While 2015 marked the actual tenth anniversary of the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, the park has been celebrating into 2016 as well. Built on reclaimed land called Penny Bay on Lantau Island, it Disney Park to be built in China (although Shanghai Disneyland is the first on the mainland). That being said, Hong Kong Disneyland is a beautiful little park, but is unfortunately not the most unique of the Disney Parks.
To get out to the Resort from the city, you will inevitably need to take the MTR — Hong Kong's subway system. But, when you do get to the Penny Bay station to board the Disney MTR system, the trains come complete with Mickey windows statues of Disney characters.
The Resort part of Hong Kong Disneyland as of now consists of two hotels: the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel and the Disney's Hollywood Hotel — with a third (the Disney's Explorer Lodge) coming next year. I only had a chance to visit Disneyland Hotel for what was the best character meal I have ever had, but I also did get a chance to stroll around the hotel and see its beauty. The hotel has three unique dinning experiences the Crystal Lotus, Walt's Cafe, and the Enchanted Garden. Crystal Lotus is a beautiful lounge and dinning location. Unfortunately, it was not open the early morning I visited but did provide a great opportunity for some photos. Walt's Cafe is much more of the relaxed location you would expect from anything having Uncle Walt's name on it. It's also a great spot to see a few fantastic pictures of the man himself. Of course, no Disney vacation would be complete without a character meal and, as I said, the Enchanted Garden is hands down the best character meal I have ever had. Sure Mickey, Minnie, and Pluto come around and say "hi," but the food is the star of this location. Hong Kong Disneyland Resort has many world travelers so the options for breakfast go well beyond just Mickey Waffles and scrambled eggs (but don't worry — they have those also). There are so many choices what should have been a 30-40 minute meal (normal for all the characters to get around to you) turned into over an hour just because we wanted to try a bit of everything. But enough with the words — onto the photos:
Oh, and I did say they had Mickey Waffles plus Mickey pastries, along with Mickey pancakes?Normally I am a grab-and-go type person when it comes to any meal, but the Enchanted Garden will be a must visit whenever my next trip to HKDL should happen.
The Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel also is home to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and a very nice gift shop. Sadly, there was not enough time to visit the Disney's Hollywood Hotel before the park, but we did get a view of the under construction Disney's Explorer Lodge as we made our way back to the park.That will do it from the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort for this week, next week we visit the park.