Day 1 - 4 Sep 2019
Content: We stayed at the marriot for our Disney park visit. The hotel was perfect: excellent rooms, helpful staff and good food. There was also a free shuttle bus going to the Disney park, which was a big plus!
Content: To get into the Disney magic for the following day, we spend our afternoon exploring Disneytown. There were many shops, restaurants and even shows. It felt like you were already walking around in a Disneyparks, just missing the rides.
Day 2 - 5 Sep 2019
Content: The first park we got to visit was Shanghai Disney. This park is best explained like this; imagine what all your beloved rides will look like in the next ten to twenty years, for the next generations to enjoy. Shanghai Disney is what I imagine the Disney Parks of the future to be.
Content: One great example of this is the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, a beloved classic by many. In Shanghai, however, this classic is taken to a next level. With new technologies and a lot of imagineering, the ride was something I never experienced before. It’s immersive in a way that you forget you are in a Disneyland ride and believe you are in the middle of a fight between two pirate ships.
Content: Another example of this was their futuristic Tomorrowland. I know Tomorrowland is always supposed to be futuristic, but in Shanghai I actually felt like I stepped into an Utopia, years and years away from now. This might have something to do with the fact that this park opened not too long ago (2016). In this land, you can also find the TRON ride, which is one of the best rides I’ve done in any of the Disney parks I visited.
Content: This park has the most unique selection of rides and activities, many of them, exclusive to Shanghai Disneyland. Like the castle, that not is part of one but of two different rides: the interactive Snow White experience inside the castle and their version of the Storybook boats, which goes under the castle where a crystal grotto is hidden.
Day 5 - 8 Sep 2019
Content: For our Disney trip in Hongkong we stayed on Disney property, which really added to the magic of our experience here! I would one hundred percent recommend this hotel, it was one of my favourite experiences from the entire Asia trip. The hotel had beautiful surroundings, so walking around on property was a blast. Another really fun thing was the characters walking around the lobby and the hotel gift shop where I could already splurge on my Disney pin addiction!
Content: Next stop on our trip was Hongkong Disneyland. This park was relatively small and not busy at all. There was no line over 15 minutes and most of them were shorter than five minutes. Which means we did pretty much all the rides within a few hours (mystic manor being our favourite!) However, there was not a moment of boredom. There are definitely parks that objectively are much better than HongKong Disneyland. The park is small and seems to still be in development. Still, this park stole my heart and is now my favourite Disney park in the world. The charm of this park doesn’t lay in the rides, but in the magical moments it creates. First of, the surroundings of this park are absolutely gorgeous. There’s mountains and nature all around it, making especially Adventureland the most beautiful Disney spot I have ever experienced.
Content: One of the first rides we did was mystic manor. I heard a lot of positive stories about this ride and I love rides that are exclusive to its parks... and wow! This ride is to this day still one of my favourites. The story is quite simple, but the different special effects in this ride really make it so much fun. We did this ride twice, just to see it all again. I still regret not getting any merch of this ride to remember it by.
Content: If you love the classic Disney animations, you’ll love the fairytale forest! This walkthrough interactive forest shows the stories of different princesses through different miniature statues. I loved walking through, watching all the stories and hearing the music of the movies play out while also being surrounded by beautiful nature. Another very unique experience that I don’t believe any other Disney park can offer.
Content: We ended the day with a sit down restaurant, something we usually don’t have time for when exploring a new park. But because all the lines were so short, we were able to take our time and have a lovely sit down dinner. Mickey shaped food items and a view over mainstreet (sadly the castle was still under construction, otherwise we would’ve had a view over this too).
Day 7 - 10 Sep 2019
Content: In Tokyo, the first park we did was Tokyo Disneyland. This park is very similar to the Magic kingdom in Orlando, while also being very influenced by the Japanese culture. You mostly see this in food and merch, the merch in Japan is incredibly cute and I wish all the other parks would take their example in this! Also out of all the parks, Tokyo Disneyland has some of the best snacks.
Content: One ride I was very excited about was Splash mountain. This is my favourite ride out of all the Disneyparks and I was very happy I got to go on it again and share it with my fiancé. This ride has always been my favourite, ever since I first went on it as a child. Something about the music, the story, the characters just make my heart happy.
Content: A classic ride with a new twist! I hadn’t been in any other Small world ride since Paris, so I was very surprised to see the different Disney characters in the lands their stories are from. It was such a nice touch and I had so much fun spotting the Disney character between all the small world dolls.
Content: A ride I read a lot about was Pooh’s Honey Hunt. Now I love the original Winnie the Pooh ride in Orlando, but this ride definitely takes it to a next level. It’s a trackless ride and there’s lots of fun technology that makes this ride super special. I actually cried in this ride because I was so happy to be in Tokyo and I just love that silly old bear.
Content: Toontown was another place, very special to me. As a child, my mom and I would walk around (in Orlando, sadly, they replaced Toontown there) and check out all the different characters houses. The Minnie Mouse house being my favourite. Walking around in her house, seeing all her different hobbies and funny interactive attributes to play with, is one of my favourite things to do in this park!
Day 8 - 11 Sep 2019
Content: The next park we did was Tokyo DisneySea. One great thing about this park is how unique it is. Just like there’s no Animal Kingdom or Epcot anywhere else in the world... there’s no DisneySea either! You really get to experience Disney magic like no where else and there’s some exclusive rides that make your visit to this park extra special. To this day, this is one of my favourite Disney parks I have ever visited.
Content: My favourite part was Mermaid Lagoon, an indoor themed land. The attention to detail in this park is insane, especially at this part of the park. When it comes to ambiance and just plain beauty, this park takes the cake. Good thing I liked it so much, because we got stuck inside when Tokyo had one of its tropical thunderstorms. We decided to take our time and have a little snack of pizza and clam chowder, at Sebastians calypso kitchen.
Content: Tower of Terror in this park is very different than at any of the other Disneyparks, as it has a completely different storyline. I loved seeing a familiar ride with a different and new story. However we noticed many of the more thrill focused rides are way slower than they are at Paris or USA. Still very fun, but as someone who likes a bit of a adrenaline rush, just a little bit disappointing.
Content: A ride I was totally blown away by was Indiana jones Temple of the crystal skull. Even though I never saw the Indiana Jones movies, I got so into this ride, I forgot for a moment I was in a theme park. There was moments I actually screamed and jumped, which doesn’t happen often. To me, this is one of the best Disney rides I’ve ever been in.
Content: Another exclusive ride to this park. This dark ride is adorable and has one of the best tunes ever. I kind of wish it was another story they picked, I would’ve loved to see a classic movie theme (maybe Aladdin) but on the other hand, it does make this ride very unique.