Oh my goodness... this was a long day, and it only was 10 hours of Disney! We basically did the entire park in one day, so on our second day we can repeat favourites! The park didn't open till 10:30, but as we didn't know how long it would take to get there we left at 8:30. And even though Google Maps said that it would take about 50 minutes, it only took 35 minutes to get from Jordan Station to the resort. Around 9 the security opened and at 9:45 the park opened with a welcome ceremony with Mickey and Minnie. I say the park, but what I mean is Main Street opened, we were stopped about 30-50 meters before the castle. Very smart as this gave people a chance to get a castle picture with no one in the background and the guests in Hong Kong love to shop. There is currently a limit of max. 5 Stella Lou items per guest. After a second welcome ceremony with a different family and Pluto the park opened and of course, we speed walked towards Grizzly/Mystic Manor... only to find it open at 11. So we did Jungle Cruise first, in English with Skipper Wendy. I was a bit hesitant about Jungle Cruise in Hong Kong as joking in a language that's not your native language is hard. And i must say, Wendy wasn't as funny as the ones in the US, but she did okay, she had some jokes, good sense of timing was difficult, but she was a bit of an actress, she was really telling a story. So pleasantly surprised by our first ride. Then at 10:45 when we exited, we decided to wait at the entrance to Grizzly Gulch and at 11 were walked up to the country, where some guests ran towards the ride. We walked and were in the second car of the day. Absolutely love this ride, it was so smooth and I knew there was a piece going backwards, but not when. It also went faster than I thought it would go. It had more thrill than BTM in Paris and a lot more thrill than her US counter parts. Mystic Manor! Today after years of looking at youtube vids, I finally got to see it for real and it didn't disappoint. Easily in my top 5 of best Disney rides ever! What else did we do? We saw Mickey in Western Outfit. Hong Kong guests love their characters and before opening there were already long lines for the characters on Main Street. We also saw Snow White, Elsa, Belle and Tinkerbell. There was a good variety of characters and very happy all their sets were in the app and lines were orderly. Only one with Photopass (Belle), but the handlers were all pretty good with taking pictures. One going really crazy and kept snapping. They were all pretty good, only Belle was a bit rushed as she started her set late and she had to get ready for the parade. It was our turn 10 minutes before the parade started and by then there were still 15 people in line! But it was okay, good interaction and she was very pretty. Liked Elsa and Tink best, I think, Elsa made us a snow flake which in 30 degrees weather and humidity was so nice We also rode Small World (Like the Disney characters, it's a nice addition, although I had expected Mulan in China), Winnie the Pooh (FP), Space Mountain (FP), Iron Man (FP), saw both parades, Mickey and the Wondrous Book, Philharmagic, Festival of the Lion King, Disney in the Stars! It was a full day. A very full day, but a fun day. ----------------- Some impressions: It is a small park, especially compared after Shanghai, but I liked it. It had something cute and cosy. Like we say in Dutch (and doesn't really translate to English) 'gezellig'. @Flossbolna you're from Germany, right? I think Gemütlichkeit comes close to describe it? The park has some particularly good rides like Mystic Manor and Grizzly, some great shows like Mickey and the Wondrous book, but nothing really extreme. It's just perfect the way it is and definitely worth visiting. For Disney fans I would recommend 2 days, but you could do all the big rides and shows at least once in high season on one day. It was 'busy' with queues up to 50 minutes for Buzz Lightyear and 45 for Grizzly (when Mystic Manor next door was out of order). Which was a breeze after the 3-4 hour queues we saw in Shanghai. Food-wise, I'm not impressed yet. We had meal vouchers, limiting our options a bit. We had lunch at Clopin's and dinner at the Royal Banquet Hall, portions were large and it was tasteful, but I enjoyed Shanghai's food better. For value for the meal vouchers, I was able to make a little bit of profit, but only by a few euro/dollar. The voucher had cost me 225 HKD, Clopin's was 110, Royal Banquet Hall was 145 and one snack was included as well, about 38 HKD for a Stitch ice cream. Eventhough I didn't save a huge amount of money, it was very convenient to use. CMs, like in Shanghai they were all friendly, but in Shanghai it felt more like what I experienced in WDW. The CMs in Hong Kong today were more business-like, I guess. As mentioned in my previous post, I am really impressed that HDL employs people with Down syndrome as so many companies who work with guests don't do this, while these people can be good employees. I think I saw 3, 2 working as cleaners in RBH and Clopin's and also at one of the stations of RBH I think I spotted a third. Characters, there is a lot of variety in characters, however, sets are short. We counted the guests in line at some point and figured a 20 minute set processes about 50 guests. So get there 10-15 minutes before a set starts to make sure you get to greet the character, lines are closed when 50 guests are in line. Shows, I love Mickey and the Wondrous Book, but think Mickey and the Magician in Paris is better, as it doesn't rely so much on projections like Wondrous Book. But... here they have the wonderful princess trio with Ariel, Rapunzel and Merida and Tiana's part was amazing. Also Festival of the Lion King is a nice addition to this park, I enjoyed this one more than the one in Animal Kingdom. Mainly because in Orlando it's too much for me. The pre-show with assigning the animals, audience participation, I am not a fan of the monkeys. The stunts they do are nice, but it makes the show unnecessarily long. This show was shorter and more compact. Parades: Loved Festival of Fantasy, biggest downside is that the stop is too long. The floats look nice, the costumes of the dancers are great, I only have the feeling something was missing. I only don't know yet what. Must give this some more thought. Maybe it was a good finale float. It ended a bit abruptly with Toy Story. I also liked Paint the Night, I am not a big fan of nighttime parades as you not always can see the faces/expressions from the dancers/face characters because only their customes are lit. But all in all, this was a nice parade. For such a 'small' park and then to have 2 parades... well done, Hong Kong! That was it for now, going to sleep as tomorrow The Peak awaits!