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Old 04-13-2012, 07:07 PM   #571
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That is one beautiful hotel. They really paid attention to details, including the carpet. I love the bathroom and view of the room. Well you brushed up on your cantoneese , there is always time to learn so much more. Hope you had a good night sleep in the comfy looking bed.
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That hotel is absolutely gorgeous!
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Old 04-13-2012, 07:52 PM   #573
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Beautiful pictures and thank you so much for sharing.
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Welcome home, weary traveller!! So glad you had a great time, even though you got sick! Don't you just hate it when you get sick when you're away. Hope that you are feeling better soon.
The photos look great so far - the hotel looks beautiful. Disney details are just the best! And the rooms look surprisingly large for HK hotels - or is that just a camera trick??!!
I only ever remember match box sized rooms in Hong Kong!!!
Question - do you shoot RAW or JPEG? Just wondering about the storage on your cards (research for when I go!!) and how much I might need to take. Still working on all that!!
Looking forward to hearing and seeing more.
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Old 04-13-2012, 09:53 PM   #575
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Wow, that is probably the most beautiful of all the Disney hotels I have seen. It does remind me of the GF, only even nicer. Looking forward to eading more!
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That looks like a 'normal' hong kong room to me...typical in that price bracket...

Remember they are just double beds and not queens...

It's nice seeing more shots of the Hotel as I only looked around the Lobby, shop, and around the convention area (the bit under the chandeliers) which leads back down to the bus stop.
It is all in proportion but still has a small feeling compared to the US hotels. Which isn't bad. Just something I find interesting.

The other hotel to compare it to is Tokyo Disneyland Hotel (opened in late 2008). It's all the same 'idea' but the execution really is quite different with a different feeling. And yes the oriental influences are always present which is a nice touch.

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PIO welcome home! I'm all in for the details. The more the better! I'm sorry to hear that you were unwell.

The Disneyland hotel is just beautiful. How I wished I stayed there when we went... Sigh. Will just have to enjoy it through your photos. I always love all the details that are in the Disney Hotels. Looking forward to hearing more
Thanks shushh. Maybe next time you go to HK, you'll stay there.


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That is one beautiful hotel. They really paid attention to details, including the carpet. I love the bathroom and view of the room. Well you brushed up on your cantoneese , there is always time to learn so much more. Hope you had a good night sleep in the comfy looking bed.
I was so pleased by the attention to detail. It was what made the stay so remarkable.


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Beautiful pictures and thank you so much for sharing.
Your welcome. There's more to come....


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Welcome home, weary traveller!! So glad you had a great time, even though you got sick! Don't you just hate it when you get sick when you're away. Hope that you are feeling better soon.
The photos look great so far - the hotel looks beautiful. Disney details are just the best! And the rooms look surprisingly large for HK hotels - or is that just a camera trick??!!
I only ever remember match box sized rooms in Hong Kong!!!
Question - do you shoot RAW or JPEG? Just wondering about the storage on your cards (research for when I go!!) and how much I might need to take. Still working on all that!!
Looking forward to hearing and seeing more.
I still shoot in jpeg and will need to invest in a photoprocessing program soon.
On average, I seem to be taking about 500+ photos per day at Disney. That's a lot of storage. It just depends on whether you bring a laptop or not. Otherwise, lots of cards is best.

That room is larger than most in Hong Kong. I did research a few hotels and very few of them offer two double beds in the same room; much less two queens. Most of the hotels I looked at offered two single beds in the same room.

And you will have noticed that there was actual real estate between the bed and the television cabinet. Wait till you see my other room!


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Wow, that is probably the most beautiful of all the Disney hotels I have seen. It does remind me of the GF, only even nicer. Looking forward to eading more!
It is smaller than the Disney hotels; but otherwise I thought that it exceeded the WDW hotels in so many more ways.


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That looks like a 'normal' hong kong room to me...typical in that price bracket...

