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Old 04-15-2012, 06:03 PM   #601
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Dim Sum, Disney style – One of a Kind


Crystal Lotus is the award winning restaurant at the Disneyland Resort that specialises in Chinese cuisine from Beijing, Shanghai and Guangdong.





The restaurant fills the space between 8 and 10 o’clock off the main lobby area with the entrance located along the corridor opposite the registration area at 11 o’clock (where Kingdom Gifts is). The exterior matches up to the name.





The individual crystal lotus is delicate and beautiful; Disney had spared no expense here.





I had made an ADR for the Sunday lunch at noon so getting a table was really easy and straight forward. They really are firm reservations and the table is set aside for you.

There was an electronic wall as you walk in…





….with a transmission of koi fish swimming upwards. To my mind, it was the only thing that didn’t seem to fit the ambience of the place.


Internally, the theme of crystal lotus’ continued – check out the chandeliers…





…and the motif in the chairs!









The décor was more modern than I had expected.









And they had exquisite flowers around the room.





Our table was suitably dressed.









I had specifically booked us in for lunch on the Sunday because of the special dim sum menu, only available at weekends and at public holidays. The menu? Disney inspired!

The Table Captain never really left my side during the ordering process and I wish I had more time to think and take a more detailed look at the menu.

Dim Sum in Australia is a little different to the way they run it in Hong Kong. Over here, we expect the food to be pushed out on steaming trolleys piled high with baskets by the restaurant workers who then bark out what each basket holds in a nearly incomprehensible language. Over in Hong Kong, you order what you want and the food is cooked to match your order. How on earth does one gage if you’ve ordered enough food or not if you don’t see the baskets overflowing off your table?

With the pesky vegetarian in mind, I placed the order for Dim Sum and didn’t order half the selection of Disney inspired items that I now wish that I had. It is really all too easy to just order everything Disney related….but really, I ordered what I knew we would eat; rather than order for the sake of appearances and photography.



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Here’s what we did order:

There were some traditional dim sum items that we included.

Har Gow





On my plate:





Shui Mai, with scallop on top!





On my plate:





We also ordered the Har Cheong. It was early in the trip and my parents had not yet worked out that food needed to be photograph first! This is what it looked like on my plate.





And some Vegetarian dumplings as well…that never quite made it to my plate.





Mickey Seafood Glutinous Pancake





On my plate:





Duffy Red Lotus Seed buns





On my plate:





His nose looked off….





Three Little Pigs Char Siew Bao





On my plate:





The Swan Vegetarian Taro Puffs






On my plate:





I grabbed a shot of our table laden with the baskets at some stage…






We were all charmed by the Disney inspired items and there was much oohing and ahhing over how well the items had been formed and decorated.
I was surprised that no one else wanted more when the baskets were empty as I had anticipated that we would be ordering more. I guess I did order sufficient food after all.

The food was fantastic and perfectly cooked. I was surprised at how good the buns were. With that kind of decoration, it can sometimes dry out the bready section but not in these cases. At $48 - $78 per basket, the total came to over $1000 and settled down at around the $900 after the MAP discount. That’s about $120 in our money. For the amount of food that appeared on the table, it was a little pricey….but then it really was a One of a Kind type of Dim Sum and the experience alone was priceless!



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Disneyland – At LAST!


I know it was Sunday and by all accounts we should stay away from the expected crowded Park; but over lunch we all determined we should head over and spend some time there. So…to Disneyland we were to go.

The walk seemed familiar…..





DH wanted to stop for photos, which is just as well because it meant that there are some pictures in his set with me in them.





I amused myself with a few more of the entrance.





I had wondered if the Hong Kong Disneyland would evoke feelings of Disney Magic the way Disneyland and Walt Disney World did. Maybe it had been all that press about HKDL being small and a lesser cousin to the American parks that created this question. The question weighed on my mind during the walk I did earlier in the day and I was somewhat placated to find that I still experienced that child-like happiness in the morning. Perhaps it’s the fact that Disney theming, music and smells along the walk just naturally tapped into the inner child that we all love to revert to when at Disney. This second walk of the day (another ‘yee’s have it’) cleared this question up completely for me. This time, I knew I was heading into the park and there was no question about whether this lesser cousin would be able to pull those feelings out. They were there…not just in me, but in DH and DS as well. Perhaps we are all just Disney tragics that anything with Disney in the front of it just pushes those buttons but this is our holiday and we’re entitled to feel and spend it how we want.


