We excitedly hopped on the Disney Shuttle Bus from Disneyland Hotel on the way to Theme Park. The ride is only around 10 minutes. The frequency of this free shuttle bus is also every 10 minutes, first passing by Disneyland Hotel then the Hollywood Hotel to pick up or drop off passengers before heading to the park. Once we got to the transport hub where public buses and the MTR meet, it’s still a short walk to the main gates. We could somehow feel the immensity of the place with its wide roads leading to the entrance gates after ticketing section.
The Disneyland Theme Park
Like I said before, the Disneyland Park is quite huge but manageable to walk around since everything seems to be an eye candy. The park is divided in 4 main sections each with their own themes. There’s the Fantasyland which is the magical world of Sleeping Beauty, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Tomorrowland is the space age home of Buzz Lightyear and Stitch, Adventureland is the jungle strewn land of Lion King and Tarzan while the Main Street is the gateway to all these three main sections. These US inspired street are filled with shops.
The Magical Fast Pass
We met with Carmen, our tour guide for the Disneyland Theme Park that afternoon. She’s this petite and enthusiastic girl who has been with the Theme Park ever since it started operation about 5 years ago. In our hands aside from our park tickets and food coupons is a Magical Fast Pass which will entitle us to bypass the queue to rides like the Buzz Lightyear, Space Mountain and Winnie the Pooh rides.
Buzz Lightyear Astro Blaster
We breezed through the queue using our fast pass and got into control centre where a robotic, life-size buzz light was giving us instructions. I was amazed by his robotic expression as his movements were fluid and you could actually see his facial expressions on that faux skin. Amazing!
The Astro Blaster’s aim is to hit as many targets and level up on points as we cycle through this impressively made robotic and space age world of Buzz Lightyear vs the Evil Emperor Zurg. The visuals were really good and Astro blasting was kinda fun. And the space age carts can rotate to a full 360 degrees. I would line up again here probably to increase my level of hits.
This is the most awesome ride in the park for me. How more exciting can this get. Imagine a roller-coaster ride on a semi-dark environment. Not knowing the next turn and just feeling the speed, energy and gravity and the surrounding screams was just exhilarating. A must ride for thrill-seekers. Just don’t eat heavy before it.
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
After that exhilarating ride, we enter Winnie the Pooh’s world this time. It was another visual delight going through this storybook tour. It’s light but it was happy as the world of Winnie The Pooh is. It’s a perfect ride to cool down and chill.
The Golden Mickeys
Judging from the long queue, this is a crowd favorite. The Golden Mickeys Show is where we can see our favorite Disney Characters come alive on stage and perform the popular Disney songs from the movies. Once we got in, I was amazed by the elegance of the theater. It’s not that big but it was fitting for a short 30 minute run show.
I wasn’t expecting a Cirque Du Soleil caliber here but the 30 minutes show was really impressive. The performances and choreography was top notch and the transitions between sets were amazing. It also helps that the songs are really popular Disney hits brought to life by these amazing actors. Even if the dialogue were in Chinese, there are projectors on the side for the subtitles. It’s definitely one of the shows to watch at the Disnelyland Park
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Join our Backpack Photography Photo Tours and Workshops for early 2011. Banaue Photography 101 for beginners on February, Bewitching Siquijor Photo Tour on March 2011 and Batanes Island Hopping in April 2011
Ferdz Decena is an award-winning travel photographer, writer and blogger. His works has found print in publications such as Singapore Airlines’s Silver Kris, Philippine Airlines’ Mabuhay, Cebu Pacific’s Smile and Seair InFlight. He has also lent his expertise to various organizations like the Oceana Philippines, Lopez Group Foundation, Save the Children and World Vision, contributing quality images for their marketing materials.