OCEAN PARK HONG KONG
I’ve been here 3 times already and I’ve never tried all of their rides–sorry, but I’m scared!– the rides are good for adults but they also have attractions for kids–especially the aquarium and the dolphin show. So it is really worth visiting.
The rides goes extreme like revolving 360 degrees, etc. and also there are a lot of roller coasters. I think there are 2 rollercoaters and another 1 is currently being finished the last time I came to HK.
Ocean Park has 2 entrances. One is the main and the other is what they call the “back door”. The latter has the longest escalators I’ve ever seen! The escalators traverses the mountain slope. It’s long and steep. It is better not to look down when you are riding this. since you might get dizzy (like me… 😦
The 1st rollercoaster I saw was the one near the side of the mountain. You will get a nice view of the ocean, and also if unfortunately your cart is derailed, you will land directly in the sea (kidding! but if it really does, then at least you will be found in the ocean! there are more chances of surviving!)
Although this rollercoaster doesn’t have loops unlike the other one, it has steep slopes where you will be falling effortlessly down to the ground. I rode this one three times! It was really interesting! I shouted a lot! The 1st time I rode this was when I’m with my brother and sister-in-law. I thought that there are only 2 slopes since that is the only thing you can see.. the thing we didn’t know is that right after you ride the cart, there is already a big steep slope waiting for you. The very first slope was the steepest and I was really not expecting it! I thought my Soul had left my body the moment the train slammed straight to the ground. I just shouted the whole time… that is why when I went down, I can barely walk! anyway, that was a cool 1st experience! The 2nd and 3rd is just fine.. I just want to know what my friends would look like (hoping that they will be totally scared as me!) after that rebellious stunt!
The 2nd rollercoaster is near the food stalls, for my first ride here, was during my visit with friends, which is my 3rd time in Ocean Park. They told me to go, which I abide since I’m quite adventurous in spirit (remember the word quite). You can see that there is only 1 loop… but when you are already there…when you are doing the action.. you will realize that you will be able to loop 3 times… one after the other. The other 2 loops are hidden somewhere! and believe me… I had a hell of an experience (I almost puked!)
My friends and I also rode the log ride, where you will ride a log and there is a steep slope where you will be dumped furiously by gravity. At first, you will be climbing up the mountain slope and then you will be sliding down the steep slope that they prepared for your fun and exciting day! Anyway, I got wet when we rode this thing. Nonetheless, it was fun!
One you should not miss is the cable car ride! Of course, you will not be able to get to the other side of the attraction if you aren’t going to ride this. My first experience in riding a cable car was also here. It was fun, but honestly, I’m quite scared when I’m riding it, especially when the cable cars hit the tower/posts, it makes the cable car move a lot, nonetheless I enjoyed the beautiful view!’
Moreover, there are also things for kids, such as Panda and Bird Sanctuary. This was the 1st time I saw a Panda… and it was eating his favorite bamboo! It’s so fluffy I’m gonna die!!!
And they also have fish aquariums which is really huge (bigger and better than the one in Sentosa). The aquarium is near the theater (dolphin and sea lion show).
The dolphin show is cute… though watching it a couple of times, you will know that it is scripted! anyway, it was fun!
Anyway, if you will ask if Ocean Park or Disneyland, I’ll say first–> BOTH, since they both have their own charm. but if you don’t have the budget and the time, Go for Ocean Park.. It is bigger, more exciting (as there are a lot of extreme rides) and that it is a jack of all trades since it is both for adults and for children.However, it is only until 5pm so there are no fireworks like disneyland–> but who cares about fireworks if you want excitement
Going here is easy, you can ride the 629 bus from Admiralty station –> it will go directly to ocean park.
Food are not allowed inside, they are checking it but I don’t know why they did not check my bag full of chips and water! And I saw some families carrying a picnic bag with them and eating in one of the comfy tables provided by Ocean Park. In terms of food, Ocean Park is much more cheaper than Disneyland, as it has a lot of food stalls everywhere (not only hotdog stalls). they even have McDonalds inside.
And… don’t go here when it is summer in HK, IT IS REALLY HOT, unless you love the sun. go for it. One of my visits in May, I ended up going under a tree near to the eating area and stayed there for awhile. I suggest going here in winter so you will enjoy it better since there is no sweaty, tiring feeling when you are under the sun