It opened as the smallest Disneyland with only a handfull of rides. The entire park took just a few hours to see and do. Everything was new and it semed like that saved it a bit from getting too much of a bad reputation. Reputation is really what stopped alot of persons to go there and see for themselfes how nice the park really was despite itīs lack of things to do.
Six years have past and Hong Kong Disneyland is not that very new anymore. Big changes are comming and that means there will be alot more new things in the park to look at.
But how about what is already in the park?
When I walk around in Hong Kong Disneyland I tend to notice more and more things that are not the way they could be or have been. I donīt go looking for small faults. They look for me.
Flights Of Fantasy is already showing signs of wear and tear. Dumbo has cracks where the ears starts and white plastic is showing through and many of the ballons look dirty and alot older than they are. There are many rips and tears on the parade floats that seme a bit too obvious to not just paint over. The sound in the speakers on the streets is very bad in some places during the parade. Either the speakers have been damaged or the sound levels need some fine tuning. It simply sounds very bad in some parts of the park from certain speakers.
The Jungle Cruise has effects that only work from time to time at best.
The roof of Space Mountain needs attention. It looks alot worse when ones sees it in person. The signs of weather and wind go all the way around.
The Autopia cars are like a blast from the past. I got dirty after sitting in the car.
Another problem is the lack of entusiasm the CMs show the guest. Hong Kong Disneyland is the Disneypark where smiles only come from the guests. Iīm not saying that no CMs ever smile, but most of them seme either very tired or unhappy. Many of them do not even try to be nice. When guests smile at them they turn away or simply stare back without moving a muscle in the face. They always seme busy with the problems of real life that haunt them at work.
The biggest problem in Hong Kong Disneyland are some of the mainlanders that get to act as if it was their park and as they donīt care at all about other guests. Some wellknown problems are linecutting, spitting and urinating wherever it semes fit. Disneyīs reaction: NOTHING. Itīs like Disney does not care that their park is being ruined by people that simply do as they feel. Disney letīs it happen.
The birds love Fantasyland and all other places where they serve food outside in Hong Kong Disneyland. A bird or three at times are ok. But when a restaurant is empty and there are birds all over the place all day is another thing. Disney shouldnīt be cheap and they should hire one more person to take out all the dishes.
This may all seme trivial. But it increases each year. Many small things build up to one big mess. They are not there yet. But I can see it comming if they donīt step up the keeping of the park.
I know that we are not in Japan where things always look as if they were new. But this is still a Disneyland.
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