Our family loves theme parks so we’ve been to many theme parks all over the world. Of all the theme parks we’ve been to, Hong Kong Disneyland has been the single most relaxed experience we’ve ever had.
I think we were more relaxed because the park is smaller in size than many theme parks and the average daily attendance is also lower than the other four Disneyland parks. This means that the off-peak periods are generally quieter than other Disney theme parks and even the peak periods are less brutal. Some theme parks we’ve experienced have queues of 2-3 hours for the most popular rides, while at Hong Kong Disneyland queues of 1 hour or more for the major rides are uncommon.
Our goal when writing this article was to make a comprehensive guide to Hong Kong Disneyland. In addition to detailed information on buying Disneyland Hong Kong tickets we have loaded the article up with heaps of information including how to get to Hong Kong Disneyland, hotels near Hong Kong Disneyland, best times to visit, opening hours, fast pass information, a review of our Disneyland experience including our top tips, dining options, and what Disneyland is like for a family with kids.
- How to Buy a Hong Kong Disneyland Ticket
- How to Buy Tickets to Disneyland Hong Kong
- How to Get Discounted Disneyland Hong Kong Tickets
- Hong Kong Disneyland Ticket Price
- Meal Vouchers
- Hong Kong Disneyland Promo Tickets
- How to Get to Disneyland Hong Kong
- Hotels Near Hong Kong Disneyland
- Disneyland Hong Kong Opening Hours
- Best Time to visit Hong Kong Disneyland
- Hong Kong Disneyland Review
- The Hong Kong Disneyland Fastpass
- Hong Kong Disneyland Priority Pass
- Our Top Hong Kong Disneyland Rides and Experiences
- Hong Kong Disneyland with Kids
- Hong Kong Disneyland Food Review
- Our Top Hong Kong Disneyland Tips
- Hong Kong and Macau Travel Planning Facebook Group
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Check out our Hong Kong and Macau Travel Planning Facebook Group – you are welcome to join and it is a great resource to enable you to ask questions about your upcoming trip to Hong Kong and Macau!
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How to Buy a Hong Kong Disneyland Ticket
From our experience, Hong Kong Disneyland is a one-day theme park because of its smaller size, a smaller number of attractions, and generally lower crowds making it easier to get on most rides more quickly. For many people, I don’t think that a two-day ticket represents good value and a one-day ticket would be the best option.
However, a two-day ticket could represent good value for hardcore Disney fans who want to experience everything. It would also make sense if you have younger kids and want to experience the attractions at a relaxed pace.
This section of the article looks closely at Hong Kong Disneyland price including the cost of tickets and meal vouchers.
How to Buy Tickets to Disneyland Hong Kong
There are various ways to buy a ticket for Disneyland Hong Kong including buying through a travel agency, at the Magic of Hong Kong Disneyland store located at Hong Kong International Airport, or using the Hong Kong Disneyland Ticket Express at the MTR Hong Kong Station.
A Hongkong Disneyland Ticket can also be purchased when you get to the park entrance. You may get lucky trying this option but depending on when you visit don’t be surprised if you have a long wait (sometimes 30 minutes or more).
How to Get Discounted Disneyland Hong Kong Tickets
Another ticket purchase option that we highly recommend is to book tickets through an online provider such as Klook.
Having experienced many ticket queues in the past (including the day before our Disneyland visit when trying to catch the Victoria Peak tram), it really is a bit of a ‘no-brainer’ to buy your tickets online through a reputable provider such as Klook. There are two major benefits to buying your tickets online.
The first big benefit to buying tickets through Klook is that you will save time. When you buy through Klook you get instant confirmation. When you arrive at Disney you can simply present your printed voucher and enter the park. An even easier option if you have the Klook app installed on your phone, is to enter the park by showing the QR code for your purchase on your phone.
The second big benefit is that you will save money by getting discounted tickets for Disneyland Hong Kong. For our family of 5, we saved over $US 115 by buying one-day tickets plus meal vouchers through Klook. Here’s how we saved that money.
Hong Kong Disneyland Ticket Price
Klook Hong Kong Disneyland ticket vouchers for our family of 5 saved us $US42.45 when compared to booking Disney Hong Kong tickets directly through the Hong Kong Disneyland website. When you’re comparing Hong Kong Disneyland ticket price, if you’re looking for cheap Hong Kong Disneyland tickets, buying through Klook will save you between 8.7% and 11.6% per ticket (excluding senior tickets). The table below helps you compare the Hong Kong Disneyland entrance fee between booking directly on the Hong Kong Disneyland website versus buying tickets through Klook.
