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May 3, 2008

Contemporary Resort Update -- The Wave & Construction

I decided today to eat at the Concourse Steakhouse one last time before it closes at the end of the month. When I was handed the menu the waitress told me that for the last several weeks, and for the few remaining, the chef is testing various new appetizers, entrees, and desserts that will be featured at the Wave Restaurant when it opens in June.

Today I tried their Roasted Corn Chowder. It was delicious. The roasted kernels gave the soup a nice smoky taste and the Applewood Bacon also added a rich flavor. Served on the side was a jalapeno corn muffin which was also tasty. I wasn't sure if I was supposed to dunk the muffin or eat it by itself, so I opted for the latter. Later, a manager told me the idea was to dunk it. Maybe next time.

Corn Chowder

I also tried one of their new desserts, the Crisp and Crunchy Trio. This consists of almond-pineapple-raisin baklava, vanilla-braised pineapple slices, and zucchini-carrot cake with vanilla panna cotta. I very much enjoyed the baklava and pineapple slices, but I thought the zucchini-carrot cake was rather dry. I think if they can add some moisture to the cake, they will have a nice dessert that satisfies one's sweet tooth, but doesn't overwhelm you with sugar.


Crisp Crunchy Trio

Also new on the menu were two new entrees. First, Linguini with Florida Littleneck Clams and Rock Shrimp, fresh Thyme, and chucky Tomato Broth. And, Spice-crusted Chicken Salad with Apples and crispy Polenta Croutons. I did not try either of these items so I can't comment on them.

Reservations are now being accepted for The Wave Restaurant starting on June 30th. It is possible that a "soft" opening may commence a few weeks prior to this date. My understanding is that the new menu is mostly complete, but they are testing and fine-tuning items in the Concourse Steakhouse until then. The Wave will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I hope to be there on opening day so watch for my review.

I also snapped a few pictures of the Kingdom Tower (a suspected, yet to be announced DVC property) under construction north of the Contemporary. Other than the fact that the building continues to climb higher and higher, the only new feature of interest is the walkway that will connect the Kingdom Tower to the fourth floor of the Contemporary. It's clearly visible and seems to snake around four giant pylons and looks like it will eventually be suspended by large cables. Time will tell.


Walkway at the Contemporary

Walkway at the Contemporary

Kingdom Tower at the Contemporary

May 11, 2008

Adventureland - Magic Kingdom - History Lesson

Q: Do you know why Adventureland is located on the west side of the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World?

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A: It's because Adventureland is located on the west side of Disneyland in Anaheim. When planning the Magic Kingdom, Imagineers used Disneyland's layout as a starting point when designing their new park.

Q: Do you know why Adventureland is located on the west side of Disneyland?

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A: Original plans called for the "True Life Adventures" (later to become the Adventureland) to be located on the east side of the park between Main Street and "World of Tomorrow" (later to become Tomorrowland). This can be seen in an early concept drawing by Herb Ryman.

Herb Ryman Concept Drawing Disneyland

But while surveying the orange groves that would eventually become Disneyland, planners found a windbreak of giant eucalyptus trees that had been planted around the turn of the century. Ironically, these trees helped determine the location of Main Street as it was decided that they would make a nice backdrop behind City Hall and help delineate between "civilization" and the "jungles of the world." Thus, Adventureland was moved to its current location on the west side of the park.

These trees, now over a hundred years old, are clearly visible in an early Disneyland postcard and are still visible today.


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May 15, 2008

1972 Magic Kingdom Walt Disney World Pictures - Part 1

Here we go again, another set of pictures taken in January, 1972.

These first two pictures were taken of the Indy Speedway from the Skyway. In the first picture, look to the left and you can see the 20,000 Leagues building. And if you look toward the back of the picture, you can see the monorail and steam train roundhouse.

