Guide to Disneyland Hong Kong

In 2005, Hong Kong Disneyland opened as the city’s largest theme park. It is a destination for many Disney fans, though it is the smallest Disney park in the world. Still, it retains all of the charms and fun of Disney parks around the world. The size means that it actually has fewer people and shorter lines, so you will be able to through more.

Tourists love Disneyland Hong Kong because cast members speak English, Mandarin, and Cantonese.

The park itself is unique because it was designed to match the principles of feng shui and you learn a lot about Chinese culture as you move throughout the park.

Overall, Disneyland Hong Kong is a great location for families to go when they are on vacation in Hong Kong, but it might not be the entire reason for a trip.

How Much Time Do I Need to Visit Disneyland Hong Kong?

How much time you need to spend in the park depends on just what you want to do. You could spend a full day there, you could even spend a few days there if you really want to experience everything. Some people only take a half day there. If you have older children, you might only need an afternoon. For younger children, however, this is likely going to be a day-long activity.

This Disneyland Park isn’t nearly as costly as some of the other parks, so you shouldn’t feel like you are wasting money if you only take a few hours.

Remember that you may want to shorten your time in the park during the summer months because of the heat and humidity. You’ll have to worry about it with younger children. One possible way to work around the heat is to go at night or when it isn’t sunny outside.

Hong Kong Disneyland’s Seven Worlds

Main Street U.S.A

Main Street USA is a replication of the same world in other Disney Parks. It has stores you would find in Hong Kong built right into the façade of a small American town. You will be able to buy souvenirs here, including Tsum Tsums, which are probably the most popular items in the entire park.

Popular Attractions:

    – Animation Academy
    – Art of Animation
    – Hong Kong Disneyland Railroad
    – Main Street U.S.A. Station
    – Main Street Vehicles

When you get into Main Street, you will be able to see a lot of the characters, particularly on the grassy rotunda. The line here is quite long, so it is best to do this area first.

You can find salads, sandwiches, and pasta in the Corner Café. It is also a destination for tea. Another popular option is the Market House Bakery for a great pastry. For those looking for something a little nicer and a space to sit down, consider the Plaza Inn. Of course, there are also plenty of stalls and snack carts around here.

Fantasyland

One of the most prevalent attractions in Hong Kong Disneyland is Sleeping Beauty’s castle. The grounds around her castle are called Fantasyland, and it is the most popular location for children to go. There are rides everywhere and tons of characters.

Popular Attractions:

    – Cinderella’s Carousel
    – Dumbo the Flying Elephant
    – Fantasy Gardens
    – Hong Kong Disneyland Railroad – Fantasyland Station
    – It’s a Small World
    – Mad Hatter Tea Cups
    – The Many Adventures of Winnie the Poo
    – Sleeping Beauty Castle

Fantasy Gardens is where a large majority of the characters will be because of the shade and the amount of benches. You could sit here all day to see different characters. There is a photographer there who can take professional photos or who will use your camera.

For those looking for options, the Royal Banquet Hall gives you different stations. Another option is Clopin’s Festival of Food, which is Chinese food. There is also an ice cream stand that has some of the best ice cream you will ever eat.

Toy Story Land

Based on the Toy Story movies, this is another section of the park that does get quite busy. It is great for young children and blends right into Fantasyland.

Popular Attractions

    – Barrel of Fun
    – RC Racer
    – Slinky Dog Spin
    – Toy Soldier Parachute Drop

The lines in this section move a lot more slowly than they do in other sections of the park. Many of the rides are geared toward older children, which means they are faster. There are cubbies here to secure your gear.

The only place to eat here is Jessie’s Snack Cart, where you can find the Dole Whip, one of the most popular foods in the park. It is slightly different at Hong Kong Disneyland than it is elsewhere, but you have to try it.

Mystic Point

The newest world in Hong Kong Disney, it is home to Mystic Manor, a haunted house type ride. It is a lo of fun for older teens who want a little bit of a story. They will get it when they encounter Lord Henry Mystic and go throughout a Papua New Guinea rainforest.

Popular Attractions:

    – Garden of Wonders
    – Mystic Manor
    – Mystic Point Freight Depot

Most people agree that you will find the best selection and the best food at the Explorer’s Club Restaurant.  You will be able to find the kid-friendly bento boxes here.

Grizzly Gulch

Grizzly Gulch is extremely similar to Frontierland, which is essential a recreation of the Wild West. It is small and the only ride is a roller coaster that is great for preteens and teens. Still, it has some things that you need to see. However, if you are pressed for time, you don’t need to spend much time here.

Popular Attractions:

    – Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars
    – Geyser Gulch
    – Wild West Photo Fun

Unfortunately, you’ll only find a popcorn cart and a snack shop.

Adventureland

If you love Adventureland in the other Disney Parks, you do not want to miss this one because it is the biggest one. Make sure you go on the Jungle Cruise, but pay attention so that you get in the correct line, as they are arranged by language.

