Today is the day I’ve been waiting for. As a huge Disney lover, I could not wait to visit Disneyland Hong Kong.
Compared to the Disney’s in the United States, Disneyland Hong Kong is small. Tiny is more like it.
The castle is similar to Disneyland California’s in size. However, something you can’t see anywhere but here? The amazing mountains in the background!
We headed to Fantasyland first, and ran into Cinderella.
Check out the SUPER adorable scene from Snow White!
It’s A Small World is a classic, and the Hong Kong version does not disappoint!
Do you love the ears we got (below)!? We got classic ones that say Disneyland Hong Kong, which make for a cool souvenir. I love getting into the Disney spirit and walking around with ears on! Barely any of our fellow visitors sported them, which is so different than what we are used to seeing!
It’s no secret that I’m a sucker for character pictures. They offer a ton of meet and greets here, and they are done so well. The organization is top notch. It made any line seem like a breeze.
The only true negative was the food. I LOVE Disney food, Disney World’s especially. Before visiting Disneyland Hong Kong I’ve only been to Disney World and Disneyland California. Their food selections are amazing and their sit down restaurants are not to be missed. I found the dining here to be seriously lacking. The selections are slim and the restaurants are “eh” at best. However, I’m happy to report that their supply of “Mickey pops” are plentiful. So that was a score.
This park also features a Toy Story Land, which none of the other ones do. Yet at least. I can’t tell if they are ahead on this “land” or behind. I mean, they are huge on Toy Story over here. I have no opinion on it. I don’t hate the movies, but I don’t love them either. A whole land dedicated to them is just overkill in my book.
Because the park is small, there aren’t a lot of attractions. Disneyland California is smaller than Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, but yet it has MORE rides. Here, the park felt small, in both size AND rides. There are classics, like It’s A Small World, Space Mountain, and a few others, but it felt like it was missing a lot. Splash Mountain is my favorite ride, next to Matterhorn. This park doesn’t have it, and walking around without hearing the booming splash made it feel off. They don’t have a Thunder Mountain either, but they do have a ride called Grizzly Mountain. It’s like a mix between Thunder Mountain and Everest, and is completely awesome. Definitely the best ride here.
Anyway, this park can definitely be seen in a day without any issues. Fastpass or not.
While on attractions I suppose it’s only fair to add us to the list. Throughout our entire time in Asia we were pretty much left alone. Except here. We either got superior treatment for some reason, or were completely ignored. Still, we were constantly being gawked at. Like I said, I think it’s especially weird because throughout our trek around Asia it NEVER happened.
We really expected the staring and people coming up to us going into the trip, but it never happened. We went to Disneyland Hong Kong at the very end, and it was like BAM. It started to get annoying too, because we were just trying to enjoy our day. Forget Disney characters, parades, rides, etc… we felt like the main attraction. To the point where it was like, should I look around to see if MY picture is hanging anywhere? It was worse for me than my husband. At first it was just people taking pictures OF us. Then it got to them wanting pictures WITH me. It was weird. The oddest occurrence was outside the Jungle Cruise. This ride, by the way, is so cool because it has different lines according to what language you want to hear while riding.
So after we went on we sat on nearby bench to take a break. We were deciding which “land” 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 shrugged it off, because at the end of the day these people were nice. So her friend snapped the picture and then wanted one too. It was legit. SO. WEIRD. I mean, these girls were SO excited to see me. What the heck!
Anyway, aside from being THE IT people of the day, we visited during a very special time. Hong Kong Disneyland’s newest attraction, Mystic Manor, opened today. We’ve never been to a park on THE day a ride debuts, so it was very, very exciting for us. Mystic Manor is like the “Haunted Mansion” of this Disneyland (which by the way was another main attraction they were missing until this opened). 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, despite the long line.
Here’s the Grizzly ride I talked about above, which was a mix between Thunder Mountain and Everest.
We had so much fun seeing Disney on the other side of the world. I was so sad when the day came to an end.
Visiting Disneyland Hong Kong totally makes me want to check out the other Disney locations around the world. We also may have booked a trip to Disney World the minute we got home.