Thursday, January 30, 2014

Disneyland Part 2, Hong Kong 2013

We visited Hong Kong Disneyland at the perfect time. The park has just completed a three-land expansion to include Toy Story Land, Grizzly Gulch and Mystic Point in addition to the traditional lands of Tomorrow, Fantasy and Adventure. These three new lands are all exclusive to Hong Kong in some way. 

Toy Story Land was my favourite of the three new lands in terms of how extensively themed the land was. Although you don't see it in my pictures, bamboo is planted to act as giant blades of grass and every building and prop is designed to be oversized!

Now, you would think that in Toy Story Land, the rides should be rather tame and friendly. NOT!
Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop may never rival the Tower of Terror over at Disney's Hollywood Studios but it's still terrifying when you get up there and they jerk you up and down a few times before letting you float down. And the RC Racer in that last picture, looks manageable right? So manageable that you and your friend ask the cast member if you can take the next ride to sit in the front row. And then you spend the whole ride, one hand clutching to your spectacles terrified that they might fall off your face as you rush forward, one hand clutching the overhead safety belt, screaming your guts out! Yup, totally manageable!

(BTW, I may not sound like it but I love roller coasters! I am the girl who sat California Screamin' in the front row solo and did back to back rides on Space Mountain and Battlestar Galactica!)

This is Mystic Manor in Mystic Point (a world-exclusive land to Hong Kong for the time being) and it houses the best, yes the best, ride in all the Disney parks! Seriously, no kidding! The technology behind this new dark ride is absolutely amazing and like nothing else you have ever ridden. The ride is created from a new original story of Lord Henry Mystic acquiring a magic music box and his pet monkey Albert opening it and letting loose the magic through the manor full of exotic items collected from their travels. You can imagine the madness and mayhem that ensues!

Grizzly Gulch is Hong Kong's version of Frontierland, Critter Country and Grizzly Peak rolled into one little land. It's set in an abandoned mining town and was founded on supposedly the luckiest day of the year (for the Chinese at least), 8/8/1988.

Grizzly Gulch features the Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars that goes in and around Big Grizzly Mountain. I was expecting it to be like Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and it is but with a twist, it goes BACKWARDS sometimes. And guess where we were sitting, yup, the last seat!

A few more scenes of Disneyland - Tarzan's Treehouse, Cinderella Carousel, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Sleeping Beauty Castle (from Fantasyland) and exiting the Castle back towards Main Street.

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