Although it is the smallest of the five Disney Theme Parks and Resorts, Hong Kong Disneyland holds its own with a number of unique attractions and events to keep both Disney fanatics and first-time park-goers thoroughly entertained.
Following the principles of Feng Shui, Hong Kong Disneyland is the first Disney Theme Park located in the greater China region, and the second in Asia, behind the Tokyo Disney Resort.
Hong Kong Disneyland is divided into seven sections, several of which are not duplicated in any other Disney Park. Look for familiar favorites like Main Street USA, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, and Adventureland. There is also a Toy Story Land, which is only found in one other park, Paris Disneyland. Hong Kong Disneyland boasts two new lands not found in any other Disney-branded theme park – Grizzly Gulch and Mystic Point.
As previously mentioned, Hong Kong Disneyland is the smallest of the Disney Theme Parks and Resorts, with only a Magic Kingdom style park and two official Disney hotels on property. Unlike its sister resorts, visitors to Hong Kong can get by with allotting one day to fully explore Hong Kong Disneyland.
While crowds at Hong Kong Disneyland won’t rival the masses typically found at the other parks, visiting on a weekday, especially during the school year, will see even fewer visitors. If you are acquainted with Disney’s FastPass system, apply the same principles and head to the newest and most popular attractions at park opening to get a FastPass.
Hong Kong Disneyland is located on Lantau Island, nearest to the airport. It’s easily accessible via taxi or MTR. There is a dedicated MTR line, but it does involve one or more train changes to reach the park.
Here are some helpful tips to streamline and enhance your visit to Hong Kong Disneyland:
- If you are visiting Hong Kong Disneyland on your way in or out of Hong Kong, there are baggage storage services to the left of the main entrance
- Head out to the public transportation area and look for the Disney buses to visit Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel or Disney’s Hollywood Hotel
- If you forgot to purchase a souvenir or gift for your loved ones, Hong Kong Disneyland operates a retail shop past immigration in the Hong Kong International Airport.
- Head straight to Mystic Manor or Grizzly Gulch upon arrival, as these are the newest and most popular attractions
- If you are visiting on a weekend, make a reservation for Disney-themed dim sum at the Disneyland Hotel
- Much like the other parks, visit the most popular attractions during parade times to minimize lines
- Feel free to shop throughout the day and ask for package pick up when you check out – all your purchases will be available after a designed time just outside the main gate.
- Avoid Hong Kong Disneyland during the Chinese New Year holiday if you want to avoid the biggest crowds
- If you think you might visit Hong Kong Disneyland more than once a year, look into annual pass options as some levels include merchandise and dining discounts and special hotel rates
- Bring a rain parka and/or umbrella. Hong Kong can get extremely hot and definitely rains a lot. Most people will disappear during the rain and coveted shady spots can be rare during the hottest afternoons. Umbrellas with UV undercoating are a great way to continue wandering the park without the hot scorching sun on your head
Opening hours at Hong Kong Disneyland can vary by month and seasonal event so always check the website before you come. English is widely spoken and most attractions’ signage is in English, Cantonese, and even Mandarin.
– Contributed by Erin De Santiago