Remember they are just double beds and not queens...

It's nice seeing more shots of the Hotel as I only looked around the Lobby, shop, and around the convention area (the bit under the chandeliers) which leads back down to the bus stop.
It is all in proportion but still has a small feeling compared to the US hotels. Which isn't bad. Just something I find interesting.

The other hotel to compare it to is Tokyo Disneyland Hotel (opened in late 2008). It's all the same 'idea' but the execution really is quite different with a different feeling. And yes the oriental influences are always present which is a nice touch.

If I recall correctly, you stayed at the Marco Polo in Tsim Sha Tsui. By all accounts the room space there was a little bit bigger than the normal Hong Kong rooms. Two double beds in a room was a rarity in the Hong Kong hotels I was looking at; and only available in rooms in the $350+ per night bracket.

I still have a few more pictures to share on the hotel. Remember the "yee's have it!"....
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When you mention the prices of the hotel, what would that equal to US dollars?
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When I first saw the $5000, I nearly fainted, thinking they expected guests to spend that. The conversion was like smelling salt.
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When you mention the prices of the hotel, what would that equal to US dollars?
'Our money' is to encompass AUD/USD equivalent.
The exchange rate is about $7.5 hong kong dollars for every $1 Australian or US dollar.

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When I first saw the $5000, I nearly fainted, thinking they expected guests to spend that. The conversion was like smelling salt.
They do expect guests to spend $5000.....hong kong dollars, that is.

I had to ask for the calculator when he told me what the pre-val amount was.
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When you see numbers like that you cant help but think the worst. Bring on the smelling salts.
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Sea-ing life through a Grey Filter


I’m sure I mentioned that we found time to do some things twice at the start of the TR. This will be a recurring theme throughout this TR and you might get a bit sick of that deja vu feeling. Anyhoo….it’s early in the TR and you’re all keen to see the details of the HKDL resort.

There is only a two/three hour time difference between Melbourne and Hong Kong, with Hong Kong being behind Melbourne time. DH, DS and I are so used to the time zone change to the US (17 hour differential) that we figured this time zone change would be a snap. Yeah. NOT!

We all woke up before 6 am despite getting into bed some 5 hours earlier. In fact, until the 10th day of the trip, everyone was waking up at 5 am Hong Kong time as this equated to 7 am Melbourne time. Funny how such a small time change plays more havoc on the body clock than the larger one to the US. DS in particular found it rather difficult to adjust. It was not so much the problem of the early rising; but rather the need for the early to bed syndrome that was more problematic for DS and us. He would be tired by 8 pm, which is the first time I’ve EVER seen him tired out so early.


Anyway….6 am wake-up and after tossing and turning for half an hour, I decided there was no point trying to get some more sleep. I had things to see, do and photograph!

I took a look out at my sea view….





Anyone else sea it? Anyone??

I was to discover that the sea is out there….if you look real hard, you might be able to work out that there is a bit of land sticking up in the foggy distant.
I'll give you a hint - it's behind the middle palm tree.


That land is actually an island in the sea.

That fog/mist? Well….it constantly hung over Hong Kong for the duration that we were there and very very rarely cleared. I don’t think we saw blue sky at all; although there would be tinges of it in some of the photographs.

So, get used to seeing life though this grey foggy filter!



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The Yee’s have it – Daytime at the room


After working out where I thought the sea and the grey mist coincided with the sky, I turned to look outside at the resort.

The view to the left of my room window…





…and the view to the right.





The pool looked enticing.

With daylight, comes a clearer view of the room and facilities.





The bedhead etching details were European in style.





There was a room safe….a proper sized one; unlike the super slim variety at WDW.






We used the drawers underneath the TV cabinet as well as the cupboard for our clothes. You might notice the white slippers on one of the shelves here. They were complimentary and have come home with us. Which reminds me, I should get round to grabbing a picture of them with the Disneyland embroidery at some stage.





