18 February 2012, Saturday. Tina, Gabby and I woke up early from one of our restful sleeps in Disney’s Hollywood Hotel and excitedly prepared for our Day 2 in the Happiest Place on Earth!
It turned out to be glorious!
From Disney’s Hollywood Hotel, we hopped on the resort’s shuttle bus and headed to Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel. We had a table reserved under our names at Enchanted Garden Restaurant for our breakfast buffet and Meet and Greet with the Disney characters! Everything seemed so thrilling particularly for Gabby!
As we went down directly to the basement of the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel where the Enchanted Garden Restaurant is housed, this beautiful space greeted us…
We came in too early at 8AM (read : apparently excited!) and found from the Cast Member at the door of the restaurant that our table would be ready at around 9:30AM (so that’s the time that was reserved to us!). Without a hint of worry, we went out the door from the restaurant and spent time almost unnoticed in this perfectly manicured garden at the back of Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel.
The gazebo looks inviting as a perfect venue for couples to exchange “I dos”. Imagine a wedding with all your favorite Disney characters led by no less than Mickey Mouse! Amazing!
A more interesting part of the garden is the hedge maze that Gabby, Tina and I tried finishing…
This is called, “Mickey Maze!”
Our kid totally enjoyed every second inside the maze…
Spot us in the Mickey Maze…
Let’s play “Hide and Seek!”
More cheesy but priceless bonding moments in Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel…
Must be so happy? You bet!
After almost an hour at the garden, it’s time to freshen up and hit the tables and the spread. On way to Enchanted Garden Restaurant, we spotted super cool and nice things.
Exhibit #1 : Wooden high chairs for kiddos. They made me smile.
Exhibit # 2 : A room near the Enchanted Garden Restaurant will surely entice parents and their little daughters…
In “My Little Princess”, little ladies may be transformed into a Disney Princess of their choice.
This was just a “one proud daddy scene.” The moment reminded me of our wish (I and Tina’s) to give Gabby a little sister. (read :If it will come, it will in His time.)
Exhibit # 3 : Spotted Cinderella at the lobby of Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel with Alyanna and Mika (the beautiful daughters of Dennis and Thammie who were with our group in this HKDL trip).
Finally, a walk under those trellis! Splendid!
Being ushered to our reserved tables and seats felt surreal! Not that we’re excited to binge eat, hehe! but the ambiance exceeded our expectations!
The spread had Asian and Continental breakfast favorites. Everything looked tasteful and a must-try. There was more than enough for us to savor and be energized for another whole day at the park!
And then a thought popped out…
You don’t go to Hong Kong without sampling good bowl of noodles
and some tasteful dim sum and dumplings.
You just dont.
I just wished they had toyomansi (soy sauce + lime/calamansi) for the dim sums.
And because it’s Disneyland, Enchanted Garden boasts of Mickey Mouse figures in their waffles and pancakes! These made me stare at my plate for several minutes before I dunk my fork and knife at them. I had some of the goodies in pair, yum, yum!!! One of my plates had waffles, pancakes, hash browns and french toasts. Appreciate if you won’t calculate the calories! This is when my weakness in Math comes to be most useful! hehe!
The next set was mostly Tina’s and my plates. I had no chance to take photos of Gabby’s because he’s preoccuppied with excitement and huge appetite.
Known in local Filipino TV series, “My Binondo Girl as”Amethyst” that Tina religiously followed online (Malaysia has no TFC!) and more popular as a fashion blogger-celebrity and sister to Liz Uy, we met the charming and beautiful, Laureen Uy.
One Stellar Moment
More stunning episodes happened as some of the best loved Disney characters went to our table for us to take photo-ops! Diners of Enchanted Garden need not to queue to have memorable pictures with Mickey, Pluto and Goofy (and other characters). It’s another VIP treatment that we enjoyed in Hong Kong Disneyland!
Widest and sweetest smiles from my family as we posed with Pluto and Mickey…
Must have one more shot with Pluto…
After that one-of-a-kind-breakfast experience at Disneyland Hotel’s Enchanted Garden, it was time to explore and enjoy Hong Kong Disneyland Park again!
To those who are planning to experience HKDL for the very first time and have doubts if you can enjoy it in one whole day, actually, you can! But would you not wish to double the fun if you can be there on 2 consecutive days?
