Category Archives: Hong Kong
Have you ever been on a crowded bus or monorail leaving the parks that was standing room only? I know I have! After long day in the parks, buses, monorails, and boats carry the tired masses back to their resorts (or cars), leaving people standing and ogling the seated passengers, hoping to get a seat sooner than later.
While many people will willingly offer there seats, I’ve seen more than once people not offer common courtesy to those who, to me, obviously should have a seat. So, I’m here to give some basic guidelines on when to offer up your seat.
Here is my list of those who should have first priority on seats:
- Expecting mothers
- Parents holding young children
- Young children (teenagers can stand with the rest of us!)
Seems obvious to me, but I have witnessed strong, healthy men sit comfortably while women hold onto squirming toddlers.
Obviously, there are plenty of times anyone can sit:
- You fall into one of the categories above
- There is plentiful seating
- You offer and the people in the above categories decline
Yes, it is your vacation too, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t all be polite. Whether you’re at Walt Disney World Florida, Disneyland California, or any of the Disney Parks overseas, we should all be considerate.
- Finding Peace and Quiet at Walt Disney World (chipandco.com)
- Disney travel 101: Ten tips for avoiding lines at Disney theme parks (examiner.com)
This interesting article comes to us from D23.
In the same way Walt Disney Parks and Resorts introduced Main Street, U.S.A. to Asia and Europe, they’re now inspiring guests from all around the world to experience something else as American as apple pie — Halloween. From a dancing zombie chorus line at Hong Kong Disneyland to a bewitching parade in Tokyo, each year the parks scare up nightmarish spectaculars, wicked parties and hair-raising attraction overlays. These holiday haunts are prompting a global interest in the American celebration, and we think this is the perfect time to catch up with a few Disney cast members from around the world to see how Disney’s fairy-tale landmarks are helping to turn Halloween into an international tradition.
Ten years ago, China had barely heard of Halloween. But when Hong Kong Disneyland opened in 2005, a ghoulish fall event with haunting effects and shadowy characters arrived with it, one that has continued to grow each year. “Celebrating Halloween in Asia is a relatively new phenomenon and therefore doesn’t follow the longstanding traditions seen in America,” says Laurie Jordan, vice president, Entertainment, Hong Kong Disneyland. “The Hong Kong market definition of Halloween tends to be the ‘scarier the better.’ Trick-or-treating is catching on in Hong Kong and is something our guests enjoy in Fantasyland. However, our Haunted Halloween plays largely to Asian sensibilities with an emphasis on dramatic, ghostly offerings.” A mob of zombies and a treacherous, towering dragon summoned by the evil Maleficent on Main Street, U.S.A. are just a few of the unforgettable spectacles that the park has created to introduce locals to the holiday. And now, the Haunted Halloween celebration has become their most successful and anticipated annual event.
At Tokyo Disneyland, guests are invited to wear their own costumes inside the magic kingdom for 14 special days in October. Guests parade through each themed land donning their favorite Disney or pop-culture character costumes and creating a park-wide masquerade. The costume party celebration continues at its sister park, Tokyo DisneySea. There, the Mysterious Masquerade, a Broadway-style revue at Waterfront Park, wraps everyone up in the spirit of Halloween with a dazzling performance from Mickey, Minnie, Donald and the rest of the gang.
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- Magic Kingdom Update: Haunted Mansion Queue and Exit, New Fantasyland Construction, Adventureland and More – Photos and Video (jefflangedvd.com)
- Disney World Halloween Tradition: Mickey’s “Boo To You” Halloween Parade (onlywdworld.com)
This is a very cool video of Mickey’s Waterworks Parade at Hong Kong Disneyland. Mickey’s WaterWorks is the summertime parade at Hong Kong Disneyland.
As the title suggests, Mickey’s WaterWorks is a splashy parade created to refresh and bring watery fun to guests from all walks of life. The parade showcases how Mickey Mouse and more than 30 other Disney characters keep Hong Kong Disneyland’s landscape looking so beautiful and lush.
However, guests viewing the parade must be aware that water is everywhere, except for the Dry Areas of the route located by signs along the route.
Very cool and rare set of videos from Allears.net from Disneyland Hong Kong Festival of the Lion King.
The annual “Hong Kong Summer Spectacular” is set to take place next month, with various activities in the city’s key attractions in store for locals and tourists alike.
The 2-month event, a marketing effort by the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB), will officially start on June 11 and end on August 31. But as early as May 21, the Hong Kong Wetland Park is already holding its “Insect Chorus” exhibit, which will be on display until October 4.
Below are the other activities lined up for the Hong Kong Summer Spectacular, as seen in HKTB’s website:
Hong Kong Disneyland: Stitch and Friends Summer Hangout. Stitch (of Disney’s “Lilo and Stitch” fame) and his friends will hold a summer party filled with dance, laughter and music at Hong Kong Disneyland from June 11 to August 29.
Ocean Park Summer Splash 2010. Slip down Ocean Park’s 11-meter high and 54-meter slide, said to be the longest and tallest in the world, from July 1 to August 31. Smaller kids get their own 28-meter long jumbo slide. Massive water gun fights, foam parties and exclusive shows will also be held.
International Arts Carnival 2010. Music, dance, drama, puppetry, mime, magic, acrobatic and theatrical shows will be held from July 9 to August 15 at key locations in Hong Kong.
Lan Kwai Fong Beer and Food Festival. Restaurants, bars and food stalls in Lan Kwai Fong will serve delicious food and drinks from July 17 to 18.
Hong Kong Book Fair 2010. To be held from July 21 to 27 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, this event will not only sell books and publications — it will also provide seminars and other literary activities.
Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival. Entertainment and dining options will be available at the Victoria Harbor as locals and tourists watch the world’s best paddlers compete for glory at the Hong Kong International Dragon Boat races from July 23 to 25.
Ngong Ping 360 Shaolin Showcase. Highly trained Kung Fu masters from Shaolin, China will perform acts with their iron fists and weapons at the Ngong Ping Village from July 24 to August 15.
12th Ani-Com and Games Hong Kong. This event attracts hundreds of thousands each year and is packed with animation, comics, toys and limited edition collectibles. It will be held from July 30 to August 3 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center.
Food Expo 2010. This annual gastronomic extravaganza, to be held from August 12 to 16 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, is a must for those who are interested in the latest food offerings from around the world.
Hong Kong Computer and Communications Festival 2010. This festival of all things digital will be held from August 20 to 23 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center.
Summer Pop — Live in Hong Kong. The city’s top groups and artists will be featured in a musical extravaganza to be held on the last week of August. Venue to be announced.