Hong Kong Disneyland Resort Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Believe it or not, but my bags were packed before the kids’ as we were heading off to a family holiday to Disneyland in Hong Kong. Child or not, who can resist the charm of staying at a luxury hotel with Disneyland in their backyard? Yes, I am talking about the oh-so-grand Victorian-themed Disneyland Hotel, with a Mickey and Minnie (and the occasional Goofy and Donald) extravaganza around every corner. Whether it was Mickey Mouse shaped vegetables, snow-white themed toiletries, Disney characters just sauntering around or the Mickey Mouse maze (where I did loose myself, several times over!), this family-friendly hotel was an absolute dream come true for my pint-sized darlings and their not so pint-sized parents.
- Baby cot
- Baby bathtub
- Bottle sterilizer
- Bottle warmer
- Child toiletries
- Child menu
- Babysitting services (service is outsourced)
- Interconnecting rooms
- Often called “The Happiest Place on Earth” – Disneyland – is on the resort, only minutes away. Whether it is watching the parade, spinning in circles in teacups, sitting on the magnificent carousel, going up and down on Dumbo the Flying Elephant or just watching one of the many world class shows – the tinies were hypnotized! With a few dozens rides to pick from, I made time to sneak into the Space Mountain roller coaster every chance I got. We wrapped up the days with dazzling fireworks at Sleeping Beauty’s castle.
- The Snow White themed toiletries were a big hit with the mommy and her children.
- Kid-friendly pool with a 40-meter waterslide (not that there was any time to swim!)
- The outdoor Mickey Mouse maze kept the children (and the child in us) busy for hours!
- Watch your little girl’s dream to be a Disney princess come to life with make-up, costumes and dazzling accessories at the enchanting Bibbidi Bobbidi boutique. Transform her into her favourite Disney Princess (Elsa, Anna, Ariel, Snow White, Aurora, Bell, Cinderella, or Rapunzel) or even Minnie Mouse.
- Come 9 pm and the kids are off to the Storybook Playroom (the Kingdom Club lounge for Kingdom Club Guests) for a classic Disney tale read to them in various languages.
- An outdoor play space with steps and slides for children.
- Watch your child just loose it at the Storybook playroom. Have him engrossed in games, toys and puzzles or simply ‘row’ the charming wooden boat. Better yet, drop in with him for a Disney classic movie in the miniature theatre. The staff can engage him in many fun art and craft activities as well.
Sign him up for a buddies service and have the cast members keep him busy in the playroom, giving you some time to enjoy high tea upstairs.
- I watched my tots squirm with delight as they dined with Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and their other favourite Disney characters at the very enchanting Enchanted Garden. Even the food in this hotel was designed to thrill – Mickey Mouse shaped pancakes, waffles, fruits and vegetables. And, of course, Mickey Mouse shaped desserts and exquisitely crafted Disney dim sums at Crystal Lotus restaurant.
- I helplessly saw the kids loose themselves (and a lot of my money) at the Kingdom Gifts gift shop selling every kind of imaginable Disney merchandise. Goofy sunglasses anyone?
- Victorian afternoon tea at Walt’s Café is a must-do while the kids are busy at the Storybook Playroom.
- A lap or two at the heated indoor pool are the best way to soothe those aching muscles after a day of frenzied scurrying around in the park.
- Seafront property
- Airport – 17 km
- 400 rooms
- 4 restaurants
- 1 bar
- 2 swimming pools
Mandy’s Tip: Look out for packages that include hotel accommodation as well as tickets to the park. Be prepared that when at this hotel, this is where you will spend most of your time. Hong Kong Island (a different island altogether) is accessible by car, train and bus but requires some planning to get to. Fortunately, once your in Disneyland, who really cares about the city!