Our third day in Hong Kong was spent in Ocean Park. Our initial plan was to leave the hotel at 9 in the morning. However, since we did not get much sleep the night before, we all woke up past 9. We already arrived the park at 11:30 am, such a bummer, I know.
Since, the place we were staying was just 15 steps away from the MTR – Tsim Sha Tsui, we rode the MTR to get to the Admiralty Station. From the Admiralty Station, you will be able to see the City Bus Ocean Park Express (Route 629). We bought our roundtrip ticket and our Ocean Park ticket at the kiosk located at Admiralty Station. (Be careful, people were selling Ocean Park tickets around the area, when we asked the Ocean Park personnel if those were legit, she said the tickets being sold by random people were fake).
So we took the Route 629 going to Ocean Park.
When we got to Ocean Park, we were so happy and excited. We got a bit overwhelmed because the park was just too big. I think its almost twice as big as Disneyland (but even though it was bigger, it was still cheaper compared to Disneyland!)
The Park had two parts: The Waterfront (located near the entrance) and the Summit. To be able to get to the other part, you could either ride the Ocean Express or a Cable Car (which were both free of charge).
We first took a glimpse of The Waterfront Area. Since we arrived a tad too late, we decided to just allot 30 minutes for this part of the park.
Other attractions in the Waterfront area were Whiskers Harbour, Amazing Asian Animals and Old Hong Kong. But since we were really in a hurry, we were not able to really allot a time to go to those place.
We hurriedly went to the Cable Car, which would bring us to the Summit Part (where mostly all the rides were located)
When we got to the second part, the first thing we did is to ride the Ocean Park Tower. It would actually give you a the whole view of the Ocean Park’ Summit.
After that, we decided to have lunch first before we tour around the area. I bought footlong hotdog together with twister fries.
After the meal, we went around the area. We rode the Whirly Birds and the Rev Booster. My sister and cousin both rode the Hair Raiser. I was too coward to try it so I just sat down and waited until they were finish. We also went to the Sea Jelly Spectacular and the Chinese Sturgeon Aquarium. In this part, you could also find: The Rainforest Ride, the Thrill Mountain, The Flash (which looked really scary), The Abyss, The Dragon, The Flying Swing, the Ocean Theatre, The Ferris Wheel and a lot more.
At 5 pm, we were all very tired, even if we have not toured the whole place, we all decided to just ditch Ocean Park and go straight to Mong Kok to shop for souvenirs. I somehow felt bad that we had to leave so early. But can you blame us? Our feet were swelling. 😦
The only thing I did not like about the Ocean Park was that some of it’s attractions have additional charges, unlike other theme parks were the entrance fee is already inclusive of every attraction inside. As much as we wanted to watch the shows, we can’t, because we were on a tight budget and we can’t afford to pay an additional charge anymore. I also thought that the park was too big, going around the different attractions was such a hassle.
All in all, the experience in Ocean Park was so much fun. But if you ask me between Ocean Park and Disneyland… Disneyland has my heart. 🙂