Written by the Warrior
If Hong Kong were a movie, it would be critically acclaimed for its culinary achievements, its impressive skyline, its efficient transportation system, its world-class museums, all the shopping you can do…
And its cool martial arts scene!
Being home to one of America’s most iconic characters is usually a surprise to people.
Readers of my blog will know that I have not exactly been a fan of this global enterprise. In fact, I have ranted my reasons in my blog post about Universal Studios in Florida. But alas, when you travel with young children, invariably, you end up at the MTR Sunny Bay Station, boarding a train with mouse shaped windows.
Hong Kong Disneyland is located on Lantau Island, over coastal land reclaimed from the harbour (thus adding their part, to the plight of the pink dolphins). It is a much smaller version of the US theme parks and consists of 6 major attraction zones, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, Toy Story Land, Mystic Point, Grizzly Gulch and Adventureland.
Because people go to Florida to visit Disney, where people go to Hong Kong to visit Hong Kong, rather than Hong Kong Disneyland – in one of the most densely populated places in the world, ironically, their Disney theme park is far less crowded than their American Counter parts, even around Christmas time, especially on a weekday.
We even managed to sign the Dragon and the Tiger Princess up for Jedi training! We even got to see the spectacular Lion King show! In addition to cruising to Tarzan’s tree house, parachuting like toy soldiers, meeting one of our most favourite Star Wars characters, and blasting our way our of hyper space mountain.
Despite all my opinions and judgements, that night, as I held the Tiger Princess in my arms, watching fire works over Sleeping Beauty’s castle, I felt, for the very first time, the magic of Disney.
Still, I’m not planning on heading back there any time soon. Once is more than plenty!