By Urisara Kowitdamrong
At Hong Kong Disneyland, that news is stirring excitement at Toy Story Land. The buzz over Buzz Lightyear is louder than ever.
Astronaut Buzz, cowboy Woody and all their loveable toy friends are the stars of the hilarious yet often poignant movie franchise about the fun of being a kid and the bittersweet feelings about growing older and leaving childhood behind.
The characters from “Toy Story” will be cooling off summer visitors with splashes of water during the annual parades starting on June 26.
But childhood never ends at Toy Story Land in Hong Kong. It’s a great place to feed your nostalgia and revisit wonderful memories.
Toy Story Land is designed to resemble a backyard full of toys, and there are plenty of fun rides too.
RC Racer, for example, is a shuttle roller coaster with a semicircular track. Seatbelts fastened, you shoot up very high, very fast, reaching an altitude of 24 metres and diving into an adrenaline rush.
My advice is to sit in either the front or last row if you’re a true thrill junkie, and in the middle if you prefer laughing with joy to being scared silly.
Toy Story Land at Hong Kong Disneyland has its own array of adventurous rides.
Another adventurous attraction is Toy Soldier Parachute Drop, in which people actually pay money to be hoisted way up and then abruptly dropped into the heedless arms of gravity. It’s terrifying – but entirely safe. If you get a kick out of being way up high with your feet dangling free, you should definitely sign up.
For pure fun, Slinky Dog Spin is a whirling riot without the dizziness. Just check out the smiles on the people coming off the ride.
In another thrill for “Toy Story” fans, Hong Kong Disneyland is preparing to add a Toy Story Float into its water street party.
This fun celebration of summer will return under the name “Toy Story & Pixar Pals Summer Splash”, running from June 26 to September 1. All the favourite characters will be there, along with the new toys from “Toy Story 4”, cooling their fans with blasts of water and mist.