Indy Speedway and Monorail Barn Disney World Tomorrowland 1973

In this next picture, look toward the center. You can see the monorail spur that runs to the roundhouse. Also notice the construction trailers. A lot of work was still underway in those early months. And the lack of landscaping was apparent everywhere.


Indy Speedway and Construction Trailers Disney World Tomorrowland 1973


This picture was taken from the steam train looking over vacant land. This land would one day be occupied by Splash Mountain and Thunder Mountain.

Future Home of Splash Mountain and Thunder Mountain Circa 1973


This picture was also taken from the steam train, a little further down the tracks. Notice the "Cabin on Fire" on Tom Sawyer Island. Construction had not even begun on the guest portions of the island, but Disney made sure there was something to see while riding the Joe Fowler steamboat - not much, but something.

Future Home of Tom Sawyer's Island, Disney World Circa 1973

This final picture was taken from the Skyway in Fantasyland, looking across an unfinished Tom Sawyer Island. You can see the steam train in the background.

Future Home of Tom Sawyer's Island, Disney World Circa 1973

May 22, 2008

1972 Magic Kingdom Walt Disney World Pictures - Part 2

This is my last set of January, 1972 pictures. I do have others, but they are of things that have changed very little over the years, such as Main Street and portions of Fantasyland, and really aren't of any historical interest. Enjoy!

This first picture is of the Haunted Mansion. The first interesting detail is the lack of trees. Although you can't see it in this picture, in the early years, the building that actually houses the attraction was visible from inside the park. Also notice that the queue doesn't have an awning over it. Remember, Walt Disney World was designed by people who lived in California. They hadn't yet learned that the sun is brutal in Florida, as are the rainstorms.

Haunted Mansion Magic Kingdom 1973

This next picture was taken from the Skyway of the Mad Tea Party. Notice that the teacups do not yet have a roof overhead. Same California designers.

Mad Tea Party Magic Kingdom 1973

The third picture is of the "Pearly Band." These entertainers were a regular fixture at Disneyland and then the Magic Kingdom after Mary Poppins debuted. If you remember, a "pearly band" played in the animated portion of the movie. I can't remember the last time I saw this group. They are playing in front of Mr. Toad's Wild Ride in Fantasyland, the current home of the Adventures of Winnie the Pooh attraction.

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This fourth picture, also taken from the Skyway, is of Tomorrowland under construction. The Carousel of Progress would eventually be built here. Like Disneyland in 1955, when the Magic Kingdom opened in 1971, Tomorrowland was just a shell of what it would finally become.


Future Home of the Carousel of Progress Magic Kingdom 1973

I took this final picture of a popcorn vendor because of the costume he was wearing. I had never seen this outfit as the Disneyland vendors wore different apparel. Eventually, this look would find its way to California. Like the pearly band, this costume is now just a memory.

Also notice the spires that marked the entrance to Tomorrowland. The design called for columns of water to cascade from these towers. However, even a slight breeze would send droplets all over the walkway and they were often turned off to save giving the guests a shower.

Tomorrowland Popcorn Vender Magic Kingdom 1973

May 24, 2008

Hong Kong Disneyland - "it's a small world"

I just got back from a two-week Asian Disney vacation. I flew to Hong Kong and spent three full days at Hong Kong Disneyland. Then I flew to Tokyo and spent seven full days at the Tokyo Disney Resort. Wow! I had a great trip.

This was my third visit to Tokyo Disneyland, my second visit to Tokyo DisneySea, and my first visit to Hong Kong Disneyland. Since I have visited the city of Hong Kong a couple of times on previous vacations and I lived in Yokohama for two years in my youth, I did not visit any of the traditional tourists' spots as I have already seen many of them. This was strictly a Disney vacation. Just for the record, I took 2,455 pictures. Thank goodness for digital cameras.

I will be posting a number of blogs in the days to come about my thoughts and adventures, but I want to start with a specific topic that has caused a lot of commotion on many Disney web-sites of late - "it's a small world."

