Friday, October 02, 2015

151002 Disneyland HK

we woke up around 9am for Disney, and had breakfast at mac before we went over. i like the breakfast item here. the crazy woman from yesterday was still around. it was quite creepy...

anyway since we decided there wouldn't be any worthy rides and we'll just take a look around and snap pictures for memories sake at disney, so there's actually not much need to be there early. and of course, Disney, on a Friday of a Golden Week (and the second day of Halloween at that) would be FILLED with people. thank goodness we managed to skip the ticket queue since my sister gave me 2 free tickets to enter.

first stop - tomorrow land~

 saw some cute balloons there!! see baymax~

come to think of it, the queues to the attractions were not as bad as i thought. ew took at most 30mins to wait, and our first ride on Tomorrowland only took 5mins since we went for the Single rider queue. couldn't really see anything inside since it was pitch black but you're supposed to feel like you're floating around the universe. not a bad ride!

daytime in front of the castle!

the second roller coaster we took in the park is in the mines area. selfie while waiting! took only 30mins, was pretty fast.

wahhahah tried to snap a selfie while on the ride. wheeee. it's not very fast but there's a nice fallback along the tracks when you think you almost reach the end. pretty neat~

there's a 'volcano' that erupts water in the middle, just behind us. if you're not careful you'll get super splashed! really like this pic that we took using the portable sony selfcam. hehe.

and he says... the criminal always have to look this cheeky.

we have a booth here? well, it was actually just an escape from the heat. there's strong fans in all the selling cart areas. hoho.

roaming around the water areas while waiting for lion king. the water is supposed to erupt whenever a boat comes near. this is also the only attraction that changed for halloween.

found a waterfall area that had no one here! no one! unfortunately this is the last photo we took before our cute sony cam ran out of batt T_T

the only thing that was worthy of queuing in the whole place was probably Lion King musical. we roamed around till it was 1.25pm (the show was supposed to start at 2pm, and they only allowed people to enter half an hour before), then went over to join the queue. the moment the door entered for people to go in, everyone RAN. the announcer had already warned the people not to run, and to stay a suitable distance away so we wouldn't be suffocated in the heat, but well, we still ran... because apparently it was better to watch the show from the front seats. and being blended in with so many chinese, this sentence rung true - if you can't beat them, join them. if not we'll just get shoved outta the way and our efforts would come to naught...

we managed to get the first 4 rows and it was already good enough i guess. the show was really good! it started with a bang - very strong singing by the witch, and huge gigantic mobile floats.

there was a moving stage in the middle, fire acts, acrobatics and synchronised dancing and convincing singing/acting.

the part for simba and nalan was really nice. love the song and that acrobatic flying dancer!!!

i really really like the whole set up and whatever pictures i took they just all look awesome.

it was just a pity the whole show was SO FAST. the whole plot was done in 30mins, it was as if they were rushing to complete within the time frame. it was still entertaining!

the next show we queued for was frozen. we wanted to catch the 2.45 show just right after lion king, but it seems that you had to get a reservation pass to go in, or queue 2 hrs for the next show. we roamed around a bit before coming back for the 4+pm show - and it started raining super heavily. in actual fact, the rain was sort of in and out every 2 hrs or so. every time it rained, the crowd will clear, which was good. however, my poor sandals could not take it and gave way. the left strap fell off, and i had to borrow scotch tape from a random cart employee. then the right strap gave way, and the backstrap. so in the end, my namchin's creativity came into use and we turned the sandal into just 1 front strap, which kinda lasted me the rest of the day. it was so awkward to be stepping around with the left and right shoe showing differently - but what gives!!

since we had some time to spare, we looked around and managed to catch the float parade

the disney princesses cosplayers are so lovely...!!

anyway, back to the frozen show. when we reached the queue, we were told that it was full, and we had to queue for the 6pm show.since there was pretty much nothing left for us to explore further, we joined the queue in the turns our that the theatre was very small - probably could accomodate only 300 or lesser, that's why the seats were filling up so fast. it was also partly because of the frozen craze of course - every other kid seemed to be wearing an elsa costume every where we go...but it was definitely not because the show was good.

you cannot believe how sneaky the china fellows are... they were behind us but once the door opens to this indoor waiting areas, they squeezed past everyone and eventually went to the first in the queue!!! i had tried to block the auntie whenever she looked like she was about to cut my queue, but the space inside was too big for me to block and her whole family just barged all the way through. it started off a huge argument with a local family who was already waiting at the front, but the employees didn't manage to get the group to stand back where they were. so they became second in line. since we were closely following them, we were actually somewhere 4-5th in line. lol. join them if you can't win them, like i said. 

anyway the 2hrs was definitely not worth it. 2 random mcs came out for a recap of the whole story and we were shown scenes from the animation, with singalong lyrics. they were on stage 95% of the time and seemed more like the main characters than the cast of frozen...

i'm not sure what's the point. the anna cosplayer and the guy really looked like they stepped out of the show though. elsa, on the other hand, paled in comparison with the 2.

there was of cos the souvenir shops to visit too... there's a place in the middle where you can go in to slide and take pictures but all the people were trying to get in so we thought we'll avoid the place entirely.

it was POURING when we got out the area. jeez. walked right over to mystic point, hoping that halloween has already started.

i guess we had too high an expectation since USS. all disney did was to darken the whole mystic point area and switched on some eerie green lights. there was supposed to be a grizzly bear on the loose or people scaring passerbys, but i supposed it couldn't work out due to the rain. we took the mystic manor ride, which was actually pretty interesting. you get taken through all the collectibles in the house.

our next station was the toy storyland.

took the loop car, which was SO FAST - like, it ended in 5 swings. not even enough to get us in the mood. took some pictures, and headed to fantasy land. managed to take the pooh ride there, for we've heard that it was supposed to be a good ride, since there was fast pass issued. turns out that i might have loved it if i was 20years younger. the ride basically takes you through the land of pooh via a slow car ride... thank goodness i didn't wait 60mins for this in the noon! in the night it was only 20mins.

there was supposed to be fireworks at 9pm, and we camped in front of the disney castle like everyone else. took some night scene before we started to camp.

wanted to head back actually to avoid the post-fireworks crowd, but decided to stay anyway. we entertained ourselves for 45mins w hercules movie before it start but i've already watched it and was bored. we bought orange juice from a nearby cart stall which cost 30hkd... and it tasted like rubber. ughhh. but anyway staying for the fireworks was a good decision. although the fireworks at everland is still the best, it'is still a show that brings memories of our childhood, with all the synchronization of the fireworks and the disney songs. i really like all my picsssss so prettyyyyy~

we managed to still take the train normally after a final picture of dumbo near the entrance.

back at mongkok, we looked around for dinner places. mr kong was starved since we basically survived on only 1 pack of squid + 1 matcha castella, and water for the whole day. and found a good ramen shop just at lady's street. only ordered 1 as we didn't know the standard, but i'm craving it again! the soup is not too salty, just nice for our liking.

we continued to have sushi at the place next to it. i was actually attracted to the onsen egg pictures they had... they were having a 40% sale off side orders after 10pm. neat!

our bill still went over 150hkd in the end, despite the few dishes. oh well...

in the hotel, i realised that the aunty actually came in to clean the room. but she did a terrible job. the urine stains on the toilet was not removed at all. the towels were still the same, and the bedsheet not changed. i can so easily tell with all the hairs still stuck on it. i can only conclude that she swept the floor and arranged our bed, for this room cleaning service. would rather she don't do it and let us have a peace of mind by not allowing people into our rooms...

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