Weather forecast checked : 14 to 16 degree Celcius. We loved the climate; we didn’t have a downpour! God is truly great!
We wore various hats : A Cast Member volunteered to take our family pic just before a quaint door in one of the pastel-colored structures at Main Street, U.S.A..
Hot. Fresh. Delicious!
Then our feet brought us to Tomorrowland!
As Tomorrowland intends to give park goers a creative experience of being in the future, the moments became nostalgic to us.
Here’s how we looked five years ago…I guess only pounds and kilos of happiness were added!
Inside the Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters ride, we have been warned.
We had FAST PASSES to this awesome ride! It was so cool when Buzz Lightyear himself introduced us to Astro Blasters!
Shooting robots. robots and more robots! We liked it here!
After that exhilarating Astro Blaster ride, we trooped to the largest restaurant in the theme park with over 800 seats, the Starliner Diner and grabbed a lip-smackingly good fried chicken and fries for lunch!
Over and beyond the food, what Tina and I liked was the fact that Hong Kong Disneyland’s Starliner Diner prioritizes sanitation and cleanliness by providing plastic gloves given inclusive of the food tray. You’ll find them folded and pack neatly with your tray. So eating chicken with hands was no-worries at all!
One more time on this car, Gabby!
2007 on the left ; 2012 on the right –Take a look at Gabby’s Then and Now photos and appreciate what 5 years have done!
Another ride within Tomorrowland available with Fast Passes is Space Mountain. We gave our Fast Passes to Laureen and her friends as we’re not fond of rollercoaster rides (read : Tina has Vertigo, Gabby’s still uncomfortable and cannot ride alone and I might throw up!). But if you’re adventurous and somewhat fearless, by all means, Space Mountain will surely give you the thrill!
We bid goodbye to Tomorrowland and strolled our way in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle to watch the Flights of Fantasy Parade for the second time! That 30 minute Hong Kong Disneyland parade really left us in awe!
Just before the parade started, Tina thought of a clever strategy. Since we didn’t have priority pass to the musical, The Festival of the Lion King, she suggested that together with Gabby while I am still drowned capturing the parade on photos, they will head to Adventureland just before the parade ends. In that way, while people are still busy watching the parade, they’ll be the first on the queue to that another must-see-musical..And true enough, it was a wise move.
The Festival of The Lion King at Adventureland
The scene became more fascinating after the stage lights were turned off. Let the show begin!
“It’s the Circle of Life
And it moves us all
Through despair and hope
Through faith and love
Till we find our place
On the path unwinding
In the Circle,
The Circle of Life….”
It’s visually stunning! The songs and their voices are overwhelming too. We have seen this musical at HKDL more than a couple of times already and performance gets better and better! My particular favorite was the gorgeous air stunt of this lady-bird character; the act was so graceful; almost breathtaking!
These live musical shows (The Golden Mickeys and The Festival of the Lion King) make Hong Kong Disneyland specially different from the other Disney Theme Parks!
Then, it’s Gabby’s time for some Mickey Mouse ice cream! Sarap!
Few more steps, we found oursleves in Liki Tiki…
These “leaky” tiki jungle poles squirts water like fountains; look how our little one enjoys the drizzling effects…
Playing with tribal percussion instruments entertained Gabby to the fullest!
Tina and I are the happiest when he’s happy.
OK, so we left Adventureland with a smile and moved on to Fantasyland with even wider smiles!
This Pixie Dust area where Tinker Bell usually drop by for photo-ops wasn’t existing yet way back in 2007 (Gabby’s first trip to HKDL).
Time for some Mickey’s PhilharMagic! This colorful 3D movie adventure about how Mickey Mouse lost his wizard hat and what Donald Duck has to do with it never fails to amuse us. You never get tired of great attractions in Hong Kong Disneyland!
3D glasses on!
Our last Fast Passes on our hands were for the The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh...Gabby was only 2 years old when he first rode the track to the story of Winnie.
Cinderella’s Carousel has 60 graceful, prancing horses!
I learned that last year’s celebration of the 5th Anniversary of Hong Kong Disneyland, Tink had showered Sleeping Beauty Castle with her pixie dust… The effect is even more magical at dusk!
After Winter Must Come Spring… Is it Spring yet?
Smiles and blooms perfectly blend…
Ahhhhh… another stupendous day at Hong Kong Disneyland is about to end…
Thank You, Lord for another magical day!
