Hong Kong Disneyland


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Four months ago we made a pact with the kids regarding our travels. If they were ‘good travellers’, a day at Hong Kong Disneyland was on offer. The definition of ‘good traveller’ was carefully explained:

  • eat everything
  • walk everywhere
  • no whinging (even when your parents do)
  • be polite to everyone
  • watch out for each other
  • make it work
  • …and no falling over (much)
Lucy and Sarah have done brilliantly well. Sarah fell over two or three times only, once pretty dramatically but we have seen real effort is some areas that are difficult for young children. Lucy really worked hard at being ‘less fussy’ with eating. We saw her eat food that a year ago she would have refused, regardless of threats, rewards or parenting skills. A couple of occasions in particular were noteworthy in restaurants and at people’s places for dinner. When we told people that they walked, on average, 10 -20 kms each day, I could see that they either admired the effort or felt sorry the little darlings had such hard task meisters as parents. Either way, it was a damn fine effort!
Lucy and Sarah, you deserve your reward!


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The kids were at fever pitch this morning, such was the expectation. I dreaded the day as it was another nail in the coffin of the ‘things I said I’d never do’ list. Now I am taking the kids to Disneyland. Oh well. We all have to compromise. 😉

We caught the bus to Sunny Bay and then a Disney train to our destination. The carriage was very kitsch with Mickey handles etc.. we arrived and the kids were blown away by the size of the place.

I was instantly made to go on a hellish Space Mountain roller coaster ride and seriously hated it. Screamed most of the way, then laughed uncontrollably. Lucy and Kate loved it and poor Sarah would have been better if she wasn’t sitting near her father, who sounded hysterical. She closed her eyes and blocked her ears but said she also ‘loved it’ when she got off.


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It rained a little during the day and I wished we had the same wet weather gear the Disney workers were provided with by their employer. Check these two happy campers out below. We found all the staff great, cheerful and obliging.


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The Lion King live show was excellent and we really enjoyed an animation workshop. The artist was projected on the screen as she showed us how to draw Jack Skellington. She checked out everyone’s work and awarded Lucy with her demonstration sketch. Lucy was tickled pink. I thought Sarah’s effort was good too.


cc licensed ( BY NC SD ) flickr photo shared by Darcy Moore


cc licensed ( BY NC SD ) flickr photo shared by Darcy Moore


cc licensed ( BY NC SD ) flickr photo shared by Darcy Moore


cc licensed ( BY NC SD ) flickr photo shared by Darcy Moore 

The day went really quickly. The kids had no interest in sitting down for food or rest and covered most of the park. Kate went to Disneyland as a kid and had fond memories to relive too. I wanted to be elsewhere but did not want to be a misery guts and did my best to be cheerful, which wasn’t too hard.

We waited to the (bitter) end and watched the fireworks. I experimented with my monopod and ISO settings to capture a couple of okay shots.


cc licensed ( BY NC SD ) flickr photo shared by Darcy Moore


cc licensed ( BY NC SD ) flickr photo shared by Darcy Moore 

Disneyland is well-served by public transport and we were home in no time flat.

The kids said they wanted to write a blog post. Hopefully something comes of that tomorrow but at the moment they are both very soundly in the Land of Nod.


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