Price of Disneyland Ticket in Hong Kong
|Ticket Type||Direct||Klook||Hong Kong Disneyland Tickets Discount|
|Adult (12-64) One Day Ticket||$US 79.01||$US 70.09||11.3%|
|Child (3-11) One Day Ticket||$US 58.46||$US 51.69||11.6%|
|Senior (65+) One Day Ticket||$US 12.79||$US 12.79||0%|
|Adult (12-64) Two Day Ticket||$US 101.99||$US 93.10||8.7%|
|Child (3-11) Two Day Ticket||$US 75.18||$US 67.29||10.5%|
|Senior (65+) Two Day Ticket||$US 21.75||$US 21.75||0%|
In addition to Klook, there are other reputable online providers that you can purchase Hong Kong Disneyland tickets through:
- Voyagin offers either a 1-day pass or a 2-day special package. Click here to book Hong Kong Disneyland tickets through Voyagin.
- Get Your Guide bundles Hong Kong Disneyland tickets with either a one-way transfer or return transfer to Tsim Sha Tsui. Click here to buy Hong Kong Disneyland Tickets with a one-way transfer from Tsim Sha Tsui through Get Your Guide and Click here to buy Hong Kong Disneyland Tickets with return transfer from Tsim Sha Tsui through Get Your Guide.
- Viator offers either 1-day or 2-day Hong Kong Disneyland passes. Click here to book Hong Kong Disneyland tickets through Viator.
The second way we saved money was by purchasing meal vouchers through Klook. Meal vouchers. Meal vouchers are terrific value. For our family of 5, we saved about $US 75 compared to buying the food directly at Hong Kong Disneyland. It’s also very convenient to book your meal vouchers at the same time that you are booking your tickets through Klook.
Once you enter the park, on your left and before you go under the railroad track there is a guest relations building where you can show your QR code for the product and get your vouchers.
For lunch or dinner, the vouchers can be used for combo meals with a value of $HK 149 or below at eligible restaurants. If a meal costs more than this, you simply pay the difference. Note that this doesn’t include promotional menu items, kid’s combos or vegetarian meals.
The snack voucher can be used for a frozen lollypop (AKA popsicle, ice lolly, or an ice block for any Aussies) or popcorn. When we were there a frozen lollypop cost $HK 40.
Using these prices, a 2 in 1 meal voucher is worth up to $HK 189 ($US 24.14) and a 3 in 1 meal voucher is worth up to $HK 338 ($US 43.16).
A 2 in 1 meal voucher booked directly will cost $US 17.89 and is the same price through Klook, so you will save $US 6.25 per person using this voucher. A 3 in 1 meal voucher booked directly will cost $US 30.01 booked directly and $US 28.25 through Klook so you will save between $US 13.15 and $US 14.91 per person.
Here’s a price comparison between booking the vouchers directly versus booking them through Klook.
|Meal Voucher Type||Direct||Klook|
|2-in-1 meal voucher (lunch or dinner + snack)||$US 17.89||$US 17.89|
|3-in-1 meal voucher (lunch + dinner + snack)||$US 30.01||$US 28.25|
If you have purchased Hong Kong Disneyland tickets already, it’s still possible to purchase Disneyland meal vouchers separately through Klook. Click here to book Hong Kong Disneyland meal vouchers through Klook.
Hong Kong Disneyland Promo Tickets
If you feel like slowing the pace down and experiencing the park over two days, a special package ticket for Disneyland Hong Kong represents good value. It is a great promo ticket offer as you will not only save money compared to the standard two-day ticket, but you will also get a $HK 30/$US 3.83 merchandise voucher plus a popcorn.
The price for special package tickets is the same whether you book directly through the Hong Kong Disneyland site or buy them through Klook. An adult 2-day special package ticket is $US 89.22 and a child ticket is $US 65.74. However, even though the prices are the same in this case, there are additional advantages by booking through Klook.
Firstly, they offer loyalty discounts to regular users, so if you are looking to book multiple items in Hong Kong or other destinations you will attract further discounts.
Secondly, Klook offers a one-stop shop for a wide range of Hong Kong experiences, activities and other travel must-haves such as wifi devices and sim cards, therefore you don’t need to book through multiple providers. From our experience, this will definitely save you time and effort. Tickets are easily booked either through their website or through the Klook app. All your electronic vouchers are easily accessed through either the Klook dashboard on a computer or through their app if you are on the go.
How to Get to Disneyland Hong Kong
The main ways to get to Hong Kong Disneyland is to catch the MTR, use a private transfer service or taxi, catch a bus, or choose a scenic ferry option.
Hong Kong Disneyland MTR
We made extensive use of the MTR service to travel around during our stay in Hong Kong, and it was incredibly easy to use, cheap, and services ran regularly, so I would highly recommend using the MTR to get to Hong Kong Disneyland.
