As I stated in part one of the Photo Tour of Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, this park is not that unique. As you can tell from the photo above, the entrance area and railroad station are very similar to that of the original Disneyland Park in Anaheim. Sadly, that is not where the similarities end.Walking through the iconic entry tunnels to Main Street U.S.A. at Disneyland Park in California has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Doing so at Hong Kong Disneyland gives you almost an “Alice Thru The Looking Glass” feeling where everything is the same but very different. Main Street U.S.A. is still inspired by Walt Disney’s adopted hometown of Marceline, Missouri, but really it is modeled after Disneyland Park’s Main Street, U.S.A. almost down to the flag pole…if they had a flag pole in Hong Kong Disneyland. The Town Square would not be complete without the Dedication Plaque of course.
Keeping with the “Bizarro Disneyland” theme, where the Bank of Disneyland/Disney Gallery and Opera House sit in Disneyland Park is home to the Animation Academy, Baymax meet and greet, and a small history of Disney and Pixar Art of Animation display in Hong Kong Disneyland. The Town Square to the Castle walk down Main Street U.S.A. in Hong Kong Disneyland is much safer than Disneyland Park due to the lack of Horse Drawn Street Cars. This also means there are no tracks and, instead, just a beautiful brick-paved street.Just as with any of the “Castle Parks,” Hong Kong’s Main Street is populated by shops and small eateries. The entire left side of the street is actually the Emporium from the start of the street all the way down to what used to be the candy shop near the Hub. On the left side of Main Street, which is normally more of the smaller stores that lead into one another, most of the shops have closed up awaiting a new tenant or two.There is still a Main Street Bakery in Hong Kong Disneyland as well a Main Street Market on what would be Center Street at Disneyland Park. This is your first chance to buy turkey legs, Star Wars cookies, and the ever popular Korean squid (photo not included, sadly). Center Street is still home to the lockers of Hong Kong Disneyland and a few other sights and sounds U.S. guests may notice such as a dentist working on a patient with his window open. Just off the Hub is the Baby Care Center and a hidden walkway into Tomorrowland.The Hub itself is, agai,n very much like that of Disneyland Park…pre-Partners Statue.If Star Wars cookies and Korean Squid are not your top dining choices, Main Street U.S.A. is also home to two of the nicest sit-down locations in any Disney Park I have visited. The Main Street Corner Cafe is on the right where the Plaza Inn would be in Disneyland Park. Across the way, where Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe would be in Disneyland, is the Plaza Inn. Take heed — there is fried chicken here, but it was still absolutely one of the best meals I have had in any Disney park. I did mention that Main Street U.S.A. does not have a horse-drawn streetcar? So it does have vehicles… well, at least one that I saw.There is also a Hong Kong Disneyland Railroad to offer a grand circle tour with one other stop in Fantasyland. But we will save that for the last ride of this trip. Instead, let’s take a look at the afternoon parade. Flights of Fantasy goes along with the theme of the same but different. This parade opened a few months before Mickey’s Soundsational Parade in Anaheim and both share a very similar theme.
That wraps up this visit to Main Street U.S.A. in Hong Kong Disneyland, next time we will take a look at Tomorrowland and Fantasyland. See ya real soon!
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