I will be the first to admit that 80% of the reason I wanted to go to Hong Kong was to experience Hong Kong Disneyland. I’m one of those super weird humans who wants to go to every.single Disney park in the world! (So far I’m halfway there!) Without further ado, I bring you… my guide to HKDL!
I was really impressed with the set up of the park. Although it is (of course) smaller than Disney World, it seemed to really pack a lot into a small space. One really unfortunate thing was the castle was being renovated while we
were there, which made it not as photogenic, but seeing as I’ve worked at Disney World before, I understand that this is a necessary part of maintaining the magic 😉
Disney is known for having their awesome different “worlds” in each part of the park… these where very similar to the ones in Florida!
Adventure Land boasts Jungle Cruise (it was really cool to see how they managed having three different languages at the park. There was an option to take a Mandarin, Cantonese, or English boat).
Who doesn’t love Tomorrowland? Space Mountain was a blast, and they had the same Buzz Lightyear ride as the other parks! For the record, the rides were in English.
My favorite section of the park (of course) was always and will always be Fantasyland. What can I say, I just love it! We hit up “It’s a Small World”, which seemed weirdly a lot cooler than the one I remember in Florida.
One of the cool things in HKDL we were able to attend was “The Golden Mickeys” show. This was a really fun show that focused on different famous Disney movies. They showed clips of the movies, then even acted out some of the dances (like to Mulan’s “All Make a Man Out of You” and “Tale as Old as Time”). The songs were in English, but everything else was in Cantonese.
I was a tiiiiiny bit disappointed :/ If you’ve read my blog, you know I’m not a huge fan of Chinese food, so I was so excited to go to Disney and enjoy a burger or pizza! A lot of the food was Chinese (come on Rachael, what did you expect? You’re in China!) but we did manage to find some Mickey shaped pizza! Of course, we also enjoyed Mickey bars as well.
I was surprised with how many rides there were that were similar to WDW. My favorite ride that was different was
called “The Mystic Manor” and was somewhat similar to the Haunted Mansion ride. I still prefer Haunted Mansion, but it was really cool!
My favorite “new thing” about Hong Kong Disney? TOY STORY LAND! There was an actual roller coaster (reminded
me of the Wicked Twister at Cedar Point!) characters to meet, and so much theming in all the rides and the queues.
I had a really, really nice experience at HKDL. The park was clean, organized, and met my extremely high standards. I was really sad you couldn’t meet Mulan, though! (Anyone else see the irony in that? Ha!) It was also really interesting to see how Eastern and Western cultures were all blended to create an awesome experience for everyone, no matter where you are from!
I was a bit disappointed with the end of the night firework show.. It didn’t really seem to follow any type of plot, but maybe I’m just spoiled because when I worked at Disney, I could go see Wishes once a week!
Have you ever been to Hong Kong Disneyland? Would you go? Are you judging me because it’s evident how much of a Disney nerd I am?! Haha!
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