Party ever after at Hong Kong Disneyland

YP ReporterChristy CheungJanet Tam

To celebrate Hong Kong Disneyland's 10th birthday, junior reporters joined the party

YP ReporterChristy CheungJanet Tam |

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Goofy and Mickey in Mickey and the Wondrous Book.

Hong Kong Disneyland never appealed to me much. Don't get me wrong, I love Disney as much as the next person, but after the initial excitement over the Disneyland launch in 2005, I eventually got tired of its rides and shows: been there, seen that.

So the announcement of its exclusive 10th anniversary live musical, Mickey and the Wondrous Book, was very exciting for me.

I was thrilled to hear the musical would feature some of Disney's newest characters, namely Rapunzel from Tangled, Princess Tiana from The Princess and the Frog, Olaf from Frozen and more.

From left: JR Manager Tiffany Choi, christy Cheung and Janet Tam hang out with Chip and Dale.
Photo: Hong Kong Disneyland

As I reached the Storybook theatre, I noticed that the old The Golden Mickey sign had been replaced by Mickey and the Wondrous Book and this made me even more excited for the musical's premiere.

The first scene featured Mickey and Goofy discovering a magical book. Out of curiosity, Mickey opens it and Olaf tumbles out. This kicks off Mickey's search for Olaf's home in the Wondrous Book.

To me, the most incredible scene in the whole musical was the one featuring the trio of Rapunzel from Tangled, Ariel from The Little Mermaid, and Merida from Brave.

When Ariel showed up, I was already giddy with delight, but I was caught completely off guard when Rapunzel came on followed by Merida. The three princesses sang their hearts out and performed a mash-up of Part of your World, When Will My Life Begin and Touch the Sky - all fan favourites from their movies. I got goosebumps after their breath-taking performance. I felt like a five-year-old once again - obsessed with fairytales.

Mickey and the Wondrous Book was, well, wondrous! I experienced the thrill of Disney that I thought was long gone, and it's definitely a must-see for anyone visiting Hong Kong Disneyland.

Christy Cheung

For its 10th anniversary, Disneyland Hong Kong chose to go with the theme, "Happily Ever After."

As part of the celebrations, Disney created a new show, Mickey and the Wondrous Book, as well as a special Christmas tree for 2015.

We were lucky enough to attend the meal for special guests attending the musical's premiere.

The feast was amazing. After watching the spectacular fireworks and images projected onto the castle, we went to Fantasyland to eat.

Before we walked into the area, we enjoyed a welcome drink of lemonade with tropical decorations, which was really refreshing. While we were waiting to be let in to Fantasyland, I peeked inside and what I saw amazed me!

They had changed the whole area into a buffet. I had never been to such a spectacular and enormous feast - it even had a merry-go-round.

There was a huge feast for special guest. There were some delicious seafood appetisers and desserts.
Photo: Christy Cheung

Even as I was just standing there and waiting, I was amazed by the ice decorations on the seafood bar - with a huge "10" in the middle, and two elegant ice swans sitting either side. Under the light, the ice shone like crystal. Right below the enormous ice statues, there were some delicious seafood appetisers like long Alaskan crab legs, sweet prawns and mussels.

The meal was simply magical. Inspired by Winnie the Pooh, the desserts were cleverly designed to look like characters such as Tigger and Piglet.

The portions were small, which meant I could try more yummy food. I loved the Tigger roll most: it had an orange chocolate on top, with a smooth lemon mousse inside.

Janet Tam, with additional reporting by Tiffany Choi