Toy Story Land, Grizzly Gulch and Mystic Point (opening 2013) are the three latest additions to Hong Kong Disneyland – the first 2 having opened in 2011 and 2012 respectively. It’s been two years since my last visit so this section of the park was at the top on my list of things to do.
Regardless whether you’re at the entrance to Toy Story Land or Grizzly Gulch, all 3 areas are mentioned on one signboard.
TOY STORY LAND
I entered from Fantasyland and was immediately drawn to the colourful lamp posts and trash bins.
When you get around the bend, you will be greeted by a huge statue of Woody.
Here’s a closer look…
Barrel of Fun – Various Toy Story characters will appear here during the day for photo ops. Woody happened to be there when I walked by. ^_^
Minimum height requirement: 120cm
This is the most thrilling ride in this section of the park! You sit in the RC car and speed back and forth on a U-shaped track!
I overheard a number of people saying it’s like the “Viking” ride. Hmm…let’s try it out then!…
It was a rainy day during my visit so waiting times averaged 10-15min for most rides.
Love the overall design and feel of the queue area – it’s like someone actually fixed a toy car track together. COOL!!
It’s so like Disney to label the areas restricted to park crew only according to the themed area.
Reading the safety intructions…
Finally…at the front of the queue and waiting in anticipation…
I ended up sitting at the second-last row. The view at the top end of the track was awesome (especially after the car goes backwards) but too bad I couldn’t take any pics. When we raced down the track, I felt myself being lifted off my seat! Wow…it definitely was an exhilarating ride!!
I don’t have any pics of myself on the ride as the car moved too fast for my aunt to react and snap a photo whilst waiting for us.
Here’s a video of the RC Racer taken from the queue area. I recorded this to show how fast the ride is but unexpectedly had some commentary from the family queuing beside me who were clearly sounded Singaporean! LOL…
There’s a model of the RC Racer just outside the ride area where you can take pics with the car.
Slinky Dog Spin
Slinky Dog chases his tail around and around, with the rest of his body trying to catch-up. The ride isn’t scary and it just goes around with wave-like movements. Note that young children will need to be supervised and the adult should sit at the end nearer to the exit of the compartment to ensure that that the kid won’t fall out.
Here’s a look at one of the seat compartments of the ride…
You’ll need to have one of these “Barking Passes” in order to take the ride.
I just love all the signs found around the park.
Toy Soldier Parachute Drop
Minimum height requirement: 81cm
The theme here is parachute training with the toy soldiers. You’ll need to leave all your belongings on the crate shelves before you ride.
Each “parachute” can take 6 riders (3 on each side back-to-back). I thought it would be a mild ride but it turned out to be slightly more exciting than I had expected! LOL…the fun part is the anticipation of the drop when you reach the top and the drop is faster than some similar rides which I had taken in other theme parks. Overall, I thought the ride was OK just to get a bird’s eye view of Toy Story Land (i.e. for those not adventurous enough to ride the RC Racer).
You can find Rex at the other end of Toy Story Land just before the pathway which leads to Mystic Point.
This area resembles an old mining town…
Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars
Minimum height requirement: 112cm
I haven’t been on this ride before so this was on my top priority of things to do…
Like all other rides, it’s best to read the safety instructions first…
This is my favourite ride in the whole of HK Disneyland! After you reach the top of the tracks and the explosion happens, the train races backwards all the way into a cave where you will see 2 bears with some fish. At this point the train will then speed out facing forwards.
I was waving to my aunt to catch her attention as she was waiting for us. See if you can spot me! (^o^)
This is where you’ll exit from the ride.
Found this wagon with cute grizzly bear plushies near the exit of the ride.
According to the guide map – “part of Grizzly Gulch was accidentally built on top of active geysers”. This place has several geysers and one of them will erupt at about 5-10min intervals. Watch where you step as this is a water playground and you could get wet!
You might also bump into some characters from “Brother Bear” when you are in this area.
Those needing a bite can patronise this saloon.
MYSTIC POINT (opening 2013)
This section of the park is located between Grizzly Gulch and Toy Story Land.
Set in 1908, in the heart of a dense, uncharted rainforest, Mystic Point is the site of mysterious forces and supernatural events. Located in this area is Mystic Manor, home to Lord Henry Mystic, a member of the Society of Explorers and Adventurers. He owns a collection of exotic and mysterious international artifacts, including an enchanted music box (similar to Pandora’s box). Everything inside the house is brought to life when Lord Mystic’s monkey Albert opens the box…
Here’s a sneak peak at the ongoing construction…