It’s been a year already when I went to Hongkong Disneyland. I was supposed to post a blog entry last year but I got so busy at work and I didn’t know how to start and end the blog. After a year, I’ve decided to post this today.
When we went to Hongkong we were torn between Ocean Park and Disneyland. Most of the people I know suggested that we go to Ocean Park coz’ it’s for adults and Disneyland is for kids. However, I decided to go to Disneyland coz’ it was a dream of mine to go to Disneyland when I was still a kid.
When I got there, I just couldn’t stop smiling. From the time we got there until we went home, I was smiling. It was a great decision to really come here. It was a dream come true. It taught me a lesson that I should always follow my heart and whatever that makes me happy.😀
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Please don’t forget to get your MAP and ask about the schedule of the parade. That was our mistake. We forgot to ask the schedule that’s why we missed it.😦
When we entered, I was surprised to see different kinds of people. Check this out:
I really don’t understand why parents bring their babies here. These babies still don’t have the capacity to remember anything. Parents nowadays keep using their children to fulfill their childhood dreams.
It was surprising to see these Old Men and Women spending time in the Park. This is just sooo cool. I want to bring my Grandmother here someday.🙂
First stop: MAIN STREET USA
Inspired by the Main Street, U.S.A. in Disneyland, the buildings of this Main Street are almost identical to those in Anaheim. Like other Disney theme parks, Hong Kong Disneyland’s Main Street, U.S.A. serves as the entrance of the park. Plans originally featured a restaurant under the Railroad station, but were scrapped due to budget reasons. The decor is small-town America from the years 1890-1910.
This is where your journey will start. We were overwhelmed when we were there. We took so much time taking pictures, which was wrong. You can still come back here after touring the entire park. Your goal should be to visit/ride all the attractions of the park. And you have to come back here to witness the Flights of Fantasy Parade.
The first Disney characters that we saw was Chip and Dale and I immediately took the chance to have a picture taken with them. We saw them at Main Street USA.
Second Stop: TOMORROWLAND
Tomorrowland features an emphasis on metallic trim, dominated by blue and purple hues.
Behind me is the Orbitron. It was like piloting your very own spaceship as you fly in the sky. The picture below shows you the actual ride. It was kinda boring for us adults but kids would love this. ;)
Space Mountain is one of my favorite rides. We had this ride without knowing what it was. We didn’t know that it was a roller coaster that zoom through the darkness with thrilling lights and music, and electrifying special effects. People with heart problems shouldn’t ride this. (below)
Another ride in Tomorrowland is Autopia. This is like driving your own car around a scenic alien landscape. (below)
3rd Stop: FANTASY LAND
It’s a Small World
This attraction is interesting. You will set sail on an enchanted boat ride and enjoy scenes through different cultures far and wide. You will see different dolls wearing costumes with elaborate sets while listening to the song “Its a Small World” in different languages. I even heard tagalog version of Its a Small World.🙂
You will also find Sleeping Beauty Castle in Fantasy Land.
Never ever forget to have a picture taken with Sleeping Beauty castle.
Me and my companions also tried Mad Hatter Tea Cups. The ride isn’t exciting, but having a picture here is already fine.😉 The cups can spin wildly or remain gentle – its up to you.
Just near Mad Hatter Tea Cups is the Fantasy Gardens. Make sure to bring your camera when you go here. This is the place where you can have pictures taken with different Disney Characters.
Other Attractions here are:
Sword of King Arthur and Cinderella’s Carousel
4th Stop: ADVENTURELAND
Hong Kong Disneyland’s Adventureland is the biggest among all Disney parks. It features a large island area home to Tarzan’s Treehouse, which is circled by the Jungle Cruise — much like the Rivers of America in most Frontier land theme areas. The Adventureland is also home to the “Festival of the Lion King” show.
Jungle River Cruise:
Jungle River Cruise is like cruising the mysterious jungle with surprises around every bend in the river including an epic battle of fire and water. You will also face different beasts like hippos, elephants, cobras and orangutans and the most feared animal in the jungle — your wisecracking skipper! This cruise is perfect for children.
