Hong Kong Disneyland: Tomorrowland

Gateway to Tomorrowland

We’ve finally arrived at Tomorrowland, a space port of the future.

Tomorrowland is a staple themed zone in all Magic Kingdom-style Disney parks around the world. It’s like Sci-Fi meets Fantasyland – a optimistic view of the future with a focus on space travel and exploration.

Due to time constraints, I wasn’t able to spend a lot of time in Tomorrowland during this trip. I’ve decided to share mostly photos of this area at night, where smooth streaks of lights circle around this futuristic port.

Tomorrowland signage

There are five main attractions here. One exclusive is Stitch Encounter, an interactive character show where guests view and show and “interact” with Stitch.


Orbitron

Orbitron is a simple spinning ride (with up-down motion) that is surprisingly popular.

Autopia

Autopia is the park’s circuit driving attraction. It’s not a race. Guests get to drive a slow electric vehicle along a guided track. Despite severely long wait times (due to low capacity, and the whole fun factor of the ability to drive), this ride can be disappointing for some guests. The accelerator pedal really just means “roll forward” and the steering wheel.. well, frankly I’ve had a more exciting experience not holding on to the wheel and let the vehicle do the driving – that is, have it bump along the track.

Buzz Lightyear AstroBlasters

Buzz Lightyear AstroBlasters entrance

My favourite ride here has to be Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters. It is an interactive dark ride, set in the Buzz Lightyear universe (Buzz as a “space ranger”, not a children’s toy) and while not exactly thrilling or mind-blowing, it is a lot of fun shooting targets with the laser guns. Astro Blasters in Hong Kong feature fully-rotatable ride vehicles (controlled by guests with the joystick!) and movable laser guns. This is a slow-moving ride and there is a mix of moving and static score targets in the ride, with different score values.

The most exciting thing that can happen while on this ride is when the ride encounters a temporary stop (due to guests requiring more time to board or step off ride vehicles), because the score targets are still active and this really means a lot of easy points, especially if you stop in a good position for a valuable score target (always aim for the Triangles!)

There are no prizes for getting high scores here, so get your cameras ready to snap your score displays at the end of the ride. Highest score that the ride can display is 999,999.

Space Mountain - dramatic

The real space travelers and thrill-seekers will run to Space Mountain, Tomorrowland’s only roller coaster attraction.

inside Space Mountain 1

inside Space Mountain 2

This is an indoor roller coaster ride, built by Vekoma. Ride vehicle sits 2 per row, so you can have an exhilarating space journey with someone (screaming) beside you. There are projections of stars, lighting effects and glowing planets within the darkness. Otherwise, it’s extremely dim that most people will not even know where the roller coaster is heading.

I’ve taken this ride over 20 times since Hong Kong Disneyland opened, so the ride is no surprise to me. Like any crazy Disney park fan, I have the ride soundtrack in my smartphone. As the ride music is arranged nicely to fit with the ride elements, I could really know what is going to happen on this ride using the music as a guide.

That’s what you get for going on roller coasters way too many times.

Space Mountain

The other buildings at Tomorrowland are restaurants, with very nice sculpted roofs, trimmed with the finest light trails.

Comet Cafe

Comet Cafe serves “BBQ, Wok and noodle specialties from the Jiang Nan Region”. Not very popular, as most park guests are from Asia and paying theme park prices for something that could be gotten much less around Hong Kong isn’t very exciting.

Starliner Diner

Being a space port, Tomorrowland has the largest restaurant in the park: Starliner Diner. It’s fast food fare here – Burgers, fries and chicken wings.

Starliner Diner - streaks

And that concludes our quick tour around Tomorrowland, and all the themed lands in Hong Kong Disneyland. Stay tuned for the next update, which will be an dazzling one: Flights of Fantasy Parade.


Starliner Shuttle

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11 Responses to Hong Kong Disneyland: Tomorrowland

  1. Luke January 11, 2013 at 10:34 pm #

    Now I know why I did not like Space Mountain when I was small. I did not pay attention to the music!!!

    And I really didn’t like the two restaurants in this land. Neither did my friends.

  2. Ryanlulz January 13, 2013 at 4:35 pm #

    I am a big fan of Space Mountain having rode it in WDW many times. BTW, is Stitch encounter related to being recruuited by something? If it is then in WDW there is one. Personally I find that TSMM is better than BLSRS in terms of a shooting ride.

    The music on SM is mind-blowingly epic! FYI I live in Singapore and went to WDW recently. Hopefully you can post another update on RWS USS soon. Thanks for another well thought out and well written post!

    • Dejiki January 13, 2013 at 5:09 pm #

      Hi there!

      Stitch Encounter in Hong Kong Disneyland is about chatting with Stitch and is targeted towards children. The one in WDW is different, and it’s called Stitch’s Great Escape! The story in WDW involves guests as prison transport guards, and Stitch escaping and “running/jumping” around the room. Frankly, the WDW attraction is a lot more complex and (presumably) entertaining for all ages. There are no animatronics or animated props in Hong Kong, but a large display with Stitch presented with real-time animation. If you’ve been to Donkey Live in USS, it’s the same concept.

      Usually there are no blog updates on USS in January (due to lack of major new stuff), but there should be another blog post on USS sometime next week covering some minor changes in the park.

      • fabian January 13, 2013 at 9:10 pm #

        I miss the days when things weren’t ‘Stitchified’ (including the Enchanted Tiki Room featuring Stitch in TDL)…Alien Encounter at WDW was one great scary attraction! So sad that we won’t be able to experience it again…

  3. Alexandra January 22, 2013 at 12:24 am #

    Hey:) I love all your photos and, of course, this blog! I’m planning on Disney bounding in early February and I was wondering how long were you there? From opening to closing? As I was debating whether its possible to go on all the attractions and see all the shows within a day (10 hours). x

    • Dejiki January 22, 2013 at 9:43 am #

      Hi Alexandra,

      Thanks for visiting my website!

      I was at the park from 10:30am till park closing. There is definitely enough time to go on all the attractions at least once, but you need to plan ahead, familiarize yourself with the show timings and use Fastpass where available (Winnie The Pooh, especially).

  4. Ana Lazaro May 23, 2014 at 10:39 am #

    Hey,
    I LOVE your photos. Will be visiting Disney this Oct. Can I ask what camera and lens did you use? And if you have any suggestions for taking photos as awesome as yours? 🙂
    x

    • Dejiki May 24, 2014 at 8:31 am #

      Hi Ana,

      I use a Sony Alpha/NEX camera. As for photography, the golden tip is to be patient and observe the surroundings.

  5. Ana May 28, 2014 at 7:40 am #

    Your shots are just amazing! You’re making me thinking of changing my camera.
    I currently have the Canon 7D with standard lens. Do you know the equivalency to your lens with canon? I have been planning to purchase better lens.

    Thanks so much for the tip! Much appreciated 🙂

    • Dejiki May 28, 2014 at 8:27 am #

      Hi Ana,

      Thank you for your kind words! You may want to consider the following lenses:

      EF24mm f/2.8
      EF28mm f/1.8 USM
      EF28mm f/2.8

  6. Ana May 28, 2014 at 8:57 am #

    Thank you so much for your help!
    I will definitely look into it.
    You have been an inspiration to make sure that I take shots as amazing as yours!

    Thanks again and take care 🙂

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