You will immediately get a sense of the Disney fun from the special train, with all its Mickey decor and touches, along with plush seats.
With their whimsical, nostalgic touches, even the train itself and the HK Disney MTR station already made me excited about our visit to this famous theme park.
From the station, the entrance to the park itself is still quite a long walk.
The photo above gives the general layout of HK Disneyland the time we were there but take note that there are now new additions, Toy Story Land (which opened in December 2011) and Grizzly Gulch (which recently opened in July 2012).I love this sign right at the entrance, which reminded me to enjoy myself and my day in the park.
Like other Disneyland theme parks, the first area that will greet guests is Main Street USA, and being a girl, I appreciate the look and feel of this part of the park (along with Fantasyland of course!)
But since it was Halloween, HK Disneyland was especially decorated with Halloween ghoulish touches.
I think it was the attention to detail that really sets Disneyland parks apart, and why I appreciated HK Disneyland more than Ocean Park. Ocean Park may have the more thrilling rides but the aesthetics of HK Disneyland appealed to me more. Not only did I find HK Disneyland more beautiful, it appealed to my sense of nostalgia and memories of my childhood too (in my generation and the generations after, who didn’t grow up with Disney characters?) and I guess that’s where Ocean Park can never really hope to compete, even if it amps up its aesthetics.
After we had late lunch at Plaza Inn, we were able to catch a part of the afternoon parade, where we saw some Disney characters come to life, like those from Lion King, Toy Story, and Peter Pan. I think it was at this point when I wished that we were there with my young nieces and nephews, who I knew would have really loved to see these characters!
While one would think that Disneyland can only be enjoyed when you’re with kids (whether your own or your nephews and nieces), I also got to enjoy it even without any little people tagging along. If you’re game enough, HK Disneyland can be a worthwhile and romantic destination even for couples (see how you can even have a fairytale wedding, or just a fairytale photoshoot) in HK Disneyland here.
My other first time in HK Disneyland posts: