Hong Kong Disneyland – Main Street, U.S.A. – Christmas Town

HKDL - Main Street USA Christmas Town - Train Station

During Disney’s Sparkling Christmas, Hong Kong Disneyland‘s entrance and iconic Main Street transforms into Christmas Town. Let’s take a walk around Main Street, U.S.A. together and discover the festivities!

Featured in this entry:
– Main Street, U.S.A. – Christmas Town atmosphere
– Hong Kong Disneyland Band
– Christmas Characters
– Character Drawing Lesson at Animation Academy
– Main Street Corner Cafe Coca-Cola Christmas Menu

HKDL - Main Street USA Christmas Town - Park Esplanade

Photos in this entry are captured at different times of the day, thus pardon the changes in lighting throughout the post. For a more detailed overview of Main Street, refer to this entry.

HKDL - Main Street USA Christmas Town - Park Entrance

There’s always that certain Disney magic in the air when you see the Disneyland Railroad Station.

HKDL - Main Street USA Christmas Town - Park Gates

This year’s christmas decorations are bolder and more elaborate than in 2012. More ornaments (of many colours!) and denser evergreens!

HKDL - Main Street USA Christmas Town - Entrance Decor and Flags

Welcome to Main Street, U.S.A. – Christmas Town

HKDL - Main Street USA Christmas Town - Main Street Circle

We’re in! We had clear skies during our visit. Quite windy at times, so the sun was enjoyable.

HKDL - Main Street USA Christmas Town - Christmas Tree

The majestic Hong Kong Disneyland Christmas Tree – the Heart of Christmas Town!

HKDL - Main Street USA Christmas Town - Overview

The right side of Main Street, U.S.A. (towards Fantasyland) is covered up for refurbishment. It’s interesting to see Christmas decorations hanging off the themed walls.

HKDL - Main Street USA Christmas Town - Mickey Wreath

Every street lamp at Main Street, U.S.A. has a Mickey-shaped wreath.

HKDL - Main Street USA Christmas Town - Donald & Co

This year Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Daisy, in all-new festive costumes, can be found at the Castle Hub, in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle.

HKDL - Main Street USA Christmas Town - Main Street Band

We caught a morning performance by the Hong Kong Disneyland Band. Popular Christmas tunes and classic Disney songs were performed.

HKDL - Main Street USA Christmas Town - Main Street Band and Sakura Haruka

Chanel from Sakura Haruka was invited to conduct the Hong Kong Disneyland Band!

HKDL - Main Street USA Christmas Town - Main Street Band 2

HKDL - Main Street USA Christmas Town - Main Street Band 3

Cast members around the park may have a special pin on their name tags – these are service awards. Louwel, who plays the trumpet in the Disneyland Band, has the Steamboat Willie pin.

HKDL - Main Street USA Christmas Town - Main Street Band, Legacy CM

This particular band member (by the way, his name is Saturn) has a blue name tag. He is a recipient of a rare award: The Walt Disney Legacy Award.

HKDL - Main Street USA Christmas Town - Goods & Fine Gifts

Let’s go back and look at the beautiful building facades around Christmas Town.

HKDL - Main Street USA Christmas Town - Animation Academy

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HKDL - Main Street USA Christmas Town - Carriage House

HKDL - Main Street USA Christmas Town - Curiosity

HKDL - Main Street USA Christmas Town - Shopping

Step in, and you’ll find stores filled with irresistible goodies.

HKDL - Main Street USA Christmas Town - Shopping

HKDL - Main Street USA Christmas Town - Shopping

The Park Store is actually an entire chain of buildings (connected together inside) on one side of Main Street. The Victorian Collection is a place to look out for, because apart from being a place for good photos, you can also find…

HKDL - D-Tech iPhone cases

Phone and tablet cases! Lots of unique designs for popular devices from Apple and Samsung!

HKDL - Main Street USA Christmas Town - Shopping

HKDL - Main Street USA Christmas Town - Shopping / Lotso Trio

A trio of Lotso mini plush toys. The entire rack is filled with these mini plushies. They have magnets in them so you can either connect a few of these toys together or stick them on magnetic surfaces.

HKDL - Main Street USA Christmas Town - Shopping

HKDL - Main Street USA Christmas Town - Shopping

Too many choices, too little time. Even after spending more than an hour shopping here, we still feel like we forgot to buy something. The good thing is, items in Hong Kong Disneyland are more reasonably priced than in Tokyo Disney Resort.

Friends at Christmas Town

Apart from Disney characters in Christmas outfits, don’t miss the Elves, Duffy and Gingerbread Man (and woman)!

HKDL - Main Street USA Christmas Town - Gingerbread

HKDL - Main Street USA Christmas Town - Elves

HKDL - Main Street USA Christmas Town - Elves 2

Animation Academy

HKDL - Main Street USA Christmas Town - Animation Academy

Animation Academy is actually one of the first few attractions that guests visiting Hong Kong Disneyland will see in the park. Learn to draw your favourite Disney characters!

HKDL - Main Street USA Christmas Town - Animation Academy

Why have I never stepped inside? I always thought that the classes, like in Tokyo Disneyland, require payment. But these drawing classes in Hong Kong Disneyland are FREE. You can drop by the Academy as many times as you wish and learn to draw all the characters offered.