The thrill of walking in to a Disney Park!





And this time, with no closed gates and a train pulling in, Main Street Station was the first stop for everyone’s camera.









There might be a few more characters on the plaque…but it all said the same thing.





We’d gotten into Disney around 1.20 pm and I was anticipating the park to be crowded. However, when we got to the other side of the bridge, it became apparent that this was not the case. Look what we came across!





The Parade was heading our way and it was practically an EMPTY square!

We really didn’t have time to think about where we wanted to stand to experience the parade. It practically headed straight for us and we just all headed straight for the nearest kerbside.





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Flights of Fantasy parade


I believe that this parade is only showing at Hong Kong Disneyland and was specially developed for this park. It’s been a while since I’ve seen a Disney parade and even longer since I’ve seen a new Disney parade.

With a name like Flights of Fantasy, I immediately associated this with the Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory song of Pure Imagination. Can you hear Gene Wilder singing it? I could….


Hold your breath….make a wish….count to three!


Come with me







And you'll be in a world of Pure imagination













Take a look and you'll see into your imagination










We'll begin with a spin traveling in the world of my creation






What we'll see will defy explanation


If you want to view paradise simply look around and view it



















Anything you want to, do it


Want to change the world?














There's nothing to it







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There is no life I know to compare with Pure imagination










Living there you'll be free






















If you truly wish to be



























The 7 floats in this parade are Mickey’s Magical Airship, Winnie the Pooh’s Caught up in Daydreams, The Princesses Romance Takes Wing, Jumpin’ Jungle Jam, The Magic of Pixie Dust, Hangin’ Ten and Riding High and To infinity and Beyond!

The details on the floats are beyond belief and the costumes are amazing. It certainly rivals the Mickey Jammin’ Jungle Parade at AK, which is my favourite parade!



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From the Entrance to the Castle



We had just timed our entry into Disneyland with the Flight of Fantasy parade. No repeat performance, it was to be our only time to view this parade during this trip.


My parents wanted to make a stop into Guest Relations to see if there were any pins available.





I’ve long learnt not to tell them anything….so I let them head in to find out for themselves. Unlike the American counterparts, they would strike out here.


DH and I were happy to just take in the surrounds. We normally run straight in the park and head for the nearest big ride. Not so this trip.
The lack of crowd cleared really quickly after the parade and we were left with the square nearly to ourselves again.









I took some time to shoot my prince!





He did try to reciprocate….





I was checking out the view!





By this stage, my parents came out disappointed and a little annoyed by the attitude of the CM at City Hall. A little retail therapy was in order for them and we agreed to meet up later in the day.

No reflection needed on my part….





The arrangement suited us just fine. My parents and us have travelled a few times together and we do move at completely different paces. It’s nice to spend time together but we are best exploring separately.

For the record, DH and I did have mobile phones and use that to contact each other when we are separated. With my parents, experience has taught me to pick an easy spot for the meet-up and a constant formula for the meet-up time; not just a single time. In the case of Disney, we arrange to meet at the castle drawbridge on the hour. No one stays longer than 10 minutes after the hour and then we try to hook up again at the next hour. This way, there is no stress of trying to get to the allocated meeting point at a precise time as we never know if we would be caught up in a queue or in a show.
With the arrangement in place, we said our goodbyes. They headed into the shops (which I never did make it into) and we headed down Main Street.
Main Street is….main street anywhere. You really couldn’t tell the difference.









We came across street entertainment and they were graciously taking pictures with the guests.






Not to blow on their trumpets, they were really good!


We eventually made it to the end of Main Street and into the Hub.





Plaza Inn, anyone?







Okay. I know you’re all here for that other building in the hub!













There isn’t a Partner’s statue at the hub and that felt strangely lacking.





