Opened in September, 2005, the Hong Kong Disneyland is the fifth theme park offered by the entertainment company. Located on reclaimed land in Penny’s Bay on Lantau Island, the park is already enjoying huge crowds.
Similar to other Disney parks, there are four themed areas – Main Street, USA, Adventureland, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland. The park as a whole is smaller than others, but the company has long term expansion plans and already offers much more than a visitor can do in one day. With the recent addition of Autopia, Stitch Encounter and UFO Cool Zone that’s more true than ever.
Park visitors can see all the sights familiar from Disneyland in Anaheim or Paris. Along with the rides favorite Disney characters wander the park in costume and provide photo opportunities for the kids. Of course, since it’s Hong Kong, don’t be surprised if you hear Mickey speaking Mandarin!
Main Street in Hong Kong Disneyland is a perfect duplicate of the one in California and guests can ride the Omnibus, the Paddy Wagon or cruise along in one of the Main Street taxis. Inside the theater there’s film on the building of the park.
Adventureland offers many of the same attractions as Anaheim with a Jungle River Cruise and rafts to Tarzan Island. Be sure not to miss the Festival of the Lion King at Theater in the Wild.
Tourists will want to catch the Mickey’s PhilharMagic and see Maestro Mickey in his 3D adventure. Younger kids will want to take a spin on the Cinderella Carousel, based on the famous Disney movie. Old and young kids alike will enjoy boarding the Winnie the Pooh Hunny Pot and taking a journey through the Hundred Acre Wood.
Just as at other Disney parks, Tomorrowland offers the familiar Space Mountain rollercoaster and the Buzz Lightyear Journey to Infinity and Beyond. Board the Orbitron to pilot your personal flying saucer. Drive an electric car through the alien landscape in Autopia.
Visit Space Traffic Control and watch the fluffy blue alien Stitch (of Stitch & Lilo fame) deal with his arch-nemesis Gantu. Stitch is depending on the guests to help him escape. Visitors can even get a free lesson in speaking Hawaiian to go with the Mandarin they pick up while there.
There’s a daily Disney on Parade with all the well-known and beloved Disney characters marching through Fantasyland and down Main Street.
In true Hong Kong style, the music and dance of Disney in the Stars is accompanied by spectacular fireworks. Hum your favorite Disney tunes while watching the colorful display of choreographed explosions.
Ultimately, the company expects to be able to handle up to 10 million visitors per year. Come be one of them, but as with any Disney park be prepared for the crowds. Ever since it opened, it has been extremely popular.