I've never been to Hong Kong Disneyland, but I've looked through a lot of photos and there's one thing I'm really confused about: what is the Tomorrowland meant to be?
With the Disneyland, Magic Kingdom and TDL Tomorrowlands, they're seemingly going for a Buck Rogers futuristic city style (albeit fractured at present) and before that there were the realistic depictions of a utopian tomorrow presented by Walt. Discoveryland in Paris has the Vernian element tying (almost) all of it together as a futuristic city as imagined by the Victorians. But I can't quite figure out what Hong Kong's is trying for. It's not realistic, it's not Buck Rogers, it's not Victorian.
Now I've read that the Imagineers identified Hong Kong city as being a real Tomorrowland in itself and I think it was a wise choice that they took it in a different direction, but I can't tell what direction it was they chose... As far as I can tell almost all of it seems to be a cartoonish, toy-like version of the future. Is this right? Is it kiddie-Tomorrowland?
There seem to be a lot of strange choices, like the UFO Zone playground with oversized sci-fi toys, and Buzz Lightyear - at Disneyland, the toy elements seem to be confined inside the building, whereas here they're very much brought out into the land as a whole - even the building itself looks like a toy box (with the painted starburst-on-starfield logo) rather than, say, the headquarters of Star Command. Then there's the yellow rocket, the flying saucers, the wavy cafe roof which are all exaggerating a childish rounded design, which then contrast with the harsh, geometric, silver rocks at the Stitch Encounter and the angular Space Mountain.
I wonder if I'm missing something having never been to the park, that I can't get through photos? What direction is the land aiming for, and how successful do those of you who have visited the park think it is in achieving that?