Hey, fellow Explorers! It’s been a journey, but we’ve made it to the last part of our “winter” trip report to Hong Kong Disneyland! If you haven’t already, you can read the earlier parts of our Shanghai Disneyland trip here, here and here. Also, you can check out my write-ups for Ocean Park in Hong Kong, Macau, and Hong Kong Disneyland Day One and Two.
You may have noticed that our latest trip reports revolve around a specific theme. This is to help you recall and find the trip reports when it comes time to plan your trip! I find I learn better when there are real-life experiences associated with the advice given.
This is the last part of our trip to Hong Kong Disneyland, where we did a few last-minute things in the park and then headed off to devour delicious Dim Sum at the Crystal Lotus in the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel! I’ll tell you how to make a reservation and of course, which of the Dim Sum were my favourite.
Our flight wasn’t until 18:00, which meant there was time to check out the park for a few hours! Bryson and I are the only two with Magic Access Passes, so we both went to the park when it opened to knock off a couple of things on our to-do list.
We got to the park around 11:30, and it was rather busy. But it was a Saturday, so it didn’t come at a surprise. By busy, I mean wait times were around 10-15 minutes for Mystic Manor, which in the grand scheme of things isn’t bad at all. We knocked off Mystic Manor, Grizzly, and the Iron Man Experience in just under 2 hours.
The highlight of the morning was having my first Hong Kong Egg Custard Tart from the Market House Bakery on Main Street. Others who came before me have raved about it, so I had to see if it was worth the hype. And it is, without a doubt. If you only have one snack on your trip, make it this one.
After stuffing my face, it was time for us to head over to the Crystal Lotus at the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel.
Dim Sum at the Crystal Lotus
I have talked about the Crystal Lotus in the past and its excellent Dim Sum. If you want to have this experience, you have to call ahead of time and make a reservation for the Dim Sum. My understanding is you don’t have to be a hotel guest to make a reservation. We were staying at the Disney’s Hollywood Hotel and made one without any problems.
When you make your reservation, you’re asked to place your order ahead of time. These delicacies are specially made, so they need to know what to prepare. The Cast Member will email you the menu and ask you to reply back with your order. It’s a straightforward process, all done in English. All of this information is available on the website.
Since there were 4 of us, we ordered a variety of Dim Sum. We had the usual suspects: Green Alien, Duffy and ShellieMay, BayMax, Star Wars, and Olaf. The fillings for each of these vary from seafood to sweet red bean paste. The menu that’s sent to you ahead of time has all the flavours listed.
My favourite Dim Sum is the Green Alien, Olaf (I am a sucker for red bean paste), and it’s hard to go wrong with the Three Little Pigs — I’ll admit it’s a bit morbid, but it’s just so good!
We ordered a couple of items from the normal menu as well — you aren’t limited to only the Dim Sum. I topped our stay at Hong Kong Disneyland with an Iron Man-themed drink. Because, when in … Hong Kong(?)
I’ll write a full review of the Crystal Lotus in the future, but for now, enjoy our video that we filmed back in October. If there’s one thing you shouldn’t miss, it’s the Dim Sum at the Crystal Lotus. It’s one of those experiences you’ll always remember, and you can’t experience it anywhere else.
With our stomachs full and luggage in hand, it was time for us to head the airport. Taking a taxi to the airport is the easiest and cheapest option, especially when split between 4 people. It cost about $25 USD. If you’re staying in Hong Kong and need to get to the airport, I recommend using the Hong Kong Airport Express.
Hong Kong Disneyland holds a special place in my heart. While Tokyo Disney Resort is my home park, there’s a charm that Hong Kong radiates that isn’t anywhere else. It’s my home away from home.
Thank you for joining us as I took you through our long-winded reports for Shanghai and Hong Kong Disneyland. I hope you learned a few things to help with your trip planning and were somewhat entertained.
Until next time, Explorers!