HONG KONG DISNEYLAND IS UPON US!
You may think I have lost my sanity but granting that I am still single and hypothetically speaking, one could marry a theme park, without a doubt, I would definitely wed and give my forever commitment to Hong Kong Disnyeland, bar none! haha! :P I could not see any reason why anyone would not dare LOVE Hong Kong Disneyland; everything a kid and kids-at-hearts could ask for is present there–day and night! It’ll be a never ending happiness! Life would be more colorful and whimsical! But then again, I LOVE TINA and GABBY SO MUCH and TOGETHER, WE ALL LOVE HONG KONG DISNEYLAND!
Out of the 5 Disneyland Park locations around the globe, I am grateful to have experienced 3 of them already–Hong Kong, California & Tokyo (Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea) making only that in Florida and Paris still on my bucket list.
Every Disneyland Park has uniquely beautiful charm but that in Hong Kong remains close to our hearts. Reasons are beyond words, let our photos on this blog entry convince you why. So are you ready for some 80+ photos to view and some raves to read?
Don’t ever think I am overwhelming you…
I believe there’s NOTHING TOO MUCH in HONG KONG DISNEYLAND’S MAGICAL EXTRAVAGANCE!
Ready? Here we go!
After our memorable long trip from our present place in Butterworth, Penang to Kuala Lumpur to our arrival in Hong Kong Disney’s Hollywood Hotel and our fantastic Dim Sum Lunch at Crystal Lotus Restaurant in Disneyland Hotel, we excitingly trooped to Disneyland Park via the resort’s shuttle bus.
Tina and Gabby at the entrance of the park. Happy much! :D
Because we already have our 2-day theme park tickets (and fast passes to 3 rides), passing through the turnstiles at the gate was fuss-free.
Gabby to me : “Daddy, jump shot!” :D
And because he’s on the healthy-chubby side, Gabby wasn’t able to jump high, but nevertheless his smiling eyes said it all! hehe! :D
After a brief photo-op at the entrance of the park, our group was led to the Main Street, U.S.A., the first of the five lands inside the park where Hong Kong Disneyland Railroad, Animation Academy and the City Hall are located and where Main Street vehicles are parked. Food places like the Market House Bakery, Main Street Market and the restaurants, Corner Cafe (that offers premium American menu; it’s where we had our dinner on our first night which I will post soon!), and Plaza Inn (that provides Cantonese cuisine hosted by Maxim’s) plus a number of novelty and souvenir shops are housed.
Walking through Main Street, U.S.A. again instantly brought back blissful memories! It was surreal!!! I smiled when I remember my first visit to that same park when my parents brought me and my siblings there. :) I also recalled our trip about 5 years ago when I got a chance to bring my own family–Tina and Gabby to the Happiest Place on Earth. “Time flies so fast,” I silently uttered. Then I looked at my wrist watch and it’s almost few minutes before 3:30PM, the FLIGHTS OF FANTASY PARADE is about to start!
MAIN STREET, U.S.A.
With a very fine and cool weather (Thank God, we didn’t have a downpour!), the welcoming atmosphere was very apt for fantastic parade-watching! People of all ages already found their own areas to watch the parade at one end of Main Steet, U.S.A. just in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle. Everyone was organized and was patiently waiting for the floats of our favorite Disney characters to pass by.
While everyone was anticipating the magical parade to begin, we were ushered to our reserved exclusive viewing area for the Flights of Fantasy Parade…
Notice the rope and pole that secured our reserved exclusive viewing spot? We absolutely felt more than VIPs with such treatment! You too can enjoy the experience of DISNEY’S PRESTIGE TOUR that includes :
- Direct Entrance to All Attractions (including RC Racer, Toy Soldier Parachute Drop and Slinky Dog Spin at the park’s newest attraction, Toy Story Land which I will post soon!)
- Reserved Seating for Theater Shows
- Exclusive “Toy Story Land” Themed Pin Box Set
- Exclusive Viewing Area for Flights of Fantasy Parade
- All for 3 consecutive hours for up to 6 guests (HK$3,888)
or you may opt to avail of DISNEY’S SUPREME TOUR that includes :
- Direct Entrance to All Attractions (in Main Street, U.S.A., Tomorrowland, Fantasyland and Adventureland only),
- Reserved Seating for Theater Shows
- Exclusive Viewing Area for Flights of Fantasy Parade
- All for 3 consecutive hours for up to 6 guests (HK$ 3,200)
It’s a wonderful experience to meet the warm and friendly, Disneyland’s Tour Hosts!
