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Hong Kong: Ocean Park, a thrilling experience


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… 😦

Longest escalator I’ve seen (so far..)

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!

Rollercoaster 1
Ocean Park’s ocean.. this will also be the one to meet you once there is malfunction on the roller coaster above!

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!’

Cable Car to get to the other side (actually, there is a train which you can ride) but taking the cable car is way better!

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!!!

So huge yet adorable panda!

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!

The dolphins while doing their stunt! So adorable!!!

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


Hong Kong: Disneyland: Bring Out the Child in You..


I went to Hong Kong three times but I’ve been to Disneyland once. Well, below is my review from Tripadvisor with my additional commentary, tips and pictures.

I recommended dropping here with my family since we will be going to HK with my 3 year old nephew. I already told myself that it is all for him. But when we arrived there! I can’t stop myself adoring the place! It is just so Disney!

Tinkerbell’s Castle (I thought before that it was Snow White’s castle–I think they already changed the name)

I enjoyed more than my nephew did. I took a lot of photos, watched the 3D with mickey etc. I really loved the place although it is indeed smaller than ocean park or some other theme parks I’ve been, however, this become memorable since it is my very first time in a Disney wonderland.

There is a train passingby City Hall
The Disney landscape with my Mom and Dad…

Since it was December when we went here, they have a lot of Christmas decorations, and after the fireworks in the evening, it even SNOWED — which first I thought was real since it was really cold during that time, but after I used another batch of my brain cells, I remembered from my previous research that “it doesn’t snow in HK!” and then I touched the snow…..I got a blank face while I’m about to touch it (still expecting that it was real) but after it I realized that it is just a freaking soap foam! They almost got me there!

Can you see the candy cane??? I took this picture in Hollywood Blvd, Disneyland

One of the things you should not miss during your trip to Disneyland is the 3D show. It was funny and entertaining. The main star is Donald Duck– which made it a lot more funnier! You should try watching it, it is definitely not a waste of time. It’s sad that I wasn’t able to get a good picture of the theater.

Philharmagic (This is the entrance for the 3D show)

Another attraction we went in was the House of Tarzan. According to the employees, it is the tallest building (which can be accessed by the public) in Disneyland. It is also worth the time. You can see there the things used by Tarzan, Jane and the professor. And you can also see the Apes that took care of Tarzan. To get to Tarzan’s lair you need to ride a bamboo raft which will cross in a manmade lake. This attraction is in Adventureland section of this theme park.

Entrance to Adventureland
The stairs in Tarzan’s lair with my family (I’m the one taking the photo)
These are the other things you can see inside Tarzan’s House

Beside the House of Tarzan is a water attraction (I forgot the name), you cross a river (using a boat) and you will see different animals and some crocodiles too, and a volcano (which erupts water)… anyway, you can get wet to this kind of attraction. But it is also fun and educational for the kids. I don’t have pictures for this place since it was dark and my camera could get wet.

Maybe those people who already went to another Disneyland will be disappointed but people who haven’t, try this, at least you will be enchanted by the world of Mickey

The fireworks are good but I’ve seen better (pyrolympics here in the Philippines). Ques are okay (this is maybe because it is a weekday when we went there)

Fireworks once again….

HOWEVER, there are no rides as scary as in the Ocean Park, so if you want heart pumping and adrenaline rushing rides, I suggest that you go to Ocean Park but if you have time and money to spend, go to both places. Actually, for adults and kids, I recommend Ocean Park, since it is bigger and has a lot more rides than Disneyland.

You can go here through MTR and the disney train! I don’t know how much the train ride is, but if you are going to HK use an Octopus Card to save you more money and save you the hassle of buying tickets.. Riding the Disney train is really a CUTE experience. I’m the most amused not my nephew. The ride on the Disney train (subway) was really fun, you can see a lot of Mickeys! It is really different from the usual subway train, the seat are coated with foam, the windows and the safety handles are carved like Mickey’s head.

Disneyland Train (Just look at the details!)



You can go around the HK Disneyland for 1 day, but you can do it in 5 hours.

Suggestion: Go here not during summer, go here by winter, so that you will enjoy it better, since if summer (the weather is really hot, you’ll just end up more tired and sweaty and you might not enjoy the place as much) If winter–> it does not snow in HK so the climate is just more than 10 degrees celsius.

Food here is really expensive and they check the bags if you brought some food with you. I suggest eating first a heavy meal before coming here so that at least the hunger will not drive you crazy.. If you are really hungry, there are hotdog stalls, however, it is still quite pricey.

Banquet Hall, (here, you can eat but it is expensive for Filipino standards)
The TRUSTY Hotdog Stands (if you don’t have the budget to buy food in the Banquet Hall, you can buy one of the hotdogs here (as far as I remember the costs is more than $1 USD)

Anyway, if I will be back in HK, I will definitely put this again on my itinerary and visit this with my family or friends.