Sunday, February 27, 2011

The Magic of Disneyland

It's every child's dream to go to Disneyland, the happiest place in the world where their juvenile fantasies come true. Last 2009, I was able to realize that dream.

aboard the Disney coach
It was our 3rd and last day in Hong Kong, we went to Mongkok first to buy some souvenirs. It was easy going around the city especially by train, they are all interconnected.
Welcome to Disneyland
We arrived at Disneyland at around 3pm. It was a mistake going there late as we missed the other attractions. I should have done my research and did not presume that the park closes at 10pm, it does not. It closes at 8.
Enter the happiest place in the world
Once inside, we wasted no time and started the most important thing of all: picture taking! :) the queue to pose with Disney characters are usually long but who's complaining?! :D

With Minnie Mouse, ain't she pretty? :)

 Hong Kong Disneyland is divided into 4 main areas: Main Street, Adventureland, Tomorrowland and Fantasyland. We didn't have the chance to check out Adventureland because we lacked time.

Walking around Main Street, we were able to bump into more characters. We then headed to Tomorrowland and took more photos. We have not done anything else yet. 
Donald Duck is uber cute with his Halloween outfit

goofing with goofy

We went to explore Fantasyland and saw there three gazebos with Mickey, Minnie and Winnie so again, lined up we did. The staff announced that the Disney Characters are only accommodating photo ops until 6pm to prepare for the parade at 7pm. 

the most popular of 'em all, MICKEY MOUSE
It was past 5 already, I was getting worried I might not be able to have photos with all three of them. I still have to line up twice after Mickey. The queue are long and every like 10minutes, the characters go to their rooms to maybe breathe some air. 
Finally, we met, adorable POOH. Haha. He was my favorite when I was in High School. :D
Still a few minutes before 6pm, I had my last photo with Minnie. Yay! I was relieved. Time now to do something else aside from taking pictures and stalking Walt Disney's friends. haha.

My pretty sistah, Minnie Mouse in a different outfit.
My first ride after 3 hours in the park, I knew I needed to try this one no matter how boring it may look like. For me, Disneyland is.... the Disney Characters and these Alice in Wonderland teacups. I did not want to miss this. Mother did not ride, she said it might make her dizzy. Indeed, the ride was dizzying. It was fun though, not boring like what I initially thought.
Back when I was still a child, when I think of Disneyland, these teacups are what comes to mind.

I have always wanted to travel the whole world. While I may not do that in just a few years, It's A Small World can take me around the globe for just a couple of minutes. Yeeeh.. I'm excited!! :)  
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The facade of It's A Small World

Inside, we sailed "around the world" in a small boat while listening to the song "It's A Small World" repeatedly played in different languages. The scenes were very beautiful and creatively presented. 
The children of all cultures

Cambodia or Thailand? It seems hard to tell. Perhaps a combination of both. :)
Arabians? :)

The Netherlands

Presenting: The Philippines! :) Ladies in a nipa hut wearing their Terno and oh, look how cute that Tarsier is!

animated figures

Lilo and Stitch
On the way out, "PAALAM" ^.^ the word "goodbye" is also written in many other languages

My mom liked It's A Small World the most. It was really very pretty inside. :) My favorite was the Philhar Magic 3D/4D Show. The graphics were so believable that I got carried away and found myself reaching for a diamond ring. haha. There was also a scene where water splashed and us audience were sprinkled with water too. hihi. Another favorite of mine was the Space Mountain, it was the last ride we had and I was so happy we got there before they closed its entrance. The ride was exhilarating. My mom found it scary but I loved it, I was screaming at the top of my lungs. haha.

Not long after we got out of the Space Mountain, the Disney characters and the park's performers paraded. After that was one of the most anticipated attraction in Disneyland, the fireworks at the Sleeping Beauty Castle which was very spectacular and if I must say, magical. :)  With the splendid fireworks illuminating the castle and harmoniously dancing to the song Beauty and the Beast, how much more magical can something get? :) I wasn't able to take any more photos though, my camera was drained out of battery.

Suffice it to say, it was another dream come true. <3 I left the park with my juvenile heart jumping up and down. :)

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