Our group’s exclusive Disneyland’s Tour Hosts were Janice (far left on the photo) and Danny (the only guy on the photo).
THANK YOU SO MUCH, HONG KONG DISNEYLAND! :D
*Because Tina, Gabby and I were so amazed with the Flights of Fantasy Parade, we watched it twice on 2 consecutive days in 2 different spots. Thus, some photos here were taken on Friday, February 17, 2012 at the VIP area at the MAIN STREET, U.S.A., and some were snapped the following day just in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle
FLIGHTS OF FANTASY PARADE
Expectators know that the parade’s about to start when the Grand Marshall’s car rolls on the street…
Dumbo and Timothy Mouse in “Dreams Take Flight”
Who would be more fitting to open the Flights of Fantasy Parade but the cute elephant with ears that make him fly, Dumbo!
Dumbo’s even cuter when he flips his ears and blinks his eyes!
Then came the Disneyland Marching Band, oops, let me rephrase that –the Disneyland Marching and Dancing Band! :D
They surely have the tunes, the moves and the smiles!
A quick glance at Wiki : “The Flights of Fantasy Parade premiered on January 18, 2011 as part of the Celebration in the Air, celebrating the 5th anniversary of Hong Kong Disneyland. The parade celebrates the dreams of Disney characters and includes Disney characters such as Mickey, and friends, Dumbo, Winnie the Pooh, Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Belle, Baloo & King Louie, Tantor, Simba, Tinkerbell, Stitch and Woody and Buzz Lightyear. The parade includes seven floats which include Mickey’s Magical Airship, Caught Up in Daydreams, Romance Takes Wing, Jumpin’ Jungle Jam, The Magic of Pixie Dust, Hangin’ Ten and Ridin’ High, and To infinity and Beyond. This parade replaced the former Disney Parade which had been running since the park opened in 2005.”
Don’t you just love those wind instruments?
“Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah, Zip-A-Dee-A. Wonderful feeling, Wonderful day!”
…Alright, I’m still having a hangover of the parade! :D
The colorful flags and ribbons thrown and swirled into the air by dancers in virbant costumes were followed by the float of Mickey Mouse and his friends!
Mickey’s Magical Airship
Mickey’s giant airship called, Flights of Friendship has his friends on board –Minnie, Pluto, Donald, Chip n’ Dale.
Witness Mickey Mouse dance on air! Click photo to enlarge.
Seeing Mickey Mouse up close never fails to bring out the child in us!
Mickey Mouse is an epitome of every child’s fantasy!
We so love his float!
Let’s salute Donald and Goofy! :)
If you must know, Flights of Fantasy Parade is exclusive to Hong Kong Disneyland. And one thing unique with it is its being interactive. I didn’t see that awesome parade-perfomer-audience interaction in parades in Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea when I went there in 2010 nor in Anaheim, California back in 2000; perhaps things have changed now for the better. In Hong Kong Disneyland, dancers, performers and cast members encourage the kids to participate in the fun of the parade! Even some from our group joined the limbo rock! It’s just that our very own Gabby was so shy to actively involved himself in the street fun! Perhaps on our next visit. :D
The float of Mickey’s Magical Airship was followed by the float inspired by The Adventure of Winnie the Pooh.
Caught Up In Daydreams
Eeyore and Tigger were ever present with their friend, Winnie.
An eye-candy for me were those prostheses used by Tigger-dancers for jumping and hopping!
Those cast members must love their job of hopping and jumping with those cool-leg prostheses! I want a pair, haha! :P
There are specified areas in the park where a certain unit or float would take its full stop to fully entertain the audience.
And in Winnie the Pooh’s Caught Up In Daydream colorful float, four bungee-jumping performers rise and somersault in the air and do their tricks!
She may not be one of the Disney’s Princesses but she’s definitely Winnie the Pooh’s hunny! :D
Romance Takes Wing
After that playful Winnie the Pooh float, comes the Disney Princess unit called, Romance Takes Wing.
Regal, elegant and lovely. These words seems an understatement to describe the cast members dancing in the street, ushering the Disney Princess float.
A crowned swan airboat nestled on a bed of roses takes the Disney Princesses : Cinderella, Snow White, Belle (from Beauty and the Beast), and Princess Aurora (from Sleeping Beauty).
