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    A First-Time Trip to Hong Kong Disneyland

    So, have just finished my second and final day at Hong Kong Disneyland.

    What an odd place.

    First, they have built an enormous infrastructure here, with space for five hotels and three theme parks. When it's finished (in god knows how many decades), there will be two parks separated by an Esplanade just like in Anaheim, with three hotels within walking distance. (Oddly, at the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel, the staff will NOT tell you that your hotel is a 10 minute walk down a lovely promenade to the theme park--they will only tell you about the bus, which is a big waste of time.)

    Anyway, at the moment, there is only one park and two hotels. There is a very long walkway (Promenade) that leads from the entrance of the theme park down to the water and an ENORMOUS Ferry station that is completely built, but there is NO ferry service. The whole place is just deserted.

    I arrived at the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel about 7 pm on Tuesday night and it, too, was completely deserted. I've never seen a hotel in a Disney theme park without a single guest in evidence. Just a few castmembers in the lobby. Damn peculiar, like walking into an episode of The Twilight Zone.

    The hotel is nice, and actually more like the Boardwalk and Yacht/Beach Club in Orlando than the Grand Floridian. Rooms are a good size and clean. The theme park is also very clean--not a piece of litter to be seen anywhere in two days.

    The park is only open from 10 am to 7 pm at this time of year, but even with those short operating hours you'd be hard pressed to spend more than a day here. The place is very small and there simply aren't that many attractions. Of the attractions that are here, few have the repeatability that makes most Disney theme parks so enjoyable. (No Pirates, Haunted Mansion, Tiki Room, Big Thunder Mountain, Splash Mountain, Tower of Terror, etc.)

    On Wednesday the park was totally deserted. Couldn't have been more than two or three hundred people walking in for the first hour. Every ride (of those that were actually open) was a walk on. If riding Space Mountain ten times in a row is your idea of heaven, then this is the place. What you're going to do after that is a mystery, but there you are.

    The park is a pretty place, nicely designed, lovely graphics and signs, and all the rides that are here are blessed with good incarnations. The Jungle Cruise, in particular, is excellent.

    There seem to be as many restaurants as attractions and the food is good.

    But, this park is hurting for customers. When you stay at one of the two hotels you can buy a one-day pass and get a second day for free. An annual pass costs $650 Hong Kong Dollars--that's less than $100 bucks US for an annual pass! What you would do after coming here two or three times, I don't know, but at least it's cheap.

    The souvenirs are lousy--every shop has the same stuff, and there are virtually no ride specific souvenirs. And no collectibles except high end gold and silver stuff that no one in their right mind is going to buy.

    The cast members completely lack the special character that is exhibited in the parks in the US and Tokyo (I can't recall if the French were exceedingly courteous and helpful, but it seems unlikely). They're just not friendly enough.

    Today, Thursday, there were more people in evidence, both in the hotel and the park. Tonight they had a tgruly excellent fireworks show and it snowed on Main Street. Then they kicked everyone out a few minutes after 7 and there sure as hell isn't anything else to do on Lantau Island at that hour!

    Last night HongKongDisneyland was kind enough to make the 30 minute trip out here and we had an enjoyable dinner in the bar/lounge at the Hollywood Hotel. Tonight, there's nothing to do but hang out in the room and pack!

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    Re: A First-Time Trip to Hong Kong Disneyland

    if you don't mind me asking, did you come straight from the airport?

    if so how did you get to the resort was it by train or taxi?

    i'm planning to come to hongkong in April. i'm flying from the UK to tokyou and thought whilst i'm in the area i'd call in.

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    Re: A First-Time Trip to Hong Kong Disneyland

    Any photos please?

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    Re: A First-Time Trip to Hong Kong Disneyland

    Yes, we definitely need photos. Please.


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    Re: A First-Time Trip to Hong Kong Disneyland

    Interesting thanks Goddess Mara

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    Re: A First-Time Trip to Hong Kong Disneyland

    HKDL deserves a day of our time to say the least. Based on that, it's worth it. However, seems to me Mara needed to get out to the city more often and enjoy the many other aspects of HK outside Disney's little landfill.

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    Re: A First-Time Trip to Hong Kong Disneyland

    Sorry, but I don't take photos.

    I took a taxi from the airport. It took about 15 minutes, but can't remember what it cost--not more than $25.

    When I go to a Disney resort, that's all I want to see. When riding the monorail in Anaheim or Tokyo, I always sit on the side that faces in toward the parks so I don't see the real world. And while the nightlife in Hong Kong may be great (it certainly is in Tokyo), I don't like to be yanked out of the Disney zone while on vacation at one of the resorts.

    And, yes, Hong Kong Disneyland is certainly worth a day of your time. At the moment, that's all it's worth.

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    Re: A First-Time Trip to Hong Kong Disneyland

    ORWEN: I don't take pictures either. But what about sketching out all the scenes you got to see? That's what we do in Morva, anyway.

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    Re: A First-Time Trip to Hong Kong Disneyland

    You must have a lot more free time than I do!

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    Re: A First-Time Trip to Hong Kong Disneyland

    ORGOCH: She's got a lot less brains, too. Pay no attention ta the big fat witch behind all them boxes a Krispy Kremes...

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    Re: A First-Time Trip to Hong Kong Disneyland

    I took a couple of pics for Goddess .....


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    Re: A First-Time Trip to Hong Kong Disneyland

    I too just got back from a visit to Hong Kong Disneyland. Of course it poured all the way to the park but was nice by mid morning. Did it all in one day--and again, the park was empty. As a matter of fact when the park opened that morning, I was the first person to walk up mainstreet and through the castle (and I didn't even have to run.) If you wanna see my pics of the park, here's the link (hope it works). http://www.kodakgallery.com/I.jsp?c=...&x=0&y=-uk9udh

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    Re: A First-Time Trip to Hong Kong Disneyland

    Guynyc,
    Thank you very much for posting all those excellent photos!

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    Re: A First-Time Trip to Hong Kong Disneyland

    No doubt that the park is really small. BUT anyway... what they want is to make this place a happy place. You know what... an empty park may be a good news to most Chinese (including HK ppl)... the park will actually get A LOT OF COMPLAINS on wait time in some busy days even the wait time is only 30 or 45.

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    Re: A First-Time Trip to Hong Kong Disneyland

    I would actually love to visit the park if I ever get the chance. Besides, the Hollywood Hotel is surprisingly not very expensive, about 150 per night, unlike it's Anaheim counterparts which charge 300 a night.

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