4pm flights booked, 6pm luggage packed, 10pm arrived at the Airport Lounge sipping a drink and waiting to get to the gate for our flight to Hong Kong for quick getaway.
We checked in early so that we could request for bulkhead seats and a bassinet to put Matthias in. We timed Matthias' feed so that he was drinking as the plane took off to help with the pressure in the ear. He slept most of the way and woke us up in the funniest way ever. Our little 6 month old rascal turned over to the bulkhead wall and pressed the in-flight entertainment screen. It lit up the dark cabin and into our faces. It is amazing how kids don't need a lesson on operating touch screens!
We got to Hong Kong and stayed in the Airport hotel for convenience sake. The next morning, we took a taxi to Disneyland because we were quite tired from the night flight. Debra carried Matthias in our Babybjörn WE carrier most of the trip. We decided not to bring our bulky pram because we knew that it would be a challenge to navigate Hong Kong's MTR train stations and compact streets.
Springtime temperature was between 22-24 degrees Celsius and it was AMAZING! That is 10 degrees off the year round heat in Singapore.
We arrived at Disneyland close to noon time and went about collecting our tickets. To get discounts and avoid the queues, do book your tickets online before hand!
Our mission for that day was to avoid queues and enjoy rides we could take as a family. We got to enjoy a shootout at the Toy Story to infinity and beyond ride...a slow boat ride through "its a small world" and I think we enjoyed the live theatre show and parade the most. It was almost magical like we were reliving our childhood!
Understandably, we had a few "pit-stop" moments when we had to feed and change Matthias. He was mostly well-behaved because the weather was nice and he slept a lot. This trip felt a little different because we had to slow down a little and see less. I would say that we still got to enjoy the essence of the Disney magic at the park despite having a 6 month old baby with us.
Our craziest road trip to Phuket gave us confidence and experience to conquer trips like this! We would say that being flexible is the most important thing about travelling with kids. Children are extremely adaptable and can adjust to new environments quickly. Sometimes we just worry too much about everything and that takes the fun and adventure out of our lives! It doesn't have to be this way.
Lastly, don't forget to visit the gift shop in Disneyland Hong Kong. It is so fluffy, I am gonna die!!!
More to follow with part 2....
Vincent & Debra Kwan, Founders of Hiro & Jack and stay-at-home parents with the odd life.