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Old 08-19-2012, 02:19 AM   #16
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Looks like a pretty good view from your room. Did you think it was worth the extra for the park view? Could you see the fireworks? I'm currently tossing up whether to go for the park view or not.

Looking forward to your Big Buddha pictures.
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Old 08-19-2012, 08:31 AM   #17
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Can't wait to read your report. I'm about to do a similar thing - Tokyo, and Japan then onto Hong Kong.
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Old 08-19-2012, 09:48 PM   #18
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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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Looks like a pretty good view from your room. Did you think it was worth the extra for the park view? Could you see the fireworks? I'm currently tossing up whether to go for the park view or not.

Looking forward to your Big Buddha pictures.
With my cast member discount, it was a very small difference. But honestly, we were only in the room for a little bit and never during fireworks time so I'm not sure. Sorry!

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You'll have so much fun!
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Old 08-19-2012, 10:12 PM   #19
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Day 3- Part 2

First I have to say that I am so glad that something told me to copy what I had just written before submitting it because my internet froze!! And second, sorry about some of the pictures...I rotated them on photobucket first but they're still showing up sideways here

Anyways...

We got off the monorail and headed to take a skyline type thing up to the Big Buddha. However, that day they were doing maintanence on it. Boo! So we had to take a bus up there. We took this bus there.



I don't normally get motion sickness but for some reason, I did on this trip. And I hate mountains. I don't have a fear of heights at all (I can easily stand at the edge of buildings or over clear glass) but I hate the turns on mountains. I'm so afraid that I'm going to fall off. And there were lots of these. There were lots of cows just wandering around as well as dogs.





Here's some pictures of the area around the bottom where Buddha is







The Big Buddha is really neat to see. You have to walk up 200 steps to get to him.





Around the base of Buddha are 6 other statues. Apparently the hand position means something (Cori said she saw this on Amazing Race)













Then we walked into some temples and did some souvenir shopping.









Right past the bus stop there was this little village.



We ate lunch at the Zen Taiwanese Bistro.



I had the pork dumpling for HKD 20 or about $2.50 USD.



Then we went to Sweet Paradise for desert.



I had the Banana Split Adventure Crepe for $38 HKD or a little less than $5 USD.





Then we headed back down the mountain. We stopped at the Coach outlet (right where we caught the bus--how lucky ) and I got a wristlet since I had forgotten to pack any of the five of mine that I have. It wasn't any cheaper there.

They also have 7-11s all over so I got a Gatorade for when we would be running there and Roller Coaster cheese chips (I love to try all types of different snacks).

Then we took the monorail back to the hotel, once again loving how clean the trains were!

Up next...our evening in Hong Kong
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Old 08-19-2012, 10:28 PM   #20
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What a shame the cable car was down for maintenance! It was when we were there too, but we didn't think to take the bus PIO was lucky getting to go on it! I hope after all this maintenance this year it will be ready to go for me next March

Oh I was forgetting you'd have a cast member discount! How awesome would that be I'll be able to get 15% off accommodation with my AP, but of course only for HK. DH and I think that if you're an AP holder at one park, you should be able to get some sort of perks at other parks too, like maybe a discount on park entry at Paris...
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Sorry that you got motion sickness on the bus ride up. Pity the cable car was down.

Your pictures of the Buddha are fantastic. Nice that you had a relatively clear day and clear view. Nice desserts!


Looking forward to your next update.
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Old 08-20-2012, 08:58 PM   #22
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What a shame the cable car was down for maintenance! It was when we were there too, but we didn't think to take the bus PIO was lucky getting to go on it! I hope after all this maintenance this year it will be ready to go for me next March

Oh I was forgetting you'd have a cast member discount! How awesome would that be I'll be able to get 15% off accommodation with my AP, but of course only for HK. DH and I think that if you're an AP holder at one park, you should be able to get some sort of perks at other parks too, like maybe a discount on park entry at Paris...
What's up with it being down so much?? Do you not get a discount at Paris? I remember when we went, they were really nice and even though I was seasonal and could get myself in but not a friend in, they still let her in for free anyways!

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Sorry that you got motion sickness on the bus ride up. Pity the cable car was down.

