Photo TR: Adam's Return to Japan & 1st visit to Hong Kong

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Re: Photo TR: Adam's Return to Japan & 1st visit to Hong Kon

Postby bert425 » Thu Jan 02, 2020 12:15 pm

I don't know that I'll ever make it to HKDL, so thanks so much for sharing the experience with us.

really have enjoyed following along,and the Marvel stuff looks like a great fit there at the park.
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Re: Photo TR: Adam's Return to Japan & 1st visit to HKFD1

Postby jedimaster1227 » Wed Jan 15, 2020 7:33 am

In putting this final day's report together I came to realize that I took a lot more photos on my last day than I originally imagined, so the final day will be split in two so as to not overwhelm the report... As it turns out, Hong Kong Disneyland simply is worth the extra photos!

With a full day ahead of us, we had a good deal more time to experience a lot of the smaller attractions, while revisiting our two favorites from the day before. Hong Kong Disneyland is more full of things to do than I imagined. By the end of the day, we still missed a few experiences that we had to choose to skip in favor of revisiting Mystic Manor and Big Grizzly Mountain.
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We started our morning at Dragon Wind for breakfast... The beauty of the park not opening until 10:00 AM is that you can still sleep a decent amount, get a quality breakfast and make your way to the park for rope drop at a leisurely pace.
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Breakfast at Dragon Wind includes a photo op with Mickey and Minnie!
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Breakfast in Hong Kong is a little different than at home, but I don't mind!
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Soup and dumplings for breakfast!
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There were a few options for more Western palates, but I didn't mind enjoying steam buns and egg rolls for breakfast.
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The interior of Dragon Wind reminded me a lot of the interior of the Sunnyside Cafe at the Toy Story Hotel at Shanghai Disneyland.
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I appreciate that the Explorers Lodge has so many gardens to enjoy around the resort.
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Such a unique resort!
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Best resort gift shop is best!
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Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle was the newest attraction during our visit, having just opened a week earlier.
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Similar but different.
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It was a bit of a foggy morning...
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Little castle in the process of growing up.
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As part of the Carnivale of Stars event at the park, a family would be selected each morning for rope drop to help open the park. What the family didn't know was that Chip & Dale would join them for the opening moment!
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It was such a cute experience!
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Time for some Marvel-in-Disney appreciation.
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I was really eager to see a modern Star Tours attraction designed to not be Star Wars in operation.
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The queue for Iron Man Experience is filled with Marvel Cinematic Universe connections.
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While the events of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are not beholden to what happens in the Marvel theme park universe, it does leverage the Marvel Cinematic Universe to do a lot of the setup with familiar characters (and actors) in this side-set canon.
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These will be important for later...
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A look at the Iron Wing, the Marvel equivalent to the Starspeeder 1000/3000.
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The station features a similar layout to that of Disneyland's Star Tours.
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The pre-show video helps to set up that you'll be boarding the Iron Wing.
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Each Iron Wing is equipped with its own Arc Reactor power source.
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With all Marvel experiences in the park tied into the same Stark Expo story, Iron Man Experience actually references the Iron Man meet & greet experience next door in the middle of the ride.
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Probably the best 3D moment I've experienced on a simulator attraction.
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I love these posters!
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These too!
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The integration of the meet & greet experience with the ride is really clever!
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Iron Man's entrance is a fantastic effect!
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I gasped.
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Iron Man speaks in English while the host speaks in Mandarin. The experience was fantastic!
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I've now met Spider-Man, Captain America and Iron Man at the parks overseas. This was easily my favorite experience of the three.
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Space Mountain is operating as Hyperspace Mountain in Tomorrowland.
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For Larry.
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There's a full size X-Wing fighter parked near the entrance of the attraction.
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RIP Admiral Ackbar.
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I had to do a double-take when looking at this structure above the loading station for Space Mountain. As it turns out, this hung in the atrium of the Ventureport at DisneyQuest in Chicago. When this location closed in September 2001, salvageable elements were sent to other parks around the world. The former Cyberspace Mountain pods briefly operated at Walt Disney Studios Park Paris.
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Command Post is a meet & greet location for Star Wars characters on the side of Hyperspace Mountain.
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Easter fun in Tomorrowland.
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it's a small world at Hong Kong Disneyland definitely has the best backdrop of them all.
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Quite possibly one of the best themes possible for a quick service venue.
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If you've been on the one in Shanghai or Florida, you've been on this one.
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Still a fun ride.
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When you're here, you're here.
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I was pleased to find the equivalent of the Epcot Jammitors performing in Fantasyland during our visit.
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No great moments with Mr. Lincoln here.
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Time for some lunch!
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Any guess where we could be?
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Crystal Lotus is the name, and Disney Dim Sum is the game!
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Re: Photo TR: Adam's Return to Japan & 1st visit to HKFD2

Postby jedimaster1227 » Wed Jan 15, 2020 7:33 am

(Continued)
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Stages of Adam consuming a dim sum guppy...
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I don't flatter myself.