There is a dedicated Disneyland Resort line which you catch from Sunny Bay MTR Station. Journey time to Disneyland Resort Station is around 5 minutes with trains running every 5 minutes in peak times and every 10 minutes in non-peak times. From Disneyland Resort Station it’s a 5-10 minute walk to the park entrance. Note that Google Maps may show a much longer walking route.
Apart from being cheap and convenient, the other great reason to use the MTR to get to Hong Kong Disney is that the trains from Sunny Bay Station are designed with a Disney theme including Mickey Mouse head-shaped windows and hand grips, as well as Disney character statues inside the train.
Here’s how to get to Sunny Bay Station from a sample of locations in Hong Kong:
- From MTR Kowloon Station take the Tung Chung line to Sunny Bay Station. Journey time is 18 minutes.
- From MTR Hong Kong Station take the Tung Chung line to Sunny Bay Station. Journey time is 22 minutes.
If you are looking to use the MTR rail system to travel around Hong Kong I recommend purchasing either an Octopus card or an MTR pass. Both an MTR Day Pass and 72-hour Unlimited MTR Travel Passes are available.
The advantage of the Octopus card is that it can also be used for all buses, trams, trains and ferries while the MTR day pass can be used only on the train system. The Octopus card is a tap-on tap-off public transport card which comes with an initial credit and can be topped up at locations such as 7-11. With this option, you pay for every ride. Click here to buy an Octopus Card through Klook.
The advantage of the MTR day passes are that they can be used for unlimited MTR rides within the validity period and also includes a one-way trip on the Hong Kong Airport Express. The time period is calculated from the first use of the card. Click here to buy an MTR Day Pass through Klook and click here to buy a 72-hour MTR Pass.
Private Transfer to Hong Kong Disneyland
If you are looking for the convenience and privacy of a taxi but have a larger group size, or you’re looking for a more comfortable experience, a private transfer service is well worth considering.
We used a private transfer service booked through Klook when transferring from our hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui to Hong Kong Disneyland hotel as we had a full load of luggage. After our luggage was checked in we then walked to Hong Kong Disneyland.
Klook offers a private transfer service which can take you to major Hong Kong attractions including Hong Kong Disneyland, Ocean Park, Ngong Ping 360, or Victoria Park. The service can take up to 6 people and costs $US 51 to take you to Hong Kong Disneyland. Click here to book a Private Transfer to Hong Kong Disneyland through Klook.
Taxi to Hong Kong Disneyland
If you don’t want to be restricted by public transport timetables and perhaps want a bit more privacy, taking a taxi to Hong Kong Disneyland is a good option (particularly if you have 4 people or less).
There are three taxi services that can be used to get there depending on where you are travelling from: red Urban taxis service most areas in Hong Kong, green taxis service the New Territories, and blue taxis service all areas on Lantau Island.
We used a taxi to get from Hong Kong Disneyland hotel to get to the airport and it was quick, efficient and reasonably priced. The big issue we had is that Hong Kong taxis are quite small and not really suited to our family of five.
Following are approximate fares to Hong Kong Disneyland from various locations in Hong Kong using the following website. Use these prices as a guide only. Full details on how Hong Kong taxi fares are calculated can be found at the following link:
- From Central – HK 210 (estimated journey time of 30 minutes)
- From Tsim Sha Tsui – $HK 185/$US 23.62 (estimated journey time of 27 minutes)
- From Hong Kong International Airport – HK 150 (estimated journey time of 21 minutes)
Bus to Hong Kong Disneyland
There are a range of bus services that can take you to Hong Kong Disneyland but most of the time using the MTR service will be quicker and more convenient than catching a bus.
You can catch any A or E airport shuttle bus service (either to or from the airport) to Lantau Link Toll Plaza. Note that the different A or E bus numbers service different parts of Hong Kong so you should be able to find an A or E service close to where you are staying (Google Maps is your friend 😊). From Lantau Link Toll Plaza catch the R8 bus to Hong Kong Disneyland Bus Terminus.
Catching an A or E bus service from the airport directly to Hong Kong Disneyland is a good option as it only one stop from the Airport to Lantau Link Toll Plaza. However, if you are staying in central Hong Kong, catching an A or E bus is normally slower and less convenient than using the MTR.
Two other bus options are the R33 bus service from Tuen Mun Station to Disneyland Bus Terminus, and the R42 bus service from Tai Wai Station Bus Terminus to the Disneyland Bus Terminus.
Ferry to Hong Kong Disneyland
A scenic option to get to Hong Kong Disneyland is to catch a ferry. The ferry departs from Tsim Sha Tsui Pier and travels to Hong Kong Disneyland pier.
