Yours truly landed at HKDL on December 21st and had a blast. Not only because I love this little park, but because at the moment, it's the nicest looking of the parks, even better than TDL at times.
Their Xmas offerings are minimal, but what is there is fun to see. The Xmas tree, with a musical theme to it, it's lovely and sparkles in strobe lights at night. The Xmas merchandise is cute. The Lighting ceremony was a lot of fun to watch, and featured something I have never seen done at any other DL park.. when the big moment comes, the regular lighting on the buildings on Main Street join in the show with a syncronized light dance, and not just all lights going on and off, but every building doing it's own separate thing! Think Dancing Osborne Light on a much smaller scale... yet very effective way to enhance the show. Then the snowy surprise.. When the lights come on... there is snow coming down. The *gasp* from the unsuspecting guests was worth the price of admission. KUDOS to HKDL.
Of course... I must also offer some critique. It would have been nice to have garlands over Main Street like the ones at the MK, TDL, and DL. There were a lots of poinsettas all over the gardens, more than at WDW's MK right now... but having seen how nice the Halloween decor was at this park, the Xmas decor was a bit flat. Still, what was done was cute enough but needed more.
The park still looks great in most areas and the Cms were very friendly. Only Space Mountain shows terrible signs of deterioration, but they are currently working on that.
One petpeeve... this particular day, my value AP was blocked off from use. I had to buy a 1-day pass to enjoy the park... Yet, the park was very uncrowded. What gives? The longest I waited was 5 mins to ride Jungle Cruise, which I did at night and loved it! The lighting on the ride is fab! Ride at night if you will. But still, why block off APers from the park when the crowds are non-existant???
Speaking of lighting, this park has got to have the best night time lighting of any of the parks. Everywhere you go, there is some interesting use of lighting to enhance the experience. Only TDS compares to this effort and HKDL designers did a great job here. KUDOS. The recurrent Light show on the castle is also worth sitting for to watch. I love what the strobes on the castle are capable of doing... like the lighting-style stroke it paints every so often... KUDOS!
Also, the lush surroundings make this park look mature and full in most areas. Apparently, the warm weather dose help with this aspect of the park. Only the immediate area around the Castle looks a bit bare, but All in all, the park just looks wonderful, especially their Adventureland area and sections around the hub and main entrance, and the promenade leading from both the hotels and the MTR station.
The Hotels also get into the act with decor for Xmas. HKDL Hotel features a lovely 25 ft. tree and ginger village. Check it out.
All in all... HKDL continues to deliver against the odds.. Not sure how attendance will do in the next few years and this park deserves allof the guests and more, but still lacks severely in attractions. I just hope they continue to treat it and maintain it with the same love and attention I have seen so far. If only they had an electrical parade at night, the park would feel one step closer from being realized. A seasonal Xmas parade would not hurt either at this time of the year.
Here are the photos from my afternoon visit to the resort. Hope you enjoy them!