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Disneyland Hotels Across The Street

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  • (Disneyland Hotel (Tokyo)) The Tokyo Disneyland Hotel is the third Disney-brand hotel of the Tokyo Disney Resort. Also, it is the fourth Disneyland Hotel.

  • The roads or public areas of a city or town

  • a thoroughfare (usually including sidewalks) that is lined with buildings; "they walked the streets of the small town"; "he lives on Nassau Street"

  • the part of a thoroughfare between the sidewalks; the part of the thoroughfare on which vehicles travel; "be careful crossing the street"

  • the streets of a city viewed as a depressed environment in which there is poverty and crime and prostitution and dereliction; "she tried to keep her children off the street"

  • A public road in a city or town, typically with houses and buildings on one or both sides

  • Used to refer to the financial markets and activities on Wall Street

Peak View (Hong Kong)

Peak View (Hong Kong)

There’s a tram that’s been taking passengers up the steep incline to the fabulous view from the top of Victoria Peak (aka, “The Peak”) since 1888. I, in my infinite wisdom, chose to hike from Victoria Bay (1400 feet below in humid 90 degree heat). Thankfully, I brought a hand towel from the hotel to blot the sweat from my forehead before my glasses are so wet I can’t see. After all this hiking, the last thing I expected to find was a shopping complex including multiple restaurants, 2 shopping malls, and even a large grocery store. But this is Hong Kong. My feet are killing me, and I haven’t eaten since breakfast, so I decide to sit down for a beer and some Indian curry while watching the view below. There’s a table outside where I can cool off without looking too obnoxious in my sweaty state. The wind is blowing about 20MPH up here, and it feels great to start drying off.

In the picture above, you see the towering metropolis of Hong Kong Island, then Victoria Bay, and across it is the Kowloon Peninsula. I’d say there are several things about Hong Kong that really blow my mind, and you can get a sense of many of them in this picture… First is the sheer number of people is astounding (similar to Chicago, but it just feels much, much more crowded). Every other street feels about as packed as Chicago’s Magnificent Mile on a sunny Saturday. The second thing that really gets me is the air quality is horrendous. The first day I got here, the pollution was so bad that you couldn’t see the tops of the tallest buildings and the sun was literally blotted out of the sky for most of the day. Granted there’s a bit of moisture in the air, but a lot of it is pollution. The picture here is my third day in HK., the humidity is only about 50%, and you can still see a dense haze.

You may notice many bright colors on the buildings. At 8pm every night begins a light show (the “Symphony of Lights“) that is the biggest in the world (according to Guiness). The fact that Disney put a theme park here is both unsurprising and completely redundant at the same time. Hong Kong feels like a big Disneyland merged with a financial hub merged with an Asian megalopolis. The tall buildings you see in the foreground are Hong Kong Island. The buildings further (beyond the river) are the Kowloon peninsula. What you can’t see is that these sorts of buildings are scattered all around various parts of Hong Kong. It’s amazing how many tall buildings there are here. Land is quite dear.

Hollywood & Highland, Los Angeles

Hollywood & Highland, Los Angeles

er many years of neglect, downtown Hollywood is being reborn, and the Hollywood & Highland project is at the center that renaissance.

It is a massive project that occupies almost two city blocks in the heart of Hollywood, a combination of shops, restaurants, clubs and live theatre.

Hollywood & Highland opened in 2001, just across the street from the rejuvenated El Capitan Theatre, kitty-corner to the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, and right next to the legendary Grauman's Chinese Theatre and its famous forecourt of stars footprints.

It is home to over 60 stores, nine estaurants, six new movie theatres, two nightclubs and the 640-room Renaissance Hollywood Hotel.

It also houses the Kodak Theatre, the permanent home for the annual Academy Awards show. (That's appropriate, since the very first Oscar night was held across the street at the Roosevelt.)

The project cost a whopping $615 million dollars. To put that in perspective, the massive Mall of America, the largest enclosed mall in the world, cost roughly the same to build. Disneyland's newest theme park, Disney's California Adventure, cost just twice as much (and features the same iconic elephants). We're talking big bucks here folks.

And the company behind it, the TrizecHahn Corporation, had a history of success, including the Horton Plaza in San Diego.

Advance artist sketches looked very promising: a soaring, multistory complex with grand stairways, imposing archways and Hollywood theming, including a spectacular Babylon Court, featuring mammoth pillars topped by marble elephants (reminiscent of D.W. Griffith's classic "Intolerance" set), and a towering archway framing the Hollywood Sign in the distance.

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