This was the Twin Fish Dumplings in Lotus Pond, by the way.
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These Star Wars Baked Egg Custard Puff were among our favorite bites of the meal.
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We might've ordered a lot of food... We might've.
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The Baymax Bun was filled with some form of shellfish and it was a delicious as it was cute.
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Little Green Men Pork and Vegetable Bun were spinach and mushroom heavy, so it was right up my alley.
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A closer look at the Baymax Buns.
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The Three Little Pigs Barbecue Pork Bun were filled with exactly what you'd expect, and they were our favorites of the meal.
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The Mickey’s Seafood Glutinous Pancake (With Hot Sauce) option was pretty awesome too, though it wasn't at all what I expected.
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It was time to head back to the park after a delicious lunch... And with Soundsational being one of my favorite parades of all time, I was thrilled to get a chance to see Flights of Fantasy, the parade whose underliner inspired the soundtrack for Soundsational.
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The Disneyland Band follows the lead float of the parade which adds a fun energy to the experience.
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The floats feature some really great designs!
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Hi Elissa!
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The Winnie the Pooh segment of the parade is really awesome!
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Look at this float!
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I love when floats feature bungee acrobats.
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Pretty.
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The Jungle Book/Lion King float was really neat too.
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I love how popular Stitch is in Asia.
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Toy Story is beloved everywhere.
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Tarzan's Treehouse is a major focal point of Adventureland at Hong Kong Disneyland.
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It essentially serves as the Tom Sawyer Island-style experience for this park.
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Time for something familiar but different...
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This Jungle Cruise (known as Jungle River Cruise at Hong Kong Disneyland) features some unique elements and architecture throughout the voyage.
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Some gags are universal.
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Now for a different experience onboard...
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The fiery/foggy/smokey finale is definitely unique.
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It is a good sauna-style engulfing of steam that certainly takes you by surprise.
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Fun and different.
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For Larry.
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Is that a Tiki Room I spy?
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Well no... But the Tahitian Terrace is a Tiki Room-inspired quick service eatery in Adventureland, complete with Rolly Crump's signature Tiki Garden designs featured throughout the grounds.
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Mickey and the Wondrous Book had been highly recommended everywhere I researched, so I was eager to see this one in person.
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Especially nice for English speaking travelers, the show features a live translation of any Mandarin-spoken dialogue in the show.
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This is one colorful show!
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It was neat to see Merida featured in the show, and even more cool to hear her sing Touch the Sky live.
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I absolutely love when The Princess and the Frog is featured in shows. It is my favorite animated Disney film, and it is rich with vibrant imagery and music perfect for the stage.
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Frozen is featured as well.
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Especially cool is the use of the Happily Ever After theme song from the titular fireworks spectacular at the Magic Kingdom in Florida.
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Our last new it's a small world...
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Some fun and unique scenes inside...
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Like the others recently added, this version features Disney characters embedded in their appropriate region.
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Cinderella and Prince Charming.
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Wendy and Peter Pan.
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Proper representation found!
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Aladdin, Jasmine and Abu!
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Mary Blair's gorgeous styles shine through after all these years.
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Friends from The Lion King.
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It amazes me that this gag still exists.
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Pocahontas!
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Re: Photo TR: Adam's Return to Japan & 1st visit to HKFD3

