First off, I LOVE DISNEY (and I’m not just saying that because I work for the company)! I've been to the Disneyland in California hundreds of times. Literally. Josh and I have been to Disneyland (California), Walt Disney World, and Disneyland Paris, so when we were on our way to Thailand and had to make a stop in Hong Kong, we just HAD to check out Hong Kong Disneyland, even if we didn't stay the whole day.
After having been to the other parks, here are the top 11 things you can't miss at Hong Kong Disneyland:
1. Main Street
There were many comparisons to the California Disneyland. Main Street looked fairly similar with a few different buildings here and there but we didn't find a Hall of Presidents here! Ha! They also served fish balls and watermelon juice at the food vendors. Not your typical Disneyland food!
The character, Duffy, is big in Hong Kong! Duffy was a lovable teddy bear that was handmade as a gift from Minnie to Mickey Mouse. Story has it, Duffy and Mickey would travel the world sharing exciting adventures and making lifelong friends, including ShellieMay, Gelatoni, StellaLou and Cookie. Cookie is Duffy’s newest friend, and she is only available in Hong Kong Disneyland Resort. You can watch their adventures together at the theater on Main Street!
It was so weird to see the Disneyland castle I grew up seeing with mountain behind it that wasn’t the Matterhorn!
Tomorrowland had some of the best rides: Hyperspace Mountain and the Iron Man Experience (more on that in reason #3).
Hyperspace Mountain was just like the Space Mountain in Disneyland, traveling through space with Star Wars music.
There was even a parked X-Wing in the line queue. Pew Pew Pew!
3. The Iron Man Experience
The Iron Man Experience was basically Star Tours 3D Motion simulator with Iron Man instead. Initially Jarvis is taking you on a tour of Hong Kong however evil strikes where its up to you and Iron Man to save the city against the extraterrestrials!
4. Mystic Manor
Walking in I was expecting a classic Haunted Mansion ride - Haunted rooms stretching, doom buggies, Madame Leota, grim grinning ghosts coming out to socialize. This was NOT a Haunted Mansion ride. Due to differences in the Chinese culture they did not have references to ghosts or an afterlife situation. Instead we entered Lord Henry Mystic's manor to which he introduces himself and his pet monkey, Albert. His manor hosts a great collection treasures from around the world which all come to life after Albert opens a magical music box.
This ride was charming and fun, complete with music composed by Danny Elfman. There were a few nods to the Haunted Mansion including a Medusa changing portrait, a conservatory, and busts that follow visitors as they move. There was even a tribal arts room that looked like the Tiki Room but they shot wind darts like Indiana Jones. I can't say enough how much I loved this ride!
5. Toy Story Land
Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney World both have Toy Story Land, but the rides in Hong Kong Disneyland were so much better! I loved how everything made you feel like you were a toy yourself and your surroundings are much bigger. The rides were cute kiddie/carnival type rides, but we did go on the RC Race Car ride which was similar to a swinging ship-pendulum-type ride.
6. It's A Small World
It's a Small World after all! Can you find your favorite characters on this classic ride?
The Hong Kong skyline was even included in our adventure around the world which was the same view from our hotel!
This Fantasyland seemed like a combination of Disneyland in California and Walt Disney World. Classics included Winnie the Pooh, Carousel, Tea Cups and Dumbo. There was even the Festival of Foods restaurants which is a take on Hunchback of Notre Dame's Festival of Fools.
8. Fantasia Garden
I loved the Sorcerer Mickey fountain and the cute Fantasia themed topiaries.
Even Frontierland had a unique ride! The Lucky Nugget Mine Car was a great combination of Big Thunder at Disneyland, Mount Everest at Animal Kingdom and the Seven Dwarves Mine Train at WDW. It went forwards AND backwards! There were even cute bears throughout it!
All of the parks have a Lucky Nugget Saloon. The one in Hong Kong is just a restaurant, there isn't a show.
There was some construction going on, so I hope they are adding more rides. All they had was Tarzan's Treehouse and The Jungle Cruise. The Jungle Cruise was pretty much the same as the other parks. It does get a little fiery at the end and a baby elephant wishes you farewell instead of Trader Sam looking to trade one of his heads for yours.
11. Mickey Train
One of the MTR lines goes straight to the Disneyland Resort stop where you have to take the cutest train to get to the park! This train was spangled with Mickey as well as other statues of Disney characters. Even the handle rings where Mickey shaped!
We loved our trip to Hong Kong Disneyland! Only 2 more parks to go!
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