What an impossible thing to consider if you have ever tried to convince my brother to ride Space Mountain in the past. It was a key goal of Disney World trip two-oh-oh-two. Once achieved, then no one was allowed to enjoy themselves for the remainder of the day/trip. Even though it went slower than the Test-Track at Epcot, Space Mountain was still totally off limits.
Fast forward to twenty and eleven, and go 12/13 time zones across the world to Hong Kong Disneyland, and we have a new story all together. Today, on the last day of his Hong Kong trip, Olivia, Daniel and I went to Hong Kong Disneyland for the final bits of tourism before his flight home on the fourth and my return to work after almost 10 days off. After walking onto a nearly lineless Buzz Lightyear’s AstroBlaster ride, we walked into a five minute line for Space Mountain – no discussion or prodding necessary. The time had finally come.
You can see from the photos below how much it was enjoyed by all. Across the full day at the park, Daniel and I rode down the Mountain in Space 4 times – with the longest line being the first time. (Subsequently we used a fast pass for ride #2, which the mainland Chinese have yet to adopt in their park visit protocol; and, we did a double header from 6:50pm to 7pm just before fireworks and closing, when it was a pure walk on from first to second ride)
This signals the end of an era, a wonderful end to the visit (topped off by delicious Korean BBQ), and a great start to 2011.