By day, Disneyland comes to life. Once again the Hong Kong people show their organisational skills with moving masses of people between hotels and around Disneyland. Shuttle buses run every 10 mins between the two Disneyland hotels and trains also run regularly to and from Sunny Bay rail station and then onto central Hong Kong.
On arrival at Disneyland you are struck by the cleanliness with staff running with brooms to pick up any bits of paper that fall to the ground. Walking to the entrance the music is uplifting and makes you want to dance…and we did. That old Disney opens your heart and makes it sing. Once at the gates the admission procedure is swift with finger prints recorded and bags checked…all with a smile and “Merry Christmas” greeting.
Once inside, the magic really begins and being Christmas the magic was definately ramped up with Main Street complete with a large decorated Christmas Tree, candy canes and decorations on every building and tree in sight. It brought a smile to faces, young and old.
Our first stop was Fantasea Land and a photo opportunity with the Princesses Cinderella, Bella, Aurora and Snow White. Smiles on the girl`s faces were a mile wide. Fantasea Land offered Sleeping Beauty`s castle as a backdrop, rides including The Mad Hatter Tea Cup ride, Cinderella`s Carousel, Pooh`s Adventures and Dumbo The Flying Elephant ride along with It`s A Small World Christmas boat ride. This ride ‘sails you through a world of children singing and dancing, “It`s a Small World” (after all). Other attractions include Mickey`s Philharmonic 3D magical adventure and the Golden Mickeys – a musical theatre presentation celebrating Disneys film and its characters. Fantasyland also includes the Train station which takes you around the park`s perimeter and of course a selection of retail shops, restaurants and gardens with rotundas for photo opportunities with the characters.
For the sci-fi lover in us all, this ‘world’ features attrations including Autopis electric cars that cruise along the highways of tomorrow, Orbitron (pilot your own space ship), and UFO Zone, close encounters of the cool kind…water squirting UFO`s. Space Mountain offers a thrilling high speed rollercoaster…out of this world, as is the Stitch Encounter, an interactive game with Stitch and the Buzz Lightyear Astro Blaster…an interactive adventure helping Buzz Lightyear save the universe……fun for all the family.
The final world, Adventureland, with its jungle theme includes Tarzan`s treasure where you can cross the river to climb and explore Tarzan`s tree house or take the boat ride along the mysterious Rivers of Adventure. The main attraction here is the Festival of the Lion King – enjoy this colourful musical theater show that portrays the famous and well loved Lion King story. This show is performed in an airconditioned building with a round stage and moving floats that work together to tell the story of Simba and his journey to be the King. A must see, at least once. Once again a range of retail shops and restaurants complete this area of the park.
Main Street which leads from the entrance to the 3 different worlds is lined with retail shops offering Disney memorabilia, food outlets and souvenirs. The “Let It Snow” Christmas Parade and the procession of toys makes its way along the Main Street which is lined with people. Enjoy dancing, music, floats with the characters and entertainers make their way along Main Street waving and dancing with the crowds.
The culmination of your Disney Day is at 9.00pm with the fireworks – Stars In The Sky being set off with Sleeping Beauty`s castle as a backdrop. A fitting end to a magical day of fun, love, friendship and family.