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Hong Kong Disneyland
Wikipedia | Google | Google Images | FlickrHong Kong Disneyland offers city dwellers and tourists the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of the urban area of Hong Kong, where life can get nerve-wracking and mind-boggling at certain times. Opened in 2005, Hong Kong Disneyland is the youngest member of the Disneyland Park franchise. The first and the only Disneyland Park in China, it is a fancy landmark worth visiting if visitors are seeking a little escape to a kingdom where magic long lives and imagination flows free.
FantasylandMickey PhilharMagic is a wonderful show worth watching. Disney characters dance before visitors’ eyes with on-screen 3D effects , special features, and familiar soundtracks ringing into their ears, as they travel on a journey with Donald Duck, who accidentally enraged Mickey’s musical instruments and was taken to different places in search of the hat that he lost.
This short film features characters from Mickey Mouse,The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Peter Pan and Aladdin, allowing visitors to revisit all the great tales in one short film.
Transitions in-between scenes are incredibly smooth, and the ending of the story is punctuated with a twist, perfected with actual backdrop, making the cinematic experience more memorable than it already is. Remember to check out the back of the theater.
It’s a Small World After All is a fairly new but classic installation in Fantasyland. With an extended Asian sequence, Hong Kong includes its landmark – Tsing Ma Bridge in this world tour, so park visitors can take a peek at the larger part of China. One cannot help but be amazed by the technology used in Amazon Forest, where silver rain made of optic fiber descend and help create a tranquil atmosphere.
“It’s a Small World After All” is also the largest indoor attraction at Hong Kong Disneyland. For visitors who intend on visiting the park during the summer, this is where they can stay, away from the scorching heat and just chill and relax.
Adventure LandFestival of the Lion King is one of the must-watch shows in Adventure Land. The four-sided stage offers visitors a full view of the lively, engaging, and exhilarating live performance that keeps them coming back. As the story proceeds, they will see characters from “The Lion King”, among them Timon and Pumbaa, perched upon gigantic, colorful props crafted in great details sashaying into the theater. The retelling of the legend is presented as a gift to Simba, whom audience can see seated on his throne, sporadically, but appropriately voicing complimentary comments and interacting with the narrator. One of the highlights of the show has to be the fire effects when Simba confronts Scar in the final battle, taking the story to its climax and foreshadowing Simba’s victory. The ballet dancer showcasing her acrobatic abilities in mid air when Simba and Nala reunite after having parted for many years is another compelling scene from the show.
This live musical puts emphasis on the interaction between the stage performers and the audience. As the audience, we are never excluded from the scene, and our response actually contributes to the development of the story, which makes the experiences so much more entertaining and unforgettable. Sometimes, performers in exotic costumes approach the audience crowd and shake hands thos who are lucky enough. For visitors who want to enjoy every minute of the show, as both an observer and a participant, be sure to sit in the front rows. Packing acrobatics, music and professional singing into one, the Lion King show in Hong Kong Disneyland can be a real gem to discover.
There are three scheduled shows per day, so be sure to check the showing time on the Disneyland Park guide, which visitors can pick up at the park entrance.
Toy Story LandToy Story Land is the newest attraction in Hong Kong Disneyland. Designed as a real-life toy box, Toy Story Land is an area vibrant with colors, where visitors can wander around like miniature characters in the film. Visitors can take pictures with a 3-feet tall talking Woody and show off the photos their friends!
For park visitors who want to bring home a thrilling experience, RC Racer will definitely send chills up their spine. People might be intimidated by the sight of it at first, but missing out on this ‘adult’ ride can be a huge loss. Besides, for challenging rides like these, visitors never have to queue. So it is a bonus for people who hate waiting in line!
On Toy Soldier Parachute Drop, visitors get the opportunity to fall from up high and experience how it feels to be a soldier on a dangerous mission. As this is one of the most popular attractions in Toy Story Land, try the Single Rider Line if visitors are comfortable with sitting alone, instead of with their friends. The line moves much faster than the average ones.
