Our Chief Spy has sent in her report this week, with some very cool observations. There's the temporary Mickey's Main Street Express Parade; evidence of some construction behind Adventureland and a couple of sniffer dogs! All this and the preparations for Chinese New Year 2008 - The Year of the Mouse. Join us as our Chief Spy takes you through the early part of her week in Hong Kong Disneyland.
This trip report comes to us from our Chief Spy, who recently visited the park on 8 January 2008; as well as snapping a few photos around Hong Kong not long after.
We went to the park yesterday after the little one got out of school. We arrived in time to see a lovely cocker spaniel enter the gates. It's handler was a very nice man who let her pet the dog for a while, and we took a few pictures. When we arrived, the dog was walking around the guests at the main entrance. I'd never seen it before. The little one loves animals and took off at a run to go see this one. Her name is Pixie and she has a Disney nametag with a "1 year" pin on it. Cute! On the train home, we were talking to a Cast Member and she told us Disney has three sniffer dogs they employ.
After playing with the dog for a while, we entered the park and went over to Main Street to wash hands. The little one fed the lovely animal, and her hands were a bit...um ...drooly. As we came out of the washroom I heard a different version of "Hey Mickey" so we sat on the curb and waited. What a lovely parade. (Mickey's Main Street Express - Ed) The front banner came around the corner, but disappeared again just as quickly. They were dancing backwards! Then came the "cheerleaders" Too much tummy fat for my taste. Even my little one commented on some of the dancers. (With as many stick-like girls as they have, you'd have thought they could find a few without those fat rolls-one or two looked like belly dancers) The dancers were in regular parade clothes for the most part, and it was the rainy day express train. Nice all the same. I felt for the Drummers. They were really dancing with those heavy things. Not only could you see the sweat pouring off their faces, but you could see right through their trousers by the time they got to us.
Over to Fantasyland for a walk-on of Pooh. We did every ride in the park yesterday as a walk-on. It was dead. There are a few pictures in front of the castle and by the carousel to show just how many people were in the park yesterday. Heading over to Adventureland, we noticed a few more benches placed around (Getting ready for the Chinese New Year crowds?) The snack shops have had their banners removed so a change must be coming. I hope it's not more squid on a stick. They were removing the equipment from the one near Porter's so that can't be an ice-cream shop anymore. If Disney starts selling Fak-choy or those sticky rice dumplings I will know they have lost the plot.
We went back to Fantasyland and took the train all around the park. Looking through the slats I noticed CONSTRUCTION (and lots of it) around Adventureland, and to the train station side of "it's a small world" (a separate building). So back to Tarzan in the hopes that I could see something. Now, the pictures I have sent are fuzzy, and look slightly familiar. But different if you compare them to the last batch. I'm no expert, but if I were building a shed for explosives and ordinance, I wouldn't make it out of wooden trailers would I? Official line/announcement or not, something is going on. The part to the left of small world is concrete. If this were a gift shop, wouldn't it be connected? Maybe my old eyes are dreaming, or I'm spreading vicious rumors I'm not sure...but I am certain that there is loads of work going on back there!!!
Ok, over to Tomorrowland. As we walked in the main entrance off the hub, we were confronted by a giant Mickey painted on the ground. The bottle trees have been taken away from the water fountain area, and some of the "attractions" have been moved around a bit. Making room for more? (See how hopeful I am!) The posters over at Autopia have changed. They are more spacey now. A couple more rides on the Orbitron, and it was closing time. We just hate to leave, so we made a mad dash to Pooh because we know the girls over there will always let us have one (or 2 or 10) more rides during the fireworks. No such luck tonight. They were training new Cast Members, so one ride it was! Took a long walk around to get out of the park, and there was no mad crush in the hub to view the fireworks. The people who were there were sparse, and very well behaved. As we left after the last cannon burst, I noticed the clock on the train station read 7:05. Either it is wrong, or the fireworks were a bit early last night.
All in all, it was a nice afternoon at Disney.
- The Chief Spy
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