Today was the day I’ve been waiting for the entire trip. As a huge Disney lover, I could not wait to visit a Disney abroad.
Because of our trip to Asia this year, we decided to skip visiting Disney World, which is typically an annual trip for us.
Despite still being “in Disney,” it didn’t feel “real.” I guess we are just so used to the one in Orlando.
One thing you should definitely be prepared for is that Disneyland Hong Kong is small. Tiny is more like it. It’s very different than its counterpart in Orlando, and even the one in California.
The castle is similar to Disneyland California’s. However, something you can’t see anywhere but here? The amazing Hong Kong mountains in the background!
We headed to Fantasyland first and ran into Cinderella, who yes, was American.
Check out the SUPER adorable scene from Snow White in the background!
It’s A Small World is a classic, and the Hong Kong version did NOT disappoint!
BTW – do you love the ears we got (see below)!? I love getting in the Disney spirit and walking around with Mickey ears! We were totally the minority here (in general and with the ears)! Barely any of our fellow visitors sported them, and I mean, come on! It’s the fun thing to do!
It’s no secret I’m a sucker for character pictures.
The only true negative was the food. I LOVE Disney World food. The selection is amazing and their sit down restaurants are not to be missed. However, here, dining is seriously lacking. The food selection is slim and dining options are “eh” at best. However, on the positive side, their supply of “Mickey pops” are endless. Score.
This park also features a Toy Story Land. They are huge on Toy story over here. Don’t get me wrong, I like Toy Story, but a whole land dedicated to it is just overkill.
There aren’t a lot of attractions either. There are some classics – It’s A Small World, Space Mountain, and a few others, but you won’t find too many rides here. The park can definitely be seen in a day. And speaking of attractions, it would only be fair to add us to the list. I suppose it’s rare to see Americans on this side of the world. We either got superior treatment for some reason, or were completely ignored. But, no matter what, we were constantly being gawked at. I think it was especially weird because throughout our trek around Asia this NEVER happened anywhere. We were generally left alone.
But here? Nope.
Seriously, didn’t your mother ever tell you it’s rude to stare? Apparently this side of the world missed out on this important lesson. (I kid, I kid, I get the whole different culture thing). Forget Disney characters, parades, rides, etc… I was the main attraction. Yes, me. I looked around to see if MY picture was hanging anywhere, because I was approached to take pictures WITH. It was weird. The weirdest occurrence was outside the Jungle Cruise.
After riding, Josh and I took a break and sat on nearby bench. We were relaxing, talking, deciding which “land” we were going to check out next, when this girl approached me freaking out. I couldn’t understand what she was saying, but it was clear she wanted a picture with me. I got up and posed with her, as her friend snapped the shot. Then, her friend wanted one too. SO. WEIRD.
They left and Josh and I just looked at each other. WTF?! I made him snap a selfie with me to see if we looked super weird or something, because when Josh said I looked fine I clearly didn’t believe him. I mean, these girls were SO excited to see me. What the heck! This seriously didn’t happen anywhere else throughout our time in Asia, so it was extremely weird for it to happen in Disney.
Anyway, aside from being the “IT” people of the day, we visited during a very special time. HKDL’s newest attraction, Mystic Manor, opened today. We’ve never been to a park on THE day a ride debuts, so it was very exciting. Mystic Manor is like the “Haunted Mansion” of this Disney. It’s the story of Henry Mystic and his pet monkey. They find a music box that brings inanimate objects to life. It was so fun we went on it twice.
Hands down our favorite ride was Grizzly’s Gulch, which is a cross between Disney World’s Mt. Everest and Thunder Mountain.
We had so much fun seeing Disney on the other side of the world, and were definitely sad when the day came to an end.
Visiting Disney’s version in Hong Kong has made me want to check out its other locations around the world. Oh, and it may have also made me book a trip to Disney World in Orlando for January 😉 .
Next up on the blog, we’re heading home!