We made sure we remember this trip not only through photos and video but mementos and souvenirs from HKDL shops itself. Other than the Disney character-hats that we bought, Gabby got himself a rubber Mickey Mouse wrist watch (When we got into the hotel room, he received a gift from one of our new friends in our group–a lego writs watch with Buzz Lightyear design! Thank You, Ms. Elizabeth for such generous gift!).
Before exiting the shop, Gabby called my attention, “Daddy, picture!” hence, this…
Before 7PM, we left Hong Kong Disneyland Park with almost a heavy heart. It’s our last day in the park and surely we’ll miss all the fun!
Thank you for the memories, HKDL!
We had our last dinner in Hong Kong at Disneyland Hotel’s WALT’S CAFE. I’m almost lost for superlatives to describe how great the overall gastronomic experience we had. First thing came to mind : The dinner was EXCELLENT!
I think diners of Walt’s Cafe can opt to enjoy their meals at the lobby…
I checked the reservation and we’re instantly led toward the end of the restaurant where everything seemed perfect.
This is the beautiful corner reserved to our group. Isn’t it divine?
Looking at my photos after the trip made me wish I have sampled a bottle of their wine…
The view from our table… The ambiance and the look of that by-gone era was almost ethereal!
The smiles to live for….
Now, let’s get down to business. We loved everything we chowed down; starting with this crusty bread that looked like a hot air balloon when you work your imagination; it’s baked to perfection and can be enjoyed sans butter.
Gabby favored one of Mickey’s Kid’s Meal -Oven Baked Ham and Cheese Macaroni with carrots and green peas, fresh fruit salad and a choice of drink; our kiddo got himself a hot chocolate.
For Tina, she savored, Grilled US Beef Tenderloin and Simmered Beef Short Ribs with Mushroom and Pinot Noir Sauce, HK$ 268.
Let me tell you, I had a great time from browsing the menu to having a taste of everything my family had. Here’s my preferences and recommendations from Walt’s Cafe..
Chicken Breast Fillet with Poached Crab Meat with Papaya and Mango Salad served with Honey Lime Scented Dressing, HK$ 128.
My palate was satisfied with its texture and flavors. The fusion of freshest and sweetest fruits complemented well the crunchiness of the greens. And the Chicken Breast Fillet? Heavenly!
I requested the wait staff to provide extra small plates so I can share my order with Tina and Gabby. I also sampled one Walt’s Cafe’s soups -
Double Boiled Black Mushroom with Kam Ha Wam Soup, HK$ 78.
The soup’s tasteful. I like the flavor of the Chinese ham and the black mushroom. Beautiful combo! The mushroom was shaped into Mickey Mouse’s head too! Amazing!
Then for my main entree, a huge plate was served first with one of the prettiest veggie side dishes I ever had…
To people who think amusement parks and their resorts only offer fast food junkies, think again! Hong Kong Disneyland’s Corner Cafe and Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel’s Walt’s Cafe proved it otherwise. Their menus are beyond sumptuous! The ambience, sublime!
Seafood Platter for Two. (Grilled or Poached. I wanted it grilled). Lobster, Scallops, King Crab Legs, Squid, Salmon, and Cod Fish with Lemon Dill “Beurreblanc” and Crustacean Sauce, Assorted Garden Vegetables, and Boiled Potatoes. HK$ 538.
One word : Outstanding!
Just take a look at that lime gorgeously wrapped with golden tulle and ribbon; wonderful!
The entree, Tina, Gabby and I shared….
We cannot be grateful enough!
Moving on to desserts…
My choice : Penny’s Bay Mango Pudding with Mango Puree.
Tina’s sweet preference : White Chocolate Cheesecake with Raspberry Coulis
Gabby’s dessert plate was the most divine!
Oreo Cheesecake never tasted this great!
It’s one FUNtastic dinner to end one glorious day of everything that this blog gives reverence for :
FAMILY. FOOD. and FUN!
I cannot help but marvel at the immense scale of blissful experiences we had in Hong Kong Disneyland! That 3-day-2-night vacation extremely gave us unforgettable memories that Tina, Gabby and I will cherish forever.
Hong Kong Disneyland spells H-A-P-P-I-N-E-S-S!
Thank you so much, Hong Kong Disneyland!
*Up Next : The concluding post of this Hong Kong Disneyland Series! Stay Tuned!
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