The ferry only takes one trip per day in each direction with the service departing Tsim Sha Tsui at 11 am and returning at 12:15 pm. It’s not viable to take a return trip on the same day if you are going to Hong Kong Disneyland, so a return trip only makes sense if you are staying overnight.
The ferry service is currently suspended while Disneyland Resort Pier is being repaired due to damage caused by a severe typhoon.
Hotels Near Hong Kong Disneyland
On a previous visit to Japan, we visited Universal Studios Japan in Osaka as a day trip from Kyoto. The trip was well over an hour in each direction. At the end of a long day at Universal Studios, the long trip back to Kyoto with three tired and irritable children really tested our patience. We vowed that on future trips to theme parks that when it was reasonable to do so, we would try to stay as close as we could to the theme park.
On our trip to Hong Kong, for most of the trip we stayed at Tsim Sha Tsui but we chose to spend one night at the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel.
It was a great feeling at the end of a long day to have a short and relaxing walk back to our hotel, then being able to jump into the hotel’s swimming pool.
We had also never stayed at a Disney hotel so staying there was a totally new experience for us. It was a lot of fun soaking up the ambience of the hotel and experiencing all that the hotel had to offer. In addition to the swimming pools and waterslide, our kids particularly loved the garden maze.
There were plenty of amenities for both adults and kids including:
- A gym, tennis court and multi-court
- Live music
- A children’s activity centre as well a playground
- Character greetings and Disney story time
- The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique where kids can be transformed into Disney princesses.
Another major benefit of staying at Hong Kong Disneyland was the Priority Admission Passes which we will explain later on in this article.
In addition to the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel, the resort has two other hotels which are also located within a short walk or shuttle bus ride from the Hong Kong Disneyland theme park. We had originally intended to stay at Explorers Lodge but they didn’t offer a single room that could accommodate a family of five like ours:
- Click here to book Disney Explorers Lodge through Booking.com
- Click here to book Disney’s Hollywood Hotel through Booking.com
If you’re not fussed about experiencing staying at a Disney hotel, there are a number of other accommodation options close to the theme park. For example, Auberge Discovery Bay is a highly rated hotel which is only 2.6 km from Hong Kong Disneyland and Noah’s Ark Resort is 4.4 km from Hong Kong Disneyland. Click here to check out other hotels near Hong Kong Disneyland through Booking.com.
Disneyland Hong Kong Opening Hours
The opening hours for Hong Kong Disneyland can vary almost on a daily basis. For example, as I write this article, in November 2018 the earliest opening time is 10 am and the latest closing time is 9 pm. The December opening hours are in a similar range while in January 2019 the park closes a little earlier (sometimes closing as early as 7:30 pm). Main Street USA opens about 30 minutes before the rest of the park opens.
The best advice is to check the Hong Kong Disneyland park calendar for the date/s you are planning to visit the park.
Best Time to visit Hong Kong Disneyland
When planning a visit to Hong Kong Disneyland, weather and crowds are the two main factors to consider. Broadly speaking, Summer is a good time to avoid due to a combination of more difficult weather conditions and larger crowds. It’s also a good idea to avoid weekends, public holidays and longer holiday periods (where possible) due to higher crowd numbers. However, generally crowds aren’t as bad as many bigger theme parks even in peak periods.
Following is a more detailed look at the best times to visit Hong Kong Disneyland. Personally, I think Winter, Spring and Autumn are all good seasons to visit Hong Kong Disneyland.
Winter temperatures are mild with average monthly high temperatures from 18°C to 20°C / 64°F to 68°F. The chance of rainfall is also lower. Winter is also the second lowest tourist period for Hong Kong. However, the period leading up to Christmas is a popular time to visit the park. Chinese New Year (which normally falls in January or February and goes for 15 days) might also be a good time to avoid Hong Kong Disneyland as many locals will be visiting. The period leading up to Chinese New Year is a good time to visit (particularly the week before when decorations are in place) as is the period following Chinese New Year.
Spring and Autumn
Spring and Autumn are also good times to visit in terms of weather as average high temperatures are moderate compared to Summer with Spring average high temperatures from 21°C to 28°C / 70°F to 82°F. Autumn average high temperatures from 24°C to 30°C / 75°F to 86°F.
We visited the park on a Monday in mid-Autumn and found the weather pleasant and the crowds low, making it for us a great time to visit Hong Kong Disneyland. It was also a fun time to visit as Halloween festivities were underway.
The downside of Spring and Autumn are that these are the two busiest tourist seasons. This means that hotels will be more expensive in this period. In 2019, the legal holiday for National Day runs for 3 days in mainland China (2 days in Macau and 1 day in Hong Kong). This creates a National Day Golden Week which runs from October 1 to October 7 in 2019. Hong Kong Disneyland is likely to be very busy during this period.
