Published: February 14th 2010January 16th 2010
Day Twenty-Seven - Have A Magical Day
Leanne didn’t make it to her 7am swim such was the comfort of the beds. It was nice to wake up in high quality linen and even nicer to have breakfast with our own waitress pouring decent coffee into fine china. I could get used to the five star treatment.
Next stop was the Disney shop in the lobby for a splurge. Thankfully, it wasn’t full of tat and was different to their stores here. The souvenirs were pretty good quality and the HK eponymous gifts ranged from the kitsch to the couture. Of course much of it is the usual with a slight Chinese twist so a fair bit of it ended up in the shopping basket.
Leanne got herself an autograph book and soon set about getting it loaded up with the Disney Princesses in the lobby. The ‘princesses’ were in character throughout and although impressive, you got the feeling this was a gig just below ‘The Bill’.
We checked out and then headed to the funpark. As we walked up to the welcome arch, the sun was shining and it was a ‘mild’ mid-twenty temperature. After entering we jumped
on the train to take us to the top of the park. Leanne was the tour guide and we started with the Golden Mickeys Show.
The Show was themed on the Oscars with ‘awards’ being given to various Disney characters. It was really good and hearing Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy et al. chattering in Chinese in the accent we’re accustomed to was amusing. Shannon and Angela even got carried away with the emotion during the ‘Best Love Song’ moment...
From here the girls queued for the Dumbo ride which in the UK would be for kids only. The amount of Chinese in the twenties and thirties waving their arms in the air screaming made us chuckle. The rides they expect are tamer so that managed to encourage Angela to agree to come on Space Mountain.
This is a roller coaster inside a dome in the pitch black. The roof is lit to look like stars and at various turns planets are lit up etc. Leanne and Shannon even gave it a second go with Leanne really getting into ‘the louder you scream’ mode. This was followed up with the Buzz Lightyear ride and the Lion King Show.
The Lion King was really good fun and the girls were singing their hearts out. It was now beginning to cool down as the sun was setting but we still got on the Amazon River Ride. The guide ‘Captain Jack’, sounded like Borat and was clearly jaded that his acting career had ended up here. His parting message was for us all to come back for another ride anytime “becazz I weel be here forevaaaah”.
With hunger kicking in, we paid a visit to the banqueting hall for some burgers. Bizarrely we were given plastic gloves to eat them with - I can’t see that catching on at Bishops on a Saturday night in Belfast...
We just had enough time to take in the 3D show before the fireworks display. It was really good although turned up to 11 so even after only ten minutes we felt slightly queasy. The fireworks show took place at the Magic Castle and was a fine way to end our trip. It was definitely a lot more spectacular here than at the hotel.
Once back at the airport we picked up our laundry and changed into our fresh clothes before
grabbing a taxi to the airport. The girls made a few calls home and we headed through security to our plane. Just ahead of schedule, the big jumbo trundled down the runway and we were homeward bound. Today’s Highlights
Having A Magical Day
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