Festival of the Lion King
Festival of the Lion King is a theatrical show that we didn’t watch. During that time we gave more attention to the rides rather than watching live shows. If you love watching theater plays or musicals then you should watch this. I would love to watch this if given another chance to go to Disneyland again.🙂
I love Tarzan’s Treehouse. I was really like a child when I climbed the treehouse. I couldn’t stop taking pictures. The treehouse is very detailed. It has all the things that Tarzan and Jane have. For me, going to Tarzan’s Treehouse is the best thing to do in Adventureland.
Three more places to go…
5th Stop: GRIZZLY GULCH
This is where my other favorite ride is found.😉 The Runaway Mine Cars. You will ride mine cars that will tell you the story of how gold was first discovered in Big Grizzly Mountain.
This is like a roller coaster ride. EXCITING!
Don’t also forget to have a photo taken in the Grizzly Gulch Jail. ;)
In the Geyser Gulch area, you can play with water. According to history, part of Grizzly Gulch was accidentally built on an active geyser bed. The townsfolk have renamed it Geyser Gulch. This Dry Goods store (picture above) is now “wet goods” store; you can even aim water at your unsuspecting friends.😉
6th Stop: MYSTIC POINT
This is where you will find another Castle but actually it is not. It is the Mystic Manor. Lord Henry Mystic, eccentric explorer and adventurer, has travelled around the world with Albert, his monkey and trusted companion. His collection of fine art and antiquities, acquired during his travels is housed within Mystic Manor. You will be invited to ride in his latest invention the “Mystic Magneto-Electric Carriage“, and treated to a front row experience of the precious collection.
Another attractions found in Mystic Point are Mystic Point Freight Depot and the Garden of Wonders. These are not rides but Photo Opp places.😉
7th Stop: Toy Story Land
Toy Story Land has the biggest new attractions in Hongkong Disneyland. They’re Giant when you’re shrunk to the size of a toy! Join the toys from your favorite Toy Story films for playtime in Andy’s backyard where everyone can explore this oversized world with its larger-than-life attractions.
The RC Racer is another favorite of mine.😀 You will have to race along a 27-meter high U-shaped Coaster, as RC zooms you around at full speed… It’s a real gas.
Another interesting attraction is the Toy Soldier Parachute Drop. You will fall from way up high in a simulated parachute drop.
You should also watch out for the Toy Soldiers, and don’t forget to have pictures taken with them.
Another attractions in Toy Story Land are the Barrel of Fun where you can meet Woody and Jessy, Cubot which is a living spinning block toy with multiple faces and voices, and Slinky Dog Spin where you will howl with laughter as you join Slinky in a rollicking spin to catch his own tail.
That’s all the seven different Parks in Hongkong Disneyland. Like I said, don’t ever forget to ask when is the parade because they only do it once a day. We actually missed the parade. We got too excited about the rides that we forgot the parade. After we toured the seven parks, we went back to Main Street USA. We found out that the parade was already done. I only saw Tinkerbell and didn’t see the princesses and other Disney characters.😦
You should also wait until evening for the fireworks display. I heard it is spectacular. We couldn’t wait for it to start coz’ we had to go somewhere first.
1. The food is really expensive. I think they don’t allow bringing food but you can actually hid it inside your bag. They don’t check bags. Bring chips, water, biscuits, candies.
2. They have official photographers who will automatically take pictures of you if you wanted to have pictures with different Disney Characters. You don’t have to worry, you will only pay if you wanted to have the pictures printed. If not, just let them take pictures and leave.😉
3. Again, ask the schedule of the parade.😀
4. Bring extra batteries and memory cards for your camera. There are just too many things that you would want to take pictures with.
5. The ticket rates in Disneyland are fixed, but I heard you can buy online for a cheaper rate. Check travel agencies and your hotel because sometimes they sell cheaper tickets. Just below our hotel, a store was selling the ticket for 420 HK dollars.
6. Plan your trip. Visit http://park.hongkongdisneyland.com/hkdl/en_US/home/home?name=HomePage
7. Don’t miss the fireworks display!
And.. Never forget to HAVE FUN!
DISNEYLAND is indeed the HAPPIEST PLACE on EARTH!
See you next time!