Summer is probably the most difficult time to visit Hong Kong Disneyland. The weather conditions from June to September are more savage due to the combination of higher temperatures (the average above 30°C / 86°F) and high humidity. The chance of rain is also highest from May through August. May to September is also typhoon season in Hong Kong.
From mid-June to mid-August students are also on their summer holiday and many of them will go to Hong Kong Disneyland although attendance will be somewhat spread out through the week and weekend. Although Summer is the lowest tourist season overall, July to August experiences the highest average daily attendance largely because many locals are on holiday.
For further information, Champion Traveler is a great resource to help you work out the best time to visit Hong Kong.
Hong Kong Disneyland Review
Hong Kong Disneyland consists of Main Street USA plus six lands: Adventureland, Grizzly Gulch, Mystic Point, Toy Story Land, Fantasy Land and Tomorrow Land.
Hong Kong Disneyland Map
There is a very handy interactive Hong Kong Disneyland map on the Hong Kong Disneyland website. It has very easy to use filters to help you find the exact information you want. For example, you can see all the activities at the park on the interactive map or filter down to attractions only. Once you narrow the map down to attractions only, you can use further filters such as thrill type, interests, ages and height.
Once at the park, it’s easy to obtain physical maps or the park or you can otherwise use the map that comes as part of the official Hong Kong Disneyland mobile app.
Hong Kong Disneyland Height Restrictions
The park is very kid friendly. Being tall enough to go on some of the more extreme theme park rides in Australia and overseas has almost been a ‘rite of passage’ for our children as they have grown up. For example, they were all very excited when they got to 140 cm (4 foot 6 inches) in height so they could go on the Green Lantern at Movie World on the Gold Coast. In contrast, the most restrictive height limit at Disneyland Hong Kong is the RC Racer in Toy Story Land with a minimum height of 120 cm (about 4 foot). Most rides are quite accessible for many younger children, so you’re sure to find some rides and experiences that your kids will love.
Main Street USA
You enter Hong Kong Disneyland through Main Street USA. Main Street USA is the main shopping precinct featuring several places to buy Disney merchandise (including the Emporium). My daughter went on a massive quest for Disney plushies at the Emporium and the other merchandise stores throughout the park. Main Street also has a variety of eating options, City Hall for park information and services, and the Disneyland Railroad Main Street Station. Main Street USA also hosts the parades.
At the end of Main Street USA you can see Sleeping Beauty Castle which is currently closed for renovation and is expected to reopen sometime in 2019. The Sleeping Beauty Castle has a stunning backdrop, but we were quite taken aback by its petite size (which explains why it’s undergoing a renovation). The current castle is only 23 metres tall (about 77 feet) which is positively dwarfed by the castle at Shanghai Disneyland which stands at 60 metres tall (about 197 feet). The castle should look far more impressive when it re-opens and the nightly fireworks show will then also be able to resume.
The main attractions and experiences in Adventureland are Tarzan’s Treehouse, the Jungle River Cruise and Festival of the Lion King. We didn’t get to experience Tarzan’s Treehouse so we can’t really comment on it, but the Jungle River Cruise was a lot of fun.
Don’t expect an adrenaline rush but the cruise is relaxing and the commentary, although heavily scripted, is quite entertaining. Watch out for fiery volcanoes, rampaging wildlife including alligators and rhinos, and the headhunters.
Just before we left the park we also watched the Festival of the Lion King. We will tell you more about this later in our wrap-up of the top rides and attractions at Hong Kong Disneyland, but as we said earlier, for us this performance was almost worth the price of admission on its own.
The most notable attraction in Grizzly Gulch was the Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars. Most of our family are adrenaline junkies and to be honest, the ride started off a little slow. However, our hearts soon started pumping a little faster as the main carts veered off-course, picked up speed, and suddenly we were sent flying backwards. This was by no means the wildest roller coaster we’ve ever experienced, but it was a great way to kick off our time at Hong Kong Disneyland.
The geysers located in Grizzly Gulch also make for a fun water play area, particularly on hot days.
After visiting Grizzly Gulch, we headed for Mystic Point. The must-see experience in this section of the park is Mystic Manor. Mystic Manor is a unique experience that is widely regarded as one of the best rides not only at Hong Kong Disneyland but across all Disney theme parks.
From the point we entered the queuing areas, everything about Mystic Manor was beautifully executed. The queuing area is full of portraits, paintings, and artefacts. This area also introduced us to the main characters including a very cheeky monkey called Albert. We then entered a pre-show/ride room which provided the background to the story before boarding our carriage.
