The land where dreams come true…
Hong Kong kids have just about anything and everything they need to stay entertained. So, it should come as no surprise to anyone that this city also has its own Disneyland, complete with rides, characters and more. And even though our version is nowhere near as massive as the ones in the U.S., it still takes a little navigating. To help you out, we’ve come out with the perfect guide for you and your family to enjoy the Magic Kingdom!
One great thing about Hong Kong is the convenient transportation! Located right on the Tung Chung Line (orange line), Sunny Bay is where you’ll find the happiest place on earth (or in Hong Kong!). The MTR pulls into the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, making it easier than ever to travel from Central to the Magic Kingdom – plus, the kids are sure to love the Disney themed décor on the train, complete with Mickey Mouse shaped windows.
If you don’t fancy taking the MTR, the park is also easily accessible by bus, taxi or driving. There is a fairly large parking lot, and if you’re a platinum member or require wheelchair assistance, there are premium spots for your car right at the front.
The recently established Water Tour route also makes it possible to get to Disneyland by boat. The ferry route runs daily, between the Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Pier and the Disneyland Resort Pier. For more information, check out the Star Ferry schedule here.
Alternatively, if you’re staying at the Disneyland resort, you can travel directly from the airport to the park itself by either the MTR, coaches or taxi.
If you’re visiting Hong Kong and are only here for a couple of days, the park has standard ticket options for you to choose from.
However, if you feel like splurging a little and want the Hong Kong Disneyland experience, special tour services are available. For the locals and die-hard Disney fans, the annual Magic Access passes are definitely for you. If you plan to make Disney visits a more regular event for you and your family, these passes range from silver, gold and platinum with special offers throughout the year (such as discounts on certain restaurants, stores and parking).
Covering the entire park is possible, but can be tricky when you’ve got little ones who want to take a break or grab a bite at the nearest popcorn stand. So if you’ve purchased the two-day ticket, be sure to note these tips:
- Get there as soon as you can (the park opens at 10:30am) to maximise your time.
- Look into getting a FASTPASS on the rides you don’t want to miss.
- Make sure you download the Hong Kong Disney app. An absolute must for any Disney adventure, the app includes wait times for rides and attractions, maps, schedules and more, making it easier than ever to make the most of your time in the Magic Kingdom!
- The audio guides, available at the Guest Relations on Main Street, U.S.A., are another handy tool to help you make your way around the park and feature helpful information about attractions, rides and services at Hong Kong Disney. While a deposit of $1,000 is required to rent a guide, this deposit is refundable as long as you return the guide before the park closes for the day.
- Keep an eye out for Photopass locations where you can have professional photos taken of you and your family while there. While you can view the photos online or on the Disney HK app, there are also various Photosales locations scattered around the entire park where you can purchase a more permanent souvenir of your magical day.
- If you’re visiting the park during a festive time like Chinese New Year, Halloween, Christmas, etc., you’d be hard pressed to find a place that gets more into the festive spirit than Disneyland. Don’t forget to factor in any special seasonal events and attractions into your schedule – they’re not to be missed!
Within your two days there (or one), you have six lands to visit: Adventureland, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland (with Star Wars themed areas and recently opened Iron Man attraction), Grizzly Gulch, Mystic Manor and Toy Story Land.
If you have the two-day ticket, divide your time between the six different lands by seeing the first three on your first day and the remaining three on your last. Whichever land you’re in, indulge yourself in some live Disney entertainment and be sure to check out the show times.
Another option would be, four lands on your first day while dedicating your time to the rides. On your second day, visit the last two parks and make time for the live shows, street shows and meet some characters along the way!
If your kids are feeling brave (and meet the height requirements!), try out the new version of Space Mountain called Hyperspace Mountain, which features a super cool Star Wars twist and makes for a high speed, turbulent ride. For something a little more tame, check out the Runaway Mine Cars in Grizzly Gulch, the Slinky Dog Spin and Toy Soldier Parachute Drop in Toy Story Land, or venture over to Fantasyland for the Mad Hatter Teacups (a true family favourite)!