The sweet smiles and fine movements of these Disney Princesses makes the afternoon even more enchanting! They smile and wave and move perfectly like those in the cartoons. I wonder what happens if anyone of them needs to sneeze. *just kidding!* :D
Jumpin’ Jungle Jam
Vivid and bright Safari-inspired costumes of cast members with their impressive moves can immediately put anyone into that “Lion King” mood! :D
Precision in dancing coupled with widest smiles must be pure talent!
Baloo & King Louie from Disney’s The Jungle Book, Rafiki and Timon and of course, Simba -all from The Lion King and Tantor from Tarzan bring life into the Jumpin’ Jungle Jam float!
Hail to the Lion King!
After that African-designed float comes various fairies and Tinker Bell!
The Magic of Pixie Dust
It’s Tink! :D
Tinker Bell is on board a cotton float, ushered by four fairies driving bug cars and two flower girls following the unit.
I love that feather-dart detail at the back of Tink’s The Magic of Pixie Dust float!
Even the Hawaiian themed animated characters, Lilo and Stitch participates in Flights of Fantasy Parade with their windsurfing float!
Hangin’ Ten and Ridin’ High
Hangin’ Ten and Ridin’ High proudly features Stitch windsurfing in the air and beneath his image are two daredevil acrobats that swing a rattan-looking airboat up in the air! Amazing!
It’s fun to watch them rock that airboat! While leading the Haiwaian street dancers are no less than Lilo and Stitch!
Beautiful Oriental lady-dancers dressed in pink grass skirts smile and say, Aloha! :D
I like to have those sneakers in various hues, one for each day of the week. But then again, without Hawaiian shirts and shorts and a beach or a parade like this, one may appear histrionic! hehe! :D
While my mom was viewing these photos at home, she became so particular with the picture below, so she called and asked me, “Is this boy, Gabby?”
Our articulate son, told his grandma, “Lola, I’m not that boy; look at his shoes, I’m not wearing those shoes and jacket in Disneyland.”
And then, there’s the handsome cowboy, Woody…
To Infinity And Beyond
Admittedly, Toy Story is a personal favorite! Tina and Gabby love it too! If I could have a collection of huge toys, it would have to be Buzz and Woody!
The newest attraction in Hong Kong Disneyland is Toy Story Land which will be included in my next post. It is expected to see Woody and Jessie and Buzz Lightyear leading the float representing Toy Story Land and their memorable fun and touching movies, of course.
Green Paratroopers, Rex and Hamm adorn the eye-catching float of Toy Story!
Wonderful parade, isn’t it?
Flights of Fantasy Parade is more than enough reason for people to visit Hong Kong Disneyland. It’s such a visual feast; a burst of colors that everyone will surely enjoy!
You may have viewed the photos of the parade on this humble site but being there and experiencing the parade itself as it happens before your eyes is totally a different overwhelming experience! Indeed, fantasy comes alive in the Flights of Fantasy Parade! Whenever you find time to go to Hong Kong Disneyland, the parade is always a spectacular you should not missed!
Stay tuned on this blog for more fascinating features about Hong Kong Disneyland! The magic continues soon! *wink*
DocGelo, Tina and Gabby are extremely grateful to Hong Kong Disneyland! Thank You So Much! Until our next visit! :D
Watch out for more posts about Hong Kong Disneyland! –there’ll be more of Family bonding.Food.Fun soon!
About Hong Kong Disneyland Resort
Hong Kong Disneyland Resort offers immersive, unique Disney experiences for all families, generations and ages to enjoy. Hong Kong is one of only five locations in the world that is home to a Disney themed park and the many Disney characters that are beloved the world over, such as Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Stitch and Buzz Lightyear. Since the Grand Opening in September 2005, Hong Kong Disneyland has received more than 31 million Guests from around the globe. Through the unique product offering and the world-class service provided by the 5,000 strong Cast at the theme park and the two hotels, the Resort has received outstanding Guest satisfaction ratings and a range of awards from the hospitality and entertainment sectors.
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This Blog Series Includes :
- Our Hong Kong Disneyland Trip 2012 : Arrival at Disney’s Hollywood Hotel and Lunch at Crystal Lotus, Disneyland Hotel
- Our Hong Kong Disneyland Trip 2012 : Spectacular Burst of Colors at Flights of Fantasy Parade
- Our Hong Kong Disneyland Trip 2012 : Timeless Magic at Adventureland, Fantasyland, Dinner at Corner Cafe
- Our Hong Kong Disneyland Trip 2012 : Glorious Day 2
- Our Hong Kong Disneyland Trip 2012 : Last Day High