The ride was technically brilliant with outstanding animatronics, effects and music. Albert was an incredibly engaging and amusing guide on our journey through the rooms of Mystic Manor. There were just so many details to enjoy including pictures and paintings that come to life (watch out for the picture of Pompeii), singing headless suits of armour, and a wild storm that is so well executed that you almost feel part of it. It’s the sort of experience that you could repeat multiple times and still discover new aspects to enjoy.
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Toy Story Land
The Runaway Mine Cars and Mystic Manor were a great way to kick off our day at Hong Kong Disneyland. We then moved on to Toy Story Land.
The three major rides in this area are Toy Soldier Parachute Drop, Slinky Dog Spin and RC Racer. We experienced all three rides and apart from RC Racer they are rides that are definitely targeted towards families with younger kids or for those of you who aren’t big on major adrenaline rushes.
The queuing area for Toy Soldier Parachute Drop was very well designed (as are all the rides at Hong Kong Disneyland) and the parachute training video was a lot of fun.
The ride itself was a standard drop ride which occurred at a ‘relaxed’ speed, so we never experienced a freefall sensation (which disappointed our older kids). In its favour, the ride offered a great view of the park and surrounding mountains.
Our youngest child needs some encouragement to go on the more thrilling rides and so by this stage was looking for a more relaxed experience, so we took him for a turn on Slinky Dog Spin. It was a cute ride but extremely tame, spinning you round and round at no great speed while Slinky Dog chases his tail.
RC Racer is the most thrilling of the rides in Toy Story Land. It’s a steel-shuttle rollercoaster which travels forwards and backwards along a half-pipe track. The rollercoaster picks up some pretty impressive speed. At each end of the ride, you are perpendicular to the ground and the height also gives you a great view over the park. My older two children thought enough of this ride to go on it 3-4 more times while waiting for us to queue and go on the Slinky Dog Spin. It definitely made their list of top 5 rides for the day.
Unfortunately, we missed out on two of the major attractions in Fantasyland. When we were about to go on the Disneyland Railroad we discovered that it was about to close. The other major ride in this area that we missed was The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, however we can attest to the fact that it is one of the most popular rides in the park, with the longest queues we witnessed on the day.
Our family really enjoyed Mickey’s PhilHarmagic. It is a 3D film with Mickey’s orchestra unexpectedly coming to life (thanks to Donald Duck). The film was made even more immersive thanks to scents, water and awesome surround sound effects. My wife and 3 kids (13, 12 and 9) also discovered their inner child while riding the Cinderella carousel while I bravely took photos from the side.
The unexpected hit ride of the day was the Mad Hatter Tea Cups. My children were initially reluctant to go on this ride as it was too “little kiddie” for them, particularly after going on the Carousel. However, when I went on the ride with them they discovered the joys of spinning the tea cups at warp speed. While every other teacup was turning at a sedate pace, our teacup was spinning like an insanely whirling dervish. We got off the ride and were completely unable to walk in a straight line. After recovering slightly, my kids immediately went back on the ride again. In total, my two boys went on the ride four times before we managed to drag them away. They definitely fell in love with tea cup rides, as at the two other theme parks we went to on our Hong Kong and Korea trip, the tea cup ride was just about the first ride they went looking for.
Other experiences to look out for in Fantasyland include Mickey and the Wondrous Book, It’s a Small World Boat Tour, and the Fantasy Gardens which is a great place to meet Disney characters. You could definitely spend a lot of time in Fantasyland, particularly if you have younger children.
Tomorrowland was our favourite land at Hong Kong Disneyland thanks to the quality and number of experiences. Our family loves both Star Wars and Marvel movie franchises so the attractions in this area of the park were geared perfectly to the interests of ourselves and our 3 kids.
Our entire family loved Hyperspace Mountain even my youngest who is normally pretty cautious when it comes to more adventurous theme park rides. The adventure started in the queuing area which is designed to feel like a spacecraft hangar.
Once we boarded the ride we were taken on a dark roller coaster space spectacular. Along the way we encountered x-wings, tie fighters and plenty of other spacecraft. The visual and sound effects along with the iconic Star Wars soundtrack made us feel like we were a part of a massive space battle.
The other major ride in Tomorrowland is the Iron Man Experience. The premise of this simulator ride is that Tony Stark (AKA Ironman) of Stark Enterprises is hosting a Stark Expo in Hong Kong. The queuing area is where you got to see all his latest inventions and the vehicles showcased were incredibly cool. We almost wished for the first time ever that the queues would move a little slower, so we could appreciate all the different vehicles showcased.
The ride itself features a story based in Hong Kong and showcases many Hong Kong landmarks. The 3D effects are really impressive and do a good job of making you feel like you’re soaring above Hong Kong in an Iron Wing. The storyline features plenty of Ironman quips which adds to the experience. It would be great if the ride was a little longer, but it was a lot of fun and is definitely a ride that we would happily do again.
