Despite the park's small size, Disney has made a monumental effort to put on a show guaranteed to attract visitors A visit to Disneyland should be a magical experience, whatever your age. On September 4, I joined a thronging mass of about 30,000 people for a rehearsal day at the park. Having visited Disneyland and Disney Sea in Tokyo, I was curious at how Hong Kong's Disneyland would compare. My first sight of the park was of an old-fashioned railway station and a bright red steam-engine train filled to capacity with gawking passengers. Beyond were the rooftops of Main Street USA. It was enticing, and my excitement was sufficient to overcome the irritation of standing in a bustling queue. In Tokyo Disneyland and Disney Sea, I had been impressed by the enormous effort made to authenticate the style and detail of the buildings - whether an Italian piazza, German-style castle, Wild West town or an Arabic street. At first glance, it was clear Hong Kong Disneyland, at least in terms of design, was on a par with the other parks. A quick visit to the restrooms revealed immaculately clean facilities. Such standards were maintained throughout the park, another feature similar to Disney's other parks. The Disney Crew members (staff) were polite and helpful, despite being overwhelmed by the masses. This again reminded me of Tokyo, where the support facilities in the park are first class, making it easier for parents with small children to enjoy the sights without incident and lost tempers. Along Main Street USA the shops were filled to overflowing, both with a fantastic array of Disney toys, shirts, hats, Mickey Mouse dinner sets, stationery and sweets ... and shoppers snatching up everything in sight. Before going I knew the Hong Kong park would be small, but compared with Tokyo it was tiny. The crowds made it appear even smaller. Each of Tokyo's two parks has seven 'lands', while the Hong Kong park has only four. In Tokyo, there are fewer shops and more attractions, in Hong Kong, there are more shops and fewer attractions. Many attractions in Tokyo are walk-ins - including a Pirate Ship and Fortress Explorations, and some attractions are clearly more adult-focused - such as the Venetian Gondolas and Journey to the Centre of the Earth. I could have spent days at the Tokyo parks and not had enough time to see everything. The crowds were the only reason I could not see everything in Hong Kong. Tackling the Fastpass system is also a very different experience in the parks of the two countries. In Tokyo, there are no queues for the Fastpasses and most tickets allocate a time at the very most an hour and a half later. In Hong Kong, we stood in line for close to an hour to get a Fastpass for the Buzz Lightyear ride. The ticket time allocated was for between 4.30pm and 5pm (It turned out the wait was worth it - with the ride one of the best in the park). All Fastpasses had gone by 2pm, leaving many visitors disappointed. At Space Mountain, I spotted a sign for a 'single entry' pass. It turned out to be a quick route onto the roller coaster. If you are prepared to sit separate from your friends, you can get a seat in about 20 minutes. The ride, however, is a disappointment, both in terms of quality and length, compared with the rides in Tokyo. In the restaurants, long lines of hungry visitors patiently waited in the rain for a table. In Tokyo, however, it is almost always possible to get a seat at any of the restaurants, which serve a variety of food - usually styled according to the 'land' each is located in. Most of the Hong Kong restaurants serve Chinese food whatever their location. But the food at Hong Kong Disneyland is cheap and there are plenty of kiosks scattered around the park selling drinks and ice cream. My favourite part of the Hong Kong park is Adventureland, with its marvellous Jungle River Cruise, Tarzan's Treehouse and Lion King show. The bamboo and imitation-wood huts, boats and rafts look authentic, evidence of Disney's skill at making fantasy appear real. Despite its pitfalls, it appeared most visitors were enjoying the spectacle at the Hong Kong park. This was very apparent in the most popular part of the park - Fantasyland. Fantasyland has the most rides and colourful sights and both children and adults could be seen ogling Sleeping Beauty's Castle and heard squealing in the spinning Mad Hatter's Tea Cups. Disney has made a momentous effort to put on a quality show in Hong Kong. Watching the Parade of Disney characters pass down Main Street USA, it was hard not to get caught up in the music and atmosphere of the moment. But for anyone who has been blown away by the thrilling attractions, scale of the amusements and spectacular sights at other Disney kingdoms, Hong Kong Disneyland, at this point in time, does not quite match up.