An alien, a chicken and a teddy bear walk into a bar … Ok, it’s a Chinese Restaurant and the punch line isn’t very funny. Chicken Little is about to lose his head. He’ll never know what’s coming. One minute, he’s sitting in a bamboo steamer basket, the next he’s lunch.
Where is this place where cute and cuddly characters are served up for supper? Disneyland of course. The character dim sum lunch at the Crystal Lotus Restaurant, one of several eateries inside Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel, takes dim sum to another level.
Don’t expect plain old pork buns and wonton soup. The Aliens are filled with pork and vegetable, Duffy the Disney bear’s insides are red bean paste and Chicken Little holds an eggy lotus seed custard that goes down a treat.
At 311 acres, Hong Kong Disneyland is the smallest Disney resort. Compared to Anaheim’s Walt Disney World Resort at a whopping 25000 acres, it’s tiny. But it makes up for its size in originality. Inside the park, Festival of Foods serves up almost too cute to eat Little Pigs BBQ pork buns and big bowls of noodle soup.
Forget hot dogs and french fries – Mickey Mouse shaped waffles, turkey drumsticks and rice on a stick are sold from street carts and the rolled up pizza slices in Toy Story Land seem to be hot property.
Hong Kong Disneyland doesn’t always stray too far from the pack – we clamber aboard the spinning tea cups, join the chorus for It’s a Small World and shoot through the stars on the Space Mountain roller coaster.