Jet set to Hong Kong

Just got back from a quick trip to Hong Kong with some friends. I only spent around two days there and one was set aside for a visit to Disneyland.

It’s a pretty cheap flight from Tokyo and the cost of things once there wasn’t outrageous.
Also, since HK used to belong to the United Kingdom, English is widely spoken here! With the exception of one cabbie and an employee at a McDonald’s (went for a friend…), I was able to communicate better than I can in Japan.

Unlike at the Tokyo Disney parks, everyone at Hong Kong Disneyland spoke English. And though this is the 10-year anniversary of the park, according to the Los Angeles Times, the attendance and profits are down. Sad for them, but great for us! The park is definitely on the small side, but the ride lines were short and the crowds were small, too. Another strange thing: the souvenir shops had a 70 percent clearance section! I don’t think I’ve ever seen that at a Disneyland, not that anyone was complaining.
One more Disney tidbit: If you’re there and looking for the Haunted Mansion, you won’t find it. Instead, you’ll find the Mystic Manor, a fantasy ride about an artifact collector and his pet monkey. Due to Chinese culture and traditions regarding ghosts and the afterlife, Disney wisely went the Mystic Manor route for their ride at Hong Kong Disneyland.

I’d highly recommend Hong Kong for people looking to wet their toes in Asia travel but afraid of not knowing the native language.
Since this trip was very short and partially for business, I missed a few of the big attractions, so I have to go back soon…to be continued, amirite?…

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