Your pictures of the Buddha are fantastic. Nice that you had a relatively clear day and clear view. Nice desserts!


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Thank you!
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Old 08-20-2012, 09:09 PM   #23
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Day 3- Part 3

On the way to the hotel, I took some pictures of the outside...some of them are pretty bad pictures, but I'm posting them just in case you want to see.







Transportation to the park and the hotels was such a quick and easy bus ride! Anyways, we changed into jeans and headed back out. We headed to Macau, which we found out is its own country island and has lots of casinos on it. We had to take a subway to get there and switch trains a couple of times and then we had to take the Turbo Jet ferry.



It was really rocking & rolling badly. I was afraid I would get motion sickness again because of the bus trip in the morning, but I was okay. The ticket cost 185 HKD (23 USD) there and 174 HKD (21 USD) on the way back.

I thought maybe there'd be 3 or 4 casinos, but it was like Vegas! We took the shuttle bus to the Venetian.



In all, we traveled a little over 2 1/2 hours each way! The casino was beautiful but we were disappointed because the cheapest blackjack table was 300 HKD (37ish USD). Not gonna play that! So we headed into the food court for dinner. Except for a Fatburger, everything looked the same. I had shrimp tempura for 70 HKD (9ish USD) (And this is the last time that I recorded how much everything cost..oops!)





Then we started our 2 1/2 hour trip back home. I would definitely NOT reccomend doing this. At least not the way we did it. If anyone is planning on going to Maccau, they should definitely stay in one of the hotels for the night.

Up next, Day 4....
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Wow just one afternoon in Macau! You must have been exhausted by the time you got back!

I haven't managed to find any information yet on discounts between parks for AP holders... If you come across any I'd be most grateful if you could point me in the right direction
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That was a very quick stop in Macau. Pity you had a rocky ride over, must have been the time of year. It was reasonably calm in April.
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Wow just one afternoon in Macau! You must have been exhausted by the time you got back!

I haven't managed to find any information yet on discounts between parks for AP holders... If you come across any I'd be most grateful if you could point me in the right direction
It was! We obviously didn't do very good research on how long we should plan for the whole outing! And if I see anything, I'll let you know!

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Maybe it was. It was pretty rough!
And random question...in your signature, you have things about a photo board scavenger hunt...what is that?
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Day4-Part 1

Disney Day!!!

This morning Cori & Rebecca woke up early again so we all got up. We took our luggage downstairs and checked it in with baggage services since we wouldn't be staying at Disney that night Then we took the bus over to the Disneyland Hotel. I wanted to see the hotel and plus, I wanted to see what they had for their weddings there (turns out I didn't find anything). We took a bunch of pictures.

Here are some of them.

Inside the lobby





Looking out the back of the hotel



Looking at the hotel from the back



One of the pretty pictures inside the hotel



I did find, and buy, a little statue of Hong Kong Mickey & Minnie wedding.



Then the girls wanted breakfast so we took the bus back to our hotel. They ate then we got in the long line for the bus to the park.

This is a statue in front of the park.





Walking up to the gates



We waited though security in the gate that said "Main Gates" (which is what cast members use to get themselves and guests in) but when we got to the front, they made us go to Guest Relations. That line was soooo long! My tennis shoes were hurting my feet & luckily I had brought along flip flops so I changed and we put my tennis shoes in a locker.

Ahh...the sign



We went to the bakery so I could have breakfast and I got a chocolate pull which was a chocolate croissant. It was so good! (and I forgot to take a picture. Boo!) We took some pictures of the castle.





It was soooo small! I think it's smaller than the one in Paris & Los Angeles (or at least, it seemed that way).

Then we headed to Toy Story Land. I was sooo excited to ride these new rides!





We rode the Slinky Dog Spin (with its own barking pass)





The Toy Soldier Parachute Drop



and the RC Racer. We briefly got stuck on that one before it started.



Then we stopped for ice cream. I got a Minnie Mouse bar. The back was chocolate, the head was strawberry, and the bow was mango. It was really good. It reminded me of the old school Mickey bars they used to have. Man I miss those things!



Then we went over and got fast passes for Space Mountain. We headed to do Its a Small World.





