Experienced the attraction a week after opening 10+ times. The best storyline build from entrance, thru the queue, and pre-show of any Disney attraction on Earth, a solid original storyline tie-in with SEA (Society of Explorers and Adventurers) started at Tokyo Disney*SEA* and Harrison Hightower, one of the top musical scores of any Disney attraction by Danny Elfman, an amazing ride system which rivals TDL’s Pooh’s Hunny Hunt and one-ups it given that the carriages can twist on the base while being GPS driven on a trackless system, superb special effects and AA scenes, a restaurant next door that continues the storyline of SEA and nods to the defunct Adventurers club from WDW, and it never has a line (typical of HKDL it was a 5 to 20 min wait with no FP offered). There were some RIDICULOUS budget cuts made that reared their ugly head in many instances in the ride and in the land. The worst offense being a fully functional built-out train depot at Mystic Point next to the train track that does not load passengers because the train cars face the wrong direction (TOTAL FAIL – They should have moved the station or put in a tunnel). Overall, it’s a crown jewel in the Disney attraction lineup only inline with 3 other attractions being Radiator Springs Racers (DCA), Pooh’s Hunny Hunt (TDL), and Grizzly Gulch Runaway Mine Cars (also in HKDL – same ride system and cars as Everest but 4 times better with 3 full AA scenes and 3 faster track switches to EE’s one slow one – and the AA’s actually work). HKDL has finally posted a profit this year and is now a park to contend with and worth visiting. Hong Kong is one of the most dynamic and gorgeous cities on Earth, is insanely SIMPLE to navigate as English is spoken just as much as Chinese and given their superb transportation infrastructure, and should be on your must-do list as a true Disney park fan. This was my 3rd trip to Hong Kong and was glad to have experienced Mystic Point in all it’s glory. It’s still an attraction begging to be properly plus’ed in 5 years time once the park grows into it’s own. Again, they really cut some corners inside the attraction and left a ton of room for improvement down the road once the money starts rolling in. Heck, HKDL has room for a DTD, and a second gate. This will all happen…just a matter of time.
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