Disney announced that they would be including Disney characters in Hong Kong's version of this classic attraction. They also announced that they would be updating Disneyland California's "small world." This has put many purists in a tizzy. "How can they tamper with a classic?" they ask.

I was fortunate to be able to ride Hong Kong's version just 12 days after it opened. I am happy to report that Disney did an excellent job of incorporating these new characters into the ride. You won't find Mickey and Minnie and Goofy. What you will find is Aladdin and Jasmine on a magic carpet in the Middle East section of the ride - stylized as "small world" dolls. In another scene, you'll find Mulan in the China section, once again, looking like a "Small World" doll, not like her animated, screen persona. In fact, if you didn't already know these characters so well, you'd never realize that they were any different than the rest of the dolls.

Another nice upgrade was a plaque at the entrance to each room stating the area of the world you would be sailing into next. Not that I ever had any trouble figuring this out, but now there is no doubt where you are.

I was extremely pleased with these upgrades and I'm glad Disney is changing California's version as well. Who knows, maybe Disney World will be next"

We were told that there were 38 Disney characters throughout the attraction. I think we found them all, but it took riding the attraction four times. Here are some pictures.

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Read my entire Hong Kong Disneyland Blog

its a small world

Overview Hong Kong Disneyland and Main Street

Hong Kong Disneyland Adventureland Part 1

Hong Kong Disneyland Adventureland Part 2

Hong Kong Disneyland The Hub and Fantasyland

Hong Kong Disneyland Tomorrowland and Disney on Parade

Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel

Hollywood Hotel at Hong Kong Disneyland

May 26, 2008

Hong Kong Disneyland Overview and Main Street Part 2

I visited Hong Kong Disneyland (HKDL) for my first time a couple of weeks ago. I'd like to share some of my thoughts and impressions. Warning, I may talk about certain attractions in some detail so I'm issuing a blanket "spoiler alert" right from the beginning.

For those of you who don't know, HKDL was built on reclaimed land in Penny Bay on Lantau Island. It is jointly owned by the Walt Disney Company and the Government of Hong Kong and opened to visitors on September 12, 2005.

Here is an aerial picture of the park and hotels under construction. Virtually all of the acreage you see between those two hills and jutting out into the bay is reclaimed land.

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The park has four lands, Main Street, Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, and Adventureland. There is currently no Frontierland. The park's capacity is 34,000, but I'd be horrified to see that many people in this small park. To date, the park has not been meeting its forecasted attendance which is causing some tension between Disney and the City of Hong Kong. A friend of mine, who visits regularly, told me that I would have the park to myself as it is rarely busy.

I spent three days here. The first day was Mother's Day so the park was rather crowded. The second day was a Buddhist holiday, so once again, the park was teeming. There were no holidays on my final day so I finally had the park to myself. Yea!

The park also has a transportation center that features a public train station, a parking lot, and resort bus parking.

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This transportation center connects to the park via a beautifully landscaped, brick walkway. I'm guessing this walkway is at least a half-mile long. Along the way you'll be greeted by an overhead sign welcoming you to Disneyland. You'll also see a beautiful fountain that has Mickey surfing atop a whale's spout, surrounded by Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, and Pluto engaged in various water related sports.

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Eventually you'll come to the ticket booths. One-day ticket prices vary depending on when you visit. A "regular day" ticket costs approximately $38 and "peak" and "special" day tickets sell for approximately $45.

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Everything at HKDL is presented in three languages, Mandarin, Cantonese, and English. Since Hong Kong was a British colony for a hundred years, most of the cast members speak fair to excellent English. Communication is not a problem.

I also noticed that many of the cast member's name tags featured "western" names like Jane, Mary, or Robert. Since these people were obviously Chinese, I asked one of the hostesses in City Hall why this was. She told me it was her "Christian" name. That many of the residents in Hong Kong pick a western name for ease of use when dealing with non-Chinese. She assured me that she had a Chinese name as well.

