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belle2211 08-16-2012 08:48 PM

TR---Girls' Trip to Asia--First Stop: Hong Kong!--updated 8/26: Day 6
 
Hi there! I took one of the best trips ever this past summer--a girls' trip to Asia! We went to both Hong Kong and Tokyo and hit up Disney parks in both locations. It was simply amazing! This TR isn't going to cover just Disney though. I'm going to show all that we did so that maybe I can help so people like people helped me!

First up, I'm Andrea. I am a cast member at the Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World and am definitely a fanatic! In fact, I got married at the Wedding Pavillion at the Grand Floridian a little over a year ago. It was definitely a fairy tale!

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Anyways...how did we come to deciding to go on a girl's trip to Asia? Well my friend Meredith and I had a pact. We met in college and went to Disney World several times together. When we graduated from college in 2002, we travelled to Europe together and so of course we went to the 2 Disney parks in Paris. So we made a deal. Five years from then and ten years from then we would hit a new park. So in 2007, we went to Disneyland and sure enough, this year in 2012, we went to Hong Kong and Asia! So we've to every Disney park in the world together!

Here's Mer

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Then we were each talking to our friends and convinced them to come with us. Cori was a bridesmaid in my wedding, so she knew Meredith from that.

Here's Cori
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Meredith and I knew Rebecca from college

Rebecca
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And I met Vuong through Meredith on recent trips to Chicago and New Orleans. Vuong met up with us in Tokyo since she had just been to Hong Kong earlier in the year.

Vuong
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And then, just because this was the first picture on my camera card for the trip, here's my puppy Bella. I knew I would miss being away from her, so I had to take a picture before I left!

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elleinad16 08-16-2012 09:03 PM

SO excited for this TR!!! :) woohoo!!!!

DFTWbride2013 08-16-2012 10:13 PM

I've been waiting for this! Can't wait to read and see all the pictures! Yay! pixiedust:

zanzibar138 08-17-2012 05:21 AM

Oooh looking forward to it! It's slim pickings for info on HK - we can use all the TRs we can get :thumbsup2

jenshell75 08-17-2012 05:23 AM

ohhh I can't wait to read all about your Hong Kong and Tokyo TR. We are taking the kids to HK DL at Xmas 2013 :) and I want to get a good idea of all the great places to visit while in HK. :)

PrincessInOz 08-17-2012 06:47 AM

Fantastic!

I'm in too. popcorn::

Carrie_Cat 08-17-2012 01:01 PM

Lurking ;)

We are off to HKG next June :upsidedow

belle2211 08-17-2012 07:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by elleinad16 (Post 45847120)
SO excited for this TR!!! :) woohoo!!!!

Thanks!

Quote:

Originally Posted by DFTWbride2013 (Post 45847729)
I've been waiting for this! Can't wait to read and see all the pictures! Yay! pixiedust:

Yay!

Quote:

Originally Posted by zanzibar138 (Post 45848897)
Oooh looking forward to it! It's slim pickings for info on HK - we can use all the TRs we can get :thumbsup2

I was only there for a few days but hopefully I can help some!

Quote:

Originally Posted by jenshell75 (Post 45848905)
ohhh I can't wait to read all about your Hong Kong and Tokyo TR. We are taking the kids to HK DL at Xmas 2013 :) and I want to get a good idea of all the great places to visit while in HK. :)

You will have so much fun!

Quote:

Originally Posted by PrincessInOz (Post 45849234)
Fantastic!

I'm in too. popcorn::

Popcorn----that smiley will be used tons in the Japan part :lmao:popcorn::

Quote:

Originally Posted by Carrie_Cat (Post 45853118)
Lurking ;)

We are off to HKG next June :upsidedow

You'll love it!

belle2211 08-17-2012 07:40 PM

Day 1 & 2
 
Day 1 & 2 are all together because we left out Monday morning here and got into HK Tuesday night.

We were going to be gone for 14 days and I am an over-packer. Cori packed as much as I did, but the other girls were much lighter. I was worried about travelling with two big suitcases but we ended up taking taxis everywhere so it wasn't a big deal.

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The flight from Orlando to Detroit was pretty easy. We expected there to be a lot of turbulence due to Tropical Storm Debby (the first of 3 natural disasters we were in), but it wasn't bad at all. Our flight left Orlando at 10:15am and we got in Detroit at 12:50pm. In Detroit we ate at a restaurant called something like Max & Emma's. We both had chicken salad on a croissant with fries. It was pretty good but I forgot to take a picture. I got much better about that the rest of the trip though!

