ABD China changes?

OKW Lover

Retired and living 2 miles from The Castle.
DIS Lifetime Sponsor
Joined
Apr 29, 2004
Wondering if the current unrest in Hong Kong has affected any of the ABD China trips. Anybody been recently?
 

DollyM

Earning My Ears
Joined
Jul 30, 2015
Wondering if the current unrest in Hong Kong has affected any of the ABD China trips. Anybody been recently?
My sister @Poohlie is on the ABD that started yesterday. They did a pre-night at the Peninsula on Saturday (after days at HKDL hotel) which is when there were demonstrations in that area. They were confined to the hotel that evening. On Sunday they found out that Monday was going to be a full day at HKDL because of the citywide strikes. Sunday itself seemed OK because they were able to do the Big Buddha, the Peak, and the mid-levels escalators on their own.
 

abdgeek

DIS Veteran
Joined
Jul 29, 2012
I was on the June 30 China ABD and the protest on July 1 didn’t really impact us. We were at Victoria Peak/Stanley Market that day. The only change that was made was that we didn’t take the ferry back because of how crowded it would be. Contrary to the news coverage we see in the US, the protesters are told where and when they can protest. The protest on July 1 was on the HK Island side near the police station and government building. When I did the food tour on June 29 with Hello Hong Kong, the guide told us about the protest taking place on Handover Day and reminded us to be out of the area by 2 pm to avoid the protests. ABD should know in advance of when and where protests will take place and can make alternate arrangements if necessary.
 
  • DollyM

    Earning My Ears
    Joined
    Jul 30, 2015
    I was on the June 30 China ABD and the protest on July 1 didn’t really impact us. We were at Victoria Peak/Stanley Market that day. The only change that was made was that we didn’t take the ferry back because of how crowded it would be. Contrary to the news coverage we see in the US, the protesters are told where and when they can protest. The protest on July 1 was on the HK Island side near the police station and government building. When I did the food tour on June 29 with Hello Hong Kong, the guide told us about the protest taking place on Handover Day and reminded us to be out of the area by 2 pm to avoid the protests. ABD should know in advance of when and where protests will take place and can make alternate arrangements if necessary.
    After @Poohlie sent me a picture of protesters that appeared to be taken from an outdoor roof deck at the Peninsula, I looked for news about it and sent her this from the Washington Post:
    Saturday’s march — the ninth weekend of sustained protests — deviated from a route authorized by police and went into the tourist-heavy shopping district of Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon, which looks onto Victoria Harbor.
     
    Last edited:

    abdgeek

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Jul 29, 2012
    After @Poohlie sent me a picture of protesters that appeared to be taken from an outdoor roof deck at the Peninsula, I looked for news about it and sent her this from the Washington Post:

    Looks like we were looking at similar news releases. The CNN article talked about the fact that the most recent one spanned seven districts in HK and included airport personnel and others as part of the strike which would make it much more disruptive to daily operations than previous protests. I can imagine how unsettling it would be to look outside The Peninsula HK and see all that.
     

    kaseyC

    Mom to 3 lovely Princesses
    Joined
    Mar 25, 2002
    On our July 7th China ABD the protests took place on the streets outside of the Peninsula HK on the day our Adventure began. My daughter and I were having Afternoon Tea in the lobby when they began to assemble. By the time we were finished the street in front and on the side of the Peninsula was packed with protestors. I have a few pictures I took from the front of the building and our room. One family that was out on their own that day missed the first part of our Welcome dinner because they were delayed by the crowds.
    IMG_9006.JPGIMG_9009.JPGIMG_9015.JPG

    Darn, I don't know why those are sideways.
     
  • sayhello

    Have Camera, Will Travel
    Joined
    Oct 28, 2006
    On our July 7th China ABD the protests took place on the streets outside of the Peninsula HK on the day our Adventure began. My daughter and I were having Afternoon Tea in the lobby when they began to assemble. By the time we were finished the street in front and on the side of the Peninsula was packed with protestors. I have a few pictures I took from the front of the building and our room. One family that was out on their own that day missed the first part of our Welcome dinner because they were delayed by the crowds.
    View attachment 423397View attachment 423398View attachment 423399

    Darn, I don't know why those are sideways.
    :eek: :eek: :eek: At least they look peaceful!

