'My, oh, my, what a wonderful day'

'My, oh, my, what a wonderful day'

Four junior reporters get 'Zip-a-dee-doo-dah' treatment at Disneyland as part of the Star Guest Programme

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From left, William, Charlotte, Ruby and Minnie in one of Disney's Magical Moments
From left, William, Charlotte, Ruby and Minnie in one of Disney's Magical Moments

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Part of the Star Fireworks Dinner package was getting to see the fireworks up close
Part of the Star Fireworks Dinner package was getting to see the fireworks up close

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Main course (clockwise from top): shredded whelk and enoki mushrooms; raised vegetables; deep-fried prawns with thousand island dressing
Main course (clockwise from top): shredded whelk and enoki mushrooms; raised vegetables; deep-fried prawns with thousand island dressing

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Props help junior reporters (from left) Ruby Leung, William Cheng, Charlotte Chan and Minnie Yip simulate Disney characters
Props help junior reporters (from left) Ruby Leung, William Cheng, Charlotte Chan and Minnie Yip simulate Disney characters

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From left, Charlotte, William, Ruby and Minnie enjoy a Disney-style mocktail, which consists of orange, pineapple and lychee juices
From left, Charlotte, William, Ruby and Minnie enjoy a Disney-style mocktail, which consists of orange, pineapple and lychee juices

Until May 18, Hong Kong Disneyland is having its Star Guest Programme, in which guests can experience "Magical Moments" and "Star Experiences". Four of Young Post's junior reporters were invited to check out their Magical Moments and one of the Star Experiences - the Star Fireworks Dinner. Here's what they thought ...

Say 'cheese' while doing 'Magical Moments'

You must bring your camera to Disneyland to capture the happy moments, and 7,000 cast members will help you take even more magical moments with props.

Some of the props on offer simulate Toy Story's Mr Potato Head, and land-themed photo frames such as at Mystic Point.

Dinner fit for an emperor

Located in Main Street USA, Plaza Inn's design is inspired by the movie Mulan, and when you step inside, you will feel as if you're in a Chinese emperor's dining hall.

This was where we had our Star Fireworks Dinner, which includes a mocktail, appetiser, main course, dessert and tea.

The mocktail was made with orange, pineapple and lychee juices, and it was a clever choice to start after a whole day of playing. Not only did it quench our thirst, but it also contained extra vitamins to help regain our energy for another round of fun. If Lilo and Stitch were to make a drink for you, it would be this.

After the mocktail came the appetiser - steamed scallop dumplings with minced shrimp and vegetables, and a crispy minced shrimp ball with almond flakes. It tasted fresh and filling, and the almond flakes matched well with the shrimp ball.

Next came the main courses, which included five (yes, five) dishes. First up was pumpkin soup with assorted seafood, which tasted very similar to shark's fin soup, but with shrimp instead of shark fins.

After the soup we had the first proper dish - sautéed chicken, mixed peppers and vegetables with gravy. The gravy-infused chicken was rich in flavour, making it the best of the five dishes.

The deep-fried prawns with thousand island dressing came next, and it was a bold attempt at breaking with the traditional Chinese dish, fusing Chinese methods with Western taste. It was a tad too heavy, but nevertheless delicious.

After the heavy dish, there was a refreshing change - braised vegetables with shredded whelk and enoki mushrooms. The plate tasted fresh and cleansed our palates.

The final main course dish was fried rice with diced seafood, crab roe and vegetables. It tasted just like any fried seafood and will make you full if you weren't already.

To top it all off, we had chilled honeydew melon and milk pudding for dessert. The candy floss on top melted our hearts as it melted in our mouths. The dessert was very sweet, but Chinese tea helped to neutralise the sweetness.

As the name suggests, part of the Star Fireworks Dinner package includes viewing the fireworks at a VIP location. So 15 minutes before the show began, we were led past all the lines and stopped right in front of Sleeping Beauty's Castle. We could see every detail, including projections of Disney characters.

Visit www.hongkongdisneyland.com for more information

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
'My, oh, my, what a wonderful day'

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