When I go to Hong Kong I always want to go to a few places even if I know them by heart and have been visiting them many times before. Itīs like a ritual that I have to repeat everytime I get there. I really like to visit the peak, the markets of of Kowloon and Hong Kong Disneyland.
Hong Kong Disneyland lays on Lantau island in Hong Kong. Itīs on the same island and the airport and the huge sitting Buddha on the mountain. It takes about 30 - 40 minutes to get there from the more central parts of Hong Kong.
The area around the themepark is green and calm. Even if they build a Downtown Disney there someday it will still be the best looking resort area of all Disneylands. It all reminds me of Florida for some reason.
Hong Kong Disneyland is one of the calmest places for tourists in Hong Kong. Itīs rarely crowded and even when it gets acked itīs not much worse than any normal street in Hong Kong.The worst time to visit when it comes to crowds semes to be around Halloween. The good thing about that time is that the park sees many many changes when it comes to light and temporary attractions. National hollydays also tend to attract alot of people. But otherwise this is the calmest of all Disneylands.
The castle is just way too small. The mountains make it look like a cottage and the new addition Mystic Manor wich is absolutely huge feels more like the castle of the park than this does. I know that itīs never ment to feel huge but this is just too small. Some of the old cocepts for this castle depicted a stunning bigger building more in the style of what we see in Disneyland Paris castle.
The rush one has to be a part of to get a hold of the fastpasses to "hottest" attractions in Tokyo Disneyland does not excist in Hong Kong. The only rides that ever seme to have any wait time to notice at all is Pooh and Dumbo. Pooh loads slowly and Dumbo... is just Dumbo.
Walking around in Adventureland is like talking a strol in a park in any small town. Itīs only crowded when people come out of the Lion King show building. The wait area for the Lion King is huge. I find it strange to waste space like that. The entire land feels like one long road. Itīs very good looking but not very fun at all. There is nothing more than the rafts and the Jungle Cruise to ride. Not what most people would call an adventure.
This time on of the skippers on Jungle Cruise made me laugh for the first time. The key here semes to be to have a CM that knows the english language well.
Space Mountain laks a theme. Itīs very poorly lit. The darkness is not a problem but they could have added some LEDs to create a few effects in the sterile looking wait area. The ride itself is great. It both looks and sounds good.
Toy Story Land, the most unthemed area of the park is not that bad at all. Itīs themed enough to get an "ok" from me and the surroundings in the park really gives it a feeling of being a real land on itīs own without tresspassing on other areas of the park like it does in WDS. This Toy Story Land is hidden away from the the other lands and does impose on the overall look of Hong kong Disneyland. Itīs very clear that Toy Story as a addition was a great idea for this park. This is to prefer over the version in Paris. The problem of bad design will make it precence when the two other new lands will open. People will have to walk "outside" Disneyland to enter the long "road" that will be Toy Story Land, Mystic Point and Grizzly Gulch.
One of my favorite rides in the park is RC Racer. Perhaps because there is not that much to choose from but also because it is fun to go back and forth and ride the ride over and over without having to ever stand in line.
Plaza Inn is my favorite place to eat in the park. The food was really good even if it was kind of pricey. Dim sum is something that anybody going to Hong Kong should try.
Flights Of Fantasy is a great parade and has one the best soundrtracks ever in a Disney park. I hope this type of parade music is here to stay. I just hate the tunes in the parks in America.
Fantasyland semes to be the most popular area of the park.
This ride is not made for big people.
The park looks itīs best after dark.
The fireworks show is good but not great. It would be better if they could have used a few bigger shells in the in the end. It just comes off as a bit cheap as it is now. Does anybody know why they donīt use bigger shells? The park is on an island where very few would have something to say about a bigger display. Itīs not like in France where they take pride in their chances to complain and voice oppinion on the fireworks from Disney.
I really feel at home in Hong Kong Disneyland, just like I do in Tokyoīs parks. I will always be annoyed over the small castle, the bad Pooh and the strange layout of the park.
If in Hong Kong, mainland China or even Thailand, go to Hong Kong Disneyland. Itīs really worth a day or a half.
Here is one of my visits to TDR: From Asakusa to Disney