HKDL - Main Street USA Christmas Town - Animation Academy

Class time varies, but every day at least 4 characters will be available. You will learn to draw the face of a Disney character in about 10-15 minutes! During the day of visit, we attended the Donald (Christmas Hat ver.) class.

HKDL - Main Street USA Christmas Town - Animation Academy

The classes are conducted in cantonese, although they are quite easy to follow.

HKDL - Main Street USA Christmas Town - Animation Academy

View of the classroom behind my seat.

HKDL - Main Street USA Christmas Town - Animation Academy

Pencils and a sheet of paper (with this unique logo) will be provided. Erasers, however, are not. Therefore, always start drawing faint lines first!

HKDL - Main Street USA Christmas Town - Animation Academy

The instructor’s desk. There is a live video feed showing the instructor’s movement on paper, so basically you just have to mimic what’s displayed on the projection screen.

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An in-progress shot of the Donald Duck I drew during the class. OH DEAR – looks more like an unauthorized character.

HKDL - Main Street USA Christmas Town - Animation Academy

HKDL - Main Street USA Christmas Town - Animation Academy

Lots of lovely props (can you identify which classic shows they were from?) lying around the front of the classroom.

HKDL - Main Street USA Christmas Town - Animation Academy

Anyway, you get to keep your drawing in the end – whether if it’s portfolio-worthy or not. Free souvenir (and it’s a cool experience), so remember to check out the Animation Academy next time!

HKDL - Main Street USA Christmas Town - Sunset

Main Street Corner Cafe

Interestingly, our favourite restaurant in Hong Kong Disneyland was recently rebranded into Main Street Corner Cafe hosted by Coca-Cola. For this trip, we were introduced to the Main Street Corner Cafe Coca-Cola Christmas Menu and had the set for dinner.

Main Street Corner Cafe - 2D Sign

The beautiful sign became 2D due to refurbishments at Main Street.

Main Street Corner Cafe - Menu

The Main Street Corner Cafe Coca-Cola Christmas Menu is priced at HKD288 (~ SGD46.50) per set.


Main Street Corner Cafe

Appetizer
Seared Scallops with Mango Salad and Coca-Cola Molecules

Main Courses
Beef Cheek with Coca-Cola Barbecue Sauce on Mashed Potatoes and Roasted Root Vegetables

OR

Poached Sole and Salmon Fillet in Coca-Cola Velouté Vegetables Fettuccine

Dessert
Coca-Cola Crème Brûlée with Fresh Berries


Special Christmas Beverages are also available as a HKD22 (~ SGD3.60) add-on. They are more expensive if you buy them separately.

Main Street Corner Cafe - Drinks Menu

From left to right:
Sulley’s Blue Frightener – HKD48
Pink Grapefruit Soda – HKD42
Santa’s Hot Ginger Lemon – HKD40
Hot Ginger Coca-Cola – HKD40

Main Street Corner Cafe - Drinks!

The Sulley drink comes with a light cube. These are LED lights that automatically turn on when in contact with water. You can take them home as another cool souvenir (or ask a cast member for more!)

Anyway, back to the food:

Main Street Corner Cafe - Scallops Starter
Seared Scallops with Mango Salad and Coca-Cola Molecules

Main Street Corner Cafe - Braised Beef Cheek
Beef Cheek with Coca-Cola Barbecue Sauce on Mashed Potatoes and Roasted Root Vegetables

Main Street Corner Cafe - Salmon Fillet in Fettuccine
Poached Sole and Salmon Fillet in Coca-Cola Velouté Vegetables Fettuccine

Main Street Corner Cafe - Coca Cola Creme Brulee
Coca-Cola Crème Brûlée with Fresh Berries

I’m no food critic, but the idea of infusing Coca-Cola into the dishes is a novel idea. Scallops with Coca-Cola, really? As odd as that sounds, the flavours did turn out well – just imagine the scallops with a taste of honey… that is more Coca-Cola.

The Coca-Cola Barbecue Sauce went well with the Beef Cheeks. It’s similar to those Coca-Cola marinated steaks. I didn’t try the other main course, but it was fragrant and certainly looked delicious!

Lastly, Crème Brûlée à la Coca-Cola was good, topped with a thicker-than-expected layer of Cola-rich caramel. But if you love your Creme Brulee crunchy, you will love this. The custard layer is very short, so this is really a sugar-happy end to the Christmas meal.

Anyone who loves the Coca-Cola (me!) should enjoy this Christmas set.


Find out more about Main Street, U.S.A. in the 2012 feature. Anyway, we’re not quite done with this part of the park yet. I hope you’re ready for an uplifting spectacle, captured at Main Street!

A Sparkling Christmas is held at Hong Kong Disneyland from now till 5 January 2014


Puppets in the Park | Christmas Illumination | Main Street, U.S.A. - Christmas Town
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Mystic Manor - Part Two (The Ride) | Disney's Hollywood Hotel |

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Mystic Point (under construction) | Main Street U.S.A. | Toy Story Land (Day)
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