I was to learn that the forecourt space from where the sandwich board is to the start of the bridge is where everyone SITS to watch the fireworks. The space in the middle of the hub is reserved for people that shell out $$$ for dinner and the privilege of occupying the centre.

The Sleeping Beauty castle at Hong Kong Disneyland is an almost exact replica of the castle at Disneyland.









There are definitely less trees around the Hong Kong castle than at Disneyland. I was to find out the implications of this later.

At this stage, we gave DS the choice of rides and land to enter.



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I love all the details of the restaurant. I liked how they made the food. So cute , you dont want to eat it. I agree sometimes its better to seperate and come back so everyone can do there own thing at their own pace.

Cool parade, love the way you added the song in there.

At least it didnt look to crowded. Cant wait to hear more
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Dim sum looked awesome. I'm not sure how you didn't order more, it's never filling.

It is nice the the crowd control CMs crouch down when the parade is behind them.

Looks like any Main Street? HKDL always has the wierd Castle because you can see the mountains behind it. And it's covered with bricks and missing tracks. The buildings are close.

On to the rides!
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I love your pictures! Especially of the dim sum since we didn't end up doing that. I thought the castle was much smaller than its Anaheim counterpart, but I could be remembering incorrectly lol!
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Love the parade photos

Brings back a lot of memories. It is just so vibrant and colourful. It and the Paris one were my favourites. Tokyo takes the cake for best night parade though with Dream lights


That is a pricey Dim Sum, but I'm glad you had a good time and that the quality was high despite the decoration. I do know how dried out those buns can get.

Those little piggies would have landed on my plate for sure

I thought there were alien ones? Do you remember what was in them even if you didn't order them??


I DIDN'T know about the dinner in the circle??
I was standing in there for my photos so it certainly wasn't on the day I was there That's really disappointing not getting to stand in there...especially for those without a full size tripod as the light poles were crucial for me.

Intrigued I am.....
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Just popping in to say that I love that you put so many pics in your TR. I've always wanted to know what Hong Kong Disney looked like!
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The Dim Sum looked amazing... I wanted to try it all, my mouth is watering...

The parade is beaufitul and makes me long for Disney!
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Holy cow, I feel I am way behind already. Great pictures as usual, Princess. I probably should just add that to my signature for everytime I post in your thread.

Anyways, comments from someone very far away from Hong Kong:

- That hotel was absolutely beautiful. At first I was surprise, but as my brain started working, I thought it made a lot of sense - it has a very old world British colonial feel to it to me - and being that Hong Kong was british for so long, and so that's probably why. Beautiful grounds, also seemed very empty as well.

- Your right about the time change. 2-3 hours are the worst, because the body just doesn't want to accept it. Stupid bodies!

- I thought the Fab 5 Fountain (FFF) was extremely cool. My DD really got a kick out of looking at it with me.

- Don't know how you managed to spend the whole morning at the hotel. I would have been so chomping at the bit to get to the park.

- The Dim Sum meal: My experience with Dim Sum is limited, really more getting it as an appetizer than a full meal. The food looked very good, except that the Duffy head looked really...um...creepy. A little too "real" to me, like they lopped off poor Duffy's head and put it on a plate.

-The park - your initial pictures do make it look like very low crowds. I hope for your sake it stayed that way!

-The parade looked like a lot of fun. The one question it brought to mind - for the Disney Princesses...did they use Western CM or were they local CM made up with a more Westernized look? Looking at your pictures I have to say I really couldn't tell which it was, which I guess speaks for Disney setting just the right tone with those characters. Overall, the characters look really fantastic. It's amazing how even from a very different part of the world, that parade doesn't feel like it would seem out of place in Anaheim or Orlando.

- Main Street is the first thing that feels kind of "off" to me. I don't know why...I also having never had a castle other than Cinderella's can't picture that teeny tiny castle. One of my earliest childhood memories is from seeing Cinderella's castle off in the distance when we were visiting Orlando, and how it seemed to tower over everything. I think that will be the oddest thing when we get to DL. I picture this conversation going on July 22nd:

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Me:"Right over there."
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