We came walking from Grizzly Gulch and then suddenly were met with a great wooden gate. And just like that, the world completely changed from western gold rush times to the turn of the century England! A place of mystery and enchantment. Welcome to Mystic Point!
As soon as you enter Mystic Point, one structure will immediately catch your attention. A huge and beautiful manor that you can't stop staring at, even if something about it seems eerie.
The Mystic Manor
The Mystic Manor is said to hold a vast of art and antiquities collection owned by Lord Henry Mystic, who is an eccentric adventurer and collector. You'll get to meet him inside along with his pet and trusted companion Albert the monkey.
The halls of the manor. You can see some ornate items and exhibits as you walk along
Finally you are led to a screening room...
...where you wait to see what happens. Suddenly the old projector screen on the wall flickers to life.
This is when you see Albert for the very first time as he views the projector with you while Lord Henry Mystic talks from the projector room behind you, welcoming you to his manor. This is also where he introduces one of his latest acquired antique which is an ornate music box. This is no ordinary music box as it is said to have powers to bring whatever its 'music dust' touches to life.
Next you are all led to the carriages. Now from here you might think that this is a normal train-like ride that goes inside the manor. You are sadly mistaken.
First of all, when you're there, you will notice that these carriages don't have tracks, no anything, yet they move in perfect choreography! So how do these carriages roam around inside the manor? Through electromagnets (Magneto-electric carriages)! This enables them to make each carriage move around independently, and makes them go inside different doors or paths. Like for example, carriages 1 and 2 goes inside a different door while carriages 3 and 4 enter another door. That alone already fascinates me. I have never ridden anything like it before! This also enables you to have a slightly different experience based on which carriage you ride.
When you enter the first room, you will again see the mischievous Albert opening the forbidden music box despite the warning from Lord Henry not to open it. (Bad monkey!) That's when the magic begins! How they created the music dust moving out of the box and around the room? I have no idea! Even at age 30-something, I was truly mesmerized!
And that's when the mystery and all the chaos began! All the effects you will see inside will get cooler and cooler as it progresses! Like my last post, I chose to only post limited photos of the magic here because I don't want to spoil it for those who plan to go. I believe it's more magical when you don't know what to expect and then you see it all for the first time, live. Even if you come across a video of the ride in YouTube, I promise you it is 10x more better in real life!
One of the things I love about Disneyland is that they make it a point that each ride is unique in their own way. And I would have to say that Mystic Manor is one of the top rides in Hong Kong Disneyland.
|No she's not asleep in this picture :-)|
I was happy that our little Rainbow didn't cry during the ride. She was just hiding behind my sweater every time it got too scary for her, but still peeking through the holes of my knitted sweater hehehe.
Of course at the exit of the ride is the Archive Shop where you can buy Mystic Manor gifts and souvenirs. I also now regret not getting Rain an Albert doll, even just a small one because now that we're home, 2 weeks after our trip, she still keeps asking me to play my Mystic Manor video and then she gets all giddy when she sees Albert. She always shouts "Monkey!!!! I'm coming!!!'
Mystic Manor is definitely one of the rides you cannot miss when you're in Hong Kong Disneyland. I believe Rain's cousins went on this ride more than once. They really loved it!
The Garden of Wonders
But really they're three separate sculpture panels. What I feel bad about not taking a picture of was for one of us to stand beside the back panel, and another at the front panel because it will look like this:
|Image grabbed from HK Disneyland site (here)|
The illusion makes the person on the back panel appear to be smaller. So cool!
|Image grabbed from HK Disneyland site (here)|
And right behind the Lamassu Bas Relief is the Neptune Oblique Anamorphic Mosaic which is a 3D painting that I can't believe I also missed! We would have had a blast taking photos that will look like we're really standing atop old pillars! Never mind. I definitely will next time when we get the chance to go back!
Explorer's Club Restaurant
Hungry? Feel free to dine at Explorer's Club Restaurant. Another beautifully-made building in Mystic Point. They offer Korean, Japanese, South East Asia, and Indonesian cuisine.
A photo with fellows from Egypt, Russia, Morocco, India, and China.
One last glimpse of the enchanting Mystic Manor! We'll be back! Oh yes... We will be back! And again Thank You to Rain's awesome Bito and Bita for this wonderful vacation!!!
Stay tuned for the third land that literally made me feel like a kid again!