Day Two was all about the happiest place on Earth. Where else? Disneyland! Even though it’s my 2nd time there already, I always feel like it’s my first time. Well, nothing beats the first time. I still remember that feeling when I was finally able to reach this childhood dream destination.
We woke up really early, yeah we were THAT excited. Our tour guide arrived to pick us from our hotel and it was about a 1-2 hour drive to Disneyland. When we arrived there, the camera-whoring began. And we were not even inside Disneyland yet! Haha! Once inside, we took the maps at the entrance, paid the tickets and off we went. Ticket price was around P2000 per person, I think. Not sure. You guys better double check.
Disneyland won’t be that fun without the crazy rides. Well, most of the rides are actually kid-friendly compared to the death-defying rides from Ocean Park. We skipped Ocean Park, by the way, been there a few years back, tried the rollercoasters and the abyss (the ride that made me feel like I literally died for 3 seconds), and I thought one theme park would be enough for now. You guys should definitely try and ride Space Mountain. Definitely the best ride there is in Disneyland! I love the way that it has this kid-friendly, adventure-type, harmless vibe. But once you enter inside, you are off for a spin. It’s an indoor rollercoaster, for God’s sake! Imagine being inside a really dark place, you sit and then baaaam. Surprise! It’s a rollercoaster, 3-D animated with comets and stars and whatever other effects there was there and your insides going up and down like crazy. But yeah, we did it twice because it was, as Aaron and Joyjoy described it, “uber- cool!”
Hong Kong Disneyland is not that big though compared to Ocean Park, and I’m pretty sure the other Disneyland sites are bigger, but it was definitely a fun experience. Joyjoy had to search through the crowds to go get a picture with Sleeping Beauty and Belle (from Beauty and the Beast), and had a Chinese guy sniff out some snot into her hair! Eeeeyuck!
The highlight of every Disney trip is the finale. At exactly 9pm, the entire place will be dimmed and everyone gets ready for the amazing fireworks show, facing the Disneyland castle. Since it’s my second time here already, I knew where the perfect spot is. As early as 8:20pm, I dragged my friends on that area to prepare ourselves. Aside from the irritating people blocking your view (we were all sitting, by the way), we had to fight for our spots since people are already crowding as the show was nearing.
And once it starts, the goosebumps offically begins. It’s that strange feeling (even though I’ve been here before), with all the amazing fireworks display and the music itself, that hit me hard every time. When the first few bars of “Beauty And The Beast” played, I got a little emotional. I felt like my childhood flashed back before me. Wishing that I would return back to the days of being young and being carefree. I really felt like I was a kid again. No worries whatsoever,and your only concern was making sure you memorize every line of that song, starting with the line:”Tale as old as time…”
The fireworks display lasted for about 15 minutes or so. I didn’t get to shoot some pics since I was videoing the entire spectacle (which, by the way, I accidentally DELETED from my cam!). Oh well, I’ll be back here again this November, so I’ll make sure I’ll save that vid next time.
At around 10pm, we left that magical place back to our hotel. Our tour bus was waiting for us outside and when we arrived back at the Shamrock, we just took a quick shower and explored the city some more, before we retreated back to our beds to prepare for our Macau trip the next day.