I must admit, I had doubts when Zhiyi first brought up the idea of visiting Hong Kong Disneyland and had preferred instead to go to Tokyo Disneyland. I didn’t fancy the thought of having to spend half the time queuing with hordes of unruly tourists from the mainland, negative accounts which I have heard from many a friend who had gone before. Thankfully, all my fears were unfounded and the experience was a total opposite of what I had anticipated. While crowded, it wasn’t overly so and everyone was on their best behavior. Queues were long but things still moved briskly. The sun was hot but the cool temperature (it averaged 22 degrees C when we were there) and relatively drier air made walking around the whole day pleasant.
Speaking of hot, I feel for the poor guys who have to walk or stand around in costumes of Disney characters the whole day. Having seen how damp Merv got on his wedding day after spending an agonizing 30 mins in his Gingerbread Man costume, these chipmunks could not have fared any better. Those thick layers of cloth and fur, devoid of any ventilation holes, must have also made it very challenging for them to go to the toilet, something these guys did almost every hour. Yes, I was actually in the queue(s) long enough to notice this happening.
Disneyland Hong Kong is divided into a few themed areas – Main Street USA, Adventureland, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland. As with any theme park, the rides are the attraction; and thankfully, for someone coasterphobic like me, the more child oriented rides were perfect. Rides that simply go round and round and occasionally up and down in either a gentle or controlled manner are the best. They help keep my stomach inside where it belongs. Rides like these…
Another great thing about Disneyland, something which will appeal to adults a lot, are the shows. You’ll be forgiven for wanting to stand up and sing along when theme songs from the hit cartoon movies you used to love when growing up are performed live in front of you.
We ended this really awesome day by shopping for souvenirs at Main Street USA while it snowed foam outside (how I wished for the real thing!) and watching the closing fireworks show in front of the princess castle. Despite covering only slightly over half of the park, we were exhausted and happy knowing that there was more to look forward to the next day.
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