Hello M.E. readers!
Today, we have a special Disneyland pictorial.
The only thing is, it's not the usual Disneyland that you are probably familiar with from me.
In fact, the Disneyland that we will be visiting is ....
Hong Kong Disneyland.
As you might be away of, especially if you follow me on other social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, I had visited Hong Kong Disneyland in late August of 2015.
Instead of trying to organize all the pictures into groups, I thought it would be easier (for me) to just do it by each day I visited.
August 27, 2015
Hong Kong Disneyland
I have a feeling we are not in Anaheim anymore.
Walking down Hong Kong Disneyland's Main Street
And just inside Tomorrowland is the Orbitron
Just past Orbitron is the construction of the Iron Man Experience, which will debut in 2016
The Iron Man Experience building, reach the far depths of Tomorrowland
Walking through Adventureland, we head into the newest lands (for me), Grizzly Gulch, Mystic Point, and Toy Story Land
Hong Kong Disneyland is hosting Frozen Village.
This experience is quite popular.
They have two options to see the Frozen Village.
One, is to obtain a show passes, but they book out fairly early.
Second, to wait in a "stand by" queue.
Signs in the front tell you which show time you will be queuing up for it you decide on the "Stand by" queue.
We will check out the Frozen Village on another day
We are entering the back woods of the Sierra Nevada mountains and we come across Grizzly Gulch
The one and only attraction in Grizzly Gulch is the Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars attraction.
This would be Hong Kong Disneyland's "Big Thunder Mountain Railroad"
Waiting in line.
Soon, will be boarding
Next, we head over towards Mystic Point
Just past the gates lie Mystic Manor, Hong Kong Disneyland's answer to the Haunted Mansion
Inside the queue is an actual model of Mystic Point
He's Danny Elfman, composer of the Mystic Manor theme music
Inside the Projection Room where Lord Mystic tells us about an ancient music box
Albert, who seems to want to touch the music box so badly
We'll take another look at Mystic Manor a bit later.
After visiting the Manor, we head on over to...
Toy Story Land
Walk around character
The entrance to Toy Story Land if your coming from Fantasyland
Last time I visited Hong Kong Disneyland was during it's 1 year anniversary, back in 2006. And one of the things it lacked was the number of attractions the Park had, especially Disney staple attractions that most people might expect inside a Disney theme park.
After all, Hong Kong Disneyland listed Sleeping Beauty Castle (no walkthru like Disneyland in California) and Snow White's Wishing Well as attractions to make it seem like the Park had enough for people to do.
But, visiting in 2006, I had learned that land had already be cleared behind Fantasyland for an expansion. This expansion was to be for the building of "it's a small world", which would open 2 years later, in 2008.
Before Hong Kong Disneyland opened, many Chinese people had limited exposure to the Disney characters. Disney's version of Alice, Cinderella, Bambi, and many of the older classic characters were pretty much unfamiliar territory to the Chinese audience.
Disney's answer, include the Disney characters inside "it's a small world" in their respective lands.
Unlike Disneyland in California, you enter the building to board your boat.
So this would probably resemble more towards Tokyo Disneyland's
One canal station, two boats loaded
How did Hong Kong Disneyland get the thin version of Pinocchio, and not California?
The exit of "it's a small world"
Gonna get on the Hong Kong Disneyland Railroad at the Fantasyland station
A look at the side tarp for Iron Man Experience
Everyone had to get off at the Main Street Station
Even though there was no demand at the Main Street station to have everyone get off
Unfortunately, never made it inside
Middle of the afternoon, and hardly anyone in the forecourt of Sleeping Beauty Castle
No benches here
Tarzan Treehouse had scaffolding all around. And it was still open for Guests to climb in
Happen to come across a Hidden Micky in Adventureland
The Jungle Cruise was closed during our visit as it was getting ready for a Halloween layover
Walking towards the Main Street train station
Yikes! 90 min wait
In Adventureland, they have the Tahitian Terrace.
But it's nothing like what Disneyland used to have. There are no hula dancers, fire eaters or anything like that.
It's just an ourdoor restaurant with outdoor patio dining area
Space Mountain's lame station.
This is the only "indoor" room.
Once you finish switch backs outside, you go in a small rectangular room with the warning monitors, which is where Fast Pass and Stand By come together and then you enter the loading station. The whole thing is nothing what you would find at the other Space Mountains
Well, that will conclude Day 1 of 4 of Hong Kong Disneyland
Stay tuned for the Hong Kong Disneyland pictorial
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