But then I could under no circumstances leave Chhavi and Vasu alone and go for that ride! They would bring half the Disneyland down in that time.

The Toy Story Parade, Disneyland, Hong Kong

The Toy Story Parade, Disneyland, Hong Kong

While we were walking around Chhavi went and attended the toy soldier boot camp! She looked totally clueless and cute! The actors helped her along and ensured that she had a good time.

We then headed for the Toy Solider Para-shoot Drop. It again had a wait time of an hour! By now it was 4.00 pm in the evening and the kids told me that after this ride they wanted to go to the hotel! In this ride you sat in the ‘para shoots’ and dropped from a height, went up again and dropped again a few times. It was mildly exciting for me. But for Chhavi it was dreadfully exciting. Her face would contort when the fall came. After getting out of the ride she started- now if only we had brought papa along, he would have screamed louder than me!” Till she went for this ride, she hardly ever remembered her papa but now suddenly she kept chanting this for the next hour! He is wise though, he refused to venture with two kids to a foreign land!

I asked them if they wanted to sit in air conditioning and eat something and give other rides a try later? Both firmly refused, I guess it was all a bit too much for them. We headed out to the taxi stand and soon we were on our way to the Royal View Hotel. The hotel was quite close by, 20 minutes ride at the most.

Disneyland, Hong Kong

Another Photo Opportunity, Disneyland, Hong Kong #Canon550D

The kids later told me that they would give only 5 out of 10 stars to Disneyland as they had to wait for every ride in the hot sun. If you are planning to go to Disneyland Hong Kong do take a look at the temperature. Also if you can, do not go on a public holiday as every other ride will have about 1 hour wait time. Be aware of height restrictions. The food will cost more!

Overall I think the kids did have fun. It was anyway quite educative for them, the ads of Disneyland and the actual did not match up! As we say in our family, it was indeed a character building exercise!

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priyanka August 28, 2014 at 11:37 pm

Nice account of hongkong disneyland. Long waits for the rides though!!

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Mridula August 30, 2014 at 2:17 pm

Yes Priyanka, I should have expected the long queues but I didn’t!

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Chaitali Patel August 27, 2014 at 4:10 pm

Nice honest account. I felt how exhaustive it might have been!

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Chaitali Patel August 27, 2014 at 4:21 pm

Exhausting I meant! :)

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Mridula August 30, 2014 at 2:18 pm

It was exhausting for sure Chaitali! :D

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Mahesh Semwal August 27, 2014 at 11:16 am

one of the favourate place of kids ….:-)

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Mridula August 30, 2014 at 2:19 pm

Yes Mahesh but quite exhausting in the hot weather.

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Prasad Np August 27, 2014 at 9:22 am

this is my favorite post in the Hongkong series, Disneyland is still the stuff dreams are made up of..loved every picture specially the Brat1 and Brat 2 being followed by the Green Guy

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Mridula August 30, 2014 at 2:20 pm

Prasad there is a long queue in the stuff of dreams for every ride! And in that picture it is only Chhavi, Vasu is of course too old for such kiddie stuff! :D

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Maniparna Sengupta Majumder August 26, 2014 at 11:57 pm

The kids enjoyed a lot :-D they look so cute in all the pictures…

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Mridula August 30, 2014 at 2:21 pm

Thank you Maniparna.

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the tales of a traveler August 26, 2014 at 8:09 pm

I have being dying to go to disneyland but my husband is least interested :(

Btw awesome pictures and kids might had an amazing time there…

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Mridula August 30, 2014 at 2:21 pm

Go on your own, leave him behind :D

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Lady Fi August 26, 2014 at 7:15 pm

A wonderful trip and such fun shots.

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Mridula August 30, 2014 at 2:21 pm

Thank you Lady Fi.

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richa singh August 26, 2014 at 12:31 pm

Disneyland and kids! Hats off to you to pull it off alone with two of them :D

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Mridula August 30, 2014 at 2:23 pm

Richa it is sometimes easier with two as they talk to each-other and give me some peace. :D

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Avinash Gupta August 26, 2014 at 11:33 am

Whats the point of going to Disney Land without the troubling kids?:p

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Mridula August 30, 2014 at 2:23 pm

Avinash I would actually not go to Disneyland if it was not for the troubling kids!

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Datta Ghosh August 26, 2014 at 10:44 am

That was Four times the Fun!

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Mridula August 30, 2014 at 2:23 pm

Ha ha but we want cooler weather and smaller queues next time.

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Indrani August 26, 2014 at 9:08 am

Awesome fun time I say. :)

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Mridula August 30, 2014 at 2:26 pm

Yes Indrani but the next time I will plan for less sun and not on a public holiday!

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Anita August 26, 2014 at 4:51 am

Disneyland is fun! :)

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Mridula August 30, 2014 at 2:24 pm

It was fun indeed Anita now if only the queues were shorter!

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