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2019 Trip to Hong Kong: Enjoying Disneyland Part 1

“Open different doors, you may find a you there that you never knew was yours. Anything can happen.“ -Mary Poppins

IMG_0331It’s so fun to be a kid again sometimes. I was so excited for my second time at Disneyland. I had my camera ready and my I even got a massive power bank (30,000 mah) just to be sure my cellphone will not die on me. Sucks when your phone is almost on battery life support.

Anyway, we were finally at Disneyland!

Mouse Ears

img_0351 I used to judge my sister in the past for buying headbands with mouse ears. I felt it was an unnecessary expense for just one day to the theme part. Those headbands were quite expensive, to be honest.

I also found it ironic that she would wear something “silly” when she used to berate me for wearing headbands with large bows when we were still in school. You know, those headbands like what Blair Waldorf wore in Gossip Girl. She would say I looked childish or that it was just too much. I figured then that decorative headbands were not her thing.

However, she told me to get mouse ears headband for myself this year. So, as soon as we alighted the train, we just took a few pictures then went to the first store we could find.

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I didn’t notice I had mine backward. Hahahaha…

The purple ones were the first to catch my attention because I love everything purple or violet. Blame it on my birthstone, amethyst. Unfortunately, it would clash with my outfit. Therefore, I opted to buy the sparkly one in the nude shade. Jana eventually settled with a cap version of the mouse ears. I did not let go of my sparkly headband anymore. I paid HKD 158 for mine and requested that my card is charged in Philippine Peso instead. The ladies at the counter were so nice and pleasant!

I sent a photo of me wearing my new headband to my sister. She was glad that I found one that matched the jacket she gave me the day before. Yup, that jacket is a hand-me-down from her, but I feel like it was meant to be mine all along. I love it so much!

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I loved the weather that day. It wasn’t too cold that we were going to be freezing, but the breeze was cool enough to wear a jacket. Despite getting there by noontime, it was a little cloudy so we were not soaked in the sun to fry.

The cutest thing about Hong Kong Disneyland is that it feels like going into a village of magic and wonder! Seriously! They have a city hall, a fire department, shops, and parks. It truly feels like you are in a magical kingdom! They also have the most adorable displays featuring Disney characters beloved by everyone. The first among those that we saw were these characters from Winnie the Pooh’s story and Moana.

Jana looked so cute in her outfit and cap is as adorable as her!

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Jungle River Cruise

The first section we went to was Adventureland; the section where you can visit Tarzan’s tree house and where the Moana show is performed.

New attraction. A Moana production is performed here.

I first wanted to see Moana’s show because my sister told me it was a new show at Disneyland. It was still going to take more than half an hour for it to start so we decided to go on the Jungle River Cruise first.

The queue for English-speaking visitors was not that long. Still, we realized that they ensure each queue takes a turn to have the guests ride the boat for the cruise. It only took us ten minutes of waiting before we got to ride.

It didn’t matter that ninety percent of the passengers were adults. We were made to wave goodbye at those still lining up to have their turn and to those who were lining up for the raft ride to Tarzan’s Tree House. The tour guide then told us that the reason she made us do that was because we will never see them again. Hahaha!!!

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Tarzan’s Tree House

Whoever made the tree house, you are amazing!!! It’s even beyond what I could have imagined it to be based only on my memories of seeing it in the 2D film. I just hope there are no tigers inside.

Also, I cannot believe how realistic these props are! Most of them even move!

Now, this is my favorite part! Fire despite the presence of water. Amazing!!!

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Moana Show

After the cruise, we were just a few minutes away from seeing the Moana: A Homecoming Celebration show. I had high expectations for this show because I loved the movie and the songs from it. I was also looking forward to seeing kakamora characters and Maui.

The stage was beautiful and colorful. I did feel it was a tad bit small, so I was wondering how they will pull off the production.

Despite how great the actress who played Moana was, I was tremendously disappointed by the show. Not only did they not sing the more iconic songs like How Far I’ll Go and You’re Welcome, I also did not see the characters I was looking forward to seeing. I guess the show was really meant for kids. Still, after having seen the Festival of the Lion King last 2017, I was hoping for a presentation from the Moana team that was as superb.

Oh well, at least the actress was great and was so nice! We tried to ask to have a photo taken with her, but she was in such a hurry at that time. She just waved hello and goodbye to us, apologizing for her haste to leave.

Festival of The Lion King

After Moana, we happened to see that the Festival of the Lion King show was to start soon. We waited a few minutes outside the venue and noticed that there were a lot of people waiting to get in as well.

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Making funny faces with Jana while waiting for the Festival of the Lion King

It took a while to fill the venue, exceeding about five to ten minutes from the expected start of the show. I guess, there really were a lot of people who wanted to watch that time.

The first thing I noticed was that the cast was the exact same group of actors from when I watched it the first time. I knew right then and there that it was going to be an epic performance! Their voices were powerful and their energies were high! The Moana show paled greatly compared to the magnificence of this production!

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The best part for me will always be this elegant exhibition. This was what I was actually watching the show for. In 2017, they strapped the lady to the harness on-stage. This time, they made it even better by having the lady fly high from where you did not expect. Please watch this clip I posted in my blog’s IG page.

The show also featured real fire!

I am ending this post here because I don’t want it to be too lengthy. That Lion King production was truly breathtaking! Stay tuned for more posts on my Disneyland adventure and the rest of my Hong Kong trip this year.

You may also want to read more about my previous Hong Kong experiences. Just click here.

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