Our next flight left Detroit at 3:40pm on Monday and got into Hong Kong at 7:30pm on Tuesday! We found out before we boarded the plane that Rebecca was delayed and wouldn't make the flight. Cori and I were flying together to Detroit and meeting up with Rebecca there then the three of us were flying together to Hong Kong--or supposed to anyways. And then Meredith was flying out of Denver, to Los Angeles, to Tokyo, then meeting us in Hong Kong. Anyways, we tried to talk to gate agents because Rebecca was only going to be 10 minutes late. I know they really can't hold planes just for late passengers but we had to try anyways.

We had upgraded to Economy Comfort on Delta for $180 a couple of months earlier. SO WORTH IT! We booked one window and one aisle seat hoping no one would want to pay all that money for a middle seat and it worked for this part of our trip (not so much on the way back). We had the whole aisle to ourselves to stretch out. They served dinner an hour into the flight which kind of stunk because we had just eaten in the airport. I had chicken with rice & some unkown sauce, salad with Italian Herb Vinaigrette Dressing, a roll with butter, cheese, crackers, and a chocolate chip blondie for dessert.

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We knew that there would be tvs on every seat back and that a couple of movies would be free, but all of them were free! There TONS of movies both old and new. I watched Something Borrowed since I knew Kory would never want to watch it. I finished one of my books and wrote a review. And we played some games on our iPhones.

With 8 1/2 in and 7 hours left, we got a "snack". It was a turkey and swiss cheese sandwich, a banana (that was mushy and mostly black) and Milano Cookies.

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Then I watched the movie New Year's Eve and tried to sleep some. With a little over an hour left, we got another meal. We both had a roll, mixed fruit, salad, and orange juice and I had beef pasta with zucchini and mushrooms.

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And Cori had chicken with rice and Spinach.

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When we got to the HK airport, we had to wait about 3 hours and 45 minutes for Meredith's flight to get in. In hindsight, the taxis were cheap enough that we should have just gone to the hotel and had her meet us there, but we didn't know. So we created a game (should have been a drinking game!). To count all of the same pieces of Disney luggage. There was TONS of them!

Meredith arrived around 11:15pm. At that point, Cori and I had been up for 28 hours and either at an airport or on an airplane for 27 of those hours! And Meredith's luggage was lost! Poor girl. We went to get a taxi and the driver didn't speak English. He put our 4 suitcases in the trunk and they were all sticking out. He used a bungee cord at first to keep the trunk down, but then halfway there, it snapped off. We were so nervous! I had visions of our suitcases flying out and into the streets and being run over. But everything was fine.

We checked into Disney's Hollywood Hotel. It was the cheaper of the two Disney hotels in HK but it was still really nice! Definitely way better that the cheap Disney hotels back home. I would say that instead of a value resort it would be a moderate resort here.

Here's a picture of our room.

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And their version of a towel animal--so cute! I wanted to steal it!

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And the bathroom

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We had a park view. It was dark out so all we could see was Space Mountain. We were hoping in the morning we could see the castle.

Here is a REALLY bad picture out the window at night :confused3

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zanzibar138 08-17-2012 07:57 PM

Wow that is a serious amount of luggage lol! I am a notoriously light packer and only had one 3/4 full small suitcase when we left for our 3 week honeymoon to 4 countries! It was bursting at the seams on the way back though :lmao:

I'm really enjoying your photos of the Hollywood Hotel since I'm thinking of staying there in March :thumbsup2 We stayed at the HK DL Hotel on our honeymoon (which was just beautiful) and walked over to the Hollywood to have a look but of course we couldn't see any rooms or anything.

Looking forward to the next instalment popcorn::

PrincessInOz 08-17-2012 08:30 PM

I think I remember you asking the question on this subforum about taking the train to Disney with your bags.

Yup....I can confirm...take the taxi with those bags. ;)

Another notoriously light packer. My record is 11 kgs in one bag, with two smaller bags inside the big one (every bag was stuffed full on the way home), for THREE of us for 4 weeks.

And I was laughing at how your bungee rope broke. I was completely sure it was going to happen to us too. But I'm glad you and the bags all made it to HH safely. The room looks nice.

Thanks for sharing.




