Disney is Disney, but for each time we’ve been there (thrice in the past 4 years), there’s always been something new. Last year we saw Toy Story Land and Grizzly Gulch, and this time around we had Mystic Point.
Not only is Mystic Point the HK Disney’s newest “land” to open, it is also the site of what they say is their most technologically advanced ride to date.
The Mystic Manor (doesn’t sound like a ride but it is) is the park’s newest attraction. With a bit of a horror house theme (though I didn’t find it scary, not even one bit), the ride takes you to a house where objects animate on their own through some ancient, mysterious power. People ride a six seater carraige that goes around the house, powered by electromagnets. The animation meanwhile, are done through awesome visual effects.
The ride may not thrill much , though you will still hear the occassional scream of fright, but do make sure you try it at least once, if only for the sheer visual effects awesomeness. Any other horror house will look medieval after this one.
The Flights of Fantasy Parade
The daily parade is one of the highlights of any visit in Disney, but this is the first time we’ve ever been this close. We waited for the parade and camped on the sidewalk for over half an hour, to get the best seats it town, and so we were inches away from the performers when the parade passed by. Nothing brings out the disney magic more than the parade. After all, it just features nothing but a bunch of cartoon characters, yet young and old stand in awe everytime. It just brings out the inner child in everyone, and nobody can help it, it seems. Perhaps it’s the over the top floats, or the enticing music, but definitely one also couldn’t help but admire the performers, especially when you get up close. The do this day in and day out, but every performance looks like their performance of a lifetime.
The Light Parade
For me this third visit to the HK Disneyland has been the best so far, and this is one of the prime reasons. The park had a special “light parade” on every evening throughout October, and it was a treat indeed, even more so than the daily Flights of Fantasy parade. It featured an entirely different set of floats, and the amount of lights attached to the floats and the performers themselves were simply stunning. Matched with usual excellent Disney music, the parade gave the park a very lively evening. It was, I would say, the best half-hour I’ve had on any Disney park.
The Disney Fireworks
And then of course there’s the daily fireworks, which nobody ever gets tired of, the end of which marks the start of the mad dash and crunch to the stores for last minute shopping.
And that capped our latest Disney trip. After visiting for the third time I could almost memorize every brick in the park, yet each time it has given us a surprise, and is still as entertaining as the first, it not more so.
* All photos taken October 2014, using an Olympus EPM-2 with M. Zuiko 25mm f1.8.