Thursday, November 29, 2012

Hong Kong Disneyland

Over Thanksgiving, we took a weekend trip to Hong Kong Disneyland.
We went on some of the newer rides, and checked-out the HK version of Disney rides we knew.

The Jungle Cruise was offered in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.  We rode the English version - not as good - jokes don't translate well.  But this version had an exploding volcano with flames on top of the water!
The shows and parades were great as always, especially the Lion King Show.  And the Christmas tree lighting on Main Street had the snow fall just like back home.
The best attraction was the Grizzly Mining Cars.  This was a roller coaster in a Western-theme town.  We rode it 3 times!  The town has erupting geysers, and western shows too.

It was really fun to see so many people of all ages having such a great time at the park.  We forget that living in SoCal we are lucky to have grown up with Disneyland, but many families here are experiencing it for the first time.  I guess I mistakenly thought of many Chinese as being very serious people, but they love to have fun just like anyone else.  The people who come to the park are from all over Asia - lots of Thai, Philippine, Indian and other Southeast Asian families along with the Chinese.
The food in the restaurants here reflected that as well.  Rice dishes with curries, noodles and roast pork are sold along with corn dogs, fries and cotton candy.

Sorcerer's apprentice fountain
Fountain at the entrance,
Mickey and his surfboard float up & down
Katie vs. geyser
Thanks Ali for giving us a great ride!
yum, pure sugar
Happy Holidays!

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