Before entering Fantasyland, let’s start in the Hub.
One of the first things you might notice is that the Partners statue (Walt & Mickey) is not present here like it is in Florida, California, and Tokyo. In Paris it’s located in the Walt Disney Studios instead of Disneyland. I don’t know if Disney has plans to add it in the future, but for the time being, Hong Kong is missing Walt.
The Hub is also home to Snow White Grotto. Once again, in Disney’s desire to inflate the number of attractions in this park, the Snow White Grotto is listed. The Snow White Grotto also exists in Disneyland California (in the same relative location) and in Tokyo Disneyland. Neither of these parks lists it as an attraction.
Sleeping Beauty Castle (also counted as an attraction) is a carbon copy of the one in Disneyland California. The one exception, this castle does not have a walk-thru depicting the story of Sleeping Beauty. However, from what I understand, the walk-thru in California has been permanently closed for security reasons. Once again, to list this as an attraction is stretching it. There is absolutely nothing to experience with the castle except to walk through it.
Hong Kong Fantasyland has the following attractions:
Mickey’s PhillharMagic: Although housed in a different building, the attraction is identical to the Magic Kingdom’s and is presented in English.
Dumbo The Flying Elephant: This attraction is a copy of the ride at Disneyland.
Fantasy Gardens: This is a character meet-and-greet area. A number of paths wind through topiary of Fantasia characters and lead to a number of covered gazebo-like pavilions where you can have your picture taken with Mickey and the gang.
Mad Hatter Tea Cups:
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: This is the only “dark” ride in Fantasyland and it’s almost an exact copy of the one in the Magic Kingdom, even down to the picture of Toad handing Owl the deed to the property. The only difference I could detect is instead of the elephant blowing a smoke-ring at you in the “Heffalumps and Woozles” room, your picture is taken.
it’s a small world: This attraction is located outside of the train that circles the park, similar to Toontown at Disneyland California. See my first Hong Kong blog for more information about this attraction.
Fantasyland Train Station:
The Golden Mickeys: This show was originally presented on the Disney Cruise Line and a modified version was created for Hong Kong Disneyland. It is staged in the Storybook Theater and is presented in Cantonese, with simplified Chinese and English subtitles. In essence, this is an awards show giving recognition for heroism and romance. Numbers from Hunchback of Notre Dame, Tarzan, Mulan, Lilo & Stitch, The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast are presented. All of the songs are in English. The show is approximately 30 minutes long.
This is a great show and plays to packed houses. I saw it twice and it was just as enjoyable the second time around.
There are two eateries in Fantasyland, The Royal Banquet Hall and Clopin’s Festival of Fools. Both are counter service establishments. I ate at both of them. They were fine, but nothing out of the ordinary. The Royal Banquet Hall is exceptionally beautiful.