Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel

Let me share with you our experience in staying at the Disneyland Hotel in Hongkong.  When I was planning the trip, I was sure I wanted to stay at the Disney hotel near Disneyland Park.

It was raining when we got to Hong Kong. We were a bit scared it was gonna rain the entire time. Uh OH, no more parade and difficult to go around the park!

I learned there were 2 hotels to choose from.  Disneyland Hotel and Hollywood Hotel.  I researched on both hotels online.  Ended up choosing Disneyland Hotel based on other people’s recommendations.

So did I make the right choice?  I surely did!

Loved the hotel!  Will definitely stay there again.

This is what we saw from the bus as we entered the Disney compound. Everything looked so nice, clean, and already gave us an enchanting feeling.
From the road, we saw something like a castle...(sorry, trees in this picture covered the view I was referring to.)
...And yes, it was Disneyland Hotel!
As we were driving through the roundabout, I just kept taking pictures...place looks really nice, right?
Guardhouse of the hotel, seemed like we were entering a private subdivision.
As you enter the gate, it leads you straight up to the driveway.
Here's a nicer picture of the driveway.
Shuttle dropped us right in front of the hotel. Very helpful bellboys immediately came to us.
First thing i saw when i entered the hotel, a cute girl in Belle costume.
While I was checking in, my little princess was just sitting still in her stroller watching TV in the kids' lounge (just beside check-in counter) with small ottomans. Great idea, huh!?
2 elevators going to our wing. They're relatively fast. We never had to wait long.
As you can see, the hotel doesn't have too much floors. This is good coz at least not too much people are in the hotel at the same time.
This is the hallway to our room. Little one taking her sweet time.
still walking to our room...unfortunately, our room was at the far end! Good thing about it was that we'd hear less noise of other guests walking to the elevator.
This is how the entrance of the room looks like.
In all rooms, there are 2 double beds. Rooms are good for 4 people.

Out the window is a small balcony...
Balcony has seating for 2. Nice place to relax or have coffee (which we weren't able to do, darn!).
Here's the view from the right side of our balcony. That's the outdoor swimming pool with a slide (not shown).
Here's what you see from the left side of the balcony.

Free toiletries in cute boxes.

Inside the closet you'll find: extra pillow, bedroom slippers, mickey plastic bag, robes, iron & ironing board, hangers
Chesca loved her Mickey bedroom slippers.
check out the details on the mirror frame
Here's the lobby lounge. This is where people wait for their companions. This is the same area where the Princesses stay for picture taking. Chesca having fun with other kids. Quite big open space for little ones to run.
Lobby area. The door in the middle is the entrance of the hotel. The picture was taken from the cafe at the lobby, The Grand Salon.
Lobby chandelier. Notice the orchestra. They continuously play music for the entire lobby.
At The Grand Salon. They have cozy seating. You can see the Mickey Maze outside from the window.
This is what you'll find at Level 1. King Triton room - Little Princess salon, Prince Eric room-playroom (showed in previous post), Enchanted Garden, Victorian Spa, Gym, and way to the indoor and outdoor pools.
My Little Princess at King Triton room. This is the place where little girls get made up to become one of the Disney Princesses. Different packages are available from 260HKD-680HKD. Some packages include hair & makeup and the entire princess costume. These come with studio pictures of your little princess.

Very beautiful costumes! Here's the Cinderella costume.
Snow White costume
Sleeping Beauty costume
Belle Costume
Victorian Spa. We wanted to get a massage one night but we found out it was around 4,500php for a 1-hr massage! Suddenly, all the body pain went away! 😛
Indoor gym overlooking indoor swimming pool.
Indoor Pool. Door leads to outdoor pool.
A couple of life guards all the time.

