MANILA, MARCH 28, 2007 (STAR) And the magic lives on! Now, you donít have to wish upon a star to experience the magic of Disneyland. And you probably wonít need a fairy godmother either. Because Cathay Pacific has partnered with Hong Kong Disneyland to launch the first-ever "Buy 3 Get 1 Free" Disney package. That means that for every three persons buying this package frrom March 22 to June 30, the fourth person gets to travel, stay, and play for free! This once-in-a-lifetime deal starts from as low as US$274 per person ó quite a cool deal, donít you think?

The package includes round-trip tickets to Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific, hotel accommodation at either Disney Hollywood Hotel or Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel, and park entrance tickets.

Cathay Pacific, named Airline of the Year 2006 by Air Transport World and OAG, flies 37 times a week from Manila (or five to six times daily) and daily from Cebu. As summer peaks from March 25 to May 30, Cathay Pacific has launched four additional flights per week, bringing the total Cebu-Hong Kong flights to 11 per week. Thatís a total of 48 flights weekly between Manila-Cebu and Hong Kong.

The CX-Disney promo also entitles each passenger to a free Disney Magical Fast Pass, which allows express entry to any of Disneylandís fast-pass enabled rides. The Stay and Play tickets are also valid for two consecutive days, and hotels can offer early check-in or late checkout.

What, only two days in Hong Kong?

"Yes, you can leave on the first CX flight at 6:30 a.m. and come back the next day on the last CX flight at 10 p.m.," says Vivian Lo, Cathay Pacific Airways country manager, Philippines. "With Cathay Pacific leaving Manila very early in the morning and returning very late at night (the only airline with this schedule), you can actually maximize your two-day stay in Hong Kong."

You board your CX HK flight at 6:30 a.m., enjoy a hearty breakfast onboard (and maybe do a bit of in-flight shopping after coffee but more on that later) and arrive at Chek Lap Kok international airport before 9 a.m. (just in time for your second round of breakfast at your favorite breakfast place in Hong Kong). You pick up your luggage at the airport and head straight to your hotel in Disneyland in lush Lantau Island. Itís a short 20- to 30-minute ride from the airport to Hong Kong Disneyland so expect to arrive at your hotel before 10 a.m., have a quick check-in, brush the dust on your shirt, and be there at the magical gates of Disneyland by 10.

Magic? Nope, just logistics, everything working as it should, and the great synergy between Cathay Pacific and Hong Kong Disneyland.

"Things are designed to work efficiently in Hong Kong," notes Vivian, a young career-driven Hong Kongite who started at Cathay Pacific as an undergrad management trainee and rose from the ranks to become CXís first female country manager in the Philippines. "Disneyland is connected to the airport by train. So between Disneyland and Hong Kong international airport, it will take you less than 20 minutes by train. On top of that, the Disneyland train also connects you to Central and other parts of Hong Kong and Kowloon. Between Disney and CBD, itís only 20 to 30 minutes to the shopping areas."

You can feel the magic as soon as you step into Disneyland. "I always feel happy when Iím in Disneyland," gushes Vivian. "It is designed to give everyone, young and old, happiness all over."

Vivian adds, "And the magic of Disneyland Hong Kong lies, I think, in the Asian touch. There are a lot of Filipino performers there and also a lot of Hong Kong specialties. Itís the best blend of the East and West: the international Disney brand combining seamlessly with Asian charm."

Fast falling in love with Filipino food, Vivian says itís not just the proximity that brings Hong Kong and the Philippines close to each other. "Itís not just the distance, itís also the emotional and cultural affinity that bind us. The Philippines is one of our top destinations in the world. Filipinos consider Hong Kong their favorite weekend destination. And CX has a lot of Filipino cabin crew."

This unprecedented Disney promo is just perfect for families. "They can go on a Friday night or a Saturday morning and come back on a Sunday," says Vivian.

For first-time travelers to Hong Kong, Vivian offers some handy tips. "The weather is quite pleasant now. In summer, it will be cool but not too cold. So bring a light jacket and wear comfortable walking shoes or you can buy them in Hong Kong. If you want to go shopping (who doesnít want to go shopping in Hong Kong?), you can take a train from Disneyland all the way to Central or Kowloon, which will take you less than half an hour. Even if youíre staying in Disneyland, you have the option of doing everything. Some people check in early at the airport when they leave. If you have too much time because you checked in too early, you have two options. You can go to Tung Chung, which is about 10 to 15 minutes by bus from the airport, where the factory outlets like Nike, Adidas, Vivian Tam, and all the name brands are located. Check in your luggage before shopping. Or you can take a cable car in Tung Chung all the way to the Buddha in Lantau, which is so scenic it will take your breath away. Also, there are many nice restaurants at the cable car station. So, to sum it up: spend your first and second day in Disneyland, and before you leave, go to Tung Chung. That way, youíre able to fully utilize your two days in Hong Kong."

One last precious tip: Book early (call Cathay Pacific or its authorized travel agents) because some flights could be quite full. "Thatís why weíve launched different fare levels for different availabilities/flights," Vivian points out.

So you can bring home a bit of that Disney magic with you, Cathay Pacific and Disney have launched an exclusive range of in-flight merchandise (also available via the shopping pages of the airlineís website at On sale are 12 Disney-branded products featuring well-loved Disney characters Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse sporting an aviation theme. The limited-edition items include watches, charm bracelets, accessories, T-shirts, and toys. Passengers who spend more than HK$1,000 on Disney merchandise can order the Captain Mickey crystal figurine for only HK$2,007.

Yes, some dreams do come true.

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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