As you enter the park, you'll see the Train Station, which bears a striking resemblance to the one in Disneyland California. That's because Main Street and the castle are virtual copies of their American counterpart.

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I knew in advance that HKDL didn't have nearly as many attractions as the other Disneylands and the Magic Kingdom, but I wasn't prepared for how small the park feels. I've read that it's actually 100 acres, but it doesn't feel that way.

As I mentioned earlier, Main Street is almost a carbon copy of Disneyland in California. There are two notable exceptions. First, you'll find a bandstand in the plaza where character meet-and-greets take place. The other exception is the lack of horse-drawn trolleys down the center of the street. However, the omnibus, fire truck, and other old-time vehicles still ply the road.

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Besides the Main Street Vehicles, the only other attractions on Main Street are the "Disneyland Story" and the "Disneyland Railroad." The Disneyland Story was a bit of a disappointment. It's located in the Opera House and all it is, is a collection of pictures of the park during its planning stages and construction. I doubt that I spent 5 minutes in here. I plan to do an in-depth blog about the Disney steam trains worldwide in the weeks to come so I'll skip Hong Kong's train for the moment.

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Just like the other Main Streets around the world, Hong Kong's version is a collection of shops and eateries. For the most part, the merchandise is the same stuff you'll find here at Disney World, except it says Hong Kong.

At the end of Main Street you'll find two restaurants, the Plaza Inn on the left and the Main Street Corner Café on the right. The outside of the Plaza Inn is "all American" but on the inside it's decorated in a Chinese motif as it serves Cantonese cuisine. The Corner Café serves international and Chinese dishes. I ate at the latter and was satisfied with my meal - nothing special. (To be honest, I ate at so many Disney restaurants during the last two weeks, I don't even remember what I ordered here.)

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Here are a few more pictures of Main Street. Stay tuned for my next blog about Adventureland.

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Main Street Hong Kong Disneyland

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Main Street Hong Kong Disneyland

Main Street Hong Kong Disneyland

Main Street Hong Kong Disneyland

Main Street Hong Kong Disneyland

Main Street Hong Kong Disneyland


Read my entire Hong Kong Disneyland Blog

its a small world

Overview Hong Kong Disneyland and Main Street

Hong Kong Disneyland Adventureland Part 1

Hong Kong Disneyland Adventureland Part 2

Hong Kong Disneyland The Hub and Fantasyland

Hong Kong Disneyland Tomorrowland and Disney on Parade

Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel

Hollywood Hotel at Hong Kong Disneyland

Hong Kong Disneyland – Adventureland Part 1

Warning, there will be spoilers in this article.


Adventurland Entrance Hong Kong Disneyland


Adventureland takes up the entire west side of Hong Kong Disneyland. There is no Frontierland here and to my eye, no place to put one. In their desperation to inflate the number of attractions in the park, Disney claims that there are five in Adventureland, but to my count, there are only three. I'll tackle these one at a time.

The first exaggeration of an attraction is the "Liki Tikis." The guide map says, "Sway to the beat of jungle rhythms pounded out by these 'leaky' tiki poles"


Liki Tikis Hong Kong Disneyland


These tikis are simply a redesign of the tikis that stand in the Magic Kingdom's Adventureland -- and they aren't considered an attraction in Orlando, simply a bit of atmosphere. But in Hong Kong they're considered an attraction.

This area also has some drums where children can beat out a tune and a nice view of the Jungle River Cruise attraction. This is a pleasant spot to sit and relax, but could hardly be called an attraction.


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The Jungle River Cruise is an interesting reworking of a perennial favorite.


Jungle River Cruise Hong Kong Disneyland

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Picture Tom Sawyer Island in the Magic Kingdom. Now picture the Jungle Cruise boats circling this island, except with a tropical theme. There you have it - a new Jungle Cruise ride.


