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Trip Start Dec 10, 2012
Trip End Jan 12, 2012

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Flag of Hong Kong  , New Territories,
Wednesday, December 12, 2012

It's now Day 3 of the holiday and we've managed to slip into holiday mode quite nicely. So far smooth sailing. Flight was great (thank you Qantas) and Hong Kong Disneyland and the resort have exceeded our expectations. I chose this part of the trip simply as a stopover, being a little wary of Disneyland because of..well, my recollection of Tokyo Disneyland was just 'cheese' and plastic.

However Hong Kong Disneyland ('HKD') definitely has a certain magic and energy to it. The staff are kind and gracious and everyone seems to be going out of their way to ensure our happiness. The facilities appear to be very new and clean and the performance quality of the cast world standard. It's a lot more 'professional' than I remember Tokyo Disneyland to be, which just seemed tired.

Yesterday, before we started out, the girls got to have a session in the BibbidiBobbidiBoo Boutique. They got to choose a costume and be dressed up in the character, including makeup and hairstyle. Alexandra chose Minnie Mouse and Saskia chose Sleeping Beauty. Daniel struggled with the concept of makeup on the girls, fearing that next they'd be entering tantrums and tiaras (or whatever that show is called) but I explained to him that it was just like dressing for a jazz or ballet concert, so he relaxed. It was only eyeshadow, nail polish and lip gloss anyway and it seemed to wear off pretty quickly. However by the end of the day they were sick of having their photo taken (being the only blonde children in amongst a few thousand Asians they were quite a novelty.) I spent most of my day sticking my bottom in front of any camera lens' pointed their way. There are going to be lots of photos of my bottom in China tomorrow.
Anyway, I think I have cured the girls of any desire they may have to be a celebrity. Today they have decided just to go dressed as themselves.

The girls met Cinderella in our hotel lobby, and Mickey Mouse, Daisy Duck, Goofy and Pluto in the Enchanted Garden restaurant over breakfast. Pluto was very fond of me and kept on giving me a hug. I had vague recollections of being humped by a dog when I was 9 years old. Not that Pluto humped me, the staff here are 100% professional, I think he just had a thing for blondes.

Saskia is delighted. "I am SO happy" she said as we entered the gates to our resort. She has been looking forward to being here for weeks. HKD made a big impression on her yesterday, but she has become concerned about Rapunzel being locked up in the town and wants to get her out. We convinced her that we could do it - if she ate up her dinner because you need energy to rescue someone. They have both been eating well - you've got to love the buffet.

The food at HKD is very impressive. There's the typical American burger and fries and hotdogs but there's also healthy set meals for kids, such as the 'mini' sushi platter which had nori rolls, a corn cob, bottled water, egg and salmon sushi, three pieces of watermelon and two mini profiteroles. I had a bento and Daniel had ramen. It was quite amusing to see that we were surrounded by Chinese heating hamburgers and fries whilst we ate the eastern cuisine.

Alexandra loves Disneyland. I think it might have even passed Sea World as her favourite place in the world. She's loving the rides, although lost a bit of bravado at Space Mountain. She's pushing some independence boundaries this trip and is slowly increasing the radius from which she strays from us. Reminds me a lot of myself, wanting to be independent. I have to always re-in force the fact that she and Saskia are our treasures and that we need to protect our treasures. Daniel and I could form a secret spy team we have become so effective at watching them without them realising.

Daniel is happy too - he's in foodie heaven with choice of Chinese, Indian, Japanese or Western food on offer. It's really good quality too, not the sort of plastic fare you'd expect of a themed resort. Lets face it, hospitality in Hong Kong is hard to beat. The staff here are exemplary, always kind and gracious and enthusiastic. Daniel is loving the fact that someone else is cleaning up after him, for a change. He's wondering how much it would cost to bring one of these staff members home.

They are all currently playing in the heated pool at the moment. The plan today is to enjoy the hotel facilities this morning and then to have a little nap before heading to Disneyland by shuttle after lunch. I think we spent six hours there yesterday, coming home at about 4pm after the parade. Today we'll head over at about 1pm and stay until 7pm, so we get to see it fully illuminated. I think there are fireworks too, but I'm not sure we'll last that long.

We'll let you know if we manage to get Rapunzel out of that tower. I can't stand the thought of Sassy looking up at me with those big, sad watery eyes if we don't. Now where did I put that magic wand...?
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Leonie on

HK is awesome! We too loved it - after 20+ years we took the children in 2011 at Easter - didn't get to DL or Macau but have planned to do this next time in the future sometime! Gorgeous photos fabulous commentary! We stayed opposite Happy Valley Race track and can proudly say we kept up our jogging and walking around the race track after eating such rich amazing food! That way we returned home not too plump!!

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