Hey, Mickey, It’s You Again!


I suddenly found myself on a trip to HK, which I was partially unprepared for. One, I thought it wouldn’t push through, and two, if it did, I thought I was going alone. Thank goodness I had a colleague with me (imagine geographically challenged me finding my way in a foreign country – never mind that it’s a country I’ve been to a couple of times in the past). Anyway, we had only a full day free before we had to head back to Manila so we sort of weighed the pros and cons between Disneyland and Ocean Park and decided to go with the former.
Our first stop? Mickey and Minnie photo op! I didn’t get a picture with them last time I was here (since we lined up at Fantasy Land, and you can only have a photo with one character at a time there) and it was my companion’s first time, so we braved the glaring sun and the almost two-hour queue for this:

Voila! Mission Accomplished! Okay, on to my outfit (geez, hadn’t done this in a long time!): lace cardigan from my sister in law, top from Ever New, leather shorts from Forever 21, boat shoes from Sperry, and my “paparazzi” shades from Michael Kors
It’s lucky that we started out early since the queues weren’t that long at most of the rides/attractions. We even got to ride Autopia in less than 15 mins (compared to the almost one hour wait I endured with the hubby and little brat)!


Even though I spent two full days here just two months ago, there were several parts of the park I wasn’t able to visit and I made sure we got to visit those this time (again, luckily, my companion didn’t want to walk and wait in the sun too much so indoors it was for us).
 Went to It’s A Small World – which is actually for very little kids, as you are treated to a montage of the different cultures/races around the world (both real and fantasy – they even had flying carpets and mermaids) while floating down a small “river” on a motorized boat.

One of my favorites 🙂

I honestly enjoyed it! It was so colourful and I felt quite proud that they put a portion for the Philippines!
Look! Our tarsier has its own spot!


The afternoon parade was scheduled early this time around so we had to dash from our little boat ride to Sleeping Beauty’s castle to catch the parade. I was a bit worried it would be the one where they spray you with water but this one was fairly water-free. Hihi.

Look at the crowd!
I am somehow reminded of Michael Jackson with this ensemble.
Pooh!


Oh, I finally got a bit up-close with the Disney Princesses! Too bad Aurora wouldn’t look our way.
Cinderella
Snow White and Belle (Aurora was standing to Belle’s left, but she was facing backwards, so…:(
Right after the parade, we headed back to Fantasy Land, just in time to catch The Golden Mickeys – one of the highlights of this trip. I was immediately sorry we didn’t take Joey to watch this show. Again, we were lucky coz the queue wasn’t too long and we only waited 15 minutes or so.



Almost all the famous characters were there – Mickey and the gang, Mulan, Ariel, Tarzan, Belle and the Beast… I particularly liked the Beauty and the Beast segment where they started off dancing behind a curtain and then the stage was transformed into a huge ballroom!

 And then there was also the Little Mermaid segment and well, you all know how much I love Ariel. Under The Sea was my ring tone for years because of this movie. Too bad flash photography wasn’t allowed and I couldn’t get a decent photo from where I was seated at the back.


I loved the show so much I actually wanted to line up again. 

After that, it was another indoor activity for us – this time, the Mickey Philharmagic. Well, the show was in 3D so I have no photos to show you but it was really good. I got dizzy joining Donald on his wild flying carpet ride and got literally sprayed with water when he went under the sea to visit Ariel (and yes, I got teary eyed hearing Jodi Benson’s voice singing Part of Your World).
It was getting dark by then so we made another mad dash to Toy Story Land. Too bad that the Parachute ride had a verryyy long queue; the estimate was actually 90 minutes before you can enjoy a three-minute ride. So, no thanks. We weren’t about to miss the fireworks for this. Haha.

On our way to the most recent addition to the park, Grizzly Gulch, we passed by the still under construction Mystic Point. It’s going to be launched in 2013 and I can’t wait to come back with the little boybie when this one opens. 
Pretty!
Anyway, didn’t get to enjoy Grizzly Gulch. It was already dark (I get dizzy in the dark) and the rides were not for the faint of heart (read: roller coasters) and I couldn’t trust my companion to carry me back to our hotel in case, well, in case I fainted. So we just roamed around and went back to Sleeping Beauty’s castle. 
No, I am not riding anything more than five meters high.

To cap off our one-day excursion, we braved the crowds to get as close to Beauty’s castle without getting crushed. Trust, the crowd was so big, and most of them were sitting on the paved roads.

But the fireworks lighting up to the tune of your favourite Disney songs? Definitely worth it. I actually got teary eyed again. Hahaha. 
 
My arms were practically dead from holding my camera over my head – I wasn’t even looking and it’s a miracle I even got half-decent photos. I am definitely coming back. Maybe this Christmas?:D

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