On our recent trip aboard the Disney Wonder, we learned a few lessons that we’ll definitely be implementing on all future Disney Cruises. These lessons are outlined below and separated into sections based on category (Know Before You Go, Items to Pack, Day of Departure, and While Aboard).
I just returned from my first ever Disney cruise and I can honestly say that it’ll be hard to go back to regular vacationing after this trip. The cruise we chose was a 7 night / 8 day adventure out of San Diego down to the Mexican Riviera, and it was perfect. Following is a topline overview of our trip and some general thoughts.
I stayed at the Hollywood Hotel on my recent trip to Hong Kong in June. Truth be told I was debating between this hotel and the Explorer Lodge. Hollywood won out in the end due to price (although it was only a smidge less expensive than Disney’s Explorer Lodge). Because I booked this the day before I arrived, it ended up being close to $288.
I spent two extremely lovely nights at the Disneyland Hotel in November and have been dying to go back ever since. This hotel is as classy as they come with the perfect amount of Disney sparkle. First, a couple of things to note about staying at ANY of the Disney Resort hotels in Hong Kong: all rooms come with special Priority Admission Passes for select attractions in the park along with a special entrance gate for hotel guests only. This is a nice perk as Hong Kong Disneyland does not have a Magic Morning or Extra Magic Hours type access for hotel guests. (I will say that lines in general seem to be rather short, so I didn’t even need to use my Priority Passes.)
When it comes to traveling the world in search of Disney adventure, there’s nothing better than discovering a brand new ride in a country I’ve never been to before. I love seeing how the magic of Disney is the same wherever you go but the execution is always slightly different. Hong Kong is no exception to this and there are a PLETHORA of really wonderful one-of-a-kind rides here. In fact, I think this is one of the most underrated parks in the world.
One of the unique things about this park is the way Marvel has been incorporated into Tomorrowland. Two of our favorite rides here in the U.S. have been transformed to feature Marvel characters. The first is the "Iron Man Experience". It’s basically the same infrastructure as Star Tours but the story features Iron Man! I liked this ride A LOT but it did make me feel sick (same as Star Tours does though, LOL. I’m getting older and simulators are taking their toll).