    The pictures are sideways because the new DISBoards software no longer compensates for the orientation of your photos.

    If you're posting from a PC, here's a link to how you can fix that:

    https://www.ivertech.com/Articles/Image-Rotation-Issue-With-Windows-10.aspx

    Sayhello
     

    AquaDame

    Disney Cruise Line
    Moderator
    Joined
    Jul 7, 2010

    tinks_mom

    Earning My Ears
    Joined
    Mar 30, 2009
    We were there the week before @Poohlie and were largely unaffected. One family that had arrived 2 days early were met by peaceful protesters in the airport who were simply explaining the nature of their protest and asked the family to 'stay safe'.

    We had a wonderful time, with amazing guides Fred and Suzanne, and I would be happy to try to answer any questions about the adventure!

    One note about luggage (since that seems to be a frequent concern). You really only need to worry about the size/weight constraints for the checked bag. Our carry-on bags were never weighed or measured throughout the trip; as long as you have something of reasonable carry-on size you should be perfectly fine. Our group had a multitude of variations for the carry-on and the personal bags, with no issues whatsoever. Do be prepared to pull various items out of the bags for inspection at the whim of the security agents (batteries, chargers, umbrellas, sometimes other random things). I don't believe anyone in our group had anything confiscated, simply examined.
     
    Last edited:

    kaseyC

    Mom to 3 lovely Princesses
    Joined
    Mar 25, 2002
    Did you all see that Hong Kong grounded all flights as a result of the protests.
     
  • sayhello

    Have Camera, Will Travel
    Joined
    Oct 28, 2006
    Did you all see that Hong Kong grounded all flights as a result of the protests.
    Yes! The protests got violent. No in or out at this point. :(

    Fortunately, I don't *think* there are any ABDs in Hong Kong at this time. I think it was last weekend and next weekend. I feel bad for anyone trying to get in or out of there...

    Sayhello
     
    Last edited:

    kaseyC

    Mom to 3 lovely Princesses
    Joined
    Mar 25, 2002
    Yes! The protests got violent. No in or out at this point. :(

    Fortunately, I don't *think* there are any ABDs in Hong Kong at this time. I think it was last weekend and next weekend. I feel bad for anyone trying to get in or out of there...

    Sayhello
    That's what I was wondering if any were there at this time. I know they stagger them at times.

    I feel extremely lucky that the protests were still peaceful while we were there.
     

    sayhello

    Have Camera, Will Travel
    Joined
    Oct 28, 2006
    That's what I was wondering if any were there at this time. I know they stagger them at times.

    I feel extremely lucky that the protests were still peaceful while we were there.
    It will be interesting to see if they make any changes for the August 18th departure...

    Sayhello
     

    kaseyC

    Mom to 3 lovely Princesses
    Joined
    Mar 25, 2002
    Any word on how the Hong Kong protests are affecting the fall China trips? I know a departure was scheduled for Sept. 1. It's crazy to think we were there less than 2 months ago.
     

    Skylarr29

    <font color=blue>Oh Darn it, I was 'forced' to buy
    Joined
    Oct 8, 2003
    I’m also curious. Wondering at what point Disney will make changes. We travel next year but in between flights, final payment, and visas, we’re definitely questioning what to do. I don’t see this getting better before then.
     

    sayhello

    Have Camera, Will Travel
    Joined
    Oct 28, 2006
    Any word on how the Hong Kong protests are affecting the fall China trips? I know a departure was scheduled for Sept. 1. It's crazy to think we were there less than 2 months ago.
    Dusty (one of the Adventure Guides) just posted that they're in the airport, heading from Hong Kong to Beijing. He didn't mention anything about having any issues in Hong Kong. I'm sure ABD is monitoring the situation, and will change up the itinerary if necessary.

    I know this must be hard for anyone planning a trip to China right about now. I have a friend who switched her China trip for next year to another ABD. Everybody has to decide what their own tolerance for uncertainty is. :(

    Sayhello
     

    Connect

    Disney News and Updates

    Get Daily Email Updates

    Top