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Postby robbalvey » Sat Dec 24, 2005 5:28 am

Day Two: Hong Kong Disneyland!

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Ok, onto our day......first off, as we've said before the "rumors" you've heard about the place are NOT TRUE! It's nice, it's clean, it's friendly, and the people visiting the park are 100x nicer than your typical Saturday clientelle at most So Cal parks!

Let me get the "downers" out of the way first, because to be honest there aren't many. Tomorrowland leaves a lot to be desired, IMO. It's not that the rides aren't good, because I think both Space Mountain and Buzz are better than the DL counterparts, it's just that the area is small and really doesn't "look" all that great.

The Castle - WTF??!?! The lamest Disney castle ever gets copied at HKDL. I just don't get it! And if that's not enough the natural mountains behind it dwarf it even more. Oh well, it just means MORE CASTLE JOKES!!! :P

The only other "downer" is that the park, at the moment, is missing a lot of Disney "Signature" rides, leaving not that much to do, especially if you're a seasoned Disney theme park visitor.

That being said, the park is REALLY nice. In fact, the entire resort by far exceeded my expectations.

I'm going to make this brief since we're at the hotel and need to be on a flight to Tokyo in about 3 hours, and I have about 100 photos to post (I'll do half today and half tomorrow) so here's a breakdown of what we did.

Space Mountain - For one, I had low expectations. I had heard it was a 'crappy version' of the new California version. What we got was a BETTER version than that! The ride is even smoother than the new "smooth" CA version. And it certainly "feels" a lot faster. There aren't any of those jolty tranisions, which I personally like and I think it adds speed, or at least the feeling of speed to the ride. You really do "whip" around some of those turns! And I really liked the added FX. The star field was much more pronounced, you flew past asteroids, there was what looked like a "hyperspace tunnel" during the "drop" and all the lift effects were "new", unlike the the revamped CA version which were just updated versions of "old" effects. The stataion was tiny, yes, and that was a downer, but what was there was at least "nice"

Buzz lightyear - Basically looked like a clone of the Tokyo version, which means it's also a clone of the CA version, but less "claustrophobic."

Jungle Cruise - It's like a souped up riverboat cruise with a "Catastrophe Canyon" ending. Fun ride. Very similar, but with more fire! =)

Mickey's Philharmagic - Fun 4D movie! This was the first time we had seen this, and other than Donald being the star (we're not big Donald fans!) the music, effects, and movie were pretty good. Not a "Muppets-beater" IMO, but fun!

Tarzan's Treehouse & Rafts - Picture Tarzan's Treehouse from DL on Tom Sawyer's Island and there you go! =)

Winnie the Pooh- WDW's Pooh. Which is WAY better than CA's dumpy version, but is NOTHING compared to Tokyo's orgasmic dark ride.

Other flats - Astro Orbitor, Tea Cups, Dumbo, Carousel - traditional Disney stuff. Looked nice, but you're familiar with these already.

Basically, as you can see, there's not a lot to do at the park, and that is the one major downer. But like I said, the park exceeded our expectations and I think as the expansions are built, this park will give the others a run for the money!

Click HERE for the Asia Update Main Page!

