I’ve been to Hongkong Disneyland 3 years ago just to check out the place. Now I go back with a toddler and it was such a different experience. My eyes were opened to all of the characters that I never really paid attention to. This time, we’d run after Disney Princesses, fall in long lines to take pics with different characters/watch shows/go on rides, and really look for a good spot to watch the parade. But all of this was worth it to see the indescribable joy in my daughter’s face. Priceless!
Shuttle bus takes you to the Park in 5 minutes. From Disneyland Hotel, the bus goes to Hollywood Hotel then to the Park and back to Disney Hotel. This is the route every 5-10 minutes. So anytime you wanna go back to the hotel, it wouldn’t be a problem.
When you get off the bus at the park, you’ll have to walk a bit far until the entrance where ticket booths are also located. We didn’t have to line up to buy tickets coz we had a 2-day pass that was included in the Cathay Pacific package we got. (Cathay Pacific has an ongoing promo of buy 2 get 1 free, or Buy 3 get 1 free. This includes airfare, hotel, 2-day park tickets, lithograph, fastpass, & airport transfers). We missed the shuttle to the airport coz our time wasn’t synchronized with theirs. Well, actually, we spent too much time at the parade and trying to get the little one ready. This cost us a $120 taxi ride to the airport. Lesson learned. 😛
2 days was just enough for us. We were able to do everything we wanted, well, except for the fireworks coz we got too lazy to go back to the park and Chesca opted to spend her night at the playroom in the hotel. Every 9:45pm a bedtime story was read to the kids in the Prince Eric playroom in English, Mandarin, and Cantonese. They also offered milk and cookies. Neat huh?
If you want to do a bit of shopping, you could go to Tung Chung outlets/Citygate Outlets (around 15-20 minutes and 120HKD via taxi) or Harbour City (around 20-30 minutes and 185HKD via taxi). You can easily get Taxi’s at the hotel driveway.
You can also go via MTR which is around 20HKD per person (shuttle bus will take you to the public transportation interchange) but of course, a bit of a hassle coz you’ll get tired right away from all the walking at the park, then walk again taking the MTR, then walk again at the mall while carrying stuff and then back to the hotel. So by the time you get to the hotel, you’d be soooo wasted and won’t even be able to enjoy the night or relax.
Here are some snapshots of the trip. But I’ll be writing about Honkong Disneyland Hotel, The Journey to Hong Kong and Back, and What we ate while in Hong Kong Disneyland, in different posts.
Before you go to the park, get a brochure to be able to plan out your day. It’ll tell you time slots for shows, picture taking with characters and location, parade, fireworks, and locations of all the rides.
My sister gave me a recipe to do. Just a simple recipe for our usual snacking around. Artichoke Dip with McCormick spices! Sounds yummy?
A few months back, we were supposed to make this dish when she visited us but due to her tight schedule (7 days), we weren’t able to squeeze in cooking. So one afternoon, I saw the artichoke cans she brought from Canada and thought of finally cooking it! This is recipe:
Smoked Paprika and Rosemary Refrigerated Dip
Makes 25 servings/3 cups/ 750ml
All You Need:
½ cup (125 mL) sliced green onion
½ pkg (125 g) cream cheese
1 cup (250 mL) sour cream
½ can (14 fl oz) artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1 cup (250 mL) peeled, chopped avocado
¼ cup (50 mL) each diced red and green bell peppers
½ cup (125 mL) diced fresh tomatoes
4 tbsp (60 mL) Club House One Step Smoked Paprika & Rosemary Seasoning
1 cup (250 mL) shredded old cheddar cheese
In large bowl, combine all ingredients until well mixed.
Transfer to a serving dish, cover and refrigerate until serving time.
Serve with tortilla chips, fresh vegetables, pita or crackers.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Nutrition per 2 tbsp (30 mL): 80 Cal, 6 g Total Fat (3 g saturated fat), 15 mg Cholesterol, 200 mg Sodium, 3 g Carbohydrate, 1 g Fiber, 3 g Protein.
Artichoke dip is one of the things I love to eat! But I hardly order it at restaurants coz most of the time, it’s so expensive! It’ll cost you at least P400 for one order of it with chips or pita. And that’s as expensive as an entrée in some restaurants.
Now, I can have Artichoke dip at our own home any time we feel like it 😛