Postby jedimaster1227 » Tue Feb 18, 2020 11:57 am

And so our journey began to near its end... Our final day in Hong Kong was nearly over and with that it was time to start making our way home. For the last half of our full day at Hong Kong Disneyland, we worked to get a few more shows in, to try to experience as many of the unique rides in the park as possible, and of course, squeeze in as many repeat rides on Mystic Manor and Big Grizzly Mountain as we could before the end of the night!
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I love the America section of Hong Kong's it's a small world.
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The Chinese section of it's a small world is the largest of any version around the world, and this one represents Hong Kong most distinctly.
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Mary Blair visuals are timeless to this date.
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Classic.
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The Leaky Tikis were an opening day at Hong Kong Disneyland.
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Similar but different.
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Jungle River Cruise at Hong Kong Disneyland is offered in three languages with three separate queues to ensure you board the right boat.
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Hong Kong Disneyland might have my favorite redemption games I've seen in a Disney Park.
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So much fun!
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Spoiler alert: I didn't do well.
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But we did well enough to get a ton of pins!
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I wasn't aware that I needed Hong Kong Disneyland Bubble Waffles in my life until moments after this photo was taken... But now it is among the highest ranking things I want from Hong Kong right now.
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I love how popular Moana is in Hong Kong!
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Best Coca-Cola vending machine is best.
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Moana: A Homecoming Celebration is a fun show which retells the events of the film with Moana and a series of polynesian performers.
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It is quite interesting.
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Te Kā!
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Quite a different view than what I'm used to!
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Dedication plaque credit acquired!
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A closer look at the English side...
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I might have started sweating from my eyes when I saw this...
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Also this.
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Festival of The Lion King is Hong Kong Disneyland's version of the hit Animal Kingdom show...
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In many ways it is very similar to the original show, but its unique theater flooring/staging/set pieces differentiate it.
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I honestly love this version even more than the one in Florida.
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Serious chills during the finale.
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The section floats move automatically in synchronization with the center stage and it is a jaw-dropping effect.
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You head this way to visit three of the park's newest lands...
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Hello beautiful!
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Disney details!
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Time for some POV shots... Was this taken forwards or backwards? I honestly can't remember.
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This light hill scene is incredibly effective and tons of fun!
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Guess I was going forwards last time because now I'm going backwards!
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Switch track time!
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Best bear animatronics are best!
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For Larry...
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The park takes on new life when the sun sets...
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Time for the best Disney attraction in existence...
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So much detail...
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I saw this model at the D23 Expo years before the ride opened. I love that it found a home in the queue for Mystic Manor.
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I love how WDI leans on the World's Fairs as periods for storytelling...
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SEA connections...
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Mary Oceaneer is also referenced onboard the Disney Cruise Line ships...
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There is so much to love about Mystic Manor.
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The animatronics and the effects are next level.
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One of my favorite gags of the entire attraction...
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Brilliant.
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So simply achieved but so effective!
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Unreal how good this works...
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Blink and you'll miss it. The snakes actually break away from the flat surface to give this gag a three dimensional effect.
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Re: Photo TR: Adam's Return to Japan & 1st visit to HKFD4

Postby jedimaster1227 » Tue Feb 18, 2020 11:58 am

(Continued)
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Albert is the best.
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So much happens on this ride in such a short span of time.
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In lieu of singing busts, the singing suits of armor do a great job.
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Love this!
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I could live in this section of the ride.
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I adore the use of Rolly Crump tiki designs as inspiration for these figures in the attraction!
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The show scenes throughout this ride are all amazing.
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The finale in the Chinese gallery is amazing!
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Some of the most fun effects I've experienced on a ride before.
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Brilliant.
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It ends where it all began...
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What a perfect attraction!
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I wish this was closer to home!
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A nod to the Haunted Mansion featured in the Mystic Manor entrance/exit rooms.
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I love that there are so many glow in the dark options in the The Archive Shop in Mystic Point.
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Time for one more ride on Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle!
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We both honestly loved this new take on a Disney shooting dark ride.
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So fun!
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We made one final photo lap to take in the park after dark before making our way out...
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Tomorrowland in Hong Kong Disneyland has several unique structures...
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Like this one.
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I love the look of the expanding Stark Expo campus.
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Ant-Man and The Wash: Nano Battle is a really solid addition to the park!
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For Larry...
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Space Mountain, similar but different.
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Stuck in Hyperspace...
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Astroblasters poster found!
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Similar but different!
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Citizen is a newer sponsor of the Disney parks, but their impact on clocks throughout the park has begun to be felt subtly.
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I can't wait to return!
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Back at Disney Explorers Lodge, I took in more of the lobby details... Including some Disney Cruise Line nods.
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True Life Adventures!
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A nod to the Boat Builders short from 1938...
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Oswald and Ortensia!
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Minnie's wardrobe is more colorful.
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Goofy's wardrobe ties into his shorts, as well as The Barnstormer and Goofy's Sky School.
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Plane Crazy reference!
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You can also find this in the queue for Goofy's Sky School in Disney California Adventure.
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A cross between Aulani, Animal Kingdom Lodge and the Polynesian... And I love it so much.
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One final snack... Pizza and nachos.
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Look at these Disney desserts!
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I wanted all of them!
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Kevin and her chicks hidden on the hallway lampshade...
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Original Legends of the Enchanted Tiki concept art found!
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I love this...
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On our way out of Hong Kong, we spotted a few Hong Kong Disneyland store locations...
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Another...
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After a long but great two weeks, it was time to head home...
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Re: Photo TR: Adam's Return to Japan & 1st visit to Hong Kon

Postby Canobie Coaster » Tue Feb 18, 2020 9:53 pm

Awesome report!

I love the language lines for the Jungle River Cruise. It shows how much Disney takes into consideration the guest experience. That finale also looks like a neat twist on the usual Jungle Cruise.
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Re: Photo TR: Adam's Return to Japan & 1st visit to Hong Kon

Postby PKI Jizzman » Thu Mar 05, 2020 8:35 am

Such an awesome report! HKDL looks amazing and the unique attractions seem like they could be argued as the best in all of Disney! Thanks Adam!
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Re: Photo TR: Adam's Return to Japan & 1st visit to Hong Kon

Postby grsupercity » Thu Mar 05, 2020 8:42 am

Loving the report!
After riding Lightning Run I can not understand why parks are not lining up to buy some Hyper GTX models. That little ride rocks

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