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Re: Garet Visits Hong Kong

Postby Nrthwnd » Sat Jan 11, 2014 11:22 pm

I love how Hong Kong Disneyland resembles (to me) the original Disneyland of the 1950s. Not overstuffed with attractions just yet. And just beginning to extend and expand it's current layout. I mean, HKDL now has lands surrounding the only waterway in the park! And outside the train loop of the park, too. Very un-Magic Kingdom. Until now.

Gotta love that. :smile:
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Re: Garet Visits Hong Kong

Postby 805Andrew » Sat Jan 11, 2014 11:46 pm

Nrthwnd wrote:
805Andrew wrote:Nice pics! It looks like HK Disneyland has improved nicely since it opened. If they keep it up, it will be a nice park to visit when I visit Hong Kong in the future (years down the road).

There will (possibly/probably) be another TPR China/Hong Kong Tour planned for 2016*,
so start saving up now! You won't regret it. TPR Tours are a great way to see other parks and countries.

*(And Shanghai Disneyland will also be open -hopefully- by then, woo hoo!)

That sounds tempting, but I would save up for a TPR Japan trip first. China and/or Hong Kong can wait until I visit Japan.
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Re: Garet Visits Hong Kong

Postby clarinetman » Mon Jan 13, 2014 7:16 pm

Thanks for the trip reports and pics, I'm heading there in December, 2014, looks great!

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Re: Garet Visits Hong Kong

Postby Meteornotes » Mon Jan 13, 2014 7:49 pm

Awesome photos. I loved this park when I visited in 2008, and really want to get back there and see all the stuff that's been added since then.

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Re: Garet Visits Hong Kong

Postby Garet » Wed Feb 05, 2014 2:14 am

Sorry, this one is late, changes in real life means i've been very busy but here finally is my Ocean Park update.

This update will be a little shorter than my usual updates, normally when I visit the park i'll ride a lot of rides where I can get a good view but the chairlift was down and the park was rammed full of old people tour groups who seemed to really like the observation tower which had one of the longest lines of the park (I wasn't prepared to wait 45 minutes for some photos. I've never been to a park which was so packed with tour groups, nearly every person I saw had numbers pinned to them. Is this common in Chinese Parks? We saw one or two numbered people in Disney but we barely saw them at all the other tour spots of Hong Kong and i've never seen them in Hong Kong but most of the day was spent dodging around big lines of people following the flags. Sadly despite all the numbers I never did find a man with the number 6 badge, he must have already escaped (or did he?)

I also under estimated how how much time it would take me to walk from ride to ride, we genuinely used most of the day just walking back to quieter rides for re-rides.

Normally when I do bigger updates I tend to talk about the park here but since there's fewer pictures this time i'll leave my comments on the pictures.
Welcome to Ocean Park
There was a lot of construction going on outside Ocean Park, although there were numerous buses it seems they are extending the MTR so it will service the other side of the mountains. Great news for me since although I don't normally get car sick, having to sit backwards or stand on the buses to Repulse Bay during our vacation or the ones that raced down from Victoria Peak around corners made me feel pretty ill.
Since the chairlift was down and a line had formed for the express, by the time we got to the summit there was lengthy queues and the single rider was not open so we decided to check back later and opted to head to the older parts of the park first.
Going by the coaster paint I can only assume it's Puff the magic dragon.
It was strange to pass 40 minute lines for the observation tower and then find these rides completely empty.
I had to wait quite a while for a car to come round.
It has a great view but the ride experience..... not so much
I was far happier enjoying the view and watching the coaster than riding it.
Stunning view
Down for maintenance sadly.
I waited and waited for a car to go but in the end gave up.
My first ever Condor, it was fun but having never seen one in real life before, i'd assumed it would spin faster than it did (that's me riding so I could get a picture of it in action.
Jin insisted we see the dolphin show
I just took in the view instead
We hit up the mine-train next
Has anyone mentioned how great the view is.
Again lacking riders
Another shot as we headed to the summit
I've always wanted to ride these, once I got it swinging I had so much fun on these, I wish the line had been shorter it was really, really fun.
One thing I noticed was that most people didn't swing it, they played with the lever on the ground and used it once or twice in the air then gave up, I didn't see anyone really make them swing by doing it for most of the ride cycle.
Such a fun ride.
Didn't get a chance to ride this sadly.
I thin i've now ridden all of the park versions of these having also been on the one at Fantasy Island 10 years ago.
They are fun but nothing special.
Off to the newest area
I'm not sure why I waited so long for this I don't even consider it a credit
It was a fun little family ride but pretty standard.
For some reason I thought this would go inside and outside, it kind of helixed twice and then went back to the station and did 1 more lap.
Since it became obvious that the single rider wasn't going to open today, I sucked it up and joined the 45 minute line. I was kind of surprised to see only 1 train, I didn't see a second anywhere, does it even have one? I don't mind being assigned seats when i'm in a single rider line since that's what you agree to but it sucked they made you go to an assigned seat after the normal wait. I got put at the front on both waits and had quite a noticeable rattle for both rides. I'd have liked to try the back seats and see if my experience was any different.
I'm not sure if the entrance is cool or creepy
There was a great view from the line though
With the chairlift down, there wasn't many photo opportunities.
The inversions were fun but the bunny hop was my favorite part by far, I think I got more airtime from that than most B&M Hypers.
Best bit about the penguins? Not needing to wait in line for a ride to seem them.
First time ever seeing a panda so i'm glad it wasn't sleeping.
Halloween decorations were everywhere
Attack the pumpkin
For a park that is still constructing its shark exhibit there were a lot of sharks in the main aquarium, the aquarium seemed the busiest part of the whole park more so than the rides, even visiting it last in the late afternoon we could barely move inside, it was even busier than when we visited the Osaka aquarium. Although reading recent Ocean Kingdom TR's, it seems people like to visit the theme park aquariums
Unlike Japan, the manta ray on exhibit didn't seem to be advertized as much. Although unlike Aqua Stadium at least the tank seemed big enough for it. Aqua Stadium always seemed like a weird aquarium to me, the main bit seemed really tiny , one of the tiniest i've seen compared to others and the tunnel tank seemed barely big enough for the manta ray (i'm assuming its deeper than it appears from below) yet it had a really big dolphin stadium with pilot whale and sea-lion show
Even when we left late afternoon there were still tour groups pouring into the park.
So many numbered people coming in, it was strange since the main turnstyle and ticket booths were empty but there was this line and more flags coming up the steps as we left.

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Re: Garet Visits Hong Kong

Postby simon8899 » Wed Feb 05, 2014 2:22 am

Cannot wait to enjoy this great views myself. I for one would not mind the non-existant lines for the rides.

Did they require a minimum of riders to do a spin?

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Re: Garet Visits Hong Kong

Postby Garet » Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:36 am

simon8899 wrote:Cannot wait to enjoy this great views myself. I for one would not mind the non-existant lines for the rides.

Did they require a minimum of riders to do a spin?

Sorry i'm not quite sure which ride you were referring to.
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Re: Garet Visits Hong Kong

Postby gerstlaueringvar » Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:37 am

I really need to revisit the park!

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Re: Garet Visits Hong Kong

Postby milst1 » Wed Feb 05, 2014 7:23 pm

Nice report Garet. I've got my own Ocean Park report coming up soon.
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Re: Garet Visits Hong Kong

Postby SuperShawn » Wed Feb 05, 2014 7:29 pm

This park has to be one of the most interesting and prettiest locations, hope to one day see it in person.


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