Last week, I shared with you some tips for navigating Disneyland Hong Kong and how to maximize your time there. Well, this week lets take things a little more easy and I’ll show you some of the hotel where I stayed and the food I ate there. Its Scrumptious Saturday after all – relax a little!
I put up at the Disneyland Hollywood Hotel which is one of 2 hotels in the Park. The hotel is done up in a slightly retro style reminiscent of Hollywood in maybe the 50’s with cinematic references throughout. If you have ever watched some of the original Mickey Mouse cartoons of Mickey as a movie director, this has that sort of feel.
The other hotel is the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel which is done up in a more Southern style. Both hotels are easily accessible to the Park with a free shuttle bus provided, that runs at very regular intervals so waiting time is at a minimum. Check in time is at 3pm but you are assigned a room, and you can leave your luggage with the porter, and head out to the park for the day, then come back and get into your room in the evening.
While you are sitting around the hotel and any building in Disneyland, you have to play this little game – Spot the Hidden Mickey! The designers have incorporated the 3 circles symbol of Mickey Mouse into the design and architecture of the buildings and its great fun to try to spot them. They are also incorporated into Disney cartoons and movies, if you didn’t realize it So tell me, do you spot the Hidden Mickey?
How about now? Spot the Hidden Mickey?
I had great fun trying to spot it in all the designs
The room is really large with 2 very comfortable double beds. When I visited EuroDisney back in the day, I put up at the Santa Fe Hotel there, and I too remember how large the beds were. My friends and I loved it!
Basic shampoo and shower gel was provided and would you just look at the cap! Spot the Hidden Mickey! I looked high and low for the other amenities (forgot my toothbrush!) and it was only after foolishly calling the reception counter, was I told that it was hidden inside the paper cup! The paper cup opens out into 3 cups of 3 sizes, with a packet of toothbrushes, shower cap and some basic amenities inside. Capped of course, with the Mickey ears. I sense a pattern here, don’t you?
Also in the room were 3 adorable folded towels, folded into various shapes. As it was approaching Halloween, I had an orange pumpkin and spider by the bedside, with a pink octopus in the bathroom. SO DAMN CUTE!
I’d been out all day so was out like a light. But not before watching some Disney classic cartoons on the dedicated Disney cartoon channel. I miss those you know. The days when Chip and Dale would make fun of Pluto, and could only squeak, not talk. Remember? No? Nevermind
Oh and if you take a walk in the grounds of the hotel, there is a little cul de sac where there are a couple of old cars parked, overlooking the sea.
Like my new ride then?
Onto the food! Breakfast was primarily a buffet breakfast – at Enchanted Garden at the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel where you can meet the characters at breakfast.
Or at Chef Mickey, at Hollywood Hotel. The spread at Enchanted Garden is more plentiful but if you are staying at Hollywood Hotel it only makes sense to eat in there. Chef Mickey wanders about too, for lunch and dinner, so its possible to take pictures.
Dinner at Chef Mickey, is also a buffet but it is really good stuff! Huge legs of chilled King Crab and poached prawns made it absolutely worth our while. The food was pretty good with a good variety, and I loved all the little decorative touches. Ghouls because it was near Halloween, and cut out Mickey tomatos. Amazing touches and attention to detail!
On the first day, I had dim sum at the Crystal Lotus Restaurant at Disneyland Hotel where again, the dim sum was presented in a ghoulish fashion due to Halloween. The mango pudding is pretty awesome, and you can see me being really morbid and chomping into a “Duffy” Steamed Red Bean Puree bun (“pau”) LOL!
In the park, I had high tea at the Main Street Corner Café just close to the Flights of Fantasy Main Street Parade time, so I could enjoy the parade (again) except this time, I was indoors, and tucking into a high tea set instead of out in the sun!
A tower of sweet and savoury goodies served with coffee or a ghoulish Halloween drink. You can also see all the little touches – Mickey Mouse scones and biscuits, Halloween themed chocolate cake and cream cheese with smoked salmon sandwiches… attention to detail, folks!
Eerie green flashing drink with an eyeball submerge inside. Drink me if you dare!
I couldn’t show you the food from Walt’s Café – Western cuisine – because it was too dark and my photos didn’t turn out, but I managed to salvage one of the best. A Halloween dessert.
Dare you eat that? I was totally creeped out just LOOKING at it! *shudder*
One more thing I have to mention – if you are coming in from Hong Kong and take the MTR in, you have to stop off at Sunny Bay MTR station, and change to the Disneyland line. You are then in for a treat because what you get, is a train dedicated to everything Disney!
Look at the hand holds, and the windows! Also, along the sides are little cabinets with figurines of popular Disney characters – Pooh, Tinkerbell, Mickey, Minnie… the magic starts the minute you step on to that train that takes out to the Happiest Place on Earth.
Tip: If you are coming from Hong Kong International Airport, and are more than 1 person, I advise that you take a taxi. It should cost you about HKD104 (if you don’t put any luggage in the back) from the Airport right to your hotel in the Park. If you plan to take a train, it is a much more roundabout route. So, I took a taxi in and took the train out into Hong Kong, so I experienced the best of both worlds Also, based on my experience, 2 days is about right to enjoy the park to its fullest (plus the 2 day ticket is better value for money!)
Ah, I had a great time indeed I hope you enjoyed the scrumptious goodies and letting me relive my little holiday