Here's our photos from today:
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On our way back from Ocean Park, we saw this sign in the MTR station. I'm sure glad being resort guests we had tickets already!
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There is something oddly familiar about this.....hmmm....OH!!! I know! It kind of looks like Nara Dreamland! =)
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Hey what's the spec of dust at the end of the street? Oh, it's just the castle!
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"If my head blocks out most of the Castle, imagine if an ACEr was standing here!"
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"MARK!!!! Look out for that HUGE flesh eating castle behind you!!!!"
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I feel like I've been here before!
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Tomorrowland - Has some good rides, but the land overall is kind of "meh"
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Like many women drunk at a bar, it looks better in the dark! =)
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At least tomorrowland has ONE BIG BALL!!!
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This is next year's new hotness!
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Buzz Lightyear, pretty much like all the other versions.
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Time for a fastpass with lots of funny writing on it!
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Look familiar?
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Time for the one credit in the park!
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The station is very simple, but it looks nice!
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Here are the trains as they approach LIGHT SPEED!!!!
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Yay! Lights come on!!!!
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This is pretty freaking cool!
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Cool, yes, but much better with the lights off and the stars whizzing by!
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Can you just imagine how giddy I was when those lights came on? =)
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Oooh!!!! Oooh!!!! Oooh!!! A staircase! I gotta get a picture of that!!!!!
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Hooray! We've been rescued. This nice man came to "push the button" which made our train CRAWL back to the station!
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"They have Chip N Dale stuff which insantly makes this place better than any US Disney park!
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STEEEEEAAAAAKKKKK!!!!!!
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Ugh, I thought we left L.A. for a reason!!!!
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Wow, the similarities to Disneyland are REALLY creepy!!!
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Ahh, Jungle Cruise. This isn't much like any other version of the ride.....I don't remember FIRE on any other one!
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This dude reminds me of something from Animal Crossing!
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Tarzan's Treehouse. Complete with Rosie O' Donnel!
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No Rosie!!!! Please! Anything but that horrible creature!!!!
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I have to say the backdrop of the park looks just AWESOME!
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Have I mentioned....creepy?
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Have I mentioned....FUNNY!!!! LMAO!!!!
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Everyone Tomorrowland at night looks kind of "meh"
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The Orbitron looks cool at least.
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Why does it always snow ONLY on Main Street....weird!
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The fireworks were so cool they block out the castle!!! Then again, your average sparkler could block out the castle! =)
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We had a great first day at HKDL. Time to head back to the hotel. Part two of these photos will come tomorrow! Don't forget to download the Space Mountain video! (link above!)

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Postby crispy » Sat Dec 24, 2005 5:37 am

VERY nice

Park looks super clean, and the castle, super small, WHY?


anyway, awesome pics, and can't wait for the next update, I'm off to download the Space Mountian video, WEEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
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Postby cucumber » Sat Dec 24, 2005 6:09 am

great pics
have a good time and
mery Xmas

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Postby coasterboi » Sat Dec 24, 2005 6:38 am

Wow looks like a really cool park.That jungle cruse shure looks better than the Florida One Fire is cool whith me.
But i am surprised buy how clean it is because wern't they having real trouble whith people peing in the fountains.And litter?

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Postby Luxo » Sat Dec 24, 2005 6:52 am

Yay, thanks for the early christmas present. Is it just me, or does Adventureland look more authentic in this Disneyland? Can't wait to download Space Mountain.
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Postby ChrisZer0 » Sat Dec 24, 2005 7:07 am

Couple of notes:

A) Its good to see theres not a chinese child peeing in the fountains or running in their undies, at least in your pics.

B)The HKDL castle looks akin to something you'd see at a minigolf course than at a MAJOR NAME THEMEPARK.

...I will say however, that Adventureland looks great

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Postby robbalvey » Sat Dec 24, 2005 7:58 am

Ok, honestly everyone it's REALLY pissing me off with everyone talking about the "kids peeing in the fountains."

We saw NOTHING of the sort while we were there and we've already commented that three times in this thread.

IMO, those reports seemed to be nothing than the media seeking out something negative about the park, found some isolated incidents of the occurrence and made a big deal out of it.

And now the park has a reputation of "people peeing in the park and being filthy dirty."

The park is nothing of the sort. And every person here who continues to comment about it, is actually not HELPING the situation any. You're only adding to the bad reputation of the park and essentially supporting the over-glamourized American sensationalist journalism.

The people at the park were nice, courteous, clean, etc. If you want to see a disgusting display of humanity, the local Saturday crowds at most So Cal parks are 100 times worse than anything we saw during our stay at Hong Kong Disneyland.

So I am going to ask, for the sake of the park, to please stop with the "kids peeing in the fountain" comments.

Thanks for your understanding.

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Postby neverride » Sat Dec 24, 2005 8:10 am

Just wanted to let you know that we are following your adventures- some of the views of Hong Kong are amazing! Can't wait to go......
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Postby socalMAN123 » Sat Dec 24, 2005 8:27 am

You guys look like your having fun! HKDL seems like a very nice park even though the castle is about the same size as DL's.
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Postby disneygurlz2s » Sat Dec 24, 2005 8:29 am

First of all... since it's Christmas Eve, I'm going to wish you guys Merry Christmas and continued safe travels.

Second, I am going to say "kudos" to Robb for his comments above^... I have never believed those "reports" anyway, as I would expect a higher standard for anything with the Disney name on it.

Finally, I have to say that the Chip and Dale deelybobbers are absolutely the most awesome Elissa-friendly accessory ever. I do hope you purchased those as they are sure to be one-of-a-kind.

Looking forward to more of your trip!

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