Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Travel Diaries: Day 3 - In the Land of Happiness and Fantasy

Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy.”

The author of this quote was the great person behind the third destination of my Hong Kong tour. So where particularly is the land of fantasy? Here, take a glimpse and enjoy the photos

In order to reach the land of fantasy, you have to transfer to different lines of train stations, which is quite confusing but definitely worth the fun and adventure.



The kid at heart in me was brought to life as I stepped inside the train.


The train is already an attraction. But there's more inside the station



As soon as you move out of the train station, here's what will welcome you
I am finally in Disneyland!

We visited Disneyland on a Monday to avoid the bulk of people during weekends. We also anticipated the long lines for the tickets. In effect, we decided to purchase our tickets online, weeks before our tour. Suprisingly, verifyng and even purchasing tickets was a breeze. We have also discovered that a number of hotels and guests houses in Hong Kong are selling discounted tickets to Disneyland.

Finally we have entered the land of happiness and fantasy!


The structure above serves as the central station of the train that routes the entire Disneyland. You can have a full view of Disneyland by riding the train.

To get inside the train, you have to enter the main station 



Here are more sceneries in the land of fantasy


During night time, this is how the structures appear

If my way to work and home will be as picture perfect as this, imagine the level of stress that will be taken away from my system

 Walking towards the heart of the park will lead you to one of the main attractions

There are numerous rides and attractions to experience in Disneyland. We stayed only for a day so we were not able to explore everything.We tried four attractions which include the Mickey's Philhar Magic (a 4D animation film that showcases the different Disney characters, a must try!), Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters (a video game inspired attraction that allows visitors to shoot Buzz's enemies using laser guns), Autopia (an enclosed racing track where visitors can steer computer controlled cars) and Adventure Land where anyone can have a complete safari experience.

Here are more pictures I have captured from our river cruise in Adventure Land
 
The team responsible for constructing Adventure Land was a total genius. They made the place look like a real segment of the wild Amazon River.

Hours of strolling the park will surely make you hungry
Left is my lunch and right is my afternoon merienda (snacks)

Bringing of food and drinks inside the park is strictly prohibited. Inspection of bags is conducted to ensure that this rule strictly observed. If you have plans to visit Disneyland, I suggest a budget of Php 500 ($11) per meal. And yes, food inside the premises of the park are so expensive.

The highlight of the day was the fireworks in Sleeping Beauty's Castle.

A day may not be enough to tour all the attractions in Disneyland. The park also closes early. During our visit, the park was closed at around 8:30 pm. If you are traveling with kids who wanted to try every piece of attraction, here are my personal tips
1. Arrive early! The park already opens at 10:00 am
2. Make your itinerary. Browse Disney's website and prioritize the rides and attractions you want to avail.
3. If your budget permits, purchase the Star Pass booklet to enjoy priority entrance to selected attractions. This costs around HKD 90 (Php 540). 

I have tons of captured pictures from Disneyland. As much as I want to squeeze them in one post, it would take forever to upload and edit each photo. On my next post, I will share other things you can enjoy in Disneyland.

18 comments :

  1. Doesn't matter how old we get, Disneyland always brings out the kids in us. :)

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  2. Aww. Im so envious! I super love the feeling of being in Disneyland. It's like being a kid all over again. Im so happy you enjoyed your trip. I'll read all your entries about it. Hahaha.

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  3. i hope i can go there too.someday....

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  4. Oh my gosh!! YAY Disneyland!! I love going to Disney World in Florida, USA! In Disney World we have Cinderella's castle. I wonder if there is a different princesses castle in each Disneyland park????

    Disney World Florida: Cinderella
    Disneyland California: sleeping beauty
    Disneyland Paris: sleeping beauty
    Tokyo Disneyland: Cinderella
    Shanghai Disneyland (scheduled to open 2015): enchanted storybook castle (will be the largest Disney castle ever built)

    hm.. where there goes a new dream. :) visit all the different Disney castles!

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  5. Disney has changed the world hasn't he? It was so fun to follow you in this amazing trip. I have been to the one in Florida many time and never tire of it. Fantasy is fantastic!

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  6. thanks for the fun tour!! I would love to take my family there!!

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  7. Hi Dianne, We loved Disneyland HongKong too! 16 of us went and it was fun all the way! Imagine my dad standing up to shoot in the Buzz Lightyear Blasters! Patsy from
    HeARTworks

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  8. What a great day you had. Love your pictures. It looks so much like Disneyland here in California, except for the green hills I see in the background. Good thing you went on a Monday and avoided the big crowds.

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  9. your post brought back wonderful memories of our time there. no matter how old i am, i always love Disneyland!

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  10. I have never been to Disneyland in Hong Kong. Our stay was too short to accomodate a trip there. I love all the nostalgic houses and the train with the mickey mouse windows is just amazing :)
    I'm sure you had loads of fun there!

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  11. Wow! You can't bring food in the park?! I live about 20 miles from Disney World (I once worked there too), and we usually pack food since it's so expensive. They check our bags, but it's mostly for weapons and such. Those are great pictures! I would love to visit a Disney park out of the states one day!

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  12. I'm so glad you got to go to what I like to call "The Happiest Place on Earth." We've been to Disneyland in CA, about 4 times; & to Disney World in Florida, twice. The last time we went, it was with some of our grandchildren. What a thrill to share that experience with the next generation!
    CAS

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  13. Oh my...Disneyland posts never fails to bring out the kid in me. I always want to come back! Thanks for this!

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  14. What amazing photos! I bet you felt like a little girl...I would! Hugs! ♥♥♥

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