It’s our third time to stay at the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel. First in 2009, followed by 2011 and 2014.
From The Upper House, we hired a Hi-Ace van to take our party of six + tons of luggage to the hotel.
We arrived at 2 PM and had to kill time for an hour before checking in at 3 PM. The boys spent that hour in the labyrinth, while I checked out the Disney store at the hotel.
We had two connecting rooms on the 5th floor with a view of the lawn, and amazing how everything looks the same.
The rooms and bathrooms are well-maintained, except my standards have changed. I can no longer stand small bathrooms and shower curtains.
Amenities exactly still the same in 2009
Here are our two rooms. My bed was delicious
The furniture is purposely old-fashioned
There were invitations to the New Year countdown at the hotel
The boys spent the afternoon playing basketball.
I love this place. I specifically asked for a room fronting the lawn because I miss Baguio.
I love the cold air and the quiet, and I love taking delicious naps in the middle of the day. I love napping in cold weather more than anything.
That night, on New Year’s Eve, we had dinner at the hotel’s Enchanted Garden Restaurant. It was a bit expensive and we had to prepay in advance.
The place was packed and the spread looked fantastic.
Look at this cheese
Some of the food looked cartoony. I have only seen this kind of ham in comic books
I don’t eat ham, but the sight of it really felt festive. It made me miss my Dad back home.
After dinner we took the shuttle to the park and hit the rides.
At 9 PM we watched the fireworks. That plus the cold weather, being with my boys, and the magical Disney music brought tears to my eyes.
We had a nice long walk back to the hotel, and just plopped into bed with no intention to go down for the countdown. So at 12 midnight, the only boys awake—Jeroen and Ben—kissed me happy new year, and at 12:01 I closed my eyes and woke up in 2015.