But first we found Coke slushies so we had to get one.



On--another weird note. All of the popcorn stands were caramel corn. I only saw one regular popcorn (and yes, I noticed this because of my obsession with popcorn) (um..WHERE IS MY POPCORN SMILEY??? its not there!!!)

Then we went on It's a Small World. It was really neat because there were tons of different characters in the different scenes. So instead of Hidden Mickeys, there were hidden characters!! Definitely the best Small World of any of the parks!

Up next...part 2 of Disney Day!
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Sounds like a great start! I had one of those Minnie bars too and loved it Wish they sold them at the supermarket lol!

Can't say I noticed the popcorn stands, but I'm not that big into popcorn... I didn't see any coke slushies either - will have to look out for them next time! Or maybe they only have them in summer?

They do weddings at the HK DL Hotel, but Chinese weddings are very different to US/Aussie weddings. If you saw anything referring to a 'banquet' it was probably a wedding thing. They have several function rooms in the hotel, and they're all massive with room for hundreds of guests (as is the norm in China). We did see 2 wedding parties while we were there - there was one couple having their photos taken down near the pier, and a whole bridal party hanging around the hotel looking like they were waiting for something.

I agree the castle did seem smaller than Anaheim's. But when you look at photos of the 2 next to each other, it seems like they are actually about the same size. Maybe it looks smaller with the mountains in the background?

I didn't do the HK version of IASW, but the Anaheim one also has characters now, and I much prefer the landscaping for that one. I found the HK one a bit plain.

Will come back when I get home so I can see your pictures! (For some reason at work we're allowed access to facebook but not photobucket...)
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Sounds like a great start to the day so far!



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And random question...in your signature, you have things about a photo board scavenger hunt...what is that?
pea-n-me organises scavenger hunts on the photoboard section of the Dis. It's all about fun and up to the individual as to how much effort they want to put in to improve their photog skills. This is the latest one of offer
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2937176

The prize? Aside from bragging rites are the little icons that she gets a friend of hers to make up. We get to download and use them after we meet the minimum posting criteria.


Still not too late to join in. About 3 weeks left....plenty of time to hunt and post. Hope to see you there.
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Sounds like a great start! I had one of those Minnie bars too and loved it Wish they sold them at the supermarket lol!

Can't say I noticed the popcorn stands, but I'm not that big into popcorn... I didn't see any coke slushies either - will have to look out for them next time! Or maybe they only have them in summer?

They do weddings at the HK DL Hotel, but Chinese weddings are very different to US/Aussie weddings. If you saw anything referring to a 'banquet' it was probably a wedding thing. They have several function rooms in the hotel, and they're all massive with room for hundreds of guests (as is the norm in China). We did see 2 wedding parties while we were there - there was one couple having their photos taken down near the pier, and a whole bridal party hanging around the hotel looking like they were waiting for something.

I agree the castle did seem smaller than Anaheim's. But when you look at photos of the 2 next to each other, it seems like they are actually about the same size. Maybe it looks smaller with the mountains in the background?

I didn't do the HK version of IASW, but the Anaheim one also has characters now, and I much prefer the landscaping for that one. I found the HK one a bit plain.

Will come back when I get home so I can see your pictures! (For some reason at work we're allowed access to facebook but not photobucket...)
The slushies we got were in a stand right in the IASW court. We went under the bridge and then they were to the left.

Oh, I wish I could have seen a bride...that would have been magical! I don't know if anything said banquet...I wouldn't have paid any attention if it did...oops!

As for the castle, I never thought about it looking smaller because of the mountains...that's a very good possibility!

Ohh! I'm glad to hear that DL has the fun hidden characters!

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pea-n-me organises scavenger hunts on the photoboard section of the Dis. It's all about fun and up to the individual as to how much effort they want to put in to improve their photog skills. This is the latest one of offer
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2937176

The prize? Aside from bragging rites are the little icons that she gets a friend of hers to make up. We get to download and use them after we meet the minimum posting criteria.


Still not too late to join in. About 3 weeks left....plenty of time to hunt and post. Hope to see you there.
That sounds like fun, but I could never do it. As you can tell from some of my pics, I seriously lack in the photo taking department!
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