Hi, Everyone! Welcome to the Best Week Ever here at Hong Kong Disneyland??! Now, before you get too jealous remember that I was in Tokyo just two weeks ago. With upwards of a twelve hour time difference I don’t recommend timing these trips like I did! The jet lag has been brutal. However, when I found out business was taking me to Hong Kong then how could I resist? I had to visit my last Disney park and share it with all of you! 🙂
With just a couple weeks to plan I made my reservation and purchased tickets. Before I knew it I was walking down Main Street! It seemed oddly smaller than the other parks and lots of renovation was going on. You’ll notice I didn’t include any closer photos of the castle because it was behind tarps! What a bummer! 🙁
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In the planters around the castle there were super cute figures set out for the spring celebration. You’ll notice Shellie May is included in the display below. Merchandise with this little, pink bear was widely available all over the park. I’ll never understand why Shellie May isn’t available in the domestic Disney parks. While I can take or leave Duffy, I really adore Shellie May. What do you think? Would you buy Shellie May swag if she was available here?
My plan upon entering the park was to head straight to Mystic Manor. I couldn’t make it to the park for opening and I was prepared to wait in whatever line I had to. On my way I passed through Grizzly Gulch and was amazed to find the wait was still only at 5 minutes! Since I was visiting on a busy holiday weekend I didn’t think I should pass this up. I normally don’t like roller coasters, but this one was easier that Big Thunder Mountain. What a fun ride! I wish this one would turn up in our USA parks.
I took a deep breath and headed towards Mystic Manor. Would the line be at one hour? Two? I decided if it was anything over 90 minutes I’d wait until later in the evening to ride it. As I got closer I couldn’t believe my eyes, the wait was only at 5 minutes! It was almost lunch time on a busy day and this amazing ride was a walk on. This continued to be the case during my entire trip. Oddly, rides like Autopia never had less than a 45 minute wait. I have no idea why these new and amazing rides don’t seem to be popular.
Mystic Manor was amazing! It was everything I hoped it would be. In a park that’s mostly filled with rides that are clones from other parks, this is maybe one of the best rides anywhere. Plus Albert the monkey is just so darn cute! It was a little different every time I rode and I just couldn’t get enough. I ended up riding 5 times in my less than two day trip.
After a morning full of new rides, I decided to take in a classic. The Festival of the Lion King only shares a name with the version found at Animal Kingdom. Frankly, I very much prefer our version to the one I saw. In Hong Kong they very much follow the storyline of the movie and I found it a little boring! I also learned that it’s very common to talk and stand up during shows. You can hear a little bit of that in this video I took during The Golden Mickeys. It really ruined the stage shows for me. What do you think? Would the constant chatter drive you crazy?
At nearly 2:30pm I finally decided I had to eat. I’m a huge Hunchback fan so I’d decided long before my arrival that my first meal would be at Clopin’s Festival of Foods. However, once I took a look at the menu I changed my mind. A few notable items were: pig jowls and marrow. Yikes! I finally broke down and asked where I could find American food. I was directed to the Royal Banquet Hall, which was lovely inside!
“American food” apparently meant rice and curry. 🙂 But I wasn’t complaining because it was actually something that sounded edible and ended up being delicious! I also found cute piggy buns. I have no idea what they were filled with but they sure were yummy. While I was eating my lunch and examining my map a family plopped down at my table. They didn’t speak English so it was a little awkward, but I guess that’s how they do things there? I finished up my meal and moved along.
One attraction that seems to be universally popular is The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. I never saw the line shorter than 45 minutes, but I was able to grab a FastPass to return later in the day. This ride is a carbon copy of the version found in Walt Disney World. The only difference is this little statue out front.
Over in Tomorrowland I was able to ride Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin and Space Mountain. Both had very short waits and were complete clones from Disneyland in California. They also have a classic spinner ride and the ever popular Autopia. Lastly was Stitch Encounter which I assume is similar to the one found in Disneyland Paris. I was unfortunately never in the area to catch this show in English!
While here at Walt Disney World we’re still waiting for light up Mickey Mouse gloves, they are widely available in Hong Kong. In several gift shops and carts all over the park all the light up gear was for sale. It seems to be much, much more popular in Hong Kong. That might be because they offer discounts for purchasing multiple items. Here’s hoping that’s something they decide to do in the USA parks.
Small World is one of the very few rides offered in Fantasyland. As I was walking around I couldn’t help but feel that this is what Disneyland must have felt like 40 years ago. The park is sparse and quaint. Unfortunately, that didn’t really work well on such a busy holiday weekend. Fortunately, the queue for Small World is indoors and air conditioned! 😉
Here are just a couple of photos from It’s A Small World. Their version looked great! It was well maintained and bright. It reminded me of the Disneyland version since it included some Disney characters throughout the ride. There were also a few more Chinese scenes not found around the world.
All over the park are signs about horticulture in the park and how they minimize use of pesticides and care about the environment. The plants are beautiful in any Disney park but I thought it was odd they focused on it so greatly here. Maybe it’s because they’re in the middle of the jungle? In any case, the below photo is from Adventureland in a section devoted to gardens.
The Toy Story Land found here is nearly identical to the one in the Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris. It’s full of small carnival style rides, but the theming is great! This was another section that was super popular. I can’t imagine why people would wait upwards of 30 minutes for these little rides when Mystic Manor is right next door with no wait!
Of course, as the sun went down it was time for Paint the Night. This parade lived up to all the hype and I can’t wait for it to come to Disneyland for the 60th anniversary! I hope we also get something here in Orlando too. It really puts the Main Street Electrical Parade right into perspective! You can find a little video clip I took here. The photos don’t do it justice. This is maybe the best parade I’ve ever seen!
As I left for the night I spent quite a while watching the fountain in front of the park. Before visitng I didn’t understand that this is a really big fountain! Below is a photo of just one of the little fountains found around the base. You can also find a video I took here. I always imagined this as so little, but it’s as big as the fountain in Epcot and even prettier!
The next morning I snapped a quick photo of my hotel for you. I stayed at the Hollywood Hotel and while it was nice enough, it did seem a bit overpriced. The bus service was excellent and it was nice to have the option to send purchases back to my room, though.
Here’s a look at the room. While I’m glad I can say I’ve visiting every Disney park, I don’t know that I’ll be rushing back to Hong Kong Disneyland anytime soon. What do you think? Would you like to visit? Let me know in the comments below!
That’s everything for this week. Now let’s see what you can expect if you’re visiting next week.
Crowd Calendar: Crowds will continue to be low. Enjoy it while it lasts!
Weather: It’s going to be so hot this weekend. 🙁 Be prepared to melt!
Remember: Next week we’re back here at Walt Disney World! What would you like to see? Let me know in the comment below!
Here’s my top tip for this week: If you’ll be staying at The Hollywood Hotel anytime soon it’s worth paying for a fireworks view. Here is what that looked like from my room!
Do you have any news I missed or any requests for coverage next week? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below, and thanks so much for reading! I’m wishing all of you the Best Week Ever, until next time!