Thursday, October 3, 2013

Hong Kong Disneyland: Part One

Why on earth would we ever go to Disneyland without grandchildren?

Well, we were frankly curious to compare and contrast such a far-away Magic Kingdom with the U.S. versions. Second, they offer a senior rate that cost us about USD $11 each. We just couldn't pass it up.

The T Hotel provides a free shuttle to the Central Hong Kong station several times daily and we enjoyed a private ride in luxurious Toyota vehicle right to the station.

We got ourselves an Octopus Card for the MTR and buses. It turns out that there's a senior rate for that too, even for foreign geezers, and our subway rides are costing us about a U.S. quarter each. No way will we spend down the modest USD $10 we put on the card.

We also bought our Disneyland passes in a special booth at the Central Station as soon as it opened at 9:00 a.m.

From there we took a long ride out to a station near the airport (and Lantau Island, about which more later). There we transferred to the special Disneyland Express train to the entrance.

How many Chinese would know who this man was? Actually, how many Americans younger than we are would recognized Walt Disney engineering the train at the original Anaheim Disneyland?
Once we arrived, tickets in hand, we walked along the way to the actual entrance and realized we were there in time for the 10:00 a.m. opening. Talk about good timing...

We learn with pleasure that this Disneyland also features clean restrooms, and they have both kinds of fixtures.
Time to enter Main Street under the train overpass, just in time to see Mickey and Minnie arrive for a photo-op with the guests.

 Now we walk up Main Street and wait at the back of a sea of umbrellas to enter the park.

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