Despite having visited Universal Studios Singapore twice already this year, the kids just can’t get enough of theme parks. In light of that, Hong Kong Disneyland was the natural choice for our annual family holiday destination this year due to its relatively short distance from Singapore (“only” 5 hours by plane) and the recent attractiveness of the currency exchange rate (almost 1 SGD to 6 HKD!).
Day 1, of course, was mainly about getting there and checking into a hotel. Hong Kong Disneyland has 2 hotels, and it’s a good idea to stay in one of them if you are going to be visiting for more than a day. Knowing that we would be spending most of our time at the park and little of it in the room, we settled on Hollywood Hotel Disneyland, the cheaper of the two. This art-deco hotel has a regular shuttle bus that takes guests from the hotel to the park and back every 15 minutes or so.
After dropping off all our stuff and spending an hour at the hotel playground, we took a train to Tsim Sha Tsui for dinner and some shopping. Like Singapore, a lot of busy shopping areas/buildings in Hong Kong get decorated and lit up weeks before Christmas. The festive mood was definitely in the air as we spent an hour or two walking around Harbour City. I also managed to pick up a Sony laptop for almost SGD1000 cheaper than what I would have had to pay in Singapore. What a good start to the trip!
Full day 1 gallery available here.