Disneyland of course.
When a friend invited me to Hong Kong for her wedding, I immediately thought we’ll bring the girls there for Disneyland. The grandpa was initially not convinced that the husband and I will be able to take good care of his precious granddaughters so he persuaded Sophia to stay in Singapore saying he’ll bring her to an indoor playground and she actually agreed to that notwithstanding the photos of Disneyland I showed her! She didn’t know what she was missing out on at that time of course. After being there there’s no way she would make that decision again.
We stayed at the Disneyland hotel and got 2 day park tickets. We got the magic access membership for Sophia on recommendations that it will pay for itself in discounts. I think for us we broke even or made a slight loss because none of us are interested in character dining and we are not crazy about the merchandise either.
Among all the fascinating rides and attractions, Sophia’s favourite was the blast lightyear astro blasters (or “the shooting game”) which we adults enjoyed as well. I especially enjoyed it because by a fluke I achieved a level 5 score when Sophia was with me and she proudly showed off to the daddy that mummy had a higher score than him.
Overall Sophia had the most fun of course while Sandra and I did a lot of waiting around for her to be back from rides but there are a surprisingly large number of rides suitable for babies.
1. If you go on a weekday that does not coincide with a special China holiday like the golden week, queues are actually very manageable. Apart from a new Stitch Encounter which we gave up on because the queue didn’t even appear to move for forever, average wait time was something like 15 minutes, or less.
2. If you like Asian food, food at the park is actually quite good. Unlike most theme parks I’ve been to that only offers greasy fried food, Hong Kong Disneyland has things like has Cantonese roasts and noodles that taste quite decent. Of course they can’t be compared to the best Hong Kong has to offer but is well above the average Singaporean food court standard.
3. Go during winter. Even though it was early December that we went, the weather was perfect, not at all cold. I imagine summer will be quite uncomfortable.
4. Most visitors are from the PRC. The cast members are clearly more proficient in Mandarin than English although most know enough English to get the job done. Although the PRC visitors got a bad rep for queue cutting and other uncultured behaviour when the park first opened, and indeed we got the brunt of when we visited back the , during this trip, most that I encountered were well mannered and rules abiding.
5. Hong Kong Disneyland seems to be in the no man’s land between being a one day park and a two day park. It is possible to complete it in a day if you dash in at rope drop and follow a completely type A schedule, which I am totally capable of doing. With young kids in tow though, I would recommend slowing down and accounting for naps and long meals.
6. It’s a great park for younger kids. Most rides have no height limits or a height limit that is very manageable (they’ll hit it almost once they are able to walk kind)
7. Stickers! All the cast members have stashes of stickers to give out. Other than maybe the characters since they have no pockets. But seriously even the Cleaners give out stickers if you ask for them. It’s sticker paradise and which kid doesn’t love stickers?