I took another look at the bathroom. The shower/bath combo….





….and the hotel information booklet in my room suggested that there were DA rooms available if you weren’t able to climb into the bath tub.


I was also awake enough to notice the toiletries provided.





I think I remember reading somewhere that one of the deluxe resorts in WDW did provide Snow White themed toiletries and that this had been discontinued. I don’t know if this is true or not and I’m sure one of you aficionado’s might be able to enlighten me/us further. However, these were absolutely charming. Some of those toiletries might have found their way home with me too.

It was at this point that the penny dropped with me. There was a definitely Snow White theme to the room….





Check out the details on the mirror!





































And the room door request…





DS noticed the Hidden Mickey in the room…





It was in the carpet pattern.


The room was lovely and really comfortable. For 3 of us, it was plenty of space. For my parents, it was heaven!



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You would think that with the time difference you would be ok. Its kinda of strange you had a long flight and yet not much difference for the time. I guess you guys are so used to long flights and then a big difference in day and time over here.

I was looking at the pic before I read what you wrote. I thought I saw the sea , I could see the rippling effect. I dont see an island. No wonder you got sick, it never got really warm for you. But you have an awesome view!
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Breakfast at Walt’s Cafe



I didn’t grab any shots of the airline food yesterday, so you’ve only had one roast beef focaccia in which to lick the screen with. Definitely time I addressed this!

There are arguably four restaurants in the Disneyland Hotel and I did go seeking out all 4. Problem was – the use of the term “restaurant” is rather misleading. But I’ll get to that in due course.

The first one I’ll mention is Walt’s Café. In the scheme of the clock orientation, Walt’s Café occupies the space between 3 and 6 o’clock.









I managed to snag shots of the restaurant the night before, and had thought it an appropriate place for us to have breakfast.





As my parents were also ready, we headed down by 7.30 am and were seated here with this view.





There were pictures of Walt on the walls…









Nice as the pictures were, we were more interested in the breakfast menu…





Most items were priced around the $168 - $198 mark, which equates to $22 - $26 our money. My parents advised that it was not too exorbitant considering we were at a captive Disney resort and with them having the knowledge of what prices were like outside in Hong Kong proper. It only remained to be seen if the quantity and quality were acceptable.

Whenever I see Mickey waffles on the menu, I cannot resist. So, I opted for the Walt’s Breakfast. This breakfast included the continental breakfast buffet selection, a choice between fluffy omelettes or Mickey waffles (or pancakes) and coffee/tea. In fact, DS and DH also opted for this breakfast selection.

The other allure of this breakfast choice was that it gave me the option to go look at the continental breakfast buffet. I didn’t get a picture of that section of the café; but here’s what the buffet looked like.

The Wheat section…





The healthy choices…









The cold cuts…






There was a selection of juices in this section and DS was more than happy with the choices of orange, apple, watermelon etc.

DH and I both had toast and a selection of fruits.









In case you haven’t come across it before that white fruit with the black speckles in it is dragon fruit.

DH’s waffle… which I snagged off his selection of pictures….





DS’s pancakes…which I snagged off DH.





Coffee was brewed. It was strong and a little bitter.





One of the beneficial things I was to discover on this trip of travelling with my parents was that I would have additional variety of food porn to shoot. My parents fell back on their heritage and chose to have the Chinese Breakfast. The Chinese breakfast provided soya milk, rice congee and a choice of a dim sum plate or a plate of fried noodles plus coffee/tea. As we were expecting to enjoy dim sum for lunch, my parents both chose the fried noodles.





Our bill, with the 15% discount, came to around $850. That’s about $115 in our money.

For my money, the food at Walt’s Café was worth the money. All the food was yummy and perfectly cooked. We all had order envy – my parents wanted our breakfast and we wanted theirs – and we decided that we needed to come back the next morning for breakfast. The 'Yee's definitely have it' and I'll post my pictures at the appropriate time.


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