Establishment: Hong Kong Disneyland
Location: Hong Kong
I had my son with me on a business exploration trip to Shenzhen. It was to be a five-day trip, but we were done with my discussions within 3 days. That left my son and I with two R&R days.
So, we decided to check out Hong Kong Disneyland.
We were based in the Luo Hu Port district in Shenzhen. My business partners had shown me the way to the main station (for bus, trains etc) a couple of days earlier; that was also where the Custom to Hong Kong is. Rather than pack and unpack again (we were really comfortable in the Shenzhen hotel, with my business partners’ office located in the same building), we decided to day trip it to HK Disneyland from Shenzhen
We left our hotel at 8am, and took the public bus (2 stops) to the Main Station. From there, we joined the crowd of mostly mainlanders to clear the Chinese customs. There is a short covered bridge / walkway, which is about 100m long after that – just follow the crowd and you’d arrive at the Hong Kong Immigration easily. We cleared the Hong Kong immigration, efficiently and quickly. From there, Lou Hu MTR station is just around the corner. It’s pretty well signed-posted and you just need to look out for it.
We embarked on the hour-long train journey to Disneyland – the last connecting ride on the Disney-themed train, with the Mickey Mouse handles and windows, had us grinning from ear to ear! ☺
By 10am, right at the opening hour, we arrived at Hong Kong Disneyland. We had so much fun that day.
For leisure trips, our family usually travel on group tours, where there’s a always time constraint / limit at each attraction. That had been our preference all along – we prefer to leave the holiday planning to the experts.
Here, with nothing else planned and no one else to meet, my son and I were able to enjoy the theme park fully.
We tried all the rides, and went on our favourite at least four times. That was the Buzz Lightyear Astro Blaster, the shooting game where the aim was to collect as many points as possible. Each time we go back into the mission, my son and I will strategise how to work together to improve our score. I totally enjoyed working with my boy on our “missions”, and we laughed
There were a number of shows, and I think we caught all of them too. Stitch Encounter, the digital interactive show was so funny, we decided to watch it all the languages – Cantonese, Mandarin and English. There were subtle differences in the jokes, based on the audience mix, and the nuances of the language used, all funny – though our fave had to be the Cantonese version – not for nothing are the Cantonese known for their biting wit!
We ended our day at the park with the spectacular fireworks show, “Disney in the Stars”. I felt that if we had decided to visit Disneyland with a group tour, we might have left earlier and would have missed this magical show… that was, for us, the highlight of the day. It was really beautiful, certainly worth staying till 9pm to check out.
We left the park happy, on a high. The return journey to our Shenzhen hotel took two hours, but we were able to get seats on the train ride back to the custom. My son was exhausted, and slept through most of the train journey. ZY was 6 year old then, light for his age and I could still carry him – it was quite manageable getting him back to the hotel.
We got back to our room just past 11pm, tired, but so glad we decided to make the trip.
An enjoyable day, with memories I’d hold close to my heart for a long long time to come.
That was my first trip alone with Mommy. Hope for more to come.