Hong Kong Disneyland

This is the fifth theme park worldwide from Disney and it threw open its entertainment doors in September 2005. You'll find the crowds – both the locals and the tourists descending on it in droves at its location in Lantau Island in Penny's Bay. It's been built on land that's been reclaimed. Like the other Disneyland parks, there are themed parks here too and you'll find four of them – Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, Adventureland and Main Street, USA.


You'll find that it isn't spread out over a really wide area like the other Disney parks are but there seem to be expansion plans afoot and there is a lot you can do in the parks as they stand today. There have been recent additions like the UFO Cool Zone, Stitch Encounter and Autopia.

Like the other parks, you'll find Disney characters wandering around and they are a great source of amusement for the kids, not to mention being able to take photographs with them to preserve your memories of the time you spend there. You'll find all the sights from Paris and Anaheim - only in a setting where you will hear a lot of Chinese being spoken.

Fantasyland is as the name suggests, a land of enchantment and a drawbridge leads you to ‘once upon a time' land where everything just is meant to ‘live happily ever after'. The castle is the one where Sleeping Beauty lives. This is for the young at heart, a magical place where fairytales come to life, where wishes seem like they can't but come true. You'll also find Mickey's PhilharMagic, a wonderful 3-D experience and Winnie the Pooh with his Hunny Pot to take you through the Hundred Acre Wood. The kids of course love a spin on the Cinderella Carousel.

You can drive through Autopia in an electric car or pilot you flying saucer in Orbitron and of course you have the ever popular Buzz Lightyear Journey to Infinity and Beyond as well as the Mountain rollercoaster in Tomorrowland. Space Traffic Control where Stitch battles with his arch enemy Gantu in Stitch Encounter is a 4-D experience and another very popular destination. So is the new UFO Cool Zone where it's a waterworld of fun and the UFO stands for ‘unbelievably fun objects'.

Adventureland has its Tarzan Island and its Jungle River Cruise and one of the main attractions is the Festival of the Lion King at Theater in the Wild.

Main Street USA is very much like the one in California and you have the Paddy Wagon, the Omnibus and a theater. There's also a Disney Parade every day here as well as through Fantasyland.

In true 'perfect day' Disney tradition, the day explodes into a wonderful fireworks ending. The crowds throng to this entertainment hub and the company expects the visitors to go up to 10 million a year.


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