Quote:

Originally Posted by belle2211 (Post 45856877)
Popcorn----that smiley will be used tons in the Japan part :lmao:popcorn::

I'll keep practising then! popcorn::

DreamSweetsLove 08-17-2012 09:27 PM

Looking forwward to the rest of the TR! It's nice seeing photo's of the Hollywood Hotel! What time of year were you traveling in?

belle2211 08-18-2012 08:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by zanzibar138 (Post 45857269)
Wow that is a serious amount of luggage lol! I am a notoriously light packer and only had one 3/4 full small suitcase when we left for our 3 week honeymoon to 4 countries! It was bursting at the seams on the way back though :lmao:

I'm really enjoying your photos of the Hollywood Hotel since I'm thinking of staying there in March :thumbsup2 We stayed at the HK DL Hotel on our honeymoon (which was just beautiful) and walked over to the Hollywood to have a look but of course we couldn't see any rooms or anything.

Looking forward to the next instalment popcorn::

Oh boy! I pack that much just for a weekend away! I always pack for a variety of situations because I'm so afraid I'm going to need something and not have it! The hotel was a lot nicer than I thought it would be!

Quote:

Originally Posted by PrincessInOz (Post 45857583)
I think I remember you asking the question on this subforum about taking the train to Disney with your bags.

Yup....I can confirm...take the taxi with those bags. ;)

Another notoriously light packer. My record is 11 kgs in one bag, with two smaller bags inside the big one (every bag was stuffed full on the way home), for THREE of us for 4 weeks.

And I was laughing at how your bungee rope broke. I was completely sure it was going to happen to us too. But I'm glad you and the bags all made it to HH safely. The room looks nice.

Thanks for sharing.

I'll keep practising then! popcorn::

Oh man, I am so bad about luggage..you guys need to teach me how to be better! Although once I have kiddos, I'm definitely going to have to learn. The taxi ride scared me! I really thought our luggage was going to be gone!

Quote:

Originally Posted by DreamSweetsLove (Post 45858104)
Looking forwward to the rest of the TR! It's nice seeing photo's of the Hollywood Hotel! What time of year were you traveling in?

Thanks! We were in Hong Kong at the end of June.

belle2211 08-18-2012 08:32 PM

Day 3- Part 1
 
So lets start off with a daytime picture from outside of our room (and oh yeah, I apologize now for my lack of photography skills...you'll see that most of picture are crooked or a little blurry. Oops!)

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Cori had a hard time sleeping so when she did fall asleep, we didn't want to wake her up. Meredith got up at 5:50am, not knowing what time it was. She went downstairs early so she wouldn't bother us. We eventually got up at 8:30. We went downstairs to look for Meredith. I quickly discovered that the hotel reminded me so much of the park where I work seasonally, Disney's Hollywood Studios (at the Great Movie Ride, or GMR).

A couple of pictures of the elevator
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The lobby
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We walked around some outside looking for her.
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We ate at the quick food service Hollywood & Dine (if only it had characters like back home :) ) I had these really cute banana breads shaped like Winnie the Pooh and some really pulpy Minute Maid orange juice.

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We found Meredith by the pool. The entrance to the pool was cute. It had this little waterfall thing to walk through.

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We walked around some more.
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There was a big Hollywood Hotel sign like Hollywood Hills.

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There was also this small road that had old cars and a traffic light on it.

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Here is the view at the back of the hotel property looking across the water (not sure what body of water) but it was really pretty

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Orginally, this was supposed to be the Disney park day but since Rebecca is a big Disney fan too, we didn't want her to miss the park. So we decided to go find the big Buddha statue instead. This turned out even better (well for the three of us) because we were so tired from the trip that it was nice to have a more relaxing day.

To get to the big Buddha, we had to go to the monorail station right by the park and take the train to another stop.

A couple of Disney park sign pictures

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Oh, and notice all the umbrellas? Everyone there used it for shade. SOooo smart! It was so hot! And lots of ladies had these pretty sparkly ones with lace on the edge. I wanted a purple one like this but couldn't find one!!!

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The evil hat...Us GMR folks hate the sorcerer's hat at the Studios because it blocks the ride and so I just hate it in general

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The monorail had adorable Mickey shaped windows

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And the things to hold on to in the monorail were mickey shaped too

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Inside the monorails, there were different character statues. We sat next to Jiminy Cricket.

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A shot down the monorail

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Up next, our trip to the Big Buddha...

PrincessInOz 08-18-2012 10:56 PM

Looks like you're having a very nice easy day and morning so far. Love the shots inside the hotel.

Looking forward to seeing you at the Giant Buddha.


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