In addition to the two major rides in the area, I would also recommend the Orbitron and the Jedi Training show. The Orbitron is a pretty normal spinner ride which doesn’t offer any major adrenaline rush but the flying saucers look pretty cool. The ride also offers good views over Tomorrowland and the mountains surrounding the park.
The Jedi Training show is great for young Star Wars fans who want to become part of an interactive show that trains them to become Jedi Knights. All the kids on stage looked like they were having a great time, and many were very earnest when forced to confront Darth Vader and the Seventh Sister Inquisitor in one-on-one duels. If you want your kids to become part of the show, don’t forget to register in advance.
The Hong Kong Disneyland Fastpass
A Fastpass is a special ticket which allows you to jump the regular queues and enter a ride through a special (and much shorter) line.
A Hong Kong Disneyland Fastpass is a free service that comes as part of your entrance ticket but is only available for three of the most popular rides at Hong Kong Disneyland: Iron Man Experience, Hyperspace Mountain, and Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.
Unfortunately, some of the other more popular rides and experiences such Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars, Mystic Manor and Festival of the Lion King are not covered by the Fastpass system.
You get Fastpasses from special dispensing machines located at the entrance area for these three rides. You must have your regular entrance ticket when collected Fastpasses and each person in your group must get a Fastpass for the ride. When you receive a ticket, you will be given an allotted time period of one hour to return to the ride. At any one time, you can only have one active Fastpass.
Hong Kong Disneyland Priority Pass
When staying at Hong Kong Disney hotels there is a similar but even more flexible service available to guests.
When we stayed at Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel we received priority admission passes for all five members of our family. This pass gave priority entry to Mickey’s PhilharMagic, Mystic Manor, Hyperspace Mountain, Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars, and the Iron Man Experience. We also received a separate priority admission pass to Festival of the Lion King.
Our Top Hong Kong Disneyland Rides and Experiences
In no particular order, our top five Hong Kong Disneyland experiences were Hyperspace Mountain, Mystic Manor, the Ironman Experience, Festival of the Lion King, and the Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars.
Probably for the first time ever in a wrap-up of top theme park experiences we’ve also given an honourable mention to the Mad Hatter Tea Cups. If you sit back and sedately take-in the tea cups it’s nothing special, but when you try to spin the tea cups at a furious pace the ride goes to a whole new level. Any ride that my kids want to do over and over again and then have to be almost physically dragged away from has got to be good.
This ride was an absolute favourite for our whole family, even for my youngest child who gets a bit apprehensive on roller coasters. When you combine a dark rollercoaster with Star Wars, what’s not to like? The experience was incredibly immersive making us almost feel like we were a part of a massive space battle. We would have happily gone on this ride again and again and again.
Don’t queue up for Mystic Manor expecting a fast-paced thrill ride but is a unique experience full of wit and whimsy. The storyline was a lot of fun, the main characters (particularly Albert the Monkey) were entertaining and engaging, and the ride as a whole is brilliantly put together. The animatronics, music and attention to detail are first class and our kids couldn’t stop swivelling throughout the show trying to take in everything. Do not miss this ride.
Iron Man Experience
The Iron Man Experience is Disney’s first Marvel-themed ride and the storyline based on around Hong Kong makes the ride a unique Hong Kong Disneyland experience. It’s a brilliant marriage of flight simulator, 3D movie and digital surround side combined with some amazing Hong Kong eye candy. It’s an incredibly executed simulation that makes you feel like you’re soaring over Hong Kong and battling the evil forces of Hydra. This should be on everyone’s top 5 must do’s list when visiting Disneyland Hong Kong.
Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars
This is not the fastest or most thrilling rollercoaster we’ve ever been on, but it was a lot of fun. The ride started off as fairly conventional and relatively tame rollercoaster. The ride definitely picked up when we shot backwards for a section of the track, then we reversed again and rapidly accelerated forwards. The audio-animatronic growling bears also definitely added to the experience (and are accidentally responsible for the sudden reversals of direction). If you can, position yourselves at the rear of the roller coaster train for some extra excitement.
Festival of the Lion King
If you love The Lion King movie, The Lion King musical or musical theatre, in general, you will love Festival of the Lion King. Thanks to our Priority Admission Passes that we were given as part of staying at Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel, we managed to skip the queues and score some front row seats, so we were in prime position to view the live show. However, just about any seat in the theatre would have offered a good view of the action.
