Mickey's Worldwide Birthday Bash: Disney superfan visits Hong Kong Disneyland

PHOTO: ABC News Ginger Zee and Disney super fan Patrice Jenkins visit Hong Kong Disneyland.PlayABC News
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Last week, "Good Morning America" surprised Disney super fan Patrice Jenkins with the trip of a lifetime to celebrate 90 years of Mickey Mouse: A four-country tour to visit all six Disney resorts in just seven days.

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Hong Kong Disneyland

For their third stop, Jenkins and ABC News' Ginger Zee flew overnight from Paris to Hong Kong to hit up the Hong Kong Disneyland. The catch is that they had less than two hours to explore the whole park before it closed. Their strategy: Divide and conquer.

While Jenkins hit up the Grizzly Gulch and met up with some of Hong Kong Dinseyland's original characters, Cookie and Duffy, Zee checked out the Iron Man Experience and the We Love Mickey! celebration.

Finally, the duo reunited at Mystic Manor and then checked out the park's famous Paint the Night parade.

Exploring Disneyland Paris and the original Disneyland in California

On Monday, Jenkins and ABC News' Ginger Zee are at Disneyland Paris, after making a stop at California's Disneyland -- Walt Disney's very first theme park -- on Saturday.

Disneyland Paris is Disney's only resort in Europe and boasts two separate Disney parks and 59 attractions, all just 35 minutes from the Eiffel Tower.

In Paris, Jenkins and Zee explored Sleeping Beauty's castle, which was inspired by both the fairy tale and a real French castle: Mont Saint Michel.

PHOTO: ABC News Ginger Zee and Disney super fan, Patrice Jenkins, a teacher from Hinsdale, Illinois, visit Disneyland Paris. ABC News
ABC News' Ginger Zee and Disney super fan, Patrice Jenkins, a teacher from Hinsdale, Illinois, visit Disneyland Paris.

The duo also checked out the famous Ratatouille ride, where families shrink down to the size of a mouse, and the park's Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain, which is the fastest of all the Space Mountains.

PHOTO: ABC News Ginger Zee and Disney super fan, Patrice Jenkins, a teacher from Hinsdale, Illinois, visit Disneyland Paris. ABC News
ABC News' Ginger Zee and Disney super fan, Patrice Jenkins, a teacher from Hinsdale, Illinois, visit Disneyland Paris.

At the original Disneyland in Anaheim, California, Jenkins rode the park's latest attraction: the Incredicoaster. It's the park's fastest ride, and it was Jenkins' first time on an upside-down roller coaster.

Teacher and Disney superfan surprised with trip to Disney parks around the globe

To celebrate 90 years of Mickey Mouse, "GMA" is taking a trip of a lifetime: A worldwide tour across four countries to visit all six Disney resorts in just seven days.

Ginger Zee surprised Jenkins, a Disney super fan and teacher from Hinsdale, Illinois, in her classroom with the news that she'd be joining Zee on the around-the-world adventure, flying 23,464 miles across three continents to a new destination every day.

PHOTO: Ginger Zee surprised Disney super fan Patrice Jenkins, a teacher, in her classroom in Hinsdale, Ill.ABC News
Ginger Zee surprised Disney super fan Patrice Jenkins, a teacher, in her classroom in Hinsdale, Ill.

Their destination each day will be a surprise, and "GMA" will share the best moments from each day's trip today through Friday, counting down to Mickey's birthday on Nov. 18.

Meet the teacher and Disney superfan going on worldwide dream trip

Jenkins said she's the "biggest Disney superfan because I love Mickey."

"To me, Disney means magic," the schoolteacher said. "When I think of Disney, I think about dreams coming true and imagining a world that is a faraway place where there's no pain, no suffering and you can be somebody else."

Jenkins told "GMA" that "when I was younger, I didn't have a chance to go to Disney World."

"At the time, my parents couldn't afford it," she added. "But my parents did their best to bring Disney into our home" including buying a Disney record player with "all the records of all the songs."

PHOTO: Patrice Jenkins, a Disney super-fan, and her husband are photographed here.Courtesy Patrice Jenkins
Patrice Jenkins, a Disney super-fan, and her husband are photographed here.

Jenkins said that she and her husband got married at Disney World.

"We had a Mickey cake. On our cake -- it was three layers -- Mickey was all over it in gold," she recalled. "Mickey was at our wedding to give us the first dance, to talk to guests."

PHOTO: Patrice Jenkins, a Disney super-fan, and her husband are photographed here.Courtesy Patrice Jenkins
Patrice Jenkins, a Disney super-fan, and her husband are photographed here.

As a teacher, Jenkins said "it's important to incorporate Disney themes because students have the opportunity to dream. I think in today's time, it's important to groom our students to become innovative thinkers."

Emilio Villeda, one of Jenkins' students, said the lessons "teach us to be positive and inspires us to do better."

Fellow student Mimi Mondragon added that "it makes it fun."

"My friends tell me I'm so lucky," Mimi added. "They say, 'Oh, I wish I had her as a teacher. 'Cause they want somebody that's actually fun, you know?"

PHOTO: Schoolteacher Patrice Jenkins was surprised by GMA with a trip to visit various Disney parks around the world. Courtesy Patrice Jenkins
Schoolteacher Patrice Jenkins was surprised by "GMA" with a trip to visit various Disney parks around the world.

As a Disney superfan, Jenkins admitted she even has Mickey Mouse ears "for every occasion."

PHOTO: Schoolteacher Patrice Jenkins was surprised by GMA with a trip to visit various Disney parks around the world. Courtesy Patrice Jenkins
Schoolteacher Patrice Jenkins was surprised by "GMA" with a trip to visit various Disney parks around the world.

#ShareYourEars

As part of the celebration of Mickey's birthday, Disney is partnering with Make-A-Wish to unlock donations by having people share pictures showing themselves in their Mickey Mouse ears on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #ShareYourEars.

For every post using the hashtag, Disney will donate $5 -- up to a maximum of $2 million -- to Make-A-Wish.

The Walt Disney Co. is the parent company of ABC News.

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