April 1, 2012
From our flight from Dubai to Manila, we chose the Cathay Pacific flight with the longest stop-over in HK (16 hrs). For most this is quite absurd but our mission is to visit Mickey and friends at HK Disneyland without added expenses like air tickets and accommodation. Another plus that we learned later is that there is discounted Tourist Pass at HK$ for same day inbound and outbound flights.
We arrived at HK Airport around 6am and headed to the immigration area. Since we have Philippines’ passports, we don’t need a visa for the next 7 days (I only need less than a day). Then to the bathroom to change clothes and some grooming things, no place to take a bath but if you really want there is an option at the airport itself but of course you need to pay.
We had breakfast at Maxim’s inside HK Airport and by the time we finished it’s almost 8am. We headed to the take the bus to City Outlets (it’s still closed by that time) and took MTR (train) from Tung Chung to Sunny Bay (1 train station) and transfer to a special HK Disneyland train.
We arrived at HK Disneyland past 9am and since it opens at 10am, we got extra time to take pictures and video on the outer entrance, fountain and main entrance. There is also a locker area near the main entrance at HK$60 for each bag, so we stuffed all our hand carried things in one bag (it pays to have a big knapsack).
We stayed in HK Disneyland until 3pm (a separate post is needed for HK Disneyland), fatigue wins over and we headed back to City Outlets. There we ate at Food Republic, roam around City Outlets and headed back to the airport by 6pm. We still have 4 hours to wait and rest till our flight to Manila.
So tired (imagine 8 hrs flight from Dubai to HK + 5 hrs HK Disneyland + 5 hrs travel, transfer, etc) but the trip and memories were all worth it.