This is the second post on our 4D3N Hong Kong trip that was highlighted by the visit to Hong Kong Disneyland. Here is an almost complete guide to the magical land that is surely a must-visit place if you’re heading to Hong Kong, be it with kids, or just for the kids in you.
Here’s the almost complete guide to the magical kingdom through my eyes 😀
Magical Train to Hong Kong Disneyland
Firstly, to get there.
From Hong Kong island, take the train from Central to Sunny Bay station, then hop onto the Magical train that takes you all the way to Disneyland straight up.
The train ride should last a little over 30 minutes, we purchased the 3 day unlimited pass with return trips to the airport that costs 300 HKD. Value for money as the airport trips cost 160 HKD both ways already.
the beautiful Disneyland Hotel
We spent 2 nights at South Pacific Hotel on Hong Kong island, and while that was a pretty good hotel in a nice location with plenty of good street foods (read my account of Street Food in Hong Kong), Disneyland Hotel is in another class on its own. The building was impressive, and really without a doubt, put one in the whole Disney mood.
Snow white and the Disneyland Hotel courtyard
Snow White was having a photo session with the kids at the lobby while we were checking in. The courtyard at the hotel is just as impressive as the interior and the room we were in. Check out the green maze that’s made out of plants, and I thought these stuff only exists in storybooks.
Hong Kong Disneyland entrance
After having an excellent lunch at the Crystal Lotus restaurant within the hotel (which I’ll blog about soon), we checked in our bags and headed straight to the park with out Disneyland tickets on hand.
There’re free shuttle bus service going around Disneyland park – Disneyland Hotel – Disney’s Hollywood Hotel every 15 minutes or so.
A few pictures at the beautiful fountain in front of the gate and then we’re in!
Main Street USA and upcoming Christmas decoration
First stop was Main Street USA. Which was, well, set up to look like a sort of cowboy town in US.
Here you find a lot of souvenir shops and a few restaurants, the Disney parade is usually conducted here too, but at our time of visit they were preparing for the upcoming Christmas decoration so parade was sorta on hold. The gingerbread town in the photo above wasn’t fully ready, but by now they should be. We will come back to Main Street a little later.
Tomorrowland and Buzz Lightyear Astro Blaster
Going pass the Sleeping Beauty’s castle and made a right turn, we arrived at Tomorrowland. The first attraction we went on was the Buzz Lightyear Astro Blaster.
The 3D (and super convincing) Buzz gave us the low down and instructions on what we should do, then off we go in the ride. It’s a sort of lasertag ride and you get to shoot targets and keep a score, I got 68800 – pretty impressive for a first timer, not to mention super auspicious too.
And the fun had just begun.
the awesome Space Mountain Ride
Next we went on the most thrilling ride at HongKong Disneyland – the Space Mountain.
This is a roller coaster that’s in almost total darkness. I don’t know how high we went, but it was pretty high, and insanely fast too. The ride was so fun we ended up doing it twice more on the next day. This is definitely a ride not to be missed if you are a thrill seeker. I tried to take a video but I guess the super low light condition didn’t help.
the many adventure of Winnie the Pooh, Dumbo’s flying circus
Next stop was the Fantasyland, and after the thrill and spills at Space Mountain, we decided to have something that is easier on the stomach. We went on the Dumbo’s flying circus. This ride goes pretty high and provides a good bird eye’s view on the whole Fantasyland.
The many adventure of Winnie the Pooh is another ride that I enjoyed a lot. It was like reading a life size animated flip out storybook by sitting on a cart. Pretty cool even for an adult, the kids must love this to bits.
the Golden Mickeys award show
We then head to the Golden Mickeys award show. The broadway style show lasted some 40 minutes and it was a lot of fun, I am left wondering how the actors could do this day in and day out, the performance must have taken a lot of energy, and they have to do a number of shows every day.
Tarzen’s Treehouse and Jungle River Cruise
By the time the show ended, it was starting to get dark already. We went onto the next destination – Adventureland.
The Jungle River Cruise came in 3 languages – Mandarin, Cantonese, and English with a pretty heavy Hong Kong accent. It was an adventurous cruise around the waterway that had a lot of wild animals, head hunters, booby traps, and fire caves. This while the funny narrator cum boatman tried to made us laugh, scared, and slightly wet at the same time.
After that we hop on the raft that takes us to the Tarzen’s Treehouse. The trail going up and eventually down from the treehouse also presents Tarzen’s story as you go, a pretty relaxing attraction. At the top of the treehouse, the entirely Adventureland comes into view.
the fireworks at Sleeping Beauty’s castle
The announcement for the fireworks came as we were still at Adventureland, so we quickly made our way back to Mainstreet USA where a huge crowd has already built up in front of the Sleeping Beauty’s Castle.
Then there was the fireworks. Fireworks must be one of the most amusing things ever invented, no matter how many times I look at them, I’m still amazed. The backdrop made it that much more beautiful too.