In addition to catching all of your favourite princesses and characters, be sure to catch the Mickey and the Wondrous Book show as your little ones will be dazzled by the performance, or let them test their lightsaber skills with some Jedi Training at Tomorrowland with Darth Vader himself. Got a bit of an artistic streak? Enrol your kids in the Animation Academy, where they can learn to draw Disney and learn about the magic behind their favourite cartoons.
The park does offer a delicious variety of food ranging from Asian to Western and everything in between. You won’t miss a single food cart no matter which land you’re in! Indulge in some sweet popcorn, ice-lollies, frozen pineapples and even grilled squid while making your way to the next land. As for restaurants from the Main Street Corner Café, Walt’s, Royal Banquet Hall, Starliner Diner, Clopin’s Festival of Foods and so much more, it’ll be difficult to decide what you want to munch on!
Some of our favourites are the Disney-themed Dim Sum at Crystal Lotus and Mickey-shaped doughnuts and waffles at the Market House Bakery, as well as the famous Mango Dole Whip found in Toy Story Land with some piping hot churros – the perfect amusement park snack!
If you’re craving something a little healthier or you’d prefer to bring your own snacks, don’t fret, as you’re allowed to bring dry snacks, fruit and baby food from home. Another good tip would be to fill up your own water bottles before heading to Disney as a bottle there can easily go for $24!
Dietary needs and allergies? No problem. Check this out before you go and find out more about how all of your family’s needs can be managed and accommodated before you head off to the Magic Kingdom, including requesting special meals.
Here in Hong Kong, the weather can be the most indecisive thing ever. You can have your sunshine and clear skies for a week, then rain and humidity the next – and the season doesn’t make a difference! So, do check the forecast before planning your trip.
Although it seems as though Disney has its own climate apart from the rest of Hong Kong, it’s best to check out the weather channels before you head out. A handy tip is to purchase a few rain ponchos, most commonly found at 7-11, before you embark on your magical adventure; not only are they affordable, but they’re compact, easy to pack and will keep the whole family dry if it rains!
Our favourite time to visit Hong Kong Disneyland would be around November or December. Hong Kong’s winter isn’t too severe and even little ones will be able to handle it with the right amount of layers. The decorations are also stunning and the ambiance of Disneyland during the holidays is simply magical!
Generally, staying at one of the Disneyland hotels would be convenient and super family friendly for first timers in Hong Kong. Plus, in true Disney fashion, it has themed decorated with all kinds of fun paraphernalia, making it an absolute dream come true for your kids!
There are three hotels on offer: Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel, Disney Explorer’s Lodge and Disney’s Hollywood Hotel. The standard rate for the first hotel is approximately $4,000 per night, the second is approximately $2,900 per night and the third hotel is about $2,550 per night.
Special offers change from time to time, so make sure to check out the website for information on promotions and vacation packages – you can usually find some good deals if you plan ahead and keep up with its seasonal and special offers.
They always say to travel light, but if you’ve got an extra bub to take care of, packing light isn’t exactly an option. Luckily, the park offers a variety of family friendly services for your convenience:
- The Baby Care Center located on Main Street, USA is the spot to feed, change and nurse your tykes. There are also two nursing rooms with chairs, a feeding area with highchairs, a kitchen with a fridge, microwave and sink! There are also six companion restrooms conveniently located all over the park.
- Strollers can sometimes get in the way. Don’t worry, stroller parking is available all over the park. However, if you want your kiddo to run free without a stroller throughout the day, storage lockers are available for rental! (Stroller rentals are also another option).
- If you literally just arrived straight from your flight, and carrying around your luggage around the park is the last thing you’d want to do, for only $110 (per piece) you can stow away your luggage for the day.
- Didn’t have time to withdraw or running low on cash? ATMs and a currency exchange are available within the park! Although, credit or debit cards are also accepted when making a purchase.
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