Unlike WDW, which opens first thing in the morning and stays open long after the fireworks end, Disneyland Hong Kong doesn't open until 10:00am and closes promptly after the fireworks show (which ends around 8:30pm). These hours suited us fine -- we spent the morning catching up on this blog (on which we were two days behind, with our memories of HK Day 4 already starting to get fuzzy). We eventually made our way to the park around 10:30am.
|Monstro fountain outside the park with surfing Mickey (who actually went up and down)!|
|Park gates - so empty!|
Right off the bat, we also noticed that HK is much smaller in several respects than the Magic Kingdom in WDW. Each "land" in the HK park has only a couple attractions and restaurants, with considerably more unused space between each one. At WDW, in contrast, each "land" feels packed with attractions and add-ons (such as Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom) that make use of otherwise dead space. We think / hope this means that the park simply has lots of internal room to grow. Several structures also are much shorter than their WDW counterparts. Most obviously, the castle is very short, which makes it look more like a set piece than an actual building, but the trend of short structures holds true throughout the park (e.g., the gate to Tomorrowland). Overall, however, we thought that the theming and attention to detail around the park was very nicely done. Mystic Point in particular was a highlight where theming is concerned.
|That's not perspective - the castle is very short!|
|Mystic Manor attraction|
After working on her for a bit, Todd convinced Gwen to try the Green Army Men's Parachute Drop Training ride, which lifts you up and drops you down a few times (think Tower of Terror, but much less scary / appropriate for little children). We liked this ride, in particular because it afforded some great views of the HK skyline and surrounding mountains.
Mystic Point is an interesting area themed around the travels of Dr. Mystic and his monkey, Albert, who have brought treasures from around the world back to their mansion. The mansion is the main attraction -- an animatronic ride, somewhat like the Haunted House in WDW, in which Dr. Mystic's treasures come to life. We thought that this ride was one of most well-done and technologically advanced animatronic rides we've seen. Really, very cool! Finally, we walked through Grizzly Gulch quickly before deciding to search for food (Todd was threatening to get hangry).
|Light up cotton candy!|
|Yangzhou fried rice, pickled veggies and watermelon juice|
|BBQ pork with rice and veggies|
|Check out the capers & onion smiley face!|
|We're actually standing right in front of the castle...|
|Disney in the Stars fireworks show|
As mentioned, the park closes promptly after the fireworks show ends, resulting in a bit of a rush to the exits. Our efforts to take refuge in a gift shop worked fairly well, however. After spending some time examining a very cool Disney-themed miniature house display (see below), we found that much of the crowd had dissipated.
With our last ounces of energy for the day, we decided to check out the grocery store at Tung Chung, one stop past Sunny Bay along the orange line on Lantau Island. Here, we loaded up on interesting candies to bring home as gifts (this is for you, Matt) and procured breakfast for the next day. The store also included some wild, never-in-the-USA aisles, such as one full entirely of boxes of various kinds of dried mushrooms! Lugging our grocery store loot home on the train, we got home around 10:30 pm and called it a day.
|Dried mushroom gift packages: who wants one?!|
Next time: More Mong Kok