Grizzly GulchThis is perhaps the most thrilling ride in the park with its unexpected detours from the original route, the authentic bear figures inside the cave, and the screeching sounds accompanying the exciting adventure. One of the least crowded attractions in the park, as people are often scared off by the sight of the trail and the high-pitched screams echoing in the area, Grizzly Gulch is not as frightening as it seems. It is, in fact, a roller coaster packed with many surprises and is worth a shot. Just a few steps away from Mystic Manor, visitors will see it in plain sight.
Mystic PointAnother attraction in the park known for its 3D effects and authenticity, Mystic Point, unlike Phantom Manor in Disneyland Paris, is a treasure mine instead of a haunted house. Combined with the latest technology and special effects, Mystic Point takes visitors on a journey with Albert, the monkey who opened the ornate music box and brought inanimate objects alive. Mystic Manor lives to its name, it’s full of secrets and exotic treasures and outlandish tales. Be prepared to watch docile maidens turn into red-eyed monsters and Africans pulling their bows at visitors. Mystic Point is all about surprises and spookiness, and it really gets visitors into the mood as they meander through the well-decorated hallway before boarding the cars.
Firework ShowFireworks shoot across the sky; illuminating the dark canvas and painting it with glamorous patterns every night in Hong Kong Disneyland. Accompanying the fireworks are colorful lights, story scenes, and music from Disney classics. Carefully chosen and beautifully arranged, the story scenes complement the fireworks perfectly. With the special addition of Mulan and the Cantonese voiceover that adds to the oriental charm of Hong Kong, the city makes this show her own, paying tribute to Western culture while celebrating Chinese classics.
The firework show will not start till 8 p.m., but park visitors usually congregate in front of the castle an hour before to secure their seats. For first-time visitors, be sure to sit on the benches around the center area, at least half an hour before the show begins, to secure an unobstructed view of the show.
Avoid the Busy DaysIt is highly recommended that visitors do not visit the park on weekends, as the park will be filled with mainland visitors from one-day tours and they can spoil the visitors’ mood with loud talking, queue skipping at washrooms and walking pass visitors directly after a life-threatening elbow attack. Also, the park is generally less crowded on weekdays, as the kids are off to school and their parents at work. For visitors who are keen to come back, apply for year-pass for shopping and dining discounts.
Disney TrainFirst-time visitors simply cannot afford to miss the Disney Train, which they can take at Sunny Bay station. Although Disney Trains can take up to 10 minutes to arrive, taking the train can significantly enhance their Disney experience. Inside the train, visitors will see handles and windows in the shape of the famous Mickey Mouse, and pictures detailing the history of Disneyland Park. There are also bronze sculptures of Sleepy Beauty around, so visitors can take pictures of them as a treasure of their time in Hong Kong. In the train, visitors feel like they are actually on the way to fantasia from the metropolitan city.
Fast PassIf visitors do not want to queue for more than half an hour, remember to get fast pass at popular attractions using their tickets. With fast pass, visitors can explore other attractions first before coming back to the popular ones during assigned time slots. Attractions with long queues in peak season are: Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, Festival of Lion King, and the Winnie the Pooh Ride
Hong Kong Disneyland manages to stand proud and tall among the other Disneyland Parks mainly because of its outstanding performance crew and desire to entertain. Day parades are always accompanied by agile dance teams and upbeat music, performers are always cheerful and into character; and the attractions always attended to be the finest in every way possible. Most of the attractions are modern on the outside, but true to the spirit within – exhibiting a flawless combination of technology and the old age story. This is what makes Hong Kong Disneyland one of a kind, so make sure to drop by the park next time visitors visit Hong Kong!
How to get thereBy MTR from Hong Kong City?, get off at Lai King from what line?, take the yellow line to Sunny Bay, change to Disneyland Resort Linewhere?, and then visitors will reach Hong Kong Disneyland .
Ticket PriceS HK$450 ($59) per adult, $320 HKD ($42 USD) per child, $100 HKD ($13 USD) per senior (aged 65 or above)
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Author: IsabelleChan. Last updated: Feb 16, 2015