After almost a year of promotion and hype, Carla, James, Lauren and I braved the heat and headed towards the newly opened Jungle Junction. We saw numerous posts and promotions for this new show, so to say we were excited would be an understatement.
Dressed in our best orange florals and channelling our inner Moanas, we marched straight to Adventureland, where the new outdoor theatre was bustling with people excited to finally see Moana make her debut. An outdoor theatre at Hong Kong Disneyland is brave choice considering the extreme heat, humidity and rain that frequents during Hong Kong's summer months. However, another type of theatre to accompany the classic Storybook Theatre and the Theatre in the Wild give Disneyland's shows more variety.
Most guests that arrive for this show would most likely find themselves in the standing zone. The few benches in front of the stage are reserved for children so that they can participate in the interactive parts. If you're travelling with young children, show up about 15-30mins before your preferred show and start lining up to the left of the junction! The cast members start letting families with kids take their seats during this time. If this doesn't apply to you, we still recommend coming around 30 minutes early to secure a good standing spot. If you find yourself running late, or don't want to be / don't do well in crowds, you can watch the show at a good angle from the sides outside of the Jungle Junction as well.
That being said, avoiding the crowd is ideal and you should try to do so as much as possible in the summer. When we arrived at the standing zone, we were already melting in the heat before the show even started! It didn't help that there were about fifty other guests keen to get a good look at the new performance. Once you get past the heat and the crowd, the show will prove to be worth it and an enjoyable experience. I personally can't wait to catch this show during the winter months because it will be more comfortable!
Moana: A Homecoming Celebration differs greatly from Mickey and the Wondrous Book and The Festival of the Lion King. Instead of the usual musical recount, the Moana show circles around Moana retelling her tale of adventure to the village people through puppets and physical theatre. As much as I love a classic Disney musical, I think this new approach to storytelling really adapts and acknowledges Polynesian story telling traditions and is be a breath of fresh air for people looking to see another type of show.
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