Four years ago Jake and I visited one of the ‘most magical places on earth’ – DisneyWorld. To this day I still consider that trip to be among my top 3 vacations, ever. Silly maybe, but I’m just a kid at heart I suppose. Hong Kong has its own Disneyland, and although we were warned we’d find it disappointing, there was no question about it – we were going.
We hopped aboard the Disney Express and found ourselves in the land of Mickey 45 minutes later. We were greeted by the familiar entrance and then… Mainstreet USA! Best news – not only was it decked out for Christmas, but they made it snow (with the help of snow machines)! Never thought we’d be so happy to see snow after our last brutal Chicago winter.
Next stop: The castle. A little different than the one in Florida, but not bad!
Positives about the park: You still get that Disney feeling (think they pump nostalgia into the air). And, it does have alot of the same attractions – most notably Space Mountain.
Downsides: The park is pretty small. But my bigger gripe – the food. Expensive (not surprising) and uh what, no alcohol?! I thought beer and wine are considered staples in Hong Kong. And where the heck were they hiding the sweets inside the ‘Sweet Shop?’ Typical park offerings:
That’s right, you’re looking at fish balls in curry, turkey leg, and some sort of chicken pot pie with a stamp on it. Mickey jelly and Korean squid were also available for anyone not into these ‘American’ foods.
Had to make a trip to see the man himself before we left. He looks the same, we’ve aged a bit.
That’s me and Mickey in 2007. This time he insisted Jake get in the picture.
No time to wait for Minnie but I did find the BEST dancing puppet of her. Came so close to buying…
Noticeably missing from this trip? Besides our tans. It’s the spinning teacups! Yes, they were there of course, but try as I did to get Jake to go, he wanted to avoid the unfortunate incident associated with the cups back in 2007. Think this picture gives you an idea of the ‘ol boy’s stomach was feeling like after that ride:
I settled instead for the always thrilling ‘It’s a Small World.’ With NO line, it actually ended up being a good trade. My favorite display:
Yep, that’s our skyline. All in all, I’d go back to Disney HK. It was nice reminder of home and brought back great memories of our first trip. Although for friends & family coming to visit, go ahead and check this one off your must-do list…. I know, I know – doubtful it’s on there in the first place…