Stepping into a new continent a week in Hong Kong COMPLETED
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I was so excited about this part of your TR....the Mickey train is so cool...it really makes the whole experience start as soon as you get on the train (kind of like the DME....lol - but much niceer). I loved the fountain before the park with all the characters....like a little Disney park....
Monday 18 February – part two: a sight I have to stop for!
We walked under the railway and the first sight was one I just had to stop for. Usually, I never wait in line for characters out in Town Square, as you know it’s going to take some time. However, the one thing I had said that I wanted to do here was to get my photo taken with Mickey and Minnie in their traditional Chinese new year costumes and what’s the first thing we see when we walked in? You got it! So we got some photos, then got in line…
We waited and waited.. while we did, we saw the Muppets touring round or should I say Beaker and Dr. Bunsen Honeydew. It’s hard to explain, as everything was in Chinese, but the technology that goes into them is a bit like Wes Palm, who you might have come across in Animal Kingdom before. They stopped every so often to interact with the audience, but any of what they said was lost on us.
As we waited, we met an American woman, who seemed to be on her own. She noticed our Disney tops and straight away asked us if we were doing the world tour of Disney. I explained that we were, but on separate trips and we wouldn’t be done until we finished with Japan next year. It turned out Hong Kong was her final stop and she was doing all the parks in one trip. She told us how amazing Tokyo Disney had been. I can’t wait to see that next year, as I’ve not heard a bad work about it from anyone.
We also saw the Chinese dragon procession to celebrate the new year, which was pretty neat.
Then finally we got to see Mickey and Minnie, but not before they had taken a three minute cheese break. They were lovely and seeing them, I totally forgot all about the long wait we had had to see them.
That done, we went and got a locker to put all our things in, as it had warmed up considerably and we had no further need for our coats. We walked up Main Street, taking photos as we went. This seems to be more of a lived in Main Street with lots of doors leading up to houses above the shops or that’s what it appeared to be anyway. It was certainly quiet as we walked up. Often we’d look around and see only a few other people in sight, a pleasant change from most times you’re in Disney. We picked a good day to visit.
We got up to the castle and went round taking photos of each of the Mickey statues that are part of the New Year celebrations. They are meant to represent each of the signs of good fortune, such as health, love and prosperity. Some were weirder than others, but we still got the whole lot:
I'm probably doing the wrong thing encouraging you, but it's actually a cheap place to get to from the UK and we didn't think it was that expensive when we got out there either. : A five night stay in the hotel we stayed in through Virgin Holidays costs between about £650 and £800 per person through most of the year.
That does seem do-able - . Now if the Disney Park is up to scratch I may well be completely sold!