Friday, November 29, 2013

Hong Kong 2013 | Sparkling Family Christmas in HK Disneyland

Hong Kong Disneyland's Sparking Christmas is taking place now until 5 Jan 2014. Our family spent a memorable 3D2N there celebrating an early festive Christmas with Mickey and friends :) It was our first time in HKDL, as well as Lil Pumpkin's first time in Hong Kong!

Once you step into the theme park, you can instantly feel the Christmas atmosphere. All the storefronts are dressed with festive garlands, lights and ornaments... and a grand Christmas tree greets you right at the front of Main Street, U.S.A.

All the Disney characters are dressed in their new Christmas outfits and I'm so glad that we managed to take lots of family shots with...

Or of them haha! Here's Duffy the Disney Bear in his Christmas suit :) If you're not that familiar with him, don't worry as he only became very famous in recent years. As the story goes, Minnie Mouse created Duffy for Mickey Mouse as he was packing for a long voyage at sea. Duffy's one of the unique Disney characters in that he was not first featured in any Disney movie or television show until he made his television debut in the 2010 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade.

We queued up about an hour just to meet and greet Mickey and Minnie Mouse! So crazy, I know but I feel that it's so worth it when you see the smile on Lil Pumpkin's face :) She was absolutely delighted to hug and hang out with all the Disney stars!

Mickey and Minnie are definitely the most popular characters to take photos with, as the queue for the rest of the characters is just about 20 minutes. Mickey and Minnie are situated at Town Square so I suggest if you want to meet them, that's the first place you should go when you enter the park before it gets too crowded.  For meet-and-greets, you can use your own camera and/or the park photographers' camera to take the photos for you. They are very gracious and usually allow you to take more than one shot e.g. just the children themselves and then a whole family shot.

Highly excited Christmas eleves were roaming along Main Street, U.S.A. spreading the holiday merriment and taking photos with guests too! I wonder how they keep their energy up all day haha

We loved the Christmas marching band performing heartwarming Christmas tunes throughout the day. Lil Pumpkin and the boy had the opportunity to be "conductors" and lead them for one of the songs too! Such a nice treat!

When night fell, we got to enjoy the dazzling Christmas illumination where Santa Goofy, Mickey and Minnie arrived on their elegant sleigh and sang Christmas songs.

You can also catch sight of a majestic procession of dancers holding large luminous snowflakes...

Before the whole of Main Street, U.S.A. starts snowing!!! It's pretty chilly in Hong Kong at night now so it really suited the whole festive atmosphere.

The Christmas tree illumination occurs about 6.45pm daily and the whole Main Street gets really packed. This is the time to go for the popular rides though as the queues will be shorter :P

About 8pm and 9pm, it's the famous Disneyland fireworks time!!! Absolutely breath-taking and it lasts for a good 20 minutes or so. Lil Pumpkin really loved this part of the night!

One of the new features you should look out for during a trip this period is the all-new Christmas special Puppets in the Park. Enchanting stories are being told at the new Toy Story Land, Grizzly Gulch and Mystic Point every day this Christmas. Kids can immerse themselves in the "Let's Tell a Toy Story" adventures at Toy Story Land by volunteering to help tell the stories of Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear with fun props. In addition to listening to the heartwarming story of "The Winter Wish" at Grizzly Gulch {above}, visitors can also learn about the fascinating "Adventures of Lord Henry" at Mystic Point with a shadow puppet show performed by a S.E.A {Indonesian??} puppetry troupe.

All the puppet shows are in Cantonese though so for us that didn't understand the language, it was hard to truly appreciate the stories. However, they were still very entertaining to watch. Each puppet show lasts for about 15 minutes.

Only for this Christmas season as well, there's the new Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Daisy Christmas sculpture in front of Sleeping Beauty's Castle that makes for a beautiful photo background.

There are special Christmas dishes at HKDL now and this Seared Scallops with Mango Salad and Coca-Cola Molecues is part of the Main Street Corner Cafe Coca-Cola Christmas Menu {HK$288/set}. Yes, Coca-Cola is added to all the dishes in this set!!

The boy and I had the Braised Beef Cheek with Coca-Cola BBQ Sauce on Mashed Potatoes & Roasted Root Vegetables. It was very tender and look at that cute reindeer beetroot cutting! 

Lil Pumpkin had the Poached Sole & Salmon Fillet in Coca-Cola Velouté Vegetable Fettucine. She couldn't finish the whole dish and didn't really like the vegetable fettucine. I enjoyed it though as it was kinda crunchy.

Dessert was Coca-Cola Crème Brûlée with Fresh Berries. The Coca-Cola taste is really strong with this one and it was quite exotic.

There are over 110 Christmas collectibles exclusively sold at Hong Kong Disneyland including personalised Disney Christmas ornaments {takes about 30 minutes engraving time}, Disney themed warm winter wear, all-new Mickey & Minnie plush toys and assorted cookes. You can have a look at our shopping haul to see what souvenirs we brought back, and also take part in my HKDL Goodie Bag Giveaway {worth over S$90 each} here!

If you're looking to begin your magical Christmas journey at Hong Kong Disneyland, visit their website and see Superadriannme's video for more trip ideas. I hope you'll enjoy your stay as much as we did :) It's a great place for the young, and those young at heart. Also, see Lil Pumpkin transformed into one of the Disney Princesses at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique!

P.S. Check how you can win a 3D2N trip for 2 to Hong Kong here! All you need is an Instagram account!

* Disclosure: Hong Kong Disneyland Sparking Christmas family trip was partially sponsored by Hong Kong Disneyland. No monetary compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.


Unknown said...

A Disneyland Christmas looks SO much fun! I bet L'il Pumpkin really adored the princess treatment too. She looks supercute in that costume.

Susan said...

Wow, the Christmas atmosphere in Disneyland must make the experience extra magical. We also spent some queuing to have our photo taken with Mickey and Minnie but it seemed like the most fitting thing to do in Disneyland.

Theresa Mahoney said...

I love how the characters are dressed so festive! And I love the princess lil pumpkin chose. Tangled is one of my favorite Disney films!

Lucy @ Bake Play Smile said...

This looks absolutely amazing! I can't believe the coca-cola menu! Incredible! I would love to go there! We spent New Years Eve in Malaysia a couple of years ago and it was just beautiful! xx Lucy from Bake Play Smile

Stacy said...

Christmas must be the very best time to visit Disneyland! I DIDN'T like having to queue up for photos with the characters. (Gahh an hour?! Can't imagine doing that with my kiddos!) Having gone to HK Disneyland not long after Korea's Everland, couldn't help comparing that Everland had lotsa characters going round the park and you could take pics as you pleased. Thought that Disneyland could well afford to hire A FEW Mickey/Minnies! Kiamsiap hehe.

Grace said...

Oooh, I love the magic of Disney!
I think it's fabulous that HK has a Disneyland because if we can't ever make it to the one in Tokyo, we'll definitely head to the one in HK.

Lil Pumpkin makes a gorgeous Disney Princess!

oomph. said...

how fun and exciting! would be nice to make it these, but we are actually planning our disney california trip next year!