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Language also plays a part in this attraction. There are three lines for boarding, one for speakers of Mandarin, one for Cantonese, and one for English.


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A sign states that one line may look longer than another, but they all move at the same speed. For the most part, this is true. If the queue for a particular language (say English) starts to get longer than the others, they simply assign an English-speaking skipper to the next couple of boats until the lines even out.

I rode the Jungle River Cruise three times and had three different experiences, all influenced by how well my skipper spoke English. In one case, my skipper's accent was heavy and it was difficult to understand much of what he said. On another trip, the skipper spoke flawless English and he understood the jokes he was to tell and communicated them well. However, in every case, I had an enjoyable experience no matter how good or bad the skipper's language skills were.

The Jungle River Cruise has many of the same props and scenes as its American counterparts. The notable exception is that Schweitzer Falls and the indoor temple are missing.


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The Jungle River Cruise does have a finale that our Jungle Cruise does not.

Spoiler ahead.

The boat navigates down a narrow passageway when all of a sudden, our route is blocked by an erupting geyser.


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Just in the nick of time, we make a sudden turn to the right and are confronted with another geyser blocking our path and an evil-looking, monster-like rock formation. Smoke and steam start to spew from the crevices and then flames explode from the rock's mouth. Just when you think all is lost, we escape in the nick of time. Whew.


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Another difference with this Jungle Cruise is that you get wet. Those elephants that just miss you in the American versions are a little more devilish here and seem to hit their mark. Don't worry, it's only a sprinkle.


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Personally, I prefer the American versions of this attraction to Hong Kong's. But this is strictly subjective. I know others who feel that Hong Kong has made some nice upgrades, enough to make it better than ours.

Next I'll talk more about Adventureland.


Read my entire Hong Kong Disneyland Blog

its a small world

Overview Hong Kong Disneyland and Main Street

Hong Kong Disneyland Adventureland Part 1

Hong Kong Disneyland Adventureland Part 2

Hong Kong Disneyland The Hub and Fantasyland

Hong Kong Disneyland Tomorrowland and Disney on Parade

Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel

Hollywood Hotel at Hong Kong Disneyland

May 28, 2008

Hong Kong Disneyland - Adventureland Part 2

Adventureland in Hong Kong Disneyland


The next two attractions in Adventureland are "Rafts to Tarzan's Treehouse" and "Tarzan's Treehouse." Disney counts these as two distinct attractions, but I have a problem with this. Since all you can do once you've ridden the rafts is visit the treehouse (and you must ride the rafts in order to experience the treehouse), I hardly feel you can separate the two. But once again, Disney is desperate to increase their attraction count in Hong Kong.


Treehouse Hong Kong Disneyland


The rafts are the same make and model as the ones we ride to get to Tom Sawyer Island. The only difference, the rafts here bear the names of Kala and Terk. The dock is uninspired and there is no shade for the queue.

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Once you reach the island, you walk through a grotto-like area with waterfalls and lush foliage. You even pass by an audioanimatronic baby elephant that squirts water. This is a nice touch.


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I liked Tarzan's Treehouse. I have never believed that all rides need to be of the "E" ticket caliber and this attraction proves my point. It's pleasant to look at from afar. Almost anyone can enjoy it. It's simple. And it will make you smile. What more do you need?


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When I first saw Tarzan's Treehouse at Disneyland California, I wished that Disney would upgrade the Swiss Family version here in Florida. Kids today aren't familiar with the Swiss Family Robinson movie. They are with Tarzan.

The final attraction in Adventureland is "Festival of the Lion King." Before I talk about the Hong Kong version, I'd like to give you a little history lesson.


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When Disney was planning the Animal Kingdom, their plans called for "Beastly Kingdom." This was going to be the land where mythical beasts lived and played. But pesky budgets got in the way and it was decided to hold off building this area until a later date. In the meantime, Disney decided to build Camp Minnie-Mickey as a sort of place holder. This would help give the park a more complete look at opening, could be built relatively cheaply, and would eventually be removed once Beastly Kingdom was given the green light. Thus was born the Festival of the Lion King.

