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  • Education
  • Sunday, 01 Jul 2012

Are you ready for a Disney adventure? As one of the grand prize winners of the Mag Inc 2012 contest, you will be packing your bags for all things Disney in Hong Kong.

IN Walt Disney’s animated classic Cinderella, the much-loved lead character sings A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes.

If visiting Disneyland has always been your dream, consider that wish granted if you are one of the grand prize winners of the Mag Inc 2012 contest, courtesy of The Star and Pizza Hut.

This year, The Star’s annual Newspaper-in-Education (NiE) contest will once again send three winning teams on a four-day, three-night holiday to Hong Kong and Hong Kong Disneyland.

Located on China’s south coast and enclosed by the South China Sea, the city is famed for its deep natural harbour and expansive skyline.

Upon their arrival in Hong Kong, the winning students will be whisked off to the Avenue of Stars which is located along the scenic Victoria Harbour waterfront.

Modelled after the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Avenue of Stars honours the prolific figures of the Hong Kong film industry and features commemorative plaques and handprints of Asian stars such as Bruce Lee, Jet Li, Datuk Michelle Yeoh and Aaron Kwok.

When dusk arrives, students will be greeted with a stunning panaromic night view as they stroll along the avenue.

After the glitz and glamour of stardom, the winning students will head to Disneyland on the second day of their trip.

The world-famous park consists of five lands based on stories of Americana, fantasy, adventure, space and Toy Story, with each promising to enthral visitors with endless magical excitement.

At Main Street, USA which is located at the entrance of the park, students can catch the Flights of Fantasy parade.

Brace for an amazing show as Mickey’s magical airship leads an array of Disney characters in this sky-high celebration.

Dedicated to the young at heart, Fantasyland is home to the fairy tale castle where Sleeping Beauty resides.

Over here, students can also find the Fantasy Gardens where costumed Disney characters such as Donald Duck and Minnie Mouse prance about, ever-ready for a photo opportunity.

Once students are done with the enchanting allure of Fantasyland, they can head over to Adventureland, the biggest park in Disneyland.

It features a large island, river cruises and Tarzan’s Treehouse. Apart from that, students can also catch the tantalising Festival of the Lion King show.

Those with an affinity for science fiction can head over to Tomorrowland which features a myriad of attractions that depict futuristic views.

As they say, you can always find a friend in Woody but at Toy Story Land, students will find more than that.

Opened in November last year, this latest addition to Hong Kong Disneyland has bamboo as giant blades of grass so you can explore the oversized world with its larger-than-life attractions. (You will be forgiven for thinking that you have landed in the land of the giants!)

After a bewitching day at Disneyland, there will be a spectacular sightseeing trip lined up for day three.

The entourage will start the day with a trip to The Peak, the highest mountain on the island. Also known as Mount Austin, the sprawling mountain offers a fascinating 360-degree view of Hong Kong and its surrounding islands from Sky Terrace 428.

They can also catch a ride on the Peak Tram which offers a captivating view over the wonders of Hong Kong.

From the high mountains, make a trip down memory lane at the Hong Kong Museum of History.

History buffs will have much to gawk at as the museum has an extensive collection of cultural artifacts that illustrates the city’s historical legacy.

After the indoor session, it is time to put on your sunglasses because everyone will be heading to Repulse Bay for a day in the sun.

There are several theories as to how the place got its name; one is that the bay-turned-beach was once populated by pirates who were eventually repulsed by the British Fleet, and another is that it was named after the HMS Repulse which was anchored at the bay at one point.

Next stop: the Golden Bauhinia Square. Situated outside the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, the square is named after a giant golden bauhinia flower sculpture at the centre of the area and hosts the official daily flag-raising ceremony.

Last but not least, there will be a stop at Aberdeen which is famed for its floating village and floating seafood restaurants. There is even a restaurant that resembles an imperial Chinese palace!

Want to be part of this dreamy experience? Keep your fingers crossed as your three-page mini magazine themed “Why English?” may just be your ticket to this once-in-a-lifetime holiday.

The Mag Inc 2012 contest closed on June 29. Check our contest website contests.thestar.com.my/nie for your school’s voucher count on July 15. Teacher coordinators can call Sharon (03-7967 1298) or Anna (03-7967 1380) from July 15 to July 25 should discrepancies arise.

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