There are hardly a few people in this world who do not miss their childhood and the freedom it provided. A place to forget all your worries and leave back all the problems can be found in the magical world of the Disneyland. A visit to this fairyland truly takes you to your dream world where there are no deadlines to be met or any kind of restrictions on your mind. The grand welcome by the beloved clubhouse characters ensures that your journey has begun with a smile and that this smile stays till you come out of the park. You are free to behave like a kid here! The Honk Kong Disneyland is located in Penny’s Bay, Lantau Island. Consisting of seven themed areas, namely, Mystic Point, Toystoryland, Adventureland, Grizzly Gulch, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland and Main street USA, this amusement park is the 14th most visited themed parks in the world. Full with merriment and an enthralling energy, this place truly amuses you from the inside out.
Main Street USA
Designed as the replica of the Mid-west towns from the 20th century, this place transports you back to the yesteryears. Inspired by the place of Walt Disney’s hometown (Missouri), the place reminds you of the golden era when your grandparents where still kids. With asphalt streets and the buildings adjacent to it, the Main Street USA also sports the vehicles from the olden times including the carriages, a train, an omnibus, as well as a fire engine. These vehicles then take you out for a joy ride throughout the Main Street USA. It also has the Disneyland gallery housed in the lobby of Main Street which displays all the original maps, drawings and videos that were taken during the making of the park. For food, this place shelters a bakery and the Plaza Inn, which mimics the classical Chinese eatery.
From the olden times you can directly jump to the future here. Filled with aliens, spaceships, UFOs and the cartoon character Stitch, this place is the epitome of creativity and imagination. With wondrous things to experience for kids as well as adults the place offers you an array of rides which include the encounter with Stitch, laser games, rocket journey and an indoor roller coaster which makes sure you get butterflies in your stomach as a result of the mind boggling speeds and the sound effects accompanied with it. Taking you through the galaxies and arranging a meets with the aliens and planets, this section needs to be visited by all the young and old astronauts to be.
A favorite of girls especially and regardless of their age, the land mesmerizes one and all. Grown up listening to stories of these characters, every child gets to meet their favorite character here. Situated behind the Sleeping Beauty castle, this place is full of enchanting things that we heard and imagined during our childhood. The architecture and the rides here are a treat for your eyes. The rides include Alice in Wonderland; where cards come to life, Mad Tea party with the cups that give you a break dancing experience, a cinema hall where you get to evidence a live story telling performance by the characters, Peter’s pan ride, Pinocchio; a wooden puppet show, a roller coaster (Matterhon Bobsleds), King Arthur carousel; where you ride on horses manually carved during the 19th century, Jumbo the flying elephant and the list goes on. Obviously you cannot miss out on meeting the three beautiful princesses which greet you in the Royal Hall.
Set amidst the serenity of the mountains and the towns, this section tries to replicate the old towns and abandoned mines. In the shape of the head of a grizzly bear, the Grizzly Mountain forms the centerpiece of this section. With a geyser that bubbles up from the ground and a welcome wagon show for all its visitors, the section is lively and exciting throughout its extension. A ramble through the old mines in the mining cars is as exhilarating as it sounds. The addition of animatronics with huge bears seen during your journey through the mountains is the bonus that this theme ride gives you. The Grizzly Gulch also has a jail, a nugget place and a dry store which sells almost everything you need there.
Covered in lush green trees, this section takes you on a safari through the forests of the Wild West the non-American totem poles, tribal masks; statues of exotic animals personify the beauty of this jungle themed park. Cruising through the jungle in a wooden boat, nestling down in the Tarzan’s tree house, visiting the Enchanted Tiki Room and last but not the least the adventure ride of Indiana Jones are enough to give you a hair-raising experience. The place also has Bengal Barbecue, a juice bar and tropical imports for refreshments.
Kind of a role reversal when you become a teeny toy in the hands of the toys that you play with at your home, this place is made especially for the kids. With characters from the famous ‘Toy Story’ movies, it sports the enlarged characters of Woody Rex, Luxo Jr. and a huge plane. RC Racer, a ride here, takes you to heights of about 27m from on tip of a horse show to the other. Another fun ride is the Parachute drop which feels as if you are hanging on to one of the parachutes of Andy’s troops. Even the Slinky Dog is hilarious to sit in when it keeps chasing its tail and takes you round and round about the same place.
With supernatural forces around you and the magical things happening in front of your eyes, this section holds a lot of secrets. Encompassed by dense rain forests, the Mystic Point features the Mystic Manor, a haunted mansion through which you have to travel in a trackless car and experience the mysterious events taking place in your vicinity. Based on the story of Lord Henry Mystic and his monkey Albert, who wanted to live in the peaceful tropical forests and therefore built a Victorian style mansion, this expedition delivers you in the exact same scenario. With the forests around and the mansion in the middle, exploring this place is an astoundingly creepy yet enchanting experience.
The Honk Kong Disneyland might not have met its target visiting population as of yet, but it surely has maintained its targeted quality service to all its fans. Keeping the safety in mind, the park has always been well managed and organized. The park manages to give you back the millions of childhood memories that otherwise would never come to your mind. Nothing to lose out on and a true value for money trip, Disneyland in Honk Kong is always a favorite of the young ones and the young-ones-at-heart!