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Because it’s Disneyland

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My colleagues went to Hong Kong last week and I was so ready to plead-bribe them to get me a Mickey Mouse hat when they told me they weren’t going to Disneyland. But why??? I didn’t get it. I mean it’s the happiest place in the world! You go to Disneyland when you visit a city which has Disneyland. You eat dessert at brunch. Those are life rules.

Disney World

My colleagues went to Hong Kong last week and I was so ready to pleadbribe them to get me a Mickey Mouse hat when they told me they weren’t going to Disneyland. But why??? I didn’t get it. I mean it’s the happiest place in the world! You go to Disneyland when you visit a city which has Disneyland. You eat dessert at brunch. Those are life rules.

It’s DISNEYLAND! The happiest place in the world. You want to be happy don’t you?? Don’t you?“, I asked them. The conversation stopped there, maybe it has to do with my crazy eyes, but it’s Disneyland! First, there was Augustus, who thought Hazel’s choice of using her wish from The Genie Foundation on Disneyland was lame. And now people who sat in the cubicle beside me refused to go there for no good reason, but it’s Disney and Minnie Mouse lives there.

Note to self: Need to learn the term “to each their own” and shut my mouth.

You know, I am still sad that I didn’t get the chance to see Tokyo‘s when we were there. I plan another trip to Japan to visit it. Okay, that’s a lie. I would go to Japan over and over again for all the things, everything, but next time I will Tokyo Disneyland will be a top priority.

For me Disneyland was almost a myth growing up. I never thought I would ever visit it, later life changed in a major way and I was lucky enough to get to see not only one, but two. The first one was Hong Kong Disneyland, I went there with Yin and the second one was in Paris and I stayed there for two days. During the weekend I went through iPhoto folder labeled Disney and reminisce one of my happiest travel moments. The best part about visiting Disneyworld was not the rides and main attractions, I was too old to sit in a small chair that takes us into the cave of dancing dolls (we still did it though); it was about other happy inducing things like..  

Riding Disney Train

Disney Train

On the day we went to Hong Kong Disneyland, we started our journey by train. I was so excited to see the train. Everything was Disney. Mickey Mouse shaped windows and Disney character statue on each corner. Amazed and so ready for Disneyworld.

Eating at Disney Cafe

Hong Kong Disneyland

We stopped for a lunch at a Disney Cafe and I was overwhelmed by all the fun named meal choices. I took time well after Yin made her choice, giving her a chance to snap the above picture. There were Mickey Mouse soup and cookies! And in the Paris one I had breakfast and sipped coffee from the iconic Mickey cup AND had a complete Disney Cars themed breakfast and dinner for two days. Meals shaped in Disney Character = one happy girl woman.

Shopping at the Disney Gift Shop

Aaand my Mekkah. I.Need.To.Go.To.The.Giftshop, I repeated these words to Yin and my friend. Disneylands elevated my mood to a roaring 10/10 and I wanted to bring back something as a remembrance. That, and I love all those cute little keychains, pens, mugs, notes, hats and everything. I could spend hours in a gift shop and that’s exactly what I did in Paris Disneyland. Since we are staying the night I didn’t have a curfew. I came back many times, making a reason of forgetting to get someone something. And again.

Btw, may I suggest to take a page from Yin’s book? She bought a Disney tee  and wore it straight away. Disneyjoy doubled.

Yin's Duck Face

Meeting Disney Characters

For someone who is too lazy to ride on any attraction, I have an opposite reaction to meeting the characters,  the ones in customs or the life size statues.  I get really, REALLY excited whenever I see them. Admittedly, I was shy (maybe a little scared?) if I needed to approach the mascots to take a picture together, especially when I had to explain to them that it’s for me and not my younger siblings. There was only one time when I excitedly asked a costume wearing guy to take a picture with me. Why? Because without enough processing time, my brain thought he was Dumbledore (And I loooove Dumbledore). He wasn’t. It’s Disney. He was Father Time. And nope, I am not going to post my face palm moment picture here.

Tarzan Jane Disney

Sleeping at Disney Hotel

Yep, we did this. We, two adult ladies with no kids, stayed in a Cars themed Disney Hotel. For some reasons it reminded me of a desert. I didn’t care much about anything to do with the desert, unless it has Carrie walking with her turban. Was the movie Cars shot in the desert? I am not sure, I hadn’t watched it. Other than the boyish themed, the hotel stay was fun. All the special treatments for being the staying guest, buffet dinner with Disney enthusiasts and their tired but proud parents; and gift shops that opened until late night were super worth it! I particularly enjoyed the buffet dinner because I finally got to eat rice after a week of baguette.

Santa Fe rooms

Disneyland. I would do it all over again. This time I completely disagree with Augustus, it should be on everyone’s bucket list.

Thanks for reading you guys. I hope to get to visit Tokyo and USA Disneylands and get to share another story from Disney batch with you. Linking up with the Travel Tuesday Trios Bonnie, Tina and Melanie.

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  • I love Disney and have been to Disney World in Florida about 6 times but have never been to the one in California or out of the country. This place looks like so much fun!

    • Foreign Geek

      6?!! Wow that’s awesome! Hopefully you will get to go and discover new things at the others. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • Haha! I have exactly the same mind set as you. Who wouldn’t want to go!? I have only ever been to Disneyland in Hong Kong and I had a ball. Now that I am living so close to Paris I am going to go very soon!

    • Foreign Geek

      Yeah you should. I love the one in Paris as well 🙂 Would you consider staying in their hotel? It’s super fun !

  • Can you believe, I have never been to any Disneyland/world?! I’d love to go, but since it is paying for FIVE of us to go, I just cannot get past the prices!!! My kids have traveled all over Europe, but they feel deprived having not been to Disney. I’m such a terrible parent! 😉

    • Foreign Geek

      No you are not! –> Your kids have travelled all over Europe 😉 Ask them to take you to Disneyland instead? I would love to take my mom there someday.

  • Oh man, I absolutely LOOOOOOOOOOVE Disney and it’s my dream to go to all of the Disney Parks in the world!!! I’ve been to Disneyland, Disney World, and Disneyland Paris… but Hong Kong and Tokyo are obviously on my list as well! When I go to either place, yes, I plan on seeing the actual cities and everything, but these are a MUST-DO! 🙂 WOOOO! MAGIC!

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