HomeJahnaviDisneyland – The Happiest Place on the Planet Nish 01/07 Jahnavi, Travel 4 8575 Hong Kong was bitterly cold (almost 6 degrees) when we landed. It was a shock to our systems coming from the temperate weather conditions in Bangalore. But Disneyland is not a place you can feel cold and miserable. Within minutes, we were all rushing around in excitement, arguing amongst ourselves as to where we should go first, what rides to wait for, and even passionate debates on food – cotton candy vs caramel popcorn vs pizza vs Indian food… K and I have been to the LA Disneyland several times, so we were basically quite comfortable with the concept of lands and the general layout. At the gate, you are given a map of the place outlining the various lands (Adventureland, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland), and a list of the rides and places to eat. A map of Hong Kong Disneyland We were thus able to optimize the time we spent there very efficiently. A couple of tips that saved a lot of time for us: Do not eat lunch at lunch time. Eat an early or a late lunch. This way, you avoid long lunch-time queues at the restaurants, and you can take advantage of the comparatively lesser queues on rides. We did this and ended up waiting only 10 minutes for certain popular rides, which normally had wait times of an hour. The park generally empties out during parade times or after sunset. It’s worth staying back late to take advantage of the thinned out crowds. We were able to go on a couple of popular rides two times over. Also, the park is lit up beautifully at night. And did I mention the awesome fireworks? The fireworks display was even better than the one in LA Disneyland :). In Hong Kong, you don’t have to worry about getting back and forth from Disneyland. We were booked into the Kowloon Shangri-la (a hotel literally on the other side of Hong Kong), but we were able to use the local MTR train system to commute very safely and easily. You can just pick up a map from your hotel’s front desk (it’s in English and color coded, so you really can’t get lost). Oh! and the local people are extremely friendly and helpful. We found the instructions and advice very accurate (this is not always the case when you travel in Asia…in Thailand, we were frequently misled in the completely wrong direction). The cutie Mickey Mouse windows Also, the train connecting Disneyland to the city MTR is the cutest. It has these awesome Mickey Mouse windows and lovely seats. In addition, the atmosphere is really party-like, with bunches of children showing off their purchases to each other, parents cooing over stranger’s babies, smiles and laughter everywhere. Going in that train was part of the fun for us, honestly. And now to the photos. Here is a short series of photos. I had to go over almost a 1000 photos we took in Disneyland to come up with this shortlist. I will be uploading a complete set to my Flickr page sometime soon. At our hotel lobby – all excited to visit Disneyland The Let it Snow Christmas Parade Giant Mickey Mouse left the snubnose wide mouthed Lovely Chip n Dale More Disney Characters Entering Adventureland! A smart phone is a great idea to pass time waiting in the queue Welcome to Disneyland! So many opportunities for photo ops! With Minnie Mouse Waiting for the Mad Hatter’s Spinning Teacups ride to start The View from Tarzan’s Treehouse Me no Jane, me Tarzan :) Tarzan’s tree house in the background Now, me the monster! Bye bye Disneyland, been lovely visiting you Share this:Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading... http://manjulikapramod.wordpress.com manjulikapramod It was a great post and happy me for being around on a virtual tour.. We missed the Disneyland on our trip to Paris and I regret it more now… But we plan Hong-Kong soon.. the tips will be very handy, thanks for sharing…. http://evanescentthoughts.wordpress.com Avada Kedavra I looooove Disneyland n Disney world (more) and have been there like 4-5 times 😀 But havent been to HKG one.. looks like it is nice.. were there any extra shows/rides which you really liked? Pingback: What are some good, female/male Disney Characters to dress up as to go to disneyland? | dress up girls() http://xoxymoronsx.wordpress.com/author/fuzzylogic2000/ Fuzzy Logic Indeed, Disneyland is a magical, wonderful happy kingdom! The one in Paris has another set of lands, Fantasy land included! And they have the most gorgeous candied apples and caramel popcorn.