    – Jungle River Cruise
    – Liki Tikis
    – Rafts to Tarzan’s Treehouse
    – Tarzan’s Treehouse

Eat in Adventureland: Unfortunately, there is only a snack cart here.

Tomorrowland

Tomorrowland is another part of Disneyland Hong Kong that is extremely popular with children and families of all ages and sizes. There is really something here for everyone. It also has some of the newest attractions.

Popular Attractions:

    – Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
    – Hyperspace Mountain
    – Iron Man Experience
    – Orbitron
    – Star Wars Command Post

The newest addition is the Iron Man Experience, which is sure to bring in many fans of the movies and series. It has taken over three years to create, so it is going to be quite the experience. It doesn’t open until January 2017, so make sure to check the website for updates and ticketing information.

Eat in Tomorrowland: For travelers looking for something that reminds them of home, the Starlight Diner is going to be the best place to go. You will find burgers, chicken fingers, French fries, and milkshakes here. Of course there are also healthier options and some things will be a little different – but it is interesting to see American food through a different lens.

Tips and Tricks

Navigating Ride Wait Times

Of course it is still Disney, so you do have to worry about wait times, it is just a fact of life. In order to avoid the worst of it, make sure to go to the park on a weekday and not during a holiday season. Either way, you will likely still have to wait.

At worst, you’ll be waiting in line for about 20-25 minutes, but there is always something going on that you can watch so you don’t have to worry about being bored.

One great tip is to download the free Hong Kong Disneyland App onto your phone (available on iPhone through the App Store and Android through the Google Play Store) that tells you how long wait times are at certain rides. It will also tell you where certain characters were bill, show you where you are on the map, and you can even make reservations for meals.

Fast Pass

There are two rides at Disneyland Hong Kong that have a Fast Pass option, Hyperspace Mountain and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. The expedited line may be worth it, but a lot of people are starting to buy this as well so sometimes the expedited line isn’t actually all that much faster. If you have to move at a clip, it might be worth it.

Disney Spectacular Tour

Hong Kong Disneyland offers a VIP tour called the Disney Spectacular Tour. It is expensive and doesn’t even include park admission, so it is certainly a treat and only for the biggest Disney fans. This tour provides you with access to the rides of your choice, gives you reserved seating at shows, offers up the best seats at the parade, and gets you passes to the fireworks.

While this might not be the best bet for everyone, if you have some extra cash to spend, especially if you are going during the busy season, it might be worth it.

When to Arrive at Disneyland Hong Kong

Often, the workers at the park will let you into the park 15 minutes early if you are there. You wander about Main Street USA before the park opens, but you won’t really see too much. The reason that some people enjoy doing this is because a child or family is selected to help cut the daily ribbon to open up the park. It is a cute ceremony.

Of course, this will also allow you to get to your chosen ride first. A good idea would be to look over the rides first and use the aforementioned app to figure out which lines move slowly so that you can go there.

What to Bring to Disneyland Hong Kong

The first thing you need to bring is sunscreen – there isn’t that much shade and the sun is extremely bright here. You should also bring bug spray. Do not forget these at home because you will pay 3x the price anywhere within the park. Another great option is a travel umbrella to protect yourself from the rays.

You are not allowed to bring food or drinks into the park. Your children may dress up like their favorite characters, but anyone over 16 is now allowed to do so.

DO NOT bring your selfie stick to Disneyland Hong Kong as they are not permitted.

Strollers at Hong Kong Disneyland

You are allowed to bring a stroller with you to the park, if you wish. For the most part, people allow them to set wherever. Still, on the more crowded rides it could be an issue.

Stroller rentals are available and they have quite a few to choose from, so you don’t have to worry about getting there early.

Disney Characters Greetings

With the app, you should easily be able to find out where you can greet the different Disney characters. Still, there are times that they take breaks, and they are frequent because of the heat. Usually a character will be “on” for 20 minutes and “off” for about 10.

The more popular characters get absolutely swamped. Some of the regulars include: Elsa, Anna, Snow White, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Buzz Lightyear, Sleeping Beauty, Sofia, and Tinkerbell.

You can buy autograph books on Main Street where they can get the characters to sign and staff members will give them stickers to put inside of it.

Hong Kong Disneyland Ticket Prices

Single-Day Passes

Adults are $539 HKD ($70 USD) and children are $385 HKD ($50 USD). For those who need more time, there are 2-Day Hong Kong Disneyland tickets available.

Annual Passes

What they call Magic Passes (prices start at $1078 HKD for adults) are available to all guests, no matter where you live. You will have to do the math yourself to see if they are worth it. However, if you frequent the hotels or go more than two days, it is likely worth it.

Mostly this is a better deal for residents of Hong Kong.

A big tip is to get your tickets beforehand so that you don’t have to wait in line.

Comments

  1. Noel says:

    Don’t forget to buy all of the Hong Kong exclusive merchandise! The Mickey Ears from Hong Kong are my favorites and always get commented on at other parks.

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