Main Street USA

Hong Kong Disneyland -  Main Street USA

Main Street USA is the gateway into Hong Kong Disneyland. This is the only entrance and exit for the park. The street is similar in scale and size to the original Disneyland Park in Anaheim. Some interesting differences to note. The street is made up of bricks and there are no rails for horse drawn cars. Also a gazebo sits in the center of Town Square instead of a flag pole. There are several US flags along the street though and no Chinese flags, so it stayed true to the theme and period.

In addition to shopping and dining choices the bank houses the Art of Animation where you can see Disney artwork and learn about animation as well as try your hand at drawing in the Animation Academy.

The Hong Kong Disneyland Railroad station sits at the entrance to the park. The railroad has one other station in Fantasyland. Note the station on Main Street is wheel chair accessible through an elevator located just to the right of the main stairs.

Attractions
Current Attractions:
  • Animation Academy (Opened: Jul 14, 2007)
  • Art of Animation (Opened: Jul 14, 2007)
  • Hong Kong Disneyland Railroad - Main Street Station (Opened: Sep 12, 2005)
  • Main Street Vehicles (Opened: Sep 12, 2005)
Current Entertainment:
  • Paint the Night (Opened: Oct 01, 2014)
Entertainment
  • Flights of Fantasy Parade (January 18, 2011)
  • Disney Paint the Night Spectacular (September 2014)
  • Disney in the Stars
  • Main Street Entertainment - Band, Jazz Piano, etc...

 

Dining
  • Main Street Corner Cafe (Table Service)
  • Plaza Inn (Table Service)
  • Market House Bakery (Quickservice)
  • Quick Bites (Out door vending carts)

 

Quick Facts
  • The Hong Kong Disneyland Railroad has three locomotives: the Walter E. Disney, a tribute to the founder of The Walt Disney Company; the Roy O. Disney, co-founder of The Walt Disney Company and Walt Disney's brother; and the Frank G. Wells, who was The Walt Disney Company's president from 1984 to 1994.
  • The murals in the Plaza Inn restaurant are reproductions of landscapes illustrated and produced by Disney artists for the Disney animated film Mulan.

Geek's Thoughts

I spent a fair amount of time wandering around Main Street USA taking pictures and soaking up the atmosphere. We ended up stopping several times at the waffle stand at center street for breakfast or snacks.

While I was there it seemed guests did not line up early for the parades. Many times you could walk up 15-20 minutes before and find a spot without a lot of problems. Also due both parades having parade stops Town Square was very empty. The parade stopped after the last float pulled out of the gate, so the front was near Sleeping Beauty Castle. Then the first float would proceed to Town Square and stop. So if you want to the end of the route there was no one until the parade started moving again. We saw this for both the daytime and night time parades.

My first impressions from my April 2015 trip:

  • I waited for the daytime Flights of Fantasy Parade in the hub with a backdrop of the castle and mountains.  It had been a long time since I had seen a parade from curb level.. I tend to stand usually and after seeing my pictures and video I wish I had for this one too.  The parade itself features two show stops.  The first has the lead unit about the Castle and the last unit at the beginning of the route then the second is on Main Street.    I thought the parade itself was about average for a Disney parade.  The music reminded me of Soundsational with the rhythm and feel. I am not a huge fan of show stops and this has one. They always seem chaotic to me and just break the flow of the parade to do guest interaction in the middle of a parade.

  • My goal this evening was to see the Disney Paint the Night Parade and as luck would have it the weather held out and I was finally able to see the parade.  This was my only time in 4 nights that the parade ran as scheduled.   I opted to watch it near the beginning then moved quickly through the crowd to Main Street to catch it a second time.  Since they only run it once per evening that was the best I could do.
  • I enjoyed Paint the Night.  It is a bright and loud parade.  Much more up tempo than the Main Street Electrical Parade.   I thought the elements worked and the mix of traditional Disney characters and Pixar characters worked.  I am not a huge fan of show stops in the parade and this features one, just as the daytime parade does.   One advantage of the show stop is because of it most guests do not line up in Town Square which meant I was about to get a front row space to see it roll by a second time.   The technology/lights in the parade are definitely a leap forward from any of the night time parades I have seen (MSEP, Spectro Magic, Light Magic) before this trip.  The Tokyo Disneyland Dreamlights parade has a couple elements that are similar but I think Paint the Night is still slightly ahead, especially when looked at as a whole.  The performer costumes are integrated into the units well with lights and special effects.   We all walked away happy to see it and eager to see the additions when it comes to Disneyland in Anaheim for the 60th Anniversary celebration.

 

 

 

Geek's Pictures & Video
Tarzan's Treehouse April 9, 2015 - Flights of Fantasy
Adventureland April 9, 2015 - Disney Paint the Night Parade
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