I had an amazing time seeing my girls connect with M, and M caring for my little loves. It's been a long journey to get to this point, and it felt like two huge parts of my universe coming together, a magical big bang of sorts. It was also the first trip with the kids where I didn't have to plan every detail, because M worked out most of it for us, including the Kingdom Club at Disneyland Hotel which gave us exclusive access to Minnie and Mickey in the privacy of the Kingdom Club room.
Memorable trip highlights for the family:
1) Rides and parade in Hong Kong Disneyland Park, especially the Hyperspace Mountain. Even little Red went along for the ride, and I could feel my heart jumping against my ribcage with every wild turn, worried that her small frame would get thrown off into the darkness. I didn't have any room to be scared for myself!
2) Stay in Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel Kingdom Club Room! Exclusive perks include supervised arts and crafts for kids, unlimited cookies and nibbles, sunset wine or beer for the parents, and bedtime story for the kids in the Kingdom Club Lounge. We also loved being visited by mascots in the lounge and over breakfast. Happily skipped the lines to get snuggles from mascots in the park, because we knew the mascots would be coming to us instead. Disneyland Hotel also has a lovely heated indoor swimming pool suited for the cold weather, and with life jackets for kids. Was a challenge getting kids and grown-ups out of there.
3) Mott32. Located at the basement of Standard Chartered Bank building, we had a yummy duck, dim sum and roast pork dinner in a beautifully designed space. Not a single morsel was wasted, and I loved the look on Red's face as the roast duck was being served.
4) Hong Kong Signature experiences. Victoria Peak Tram and chilling at the peak while enjoying the views was an easy sell, even though the lines were long getting into the tram. Hong Kong used to be a fishing port, and the Dukling is a traditional boat where fishermen would live and work. Convinced the brigade to go on a Dukling Junk Boat cruise -- and it ended up a tad catastrophic as we were all freezing and underdressed for the windchill, especially at night. Kids were being diplomatic when they qualified that the cruise would have been lovely in Singapore weather. We also took leisurely walks and playtime around Tsim Sha Tsui and Yau Ma Tei where they have local cafes and book shops, and Kowloon Park with playgrounds and an aviary.
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