Theatrical shows are generally cheaper to put together than building a full-fledged ride. And to save even more money, Disney used old parade floats from Disneyland California. They also built an open-air theater. Why build walls if you're just going to tear them down at a later date? And finally, they used relatively inexpensive bench seating on risers. In the scheme of theme park attractions, it wasn't a major investment to build the Festival of the Lion King theater.

What Disney didn't bargain for was this show becoming the major crowd-pleaser it became. As Beastly Kingdom was moved further back on the burner, the Festival of the Lion King's popularity continued to grow. Eventually it was decided to enclose the theater (thank goodness) and I have no idea what would happen if Disney ever did decide to go ahead with Beastly Kingdom. There would be a major outcry if they ever contemplated removing this popular show.

Since the Hong Kong version of this show was intended to be permanent, Disney pulled out all the stops when building this theater. First, the theater was enclosed right from the start. Next, the floats were custom built, not leftovers. And finally, the actual stage area is spectacular.

The basic layout of the theater is the same as the Animal Kingdom's - a theater in the round. And like Florida, the four floats enter from two sides and take their place around the theater. But their entrance is a little more spectacular. As each float enters, it rotates and pivots before finding its spot. These floats are not on fixed tracks so they have a freedom of movement not available in the Animal Kingdom.

The stage in the center of the theater is fantastic! During the show it frequently rotates and rises in three concentric circles as the dance numbers demand. This effect is used well and adds a nice flair to the show.


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Unlike the Animal Kingdom's version, which is just a "celebration" of the Lion King, the Hong Kong version tries to tell the story of Simba. And instead of four leading actors, the Hong Kong show only has one. A leading lady introduces the show (in English), sings, and tells the story. She also has two monkey-like sidekicks by her side who translate the story into Chinese.

To be honest, I think this is where the Hong Kong show falls short. Even if you're extremely familiar with the story of the Lion King, following their telling is difficult. I much prefer the Animal Kingdom's "celebration."

The Hong Kong version does not have the Tumble Monkeys, which I missed. But they have retained the "flying bird" portion of the show (albeit shorter) and they have two fire twirlers, which are more impressive than our one. In addition, the stage itself adds some fire effects while the actors are tossing their batons.

The finale of the show is great. All four floats move to the center of the stage and turn to face the audience. Then the entire stage rotates and you can see each float pass in front of you. This is very impressive!


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Another interesting thing about the shows in Hong Kong" If a performance is scheduled to start at 14:00 (they use the 24-hour clock here), they will tell you to arrive at the theater at 13:50 - just 10 minutes before the show. That's when they open the doors and they are able to seat the entire theater in just 10 minutes. I liked this a lot. I hate having to arrive at a show an hour early, then sit in the theater for another 30 minutes waiting for it to start.

There are two restaurants in Adventureland, the Tahitian Terrace and the River View Café. The Tahitian Terrace is a counter service restaurant and serves Southeast Asian cuisine like barbecued noodles and wok dishes. A close observer will notice a number of tiki gods scattered around the restaurant. These tikis are the same ones that entertain guests in the preshow area of the Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland California.


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The River View Café is a full service restaurant and sits across from the Jungle River Cruise. Despite its name, very little of the river can be seen from the dining room. It is an open air restaurant and serves meals form Southeast Asia and several regions in China. I ate lunch here one day and it was definitely the best meal I had at Hong Kong Disneyland.


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I also noticed that much of the background music playing in Adventureland is the same music you hear in the Animal Kingdom.

Next I'll be talking about Fantasyland.