The show is a retelling of the movie condensed into a performance of about 30 minutes. The performance features singers, dancers, acrobats, fire twirlers and many other skilled performers as well as brilliant animatronics. The costumes and sets were elaborate, colourful and incredibly detailed. The performers also do plenty of interaction with the audience as well. Although a compressed version of the movie, the quality of the production wouldn’t be out of place in a Broadway or West End theatre. As I’ve mentioned earlier, this show was for us almost worth the cost of admission on its own.
Hong Kong Disneyland with Kids
Hong Kong Disneyland is a very kid-friendly theme park. Here are the reasons why:
- First, it’s smaller than most theme parks which means less walking.
- Second, the crowds are smaller meaning the queues are not as long across the board. This means that your children will become less bored and irritable.
- Third, most rides are accessible for younger children. For example, the minimum height for Hyperspace Mountain is 102 cm (3 ft 3 inches), Iron Man Experience is 102 cm (3 foot 3 inches), Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars is 112 cm (3 ft 7 inches), Toy Soldier Parachute Drop is 81 cm (2 ft 6 inches) and for Mystic Manor riders can be any height. The most restrictive ride is RC Racer where the minimum height is 120 cm 9 (3 ft 9 inches).
- Fourth, they offer a rider switch service which allows adults to take turns waiting with children that are unable to go on certain rides. Note that only two people are allowed per rider switch.
- Fifth, the park is stroller friendly. The park is flat and there are plenty of places to park your pram. You can also hire a pram easily.
- Finally, Hong Kong Disneyland has a baby care centre which includes a comfortable nursing room, a napper/diaper changing area, and highchairs upon request. The care centre also has a refrigerator, microwave facilities and hot water. There are also 6 companion restrooms throughout the park for parents and children to use together
Two other tips for families and kids are to collect stickers and to collect and trade Disney pins. Most Disneyland Hong Kong cast members carry stickers and there are plenty of cool stickers to collect. Don’t be shy in asking cast members what stickers they have. Disney Pin trading is a Disney tradition. Click on this link to find out more about pin trading at Hong Kong Disneyland.
Hong Kong Disneyland Food Review
There are plenty of dining options at Hong Kong Disneyland. Each area has at least one restaurant as well as multiple snack carts. We went to the Explorer’s Club Restaurant in Mystic Point for lunch which is one of the best restaurants in the park.
We had an early dinner at the Royal Banquet Hall in Fantasyland.
We were quite impressed at both places with the variety, quality and quantity of food on offer. As with all theme parks, the food is a little expensive. To get around this it’s a great idea to purchase meal vouchers, as mentioned earlier in the article. For example, by buying a 3-in-1 meal voucher you can save over 30% compared to buying food and drinks directly.
Our Top Hong Kong Disneyland Tips
From our personal experience here are our top Hong Kong Disneyland tips to save you time and money and reduce stress.
- Visit on a weekday. While the crowds aren’t as bad as other Disney theme parks, weekdays are quieter.
- Arrive as early as you can. We arrived there just after park opening. Crowds build as the day goes on and often peak early to mid-afternoon.
- Plan your day around the most popular areas in the park (particularly Toy Story Land and Tomorrow Land). If you have younger kids, visit Toy Story Land located at the rear left of the park and grab Fast Passes for the major rides in Tomorrow Land (as well as the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh in Fantasy Land) later on. If you don’t have younger kids I would still start on the left side of the park. Two of the best rides in the park (Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars and Mystic Manor) are on this side and you can’t use Fastpasses for them.
- Take advantage of Fastpasses during peak periods to save yourselves time spent in queues.
- Food can be costly (as is the case with most theme parks). Eat beforehand or reduce the cost of food by purchasing meal vouchers.
- Visit the restaurants during non-peak eating times if you want a quieter experience. For example, we had lunch at about 11:30 am and dinner around 5:30 pm and we only had short queues when buying our food and plenty of choices about where to sit.
- Make sure you check out at least one of the parades and shows.
- Stick around for the night parade (at 7:30 pm) if you can but the daytime parade (3:30 pm) is also good value. Arrive about 30 minutes beforehand to get a better spot and maybe even allow a little longer on busy days.
- In terms of shows, Festival of the Lion King was almost worth the cost of admission on its own (although we are self-confessed The Lion King nerds). We also watched the Jedi Training stage show and would highly recommend registering your younglings (if they are between the ages of 4 and 12 and love Star Wars) so they can join the fun.
- The nightly Fireworks show is currently suspended while the Sleeping Beauty Castle is being renovated.
- Stay away from the parades if they are not your thing. Most of our time spent at Hong Kong Disneyland was pretty relaxed with the crowds never feeling overwhelming until the time the night parade was about to start. Then, things started to get packed including the retail shops and restaurants around the area. We would also suggest avoiding eating near the parade area around the time of the night parade.
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