I know some of you have said to us how wonderful it is that we took everyone with us on this grand adventure to China and for most of the trip I have to whole heartedly agree that having everyone together from the start has been great. BUT, every once in a while, we have had moments where someone has short circuited from too little sleep or too much sugar and we've had to dig deep into our parenting tool bag to find the most effective way to deal with short term emotional trauma. So any time we've heard the whining and complaining start, we've switched to the time honored parenting trick of saying "If you stop now and are real good, we'll take you to Disneyland." I think next time they may wait until they know just which Disneyland we are going to first. They may hold out for the ones that mainly speak English.
Hong Kong Disneyland has been lots of fun for the past two days. Which is kind of surprising when you consider how small it is. It's not bad small, it's more like quaint small. Walking from one side of the park to the other takes all of seven minutes. There are really only four places to go-- Main Street USA, Adventure Land, Fantasy Land, and Tomorrow Land.
Many of attractions are direct copies of rides or shows that we've been to at the Magic Kingdom in Orlando (Winnie the Pooh, Philharmagic, Dumbo) but there is some stuff here that is new to us. We went to one show called Stitch Encounter that was super fun. It was an interactive show with Stitch. Sam and Ben talked to him both times we saw the show. The actor playing the voice of Stitch even recognized the boys the second time he saw them.
You'll also be happy to hear that we've all eaten our weight in Mickey Head ice cream bars. And why can't DisneyWorld in Orlando have cornonthecob on a stick? It's great stuff.
Our third trip to a Disney property in the past calendar year (and first with four children!) was a total success. Tomorrow we explore a little of the island and then Monday we fly home - and thanks to a 32 hour day, we arrive home on the same day as we depart Hong Kong.