Hong Kong Disneyland: Adventureland

Adventureland, Gateway - Day

Our Photo tour continues into Adventureland. This once remote jungle is now filled with outposts and river cruises, bringing explorers and eager tourists. With the spirit of travel and discovery, this lushly landscaped zone offers park guests with three main attractions – set in the wild and exotic.

According to Hong Kong Disneyland, this is Disney’s largest Adventureland.

Festival of the Lion King is staged within the Theater in the Wild (like you know: Theater-in-the-round). This is a reduced (about half an hour long) version of The Lion King. The classic story and songs are presented in a retelling of Simba’s story. Visually, I find it to be a mix of the Lion King (animated film) and the broadway musical production.

Festival of the Lion King sign

Theater in the Wild

Festival of the Lion King

Festival of the Lion King 2

Set List
Circle of Life
I Just Can’t Wait to be King
Be Prepared
Hakuna Matata
Can You Feel the Love Tonight
Grasslands Chant
Circle of Life
Finale Medley (Hakuna Matata / Can You Feel the Love Tonight / Be Prepared / I Just Can’t Wait to Be King / Circle of Life)


I’ve never really had to plan ahead for this show. However, if you want unobstructed views (first few rows), you have to get into the queue early. It’s also quite a crazy rush once the doors to the theater opens.

Rafts to Tarzan’s Treehouse leads to well, Tarzan’s Treehouse. It’s a walkthrough attraction around an island (which I think is called Tarzan’s Island).

Rafts - queue

Rafts to Tarzan's Treehouse

Tarzan's Treehouse

The last attraction here would be Jungle River Cruise. This is a river tour along the Rivers of Adventure, with a cast member on the boat as guide and driver – or more commonly: skipper.

Jungle Cruise boat

Jungle Cruise queue - start

The queue is split into 3 lines – Cantonese, English, Chinese. The actual length of each queue is different, but a boat rotation plan somewhat regulates the wait time for each line. I’ve been on Jungle Cruise several times (all three lanes) and no matter how fluent the cast members were, the Cantonese version is logically, the best. As it is their native tongue, most of the cast members are very confident presenting the Cantonese version of the experience.

Jungle Cruise queue

That’s mainly because the skippers have a vast library of cheesy lines and cold jokes – and it takes confidence to deliver those lines.

Jungle Cruise queue 3

Jungle Cruise queue 2

Jungle Cruise queue 5

Jungle Cruise queue 4

Remain seated in the boat please

The cruise is somewhat “different” each time due to the skippers’ performances, although it’s ultimately limited by the amount of animated props built at the ride itself.

I’m not sure if it’s because it’s autumn/winter season, but most of the “splashy” effects were toned down or turned off – namely, the piranhas, elephants, gigantic water spout at the end.

The river flows... into Grizzly Gulch

With Grizzly Gulch and Mystic Point just beyond a layer of trees, it’s possible to see some parts of the new themed lands from Jungle Cruise!

Rivers of Adventure

Raging of the Gods

Jungle River Cruise in Hong Kong Disneyland has a special finale scene unique to this park, where two rock sculptures, depicting gods of water and fire, duel right in front of guests. There are dramatic fire and water effects, which are bound to surprise guests on the right side of the boat.

Adventureland - Lanterns at night

And we’ve come to the end of our short journey around Adventureland.

Hong Kong Disneyland - Photo Tour series

Mystic Point (under construction) | Main Street U.S.A. | Toy Story Land (Day)
Toy Story Land (Night) | Adventureland | Fantasyland | Grizzly Gulch
Grizzly Gulch: Big Grizzly Mountain | Tomorrowland | Flights of Fantasy parade
NEW: Mystic Point | Mystic Manor (Pre-show) | Mystic Manor (The Ride)
Disney's Hollywood Hotel | Frozen Village (Summer 2015)
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