Martin and Cheryl Go to Hong Kong

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Re: Martin and Cheryl Go to Hong Kong

Postby cfc » Sun Feb 09, 2014 9:26 am

The "train ride" up the mountain at Ocean Park is very cool, and possibly a precursor to the Hogwarts Express train ride at Universal in Florida (at least in the technology it uses).
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Re: Martin and Cheryl Go to Hong Kong

Postby Woodie Warrior » Sun Feb 09, 2014 11:40 am

Both parks in Hong Kong look great! Hong Kong Disneyland may not be the biggest Magic Kingdom-style park, but it sure does have the most unique attractions of any of them.
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Re: Martin and Cheryl Go to Hong Kong

Postby kidcoaster 2 » Sun Feb 09, 2014 11:50 am

Ocean Park is an amazing park and the location is perfect! Can't wait to see how their water park turns out.

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Re: Martin and Cheryl Go to Hong Kong

Postby attack7 » Sun Feb 09, 2014 12:13 pm

Thanks for all these pictures Martin & Cheryl - lots of fun to look at :)

Also, work on those selfies, Martin :)
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Re: Martin and Cheryl Go to Hong Kong

Postby milst1 » Sat Feb 22, 2014 10:29 pm

I'm so sorry for not finishing up this report yet but those stupid things "my job" and "my career" have unfortunately crept into my life and have taken all of my time away from me. Add winter depression and I've really slowed down. We finally squeezed another trip in last weekend and I then realized that I hadn't finished reporting on this one, so here goes.
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We had another day at HK Disneyland, so we took in the Festival of Lion King. It's pretty much the same but there's no audience participation and there are a couple of animals translating the story into Chinese.
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There was a scene with this aerialist, and then she just kept swinging in circles. Eventually a voice announced that there were technical difficulties.
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Her cable wasn't reeling out, so they had to rescue her, but the show went on!
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We walked through Toy Story Land many times, but mainly just to get to different areas.
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RC Racer is there, but the parachute jump is the big draw. The land sorely needs a Toy Story Midway Mania.
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Fantasyland was very nice.
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Lots of nice theming and landscaping.
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It's not Tokyo, but it's an nice Pooh ride.
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With a nicely themed shop.
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It's A Small World was down for a rehab.
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We also caught the 3:30 parade.
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All of your favorite characters!
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And of course we hit MM a few more times until the lines got too long.
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One of the few still pictures I took.
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The "Jungle River Cruise" was bizarre. Do they have this scene in CA and FL?
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I don't mean to be a hater, but our guide was terrible. We waited for the English language boat but our guide wasn't super fluent. She was like, "Oh no, lion! Oh no, cannibals!" I guess sarcasm and corny jokes are hard to do in another language.
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But it's worth it for the big finale!
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The next day, we jumped on a ferry to Macau. Cheryl and I gamble a little so we wanted to check it out. In terms of gambling revenue, Macau is 7x the size of Vegas.
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The trip takes about an hour.
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Big crackdown on public smoking there.
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Yes, that's the Macau Tower. Did we go? No. For some reason, our hearts weren't into it. We heard the Skyjump was really expensive, and we just didn't bother.
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Instead, we went to the Venitian!
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Yes, it's the Ice World show with your favorite Dreamworks characters. We had never been to the ones at the Gaylord Palms in Florida so we decided to check it out.
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They give you those parkas, and you can buy other accessories for the cold.
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Santa! This was in January.
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Does the Gaylord do this too?
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How to Train Your Dragon
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Kung Fu Panda
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The Croods
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Madagascar
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Cheryl on the ice slide!
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Madagascar
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And of course...
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Shrek and Fiona
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Dragon
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Donkey and Puss
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The Venetian is so fucking big. We walked around their giant mall for a while.
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And we found a really great restaurant there. This was just so yummy.
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It did bug me that they had shark fin soup on the menu. We definitely have seen restaurants in Asia with "Shark Fin Free" stickers on the door, but this was not one of them. Still, this was good food.
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Thank you Venetian. Back to the free buses to the ferries.
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Another hour back to HK.
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Our last stop was to the Peak Tram, but it was so crowded, and late, that we said fuck it and paid an outrageous price to take a cab to the top.
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At the top you get your money shots like this.
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And your shitty selfies, like this.
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We were waiting in line for another cab back down, when I ran into one of my fraternity brothers from college! He was there on business. I work very near where he lives, but we never see each other. So this was cool. I even had my Columbia sweatshirt on!
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We finally got back to Disneyland. here's the train station at night. It's crowded when the park closes. We decided not to deal with the crowds getting onto the hotel busses, so we walked.
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Here's the centerpiece fountain at night.
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The path to the hotel is very beautiful. It's incredibly peaceful and empty at night.
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I think the walk to the hotel was 20 minutes max. It was gorgeous. We saw one person, a watchman, the entire walk.
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Thank you for visiting Hong Kong with us!!!
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Re: Martin and Cheryl Go to Hong Kong

Postby Nrthwnd » Sun Feb 23, 2014 12:11 am

^ I've wanted to do that walk too Martin, from the park to the hotel on foot.
On overhead photos it just looks so lovely. Thanks for taking photos of it.

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Re: Martin and Cheryl Go to Hong Kong

Postby beatle11 » Sun Feb 23, 2014 11:27 am

I didn't realize Macau was that big. Great pics!
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Re: Martin and Cheryl Go to Hong Kong

Postby technfxrick » Sun Feb 23, 2014 5:40 pm

looks like a great trip, thanks for the report. Definitely moved Hong Kong up on my list. Maybe 2015...
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Re: Martin and Cheryl Go to Hong Kong

Postby azza29 » Sun Feb 23, 2014 6:06 pm

Thanks for a great trip report. Looking forward to checking the Hong Kong parks out in June!
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Re: Martin and Cheryl Go to Hong Kong

Postby cfc » Wed Feb 26, 2014 7:46 am

Thanks for finishing your report, Martin. I really enjoyed Hong Kong Disney and Ocean Park back in 2012, and your video of Mystic Manor really makes me want to go back.

We had the same experience with the English-language Jungle Cruise boat, but, like you said, the big finish makes the ride worth it.
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