You can do some sunbathing...
Very safe slide. There's a dedicated lifeguard for this area who radios the guard at the top of the slide to know when the next person could slide down.
Life vests are available for everyone's safety.
Check out the pool rules, just so you're prepared.
guests enjoying their balcony
outdoor playground beside the pool (chesca missed this one)
Enchanted Garden. This is where you'll dine with Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, & Pluto. Chesca had so much fun with the characters. Was all worth it!
This is how much people eat at Enchanted Garden. This was a really long line during lunch time. That's why they ask you to make your reservations 2 weeks in advance.
This is where you can buy all the Disney stuff. Most of the items here are the ones you'll find at the park. Same price too. Make sure to take a look at this store at the lobby and try to remember the items they sell so you won't buy them at the Park. Saves you time and bags to carry. Love love love this store. It keeps the little one busy 😛

As for the service, it was magnificent.  All hotel staff were very helpful.  Couldn’t complain about anything.  By the way, for those with toddlers and infants, the hotel provides bed rails and cribs.  You can also request for a bath tub and bottle sterilizer.

So basically, that’s how the hotel looks like.  I’ll be writing about hotel food in another post.  Watch out for it.  I hope you enjoyed the photo tour of Disneyland Hotel 🙂

Where did we go? – HKG Disneyland

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!

On our way to Disneyland! Geared up, bags packed with goodies! 2 very essential things I couldn't live without on this trip: Medium Longchamp bag & Capella stroller.
From the hotel's entrance, you walk down this path to go to shuttle bus area
This is where you wait for the shuttle bus going to the park.

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. 😛

This is where you get off the bus when you get to Disneyland. Same place where you wait when you want to go back to Disneyland Hotel or Hollywood Hotel.
From the shuttle bus we walked for about 3 minutes till we got here. But it's still a long walk to the main entrance. Make sure you wear very comfortable shoes/sandals. This Capella stroller served as Chesca's sunshade. She'd automatically pull it down when it gets bright.
Finally reached the park's entrance.

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 won't find it hard to get a taxi 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.

15-20 minutes in line for picture with Rapunzel. First princess she actually saw up close. She was star struck!
Admiring how graceful Sleeping Beauty was.
Loving tinkerbell. She couldn't get enough of her. She stayed within the area for another 10 minutes after this picture taking and was talking to tinkerbell from a far!
Shouting out to Tinkerbell "Tinkerbell, we'll go look for other princesses ok" ..

Picture with Aurora after waiting in line for 15 minutes. Check out the kiss marks on Chesca's cheek from the previous princesses.
She didn't know Alice in Wonderland..a bit shy.
Having a blast at the Teacup ride.
a very expensive balloon...100HKD each!
It's a small world. We were lucky the line wasn't that long yet coz people were still coming from the parade.
One of the highlights of our trip. The little one seeing all the princesses alive in front of her.
First time she saw the princesses! We got a good spot, on top of a trash can. (don't worry, it was a very clean trash can..tee hee!)
First time she saw princesses...shouting out "i'm here! come here, come here!"
Blowing the Disney Princess a kiss.
"Bye-bye snow white, bye sleeping beauty, bye Belle..."
Enjoying the Parade...can't believe she's seeing all the characters life size!
Having fun at the Golden Mickeys.
A bit frightened with Buzz coz he was a bit huge. And she said " buzz is for boys".
at Tomorrowland
Playing with Minnie Mouse at Enchanted Garden. Dinner Buffet per person is around 500HKD. Choice of 630pm or 830pm. Characters go around the restaurant to take pictures with you. Children below 3 yrs old eat for free.

Interacting with the characters at Enchanted Garden
Hugging Mickey at Enchanted Garden
Still had energy to stay at Prince Eric room (playroom at the hotel) after Disneyland.
another portion of Prince Eric room where bed time stories are read every 9pm for kids staying at the hotel.
Map of Disneyland available at the hotel or around the park.

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.

Loving her Mickey Hands on our way out of the park...
Goodbye Disneyland! I think the last two pictures cost us our free shuttle to the Airport..haha