Friday, January 20, 2012

Hong Kong Disneyland and the NEW Toy Story Land!


I spent 2 wonderful days at the Hong Kong Disneyland park with my brother.
A 1 Day entry ticket is HKD399 (approx SGD65) per adult (12 -64 yrs old), HKD285 per child and HKD100 per senior citizen. A 2 Day entry ticket is HKD499 per adult, HKD370 per child and HKD170 per senior citizen.
The first thing you feel when you step off the free shuttle bus (or the MTR) is that you're in a different world. A world of happiness and adventure. You can hear the music and excitement as you walk up to the park... I couldn't stop smiling.
If I felt that excited approaching Disneyland Park... imagine how kids would feel?!
The first area you step into is Main Street, USA. It's like stepping into a world of the past. Old school busses and automobiles plie these streets and you can hop on for a ride.
The buildings are not just props but actual functional buildings. You have a bakery, cafes, a jewellery shop, boutiques and an emporium too!


The Flights of Fantasy Parade
At 3.30pm, the Flights of Fantasy Parade came down Main Street U.S.A. You can check out parade schedules, show timings and character greeting sessions in the Times Guide pamphlets available in the park and Disney hotels.
It was delightful to see all my favourite Disney characters come dancing down Main Street.
Toy Story, Lilo & Stitch, Winnie the Pooh, Jungle Book and of course the Disney Princesses were a big hit with the girls.
It was a good half hour of music and dancing... spirits were high and all the cast members, Disney characters and elaborate floats were so awesome. Plus, the chilly Hong Kong weather was perfect for a parade too, not hot or humid.



Toy Story Land
Toy Story Land is the newest area in the park. It is Asia Exclusive.
Everything in Toy Story Land is giant sized, from the blades of grass to the toys.. so you feel like a tiny toy, stepping into Andy's backyard. See that orange U-shaped thing in the background? That's their star ride, the RC Racer!
There are three new rides in this attraction. The Slinky Dog Spin is a mild roller coaster which makes you feel like you're actually riding a slinky dog and it's bounding through Andy's back yard, yapping away as you hold on to it.
The Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop is a 25 metre parachute drop. You get a great view of the park while you're up there waiting to be plunge down.
Here's a video of me experiencing this ride. It's just the right amount of exhilaration without being too scary or vomit inducing (!).
The RC Racer is the scariest one. That's me deciding if I should go on it.
No, I did not flip this picture! This gravity defying ride goes almost vertical as the racer car that you're in goes racing up and down the track.
Scary!!!! I had my eyes closed most of the ride. But it's so fun and adrenalin pumping that after you're done, you just want to go back for more!


FANTASYLAND
You know you're approaching FANTASYLAND when you see the magical castle. Walk through the castle gates and you're transported into a realm of fantasy.
In FANTASYLAND, there's the iconic Dumbo the flying elephant rides and the Cinderella Carousel.
The Cinderella Carousel is huge, it's beautifully lit up and has 60 graceful, prancing horses.
Explore FANTASYLAND and you will find The Golden Mickeys!
This is a Broadway style theatre with a huge stage.
The show was narrated by the host, Bebe, in Catonese, with English and Mandarin subtitles on the side screens. All the songs were performed in English.
It was a live musical revue type of stage show. It was very grand with all the characters from Disney dressed up to perform their song and dance.
They spared no expense in creating wonderfully elaborate and beautiful stage settings and props too. The show included aerial acrobatics, fire works, martial arts and puppetry too. It was such a memorable experience.
Another enchanting ride in FANTASYLAND is The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.
You sit in a little Hunny Pot and travel to Hundred Acre Wood .
It's a life sized story book journey with Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore and friends.

TOMORROWLAND
This is where you step into the future. There's the Space Mountain attraction which is a high speed indoor roller coaster, Orbitron where you can pilot your own flying saucer and Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters which is an interactive adventure.

Adventureland
Adventureland is a journey into the remote jungles.
You can visit Tarzan's treehouse via a raft. Tarzan's tree house is also circled by the Jungle River Cruise.
The Jungle River Cruise simulates a real riverboat cruise down major rivers of Asia, Africa and South America.
The skipper of the boat is also your tour guide. There are three languages available English, Cantonese and Mandarin. There are different queues for each language so you get into different boats based on your preference.
On this cruise, you come across giant cobras, elephants, hippos and even speed through native territory as they shoot spears and poison arrows at you.

'Disney in the Stars' Fireworks!
At the end of the day, head back down to Main Street and you will find that it has transformed. All lit up at night, it has a warm atmosphere (even though it was below 10 degrees in Hong Kong when we were there!).
People stroll down Main Street at night, and then find a nice spot in front of the Castle because there is a magical fireworks display at the end of each day. It's fireworks, music and lights combined to celebrate a wonderful day at Disneyland.
Thank you Hong Kong Disneyland for giving us such an awesome weekend away! We will return again soon.

Read my review of restaurants and accommodation in Hong Kong Disneyland. (Click Here).

4 comments:

  1. Anonymous9:14 am

    do you have to q very long for the rides?

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  2. I had express passes. But even if you don't have it, I saw tht most rides the queue was 5-10 mins.

    Some times a sudden influx of ppl at one ride, and the queue was 30 mins. But this rarely happen, if it does.. go on to another ride and come back later ... thts my advice.

    Also, I went during the absolute peak period ( I was told).

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  3. Anonymous12:52 pm

    Hi Holly
    Nice pics. Do you know if Langham is a nice hotel to stay?
    http://www.discount.bestresortasia.com/Hotel/The_Langham_Hotel_Hongkong.htm

    the location seems nice.

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  4. I don't know tht hotel. but from the pics and description/area... seems like a good place to stay :)

    Most of HK is very accessible by MTR anyway, and taxis are cheap (well, not thailand cheap.. but cheap enough)

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