The theme for Disney Wordless Wednesday this week is March Calendar Shot. I frequently fail at floral photography so I’ve decided to bend the rules a little. You say March but Bill Murray says “There she was just a walkin’ down the street singin’ do wah diddy, diddy, dum diddy do. Snappin’ her fingers and a shufflin’ her feet, singin’ do wah diddy diddy, dum diddy do!”
Now these soldiers can be found marching at any Disney park around the world, but you’ll only find the Toy Soldier Parachute Drop in Hong Kong and Paris.
The Toy Soldier Parachute Drop is your standard drop ride. You’re held in place with over the shoulder restraints and lifted up into the sky. Being a kids ride you never get anywhere near freefall, but you do get a pretty nice view of the park and the surrounding mountains. Of course, as a good soldier in training please remember that you must be sober at all times! Wait – it says you should be sober and in good health. Okay, as you were.
Part of the Toy Story Land [averagetraveller.com] expansion in November 2011, this ride didn’t up the E-Ticket quotient in Hong Kong but it did help with the puny ride count that the park opened with. It’s a little ironic that Oriental Land Company chose giant toys to change Hong Kong Disneyland’s reputation for being teeny tiny!
As with everything in Hong Kong’s Toy Story Land, they’ve done a great job at keeping the theme for each ride. While waiting for your parachute training you’ll see loads of life sized toy soldiers, jeeps, and equipment. If you keep your eyes up you might even see a hidden Mickey among the storage crates.
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Great pictures! That’s a place I’ll likely never get to, so I really like seeing your pics!
Very cool! I love getting a peek into Disney parks I’ll never get to see in person. It’s interesting to see how each one differs from the others.
It is pretty interesting to see the differences between the parks. Each park has unique people and food and some parks have more details than others. Having said that, I think most of the parks have a similar look and feel with the exception of Anaheim and Paris. Anaheim’s narrower walkways and small layout make it much more intimate while Paris has more of a storybook feel to it.
Wow – this is a really cool post! Do they have a lot of issues with drunkenness, at Disney in Hong Kong and Paris, I wonder…?!? Ha
It’s strange because I’m reasonably sure that HK Disneyland is still alcohol free. Most of the ride signs there state that you should be sober and in good health so I wonder if the local meaning of the term is closer to “mentally sound” rather than “drunk”?
Another green post! 🙂 This is so neat to see. I love that you can see the Asian features on the soldiers as opposed to the slightly creepy “plastic” faces at the domestic parks. Haha!
Interesting take on the theme! That “You should be sober…” sign made me chuckle.
What a great take on the theme! The attention to detail in this park is amazing.
Thanks so much for sharing and for joining in on the DWW Blog hop fun.
Love it! When we went to Paris this ride was down :[ It looks like so much fun!!
This looks like such a fun ride! Love your marching take on the theme. Great shots!
I LOVE IT!! The soldiers always crack me up – we are heading to DL in July for my son’s 4th birthday – can’t wait for him to see them.
Thanks for linking up!!
Love the pictures! That sign cracks me up–are there other rides that you don’t have to be sober to ride???
Well this is pretty cool!