Read my entire Hong Kong Disneyland Blog

its a small world

Overview Hong Kong Disneyland and Main Street

Hong Kong Disneyland Adventureland Part 1

Hong Kong Disneyland Adventureland Part 2

Hong Kong Disneyland The Hub and Fantasyland

Hong Kong Disneyland Tomorrowland and Disney on Parade

Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel

Hollywood Hotel at Hong Kong Disneyland

May 30, 2008

Hong Kong The Hub and Fantasyland

Before entering Fantasyland, let's start in the Hub.

One of the first things you might notice is that the Partners statue (Walt & Mickey) is not present here like it is in Florida, California, and Tokyo. In Paris it's located in the Walt Disney Studios instead of Disneyland. I don't know if Disney has plans to add it in the future, but for the time being, Hong Kong is missing Walt.

The Hub is also home to Snow White Grotto. Once again, in Disney's desire to inflate the number of attractions in this park, the Snow White Grotto is listed. The Snow White Grotto also exists in Disneyland California (in the same relative location) and in Tokyo Disneyland. Neither of these parks lists it as an attraction.


Snow White's Grotto Hong Kong Disneyland


Sleeping Beauty Castle (also counted as an attraction) is a carbon copy of the one in Disneyland California. The one exception, this castle does not have a walk-thru depicting the story of Sleeping Beauty. However, from what I understand, the walk-thru in California has been permanently closed for security reasons. Once again, to list this as an attraction is stretching it. There is absolutely nothing to experience with the castle except to walk through it.


Hong Kong Disneyland Sleeping Beauty Castle


Hong Kong Fantasyland has the following attractions:

Mickey's PhillharMagic: Although housed in a different building, the attraction is identical to the Magic Kingdom's and is presented in English.


Mickey's PhillharMagic Hong Kong Disneyland


Dumbo The Flying Elephant: This attraction is a copy of the ride at Disneyland.

Dumbo The Flying Elephant Hong Kong Disneyland


Cinderella Carousel:

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Fantasy Gardens: This is a character meet-and-greet area. A number of paths wind through topiary of Fantasia characters and lead to a number of covered gazebo-like pavilions where you can have your picture taken with Mickey and the gang.


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Fantasy Gardens Hong Kong Disneyland

Fantasy Gardens Hong Kong Disneyland


Mad Hatter Tea Cups:


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The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: This is the only "dark" ride in Fantasyland and it's almost an exact copy of the one in the Magic Kingdom, even down to the picture of Toad handing Owl the deed to the property. The only difference I could detect is instead of the elephant blowing a smoke-ring at you in the "Heffalumps and Woozles" room, your picture is taken.


Winnie the Pooh Hong Kong Disneyland


it's a small world: This attraction is located outside of the train that circles the park, similar to Toontown at Disneyland California. See my first Hong Kong blog for more information about this attraction.

Walkway to Small World Hong Kong Disneyland

Small World Hong Kong Disneyland

Small World Hong Kong Disneyland


Fantasyland Train Station:


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The Golden Mickeys: This show was originally presented on the Disney Cruise Line and a modified version was created for Hong Kong Disneyland. It is staged in the Storybook Theater and is presented in Cantonese, with simplified Chinese and English subtitles. In essence, this is an awards show giving recognition for heroism and romance. Numbers from Hunchback of Notre Dame, Tarzan, Mulan, Lilo & Stitch, The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast are presented. All of the songs are in English. The show is approximately 30 minutes long.


Golden Mickeys Hong Kong Disneyland

This is a great show and plays to packed houses. I saw it twice and it was just as enjoyable the second time around.

There are two eateries in Fantasyland, The Royal Banquet Hall and Clopin's Festival of Fools. Both are counter service establishments. I ate at both of them. They were fine, but nothing out of the ordinary. The Royal Banquet Hall is exceptionally beautiful.


Royal Banquet Hall Hong Kong Disneyland

Royal Banquet Hall Hong Kong Disneyland

Clopin's Festival of Fools


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About May 2008

This page contains all entries posted to The “World” According to Jack in May 2008. They are listed from oldest to newest.

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