Mainstreet USA at night, and the trail to Disneyland Hotel
The park came to a close after the fireworks, we worked our way out along with the crowd.
Instead of queueing up for the shuttle bus, we decided to take the pretty long walk back to Disneyland Hotel. That turned out to be a good decision. The walkway from Disneyland to the hotels is actually a beautiful garden that had, among the nicely manicured plants, a stunning fountain too. The weather was very pleasant at 20+ Celsius.
We then had dinner at Chef Mickey’s restaurant at Disney’s Hollywood hotel, which I shall write about soon.
and a couple pictures with Diasy Duck
We had 2 days worth of Disneyland Park’s passes, so there was no wasting. After breakfast and a couple pictures with Daisy Duck, we went off to the Park again.
Autopia, and Haze in the train going around Disneyland Hong Kong
Our first stop was the Autopia, it was sort of a go-kart on track that showcases the future with electric car. This is an attraction that would amuse kids more than adults, but kinda fun nonetheless.
We then hop on the train that goes around the entire park. There’re a surprise on the ride, but I shall not spoil it for you.
Street performers and Merlin speaking Cantonese!
We then went on the Space Mountain ride twice more.
There are also quite a lot of street performances around the park, like these two guys above, and also Merlin who speaks Cantonese. Never a dull moment.
Sleeping Beauty Castle, Mickey’s PhilharMagic
Just prior to lunch, we attended Mickey’s PhilharMagic show, a 3D (with glasses) that features not only 3D visuals, but also wind, water, and smell too. That was an interesting experience, I was so glad we didn’t miss it.
After lunch at the Tahiti Terrace, it was time to go back to the hotel to get our bags and make our way back to the airport.
Hong Kong Disneyland certainly didn’t disappoint. You need at least a full day (we did it in 2 half days) to get everything out of it, it’ll be a somewhat tiring day but you’ll surely leave with a smile.
I went to Hong Kong for the first time over the last weekends, spent a very happy 4 days 3 nights. Hong Kong is probably the capital of street food that you eat on the go. This probably stemmed from the fact that most restaurants are too packed, and when you have a place to sit, lunch time might have been over by then.
So, here are some of the stuff we managed to try, none of these food requires nor provides table & chair.
fish ball stall that sells more than fish balls
If you watched Hong Kong movies from the 80s and 90s, there’re always scenes of hawkers selling fish ball on portable stalls. These small business owners will push their stalls running away from cops on first sighting.
Well, there aren’t portable stalls anymore but you can find all these stalls on virtually every other street corners. Typical item on the menu will be various types of fish/beef/meat balls, pancakes, beef tripes, and my favorite – octopus tentacles, very yummy! They’re usually priced from around 10 HKD onwards.
yummy grilled meat, innards, and sausage
We stayed at South Pacific Hotel at Wan Chai on Hong Kong island for the first two nights, and there’s this little grill meat place that operates from evening till late that we visited a couple times. There’s a variety of sausages, pig innards, chicken wings, grill duck/chicken/pork, and even abalone.
My favorite was the grilled 3 layer pork, so succulent and tasty! That was around 10 HKD too. The lady will grill the meat (which was usually already half grilled) on the spot when you order.
yummy egg tart with fluffy pastry
Bakeries are abundant in Hong Kong too. We tried this egg tart from a random bakery by the name of Golden Peach Bakery at Wan Chai and it turned out to be better than any I had in Malaysia, better than John King egg tart at Pavilion KL, which I thought was pretty good. The pastry is very fluffy and the content delicious.
coagulated pork blood and intestine
Opposite Nathan’s road at Mong Kok, I spotted this other fish ball etc shop that offers coagulated pork blood with intestine. Of course I couldn’t give this a miss, for 15 HKD I had one of the best combinations of pork product in a little styrofoam bowl. Keep a look out for this if you’re in Hong Kong, not every stall offers this dish.
Haze ordering stinky tofu at Mong Kok
And no Hong Kong trip is complete without sampling stinky tofu. We found this shop with our nose at Mong Kok (directly opposite Starbucks and located at the end of Sai Yong Choi Road).
The stinky tofu costs 7 HKD each and was actually came in a rather big piece, you then add the spicy or sweet sauce on your own. Very yummy, but a clothing clip on your nose might be advisable.
There’re more Hong Kong posts to come so stay tuned!
Just checked into Disneyland Hotel, HK isn’t a place with many wifi spots but luckily the lobby of the hotel has free wifi service.
Spotted Snow White having photo sessions with kids, lovely place.
Having lunch at Crystal Lotus restaurant at the hotel now, with suckling pig + bun, yum max. Will be back to KL tomorrow night but first, whole day and a half’s Disney tour! 😀
I had actually been to Canton-i a couple of times prior to the kind invitation by Wai Kong of PRKraft for this proper food review session. I was pretty excited about the review as my previous visits were rather positive. In fact, it was my god mom who brought me there for the first time, which explains the lack of posting and photos from my prior visits.
chef: herro I am from Hong Kong!
