In September last year, I made the trip to Hong Kong in search of a Disney fix whilst I awaited returning to California.
Here's what I have to show for it:-
Walking from HKDL's Hollywood Hotel to HKDL.
Water! It's so hot in Honkers.
More water... and statues.
In fact, I think these great character statues are in place of the character busts one would normally find in the plaza near Sleeping Beauty Castle.
It takes a while to get used to looking at HK$ values.
All decked out for Halloween.
No expense spared.
Despite being the smallest global Disney property, the detail and themeing far outways anything remotely similar in Australia.
This decoration isnt so crash hot -- just a bit tacky.
Following in Movieworld's footsteps... Park open. Rides Shut. Not the best concept, made worse by the swealtering heat.
Long lines of sweaty tourists waiting for meet'n'greet photos. Why doesnt HKDL have PhotoPass!?!
Main street pavers. Thank god actually, bitumin would have made it much hotter!
Where's the statue of Walt and Mickey?
Wonder if I actually thought I was taking this photo straight!?
Adventureland. Pity I missed seeing this as Pirate Island.
So, there's plenty of nice themeing... and not much else.
This is good.
Takes up alot of prime real estate. The queue/waiting areas are vast, but not really confined to lines. Different culture, but explains why Asian tourists in Aussie themeparks are not accustomed to waiting.
More queues for little attractions. I dare say Tarzan's Treehouse is only in the centre of the Jungle Cruise so that it forces people to actually ride the Rafts, otherwise it'd propably be a quiet attraction.
Jungle Cruise. Very nice themeing in this ride, the differences to Disneyland are also nice.
Another show. Wonder if this is any better on the cruise ships?
In fact, HKDL has a few good shows, in place of more rides, but it makes for a nice change of pace. Seemed to be more fitting of the culture here too.
"You've got a friend in me"... whilst I'm on the Toy Story topic... at least the 3D double feature is finally coming to cinemas in Australia!
I don't have much to compare this scene to until I finally get a trip to Walt Disney World.
My first Small World experience since Disneyland in '97 - seeing as it was closed at DL in November 2008 for the Holiday refit.
"Small" Batman Building -- since everyone was still TDK crazy.
Aussie Aussie Aussie
Like castle, like hedge.
Time for a Parade.
This has nothing on Parade of Dreams.
The band was the best part...
...and always ready for photos!
This balloon has seen better days. Dirty much.
I blame Briberry for my latest Alice/Hatter obsession. Although Hatter was noticably absent from HKDL. And despite trekking from Oz to LA twice in 2yrs, I've still only glimpsed them at DL before the Christmas Fantasy Parade.
One of the better floats.
Float reminiscent of POD?
Ghost Galaxy. The Halloween themeing was nicely done, simple yet effective. This concept should be adopted on rides in Australia!
This whole area of the park is well kept.
Just like Disneyland. Always fun!
A good excuse to get out of the sun -- all the attractions here are covered/shaded.
For the Fantasia fan in me.
Cant miss the Castle photo.
All lit up for Halloween.
Ready for another parade.
Hello Jack. HKDL's Glow In The Dark Parade.
better than the daytime parade.
Not quite Murphy...
but the closest thing HKDL has to offer. Making me wait until NYE @ Disneyland.
"Mr. Crocodile, do you like codfish?" -- wrong show again.
Back to the band again.
What'd I say about photos...
Pirates. Always a great way to finish.
Ready for some fireworks.
For the BTS junkies. Setting up for the fireworks display.
CM's on the castle setting fireworks.
my first Disney fireworks show since '97, seeing as winds cancelled the LA show during my 2008 visit.
A good light show...
... the soundtrack unfortunately, wasnt so great.
All lit up.
Looking just as good at night time.
Good night HKDL.
So we fronted up for a second day at HKDL, not that you need one, but it was free with the hotel booking so why not. How cool is the Jack costume.
It's just not the same when its not in english.
Everyone else was doin' it.
Stitch was cool, but Crush at DCA was better. Interestingly enough, Stitch did pick me out of the crowd and gave me the third degree about why I had yet to propose to my gf. Little did he know...