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Re: Photo TR: Japan and southern China

Postby la2lvtom » Sat Nov 29, 2014 11:25 pm

Here is a video of Lily and myself riding the Autopia at Hong Kong Disneyland, This Autopia is unique because the cars are electric not gas, they have working speedometers, they make a cool Jetsons sound as you drive, there are tunnels with LED lighting packages, and one of the 4 lanes actually drives over part of Tomorrowland. Fair warning though, Lily and I are acting goofy in this video because I never thought of publishing it but this is such a unique version of Autopia I decided to post it here.


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Re: Photo TR: Japan and southern China

Postby Nrthwnd » Sat Nov 29, 2014 11:27 pm

Loved that the longest waits were for Dumbo and Autopia, lol.

Great ongoing report on HKDL. One can never get enough. :mickey:
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Re: Photo TR: Japan and southern China

Postby la2lvtom » Sat Nov 29, 2014 11:30 pm

In case anyone wanted to see the fireworks show at Hong Kong Disneyland here is a full video of it. Unfortunately with my crappy HTC phone camera the fireworks look like the spirits that walk down the stairs in the movie Poltergeist.


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Re: Photo TR: Japan and southern China

Postby la2lvtom » Sat Nov 29, 2014 11:46 pm

Jew wrote:HKDL was very underrated IMO. I really can't wait to get back now that they have added so much!

Also, I believe that the Venatian in Macau has the worlds largest casino floor. I wish I realized the exchange rate when I sat down at the cheapest blackjack table we could find... :lol:



I completely agree with you on it being underrated, I think because it opened so small people base their opinion on that. I personally rank HKD as my second favorite Disneyland behind Tokyo and in fact I like how they present this park more than Tokyo Disneyland (my one and only complaint about Tokyo Disneyland is it feels like you could be in California or Florida by the look of it. I thought it would have some Japanese influence to it) where as Hong Kong Disneyland has many Chinese accents to it to make it different yet the same and the whole Feng Shui design is cool.

Venetian Macau does have the largest casino floor in the world, It dwarfs MGM here in Vegas (the former largest casino floor). I highly recommend you install XE currency converter to your phone for your next trip so the "sticker shock" won't get you, LOL. I bought some souvenirs for friends and a bunch of HKD pins not thinking about it and when the girl rang it up I checked the currency conversion and it came to $412 USD. I was like what the heck did I just buy, I never spent that much at a Disney park... Oh well, when in Rome, right.
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Re: Photo TR: Japan and southern China

Postby la2lvtom » Sat Nov 29, 2014 11:49 pm

Nrthwnd wrote:Loved that the longest waits were for Dumbo and Autopia, lol.

Great ongoing report on HKDL. One can never get enough. :mickey:



Our wait on Autopia was 25 minutes because we waited for the only track that does a flyover Tomorrowland plaza, easily add 10 minutes for that track over the standard track. Hong Kong Disneyland truly is an amazing park.
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Re: Photo TR: Japan and southern China

Postby Nrthwnd » Sun Nov 30, 2014 12:47 am

^ Yes I remember doing that too, waiting a bit longer for the "special track." The funny thing was, once I got going, the person behind me apparently couldn't figure out how to drive their car LOL! She was on her own, but somehow she moved along, slowly and gradually having anybody behind her, catch up etc. I got back and waited. It took over five minutes for her car to get back to the station, followed by at least 8 very unhappy drivers. :lol: I did feel bad for anybody that followed her, and thanked the theme park spirits for giving me a break, lol.
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One of my last times in "the overpass queue" for Autopia, final night. With Space Mountain looking on. (TPR 2012 Tour)
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Re: Photo TR: Japan and southern China

Postby la2lvtom » Sun Nov 30, 2014 1:31 am

Love the colors on Space Mountain. All these posts are making miss Hong Kong Disneyland again.
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Re: Photo TR: Japan and southern China

Postby TBpony414 » Sun Nov 30, 2014 4:53 pm

Finally all caught up with your updates. Ocean Kingdom is very impressive, well minus the miserable bear exhibits. I hope to be able to visit it one day. Were the beluga and dolphin shows in an indoor arena? It looked like they were from the pics. When you showed the largest aquarium panel I did the conversion math and saw it was 2 feet thick and thought, there is no way that's correct... then scrolled down and the next pic was of the side of the glass and it was indeed that thick! It must be very difficult to maintain it as acrylic scratches so easily. I had no idea there was even a Venetian hotel in Asia so besides enjoying seeing the coasters and parks I'm learning new things!

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Re: Photo TR: Japan and southern China

Postby Nrthwnd » Sun Nov 30, 2014 8:15 pm

la2lvtom wrote:Love the colors on Space Mountain. All these posts are making miss Hong Kong Disneyland again.


We were there when the Halloween stuff was starting up. A lot of 'green lighting' all over the park, lol.
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And blue lighting, too! I loved that the themeing was "darker" than I expected from any Disney park. Very cool. (o;
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Re: Photo TR: Japan and southern China

Postby la2lvtom » Mon Dec 01, 2014 4:23 pm

TBpony414 wrote:Finally all caught up with your updates. Ocean Kingdom is very impressive, well minus the miserable bear exhibits. I hope to be able to visit it one day. Were the beluga and dolphin shows in an indoor arena? It looked like they were from the pics. When you showed the largest aquarium panel I did the conversion math and saw it was 2 feet thick and thought, there is no way that's correct... then scrolled down and the next pic was of the side of the glass and it was indeed that thick! It must be very difficult to maintain it as acrylic scratches so easily. I had no idea there was even a Venetian hotel in Asia so besides enjoying seeing the coasters and parks I'm learning new things!



Glad you have checked out the trip report, hope it is interesting to you. All 3 of the sea life shows at Ocean Kingdom were indoors, the arenas were all very large but while I was there they were only about 1/3 full. It was scary to think how they would have looked if they were all at capacity. As far as the aquarium window it was really quite impressive and standing next to the sample piece really leaves you in awe. In Macau most of the major players from Vegas are there (Venetian, Wynn, MGM) because that is where the Asian Whales (high rollers) started playing once China took possession of Macau from the Portuguese several years ago. There is definitely money in Macau, I like to stand on the main street and watch the cars, it is nothing to see Lambo's, Ferrari's, real Nissan Skylines, etc... This year I saw my first Lexus LFA (my "if I hit the lottery" car) at the Venetian.
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Top 5 wood : 1. the Beast (Kings Island), 2. Wood Coaster (Knights Valley, Shenzhen China), 3. El Toro (Six Flags Great Adventure), 4. the Voyage (Holiday World) 5. Ghostrider (Knott's Berry Farm)

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