Canton-i is run by the same people who brought us the Dragon-i chain, same ownership, same management, and operated in a very similar style in terms of set up and the way ingredients are sourced. The biggest difference is, while Dragon-i concentrate on Shanghai cuisine, Canton-i brings Hong Kong food to Malaysia in its original form. As explained by Kong, there is always at least an experience chef from Hong Kong at the branch to oversee the operations.
roasted bbq pastry, egg yolk in custard buns, egg tarts
Suan and I arrived at the Mid Valley Gardens’ branch to find Sid & Sunny from BigBoysOven already there. We started out with a few light dishes you might find at dimsum places. The roasted bbq pastry was nice (something like seremban siu pao), and the egg yolk in custard buns with its rich and hot liquid ingredients reminds me of the excellent creamy and flowy custard from SOHO. As for the egg tarts, they were really delicious to the point that Suan actually asked for more to bring home for her parents.
roasted and bbq pork, veal ribs in black pepper sauce, roasted goose
You can never claim to have proper Hong Kong food without these roasted and bbq dishes. This session was actually my first time tasting roasted goose, and it was one of those food moments you never forget. Like the first time you had durian, or raw fish sushi. I thought roasted duck was good, but goose is just a whole other level when it comes to taste and especially the texture. Very smooth and succulent. I love it.
The bbq pork (char siu) and roasted pork (siu yok) were of pretty good standard as well. The skin from siu yok is crunchy and the meat of very nice cuts with proper skin/fat/meat ratio. Honey and mustard is served with the meat for those who prefer to have a little kick with it. The veal ribs in black pepper sauce is similar to steamed pork ribs you find at typical dim sum place, except the slightly gamy taste to it, might not be everyone’s cup of tea.
steamed pea-sprout dumpling with scallop, steamed wheat buns, chee cheong fun with yau char kuai, cuttled fish pancake
The next dim sum dish was the pea sprout dumpling with scallop which was rather sophisticated in the looks department and tasted pretty nice as well. The steamed wheat buns though, is something that’s supposed to be healthy, I thought they tasted just alright.
Chee cheong fun with yau char kuai is an interesting dish, combining two old school breakfast favorites into one. I would however, only describe it as far as being interesting. Didn’t exactly like the combination that much myself.
The cuttle fish pancake, on the other hand, is easily one of my favorites for the day. Firm texture with a slightly crunchy skin and that savory taste of cuttle fish. It was very very nice, even better than those very good fish cakes from, for example, the fish ball soup place near Atria.
shrimp dumpling wantan mee, pork ribs wantan mee, carp fish ball and lettuce congee
The shrimp dumpling wan tan mee was actually one of the first dishes I’ve ever eaten at Canton-i, a pretty non nonsense Hong Kong style wan tan mee that hold it’s place pretty well. You can choose between having the dry or soup versions. However, the pork ribs wan tan mee only comes in the dry version, I believe.
Another specialty of Canton-i is the carp fish ball lettuce congee. While I didn’t exactly fancy the taste of carp fish ball, the congee itself was very smooth (and steaming hot) and delicious, I actually ordered some other type of porridge on my subsequent visit to this place.
steamed shark fin dumpling in superior soup, marinated cuttlefish with bean curd, deep-fried durian fritters, milk with ginger sauce
As we thought our stomachs couldn’t handle it anymore, we were served even more food. The steamed shark fin dumpling in superior soup was nice, and interestingly with the soup tasted even better than the dumpling. Reminding me of the excellent soup I had at Emperor Chinese restaurant at Sheraton Subang. We also had another classic Hong Kong food, the marinated cuttlefish with bean curd. I liked the bean curd but can’t say I enjoyed eating the marinated cuttlefish though, it was just chewy and slightly sour.
For dessert, we were fed some deep-fried durian fritters which we surprisingly good (made with real durian). Then there’s the milk with ginger sauce that looks and tasted pretty similar to taufufar (soya bean curd) except even smoother and well, slightly milky.
KY, black & white evaporated milk, big boys oven, suanie
I ended the meal with a cup of milk tea made with imported Black&White evaporated milk that is common in Hong Kong. This was an overly very satisfying meal, I almost couldn’t walk.
Prices at Canton-i is pretty reasonable considering the quality of food as well as its location and settings. Dishes are from RM 7 or more for dim sum, wantan mee costs from around RM 12. You can have a decent meal for as low as RM 20 per person, or run the bill a lot higher if you are into more lavish dishes. Expect crowd during busy lunch/dinner time.
LG 202 & 203A, Lower Ground Floor
Mid Valley Gardens
GPS: 3.118675, 101.676085
Tel: 03-2284 6888
G-208, Second Floor
1 Utama Shopping Centre
GPS: 3.150050, 101.615939
Tel: 03-7729 7888