It's a Small World (afterall)
Trip Start Jun 12, 2012
42Trip End Jul 20, 2012
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So, I got us into the Langham Place Hotel which was ranked number 8 on TripAdvisor. I had only stayed at the Langham brand one time previously and that was in Melbourne when my Mom and I went to Australia. I remember it as very nice and regal. So, we packed up our bags and I went to check out. I asked them to remove the upcharge for the newly renovated room and they agreed and nicely helped us with a cab to the Langham. We love the Langham! It has the most peculiar art throughout the hotel and the service is impeccable The hotel is attached to a massive, upscale shopping mall with all kinds of eateries and stores. Also, the hotel sits on the metro station so we'll be able to get anywhere in the city quickly and easily. And, best of all, they greeted us with a nice cold towel. We couldn't get a room assigned since we arrived so early, so we left our bags with the bellman and made our way to Disneyland to spend the day.
The Hong Kong Metro System is widely known as one of the world's best. It has to be good since it's a rather small island and there are so many people here. There are more skyscrapers in Hong Kong than in New York City. They build up here, not out. Anyway, the subway was so clean and we paid 20 HKD each for our tickets to the Disneyland stop (that's around $2 USD). We left the Mong Kok station taking the red line to Lai King (5 stops)
Major has been to every Disney in the world with the exception of Hong Kong and Tokyo. Now we can strike Hong Kong off the list. The park is almost identical to Disneyland Paris. It's so clean and it's just a wonderfully happy place. We've been very fortunate on weather throughout our trip. It just hasn't been incredibly hot -- nothing like what we experience in Texas. Today, at Disney it was really, really humid. I'd equate it to very Houston-like in temperature and humidity today. We bought our tickets (180 HKD each) and entered the park. The first thing Major wanted to do was ride the Dumbo ride. I guess the line probably took 50 minutes. I sat and waited while Mickell and Major enjoyed that one. After that, we had some lunch. I had the noodles with curry and Mickell had the Shanghai Chicken (which had bones). It took forever for us to find a seat because we really wanted to eat indoors with the air conditioning. After we were refreshed, we struck out to Tomorrowland to ride Space Mountain. The fast passes were already taken for the day for that ride, so we went to grab a fast pass for the Toy Story ride before waiting in the line for Space Mountain. The line took roughly 45 minutes, but it seemed like it moved faster. Space Mountain was just wonderful. Major and I got the front car and Major giggled the entire ride. I must say that all the quick jerks and turns in the dark were rough on this 40 year old body. I know I'm going to be soar in the morning from this. Still it's a blast. After that ride, we head to the Grizzly Gulch, or the mine train
After Adventure Land, we went to Fantasy Land to ride It's a Small World. That ride only had a 5 minute wait. I just love this ride because the message really resounds with me. With all the traveling I've done, the world really is small. I'm always most struck by how similar all of us are around the world and how interconnected and dependent we have become on each other. After this ride, we go ahead and ride the Merry Go Round and then head to Tomorrow Land to ride the Buzz Lightyear ride and Space Mountain again! It was nearly 8:40 when we exited Space Mountain and we were ready to goto Mainstreet USA to watch the fireworks show at 9. Unfortunately a thunderstorm blew through and they had to cancel the fireworks for the night, so we made our way out of the park, but not before buying a t-shirt or two for memory sake.
The ride back to the hotel was quick and we were pretty spent, but we were hungry too