It is challenging to photograph the first elements on the ride. The ride starts with a turn off the lift into a nice turn that offers amazing views of the ocean, and then a steep first drop. You actually catch some serious airtime on that drop. The trains then wobble into the long helix. The helix is followed by another great moment of airtime down another significant drop.
On the top of the summit you have Pacific Pier, Rainforest, Polar Adventure, Marine World and Thrill Mountain. Thrill Mountain, Polar Adventure and the Rainforest were all added after Hong Kong Disneyland opened and offer a wide variety of rides and attractions.
We were excited to check out the Rainforest section of the park, which is home to the park’s new rapids ride: The Rapids. This rapids ride is much like most of the Intamin rapids rides, not too intense. Instead of adding rapids, they chose to stick with misters and water effects that would create a rainforest environment. The ride has some fun landscaping and is well integrated with surrounding structures and animal exhibits. Definitely a surprise!
Hair Raiser‘s sign was damaged, so instead we just enjoyed looking at one of the most compact B&Ms around. We did get to ride Arctic Blast, the park’s powered coaster right next door which was quite fun actually.
The exhibit featured several high-tech displays and many different kinds of jellyfish. It’s interesting that many marine parks and aquariums around the world are starting to create these jellyfish experiences.
The shark tank was three stories tall and had some of the most impressive landscaping and shark collections we’d ever seen. We spent a good 45 minutes inside. The park did a fascinating job with educating, particularly against shark fin consumption, which is still much of a problem. The exit to the exhibit featured games that would educate on shark finning. I was very impressed.
The front of the park is home to several exhibits, make sure you check those out as well. I would advise spending your last hour or so at the front of the park to check out the red pandas for example.
We decided to finish our day at the park’s main aquarium, “The Grand Aquarium”. This aquarium was built in competition with Hong Kong Disneyland, but unfortunately felt rushed. The aquarium was much less impressive than the rest of the park’s exhibits.
The aquarium was large but featured too much “dead space”. There just wasn’t a whole lot going on. It’s quite unfortunate as the park has a giant queue house for it, even sells fast passes for the aquarium and it must have been my least favorite attraction at the park.
I suppose there is no better way to finish your day at Ocean Park than doing something ocean related and visiting their Grand Aquarium. When you visit, don’t prioritize this. Prioritize all the other amazing offerings this park has. Enjoy the views, enjoy the scenery, enjoy the amazing collection of rides and exhibits. Ocean Park is one of the biggest and most scenic theme parks in the world. We had a great time and will return in the future!
Thank you for checking out this Ocean Park Hong Kong report! We’ll be back with about 20 more Asian theme parks to talk about, stay tuned! For now, I’ll leave a picture of wonderful downtown Hong Kong for you to enjoy!
Check out some of our other recent updates and reports: