Disneyland, Hong Kong Style

Okay. Let me start by saying that for the record, neither Kelly nor I were huge Disney freaks growing up.

Sure, we’ve watched most of the movies, and sure, we made the usual Disney pilgrimage to either California or Florida at some point during our respective childhoods. But my feelings towards the Happiest Place on Earth and towards Disney’s content in general were no where near the crazed obsession that consumed a few of my friends.

This started to change in February of this year; we spent our Spring Break in Florida, and our Disney frenzy was ignited by a fabulous visit to the Disneyworld park. We spent one glorious day running around Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom, and had a ridiculously fun time. And now we fully admit to our Disney mania.

I found out that Hong Kong had its own Disneyland when I noticed the Disney train on the subway map. A quick trip on the Tung Chung line to Sunny Bay, and from there its an easy hop on the bubblegum pink Disney Resort Line to amusement park paradise.

We immediately knew we had to go. We managed to squeeze it in on the last weekend of October, and were ready and waiting 30 minutes before the park opened, eagle-eyed and determined to make the most of our day.

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We take Disney seriously.

As soon as the guard lowered the rope to the park entrance, we were off at full sprint towards Hyperspace Mountain, the Star Wars themed rollercoaster in Tomorrowland. Our hustle paid off- we managed to make the very first car, and this set the tone for the rest of the day.

 

 

We were Disney Dynamite, dashing from ride to ride, whipping past the poor, bewildered fellow park-goers (who were just not on our level). We blew through each land and managed to hit every single ride and show that Hong Kong Disney had to offer, plus a few repeats along the way. Is there an award for a Disney Dream Team? Because if so, we definitely earned it.

The best rides for thrill seekers are Hyperspace Mountain, Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Train, and the Toy Soldier Parachute Drop. img_9604Don’t expect the same heart-in-your-mouth, death-defying tingles that American rides have mastered: Hong Kong rides are significantly more tame, but make up for it with cheaper entrance prices and shorter line-ups. Because the park is quite small, you’ll easily have time to do all the rides within a day. We recommend attending all the shows as well, not only because they’re wonderfully well done but also because the Hong Kong humidity will get to you, and you’ll be infinitely grateful for a few air-conditioned reprieves.

If possible, go in October. The entire park embraces the spooky and eerie, and as night falls the darkness converges and the villains close in. Our longest wait of the night was for the Haunted Pavillion, a delightfully creepy haunted house that was most definitely worth the crazy queue. We were placed at the back of our group, which meant that monsters crept up behind us for the entire journey, enticing more than a few blood-curdling screams from me. The best part, though, was when Kelly managed to get herself so worked up that she screeched in the face of a poor, innocent security guard.

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We ended our night with another mad dash back to Tomorrowland, forcing our tired limbs to race the clock and ride Hyperspace Mountain one last time before the park closed. We slipped through the gate at 10:59 pm, panting and dripping with sweat and exhilaration, triumphantly plopping into the plastic spaceships as the Star Wars theme trumpeted for the final time.

 

If you’d like to see a vlog of our amazing day, click here!

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