The BEST Guide to Visiting Hong Kong Disneyland

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If you’re visiting Hong Kong with kids, you must take them to Hong Kong Disneyland. We’ve been to every Disney resort in the world. This Disney park is our favorite.

To give you a little bit of background, we lived in Hong Kong, still go to Hong Kong Disneyland during every return visit and have been there more times than many of our friends who still live there. We’ve stayed in two Hong Kong Disneyland hotels (we’ll stay in the new hotel this spring), eaten Disney dim sum, dressed up at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique multiple times, enjoyed character dining and much more.

In this guide, I will share insider tips for of the above, how to buy tickets, how to skip the lines, and more to ensure your visit to this amazing Hong Kong attraction is absolutely perfect.

About Hong Kong Disneyland

Get the best tips for visiting Hong Kong Disneyland from how to buy tickets, hotels, character dining, and much more.

Hong Kong Disneyland opened in 2005. It is the city’s largest theme park, but the smallest Disney park in the world. Smaller size though is part of its charm as it has lower capacity limits and usually shorter lines (we’ll discuss lines later). Cast members speak English, Cantonese and Mandarin. Like other Disney parks, they are incredibly friendly and hand out stickers for the kids to collect.

The park was designed to adhere to principles of feng shui, incorporates Chinese culture throughout, and is built on reclaimed land in Penny’s Bay on Lantau Island.

The park has seven lands (themed areas) that we’ll go over in detail and boasts elaborate holiday decor during Halloween, Christmas, Chinese New Year and Easter.

How Much Time to Spend in the Park

The answer is that it depends, but here is what you need to know to make that decision.

You can absolutely spend a full day or even multiple days especially if you’re a Disney enthusiast. However, a half-day in either the morning or afternoon is worthwhile, too. The park is fairly small with similar rides to Magic Kingdom, Disneyland Paris and Disneyland. The tickets are less costly than the aforementioned parks so if you choose to visit for a half-day, your wallet isn’t too hurt by it.

Consider how much time you are spending in Hong Kong. If the answer is just a few days, a half-day at the park would allow you to explore the rest of the things to do in Hong Kong with kids (the list is long). Ocean Park is another Hong Kong theme park we like to visit, too.

The time of year matters. Summer heat and humidity is brutal. If visiting in summer, it would be wise, especially with young kids, to break the visit into two half-days. One half-day could be first thing in the morning and another could happen in the evening to see the fireworks. I have written a guide for visiting this Disneyland in the summer.

Hong Kong Disneyland’s Seven Lands

Check the app or daily park schedule for ride closures.

Main Street U.S.A

The buildings of Main Street U.S.A. at Hong Kong Disneyland are architecturally identical to those at Disneyland with stories appropriate to its Hong Kong location woven in. It still looks like 20th-century small-town America. Here is where the best souvenir shops are located, like the Emporium. Tsum Tsums are VERY popular in Hong Kong as is Duffy. In fact, you can see Duffy, ShellieMay, Gelatoni and StellaLou inside the Main Street Cinema store here.

Rides and Attractions:

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

Upon entering Main Street U.S.A., there is a grassy rotunda where a character greeting is usually in progress. Since it’s near the park entrance, the line here can be long so we skip it and wait for other character greetings.

Eat: The Corner Cafe has a decent selection of pasta and salads, set menus and afternoon tea. It’s just fine, nothing great. For takeaway, grab a good pastry or sandwich from Market House Bakery. Near here is also a snack cart with waffles, turkey drumsticks and more in addition to outdoor tables. I have not eaten at the Plaza Inn here.

Fantasyland

Fantasyland at Hong Kong Disneyland has Dumbo, it's a small world, and other popular rides.

A walk through from Main Street U.S.A. through Sleeping Beauty’s castle lands you in Fantasyland which is where young children will be the happiest and the rides are in close proximity to each other.

Rides and attractions:

  • Cinderella’s Carousel
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Fairytale Forest presented by PANDORA
  • Fantasy Gardens
  • Hong Kong Disneyland Railroad – Fantasyland Station
  • it’s a small world (the line moves very quickly, if there is even a line)
  • Mad Hatter Tea Cups
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Poo
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic (a very cute 4D show – recommend)
  • Sleeping Beauty’s Castle
  • Snow White Grotto
  • Sword in the Stone (characters appear here sometimes, otherwise it’s just a fake sword in a stone)

Fantasy Gardens is where character greetings take place. It’s relatively shaded and there are nice benches to sit on. Characters appear in pagodas that are spread out through the garden. A photographer is onsite to take professional photos for purchase and also will take photos using your camera.

Eat: Royal Banquet Hall has four stations: Grill, Japanese, Guangdong and International. We ate here last time and the kids enjoyed the dim sum, sushi and other foods on offer. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality.

I would choose this over Clopin’s Festival of Food, which is basically mediocre Chinese. Clopin’s usually displays mock dishes at the entrance which give you an idea of what the food looks like. (If you want Asian food though, I would highly suggest you go to Mystic Point’s Explorer’s Club… but they do not have Chinese food.) The ice cream stand near the exit of it’s a small world is also amazing but if want to have a special Disney dessert, see below.

Toy Story Land

Toy Story Land at Hong Kong Disneyland

This land is themed after the popular Toy Story movies and is conveniently located next to Fantasyland.

Rides and Attractions:

  • Barrel of Fun
  • RC Racer (a thrill ride, currently closed)
  • Slinky Dog Spin (a must for young kids)
  • Toy Soldier Parachute Drop (one of the best rides in the park with a great view but the line does not move quickly)

You’ll be asked to put your handbags and belongings in a cubby before boarding Toy Soldier Parachute Drop but if you have a smartphone on a neck strap (a DSLR is too big) or a secured-to-you GoPro, the view right before the parachute drops is pretty great.

Eat: There is only Jessie’s Snack Cart here which sells drinks and snack foods including soft serve with boba. I had a churro soft serve last time that was delicious.

Churro soft serve ice cream from Jessie's Snack Shack at Hong Kong Disneyland.

Mystic Point

Mystic Point is the most recent land to open at Hong Kong Disneyland and its main attraction is Mystic Manor.

Mystic Manor is one of the best rides at Hong Kong Disneyland

It is similar in style to the Haunted House ride but with an entirely different storyline and is much more high tech. Basically, Mystic Point is the site of mysterious forces and supernatural events in the heart of a dense, uncharted Papua New Guinea rain forest and the home to an explorer named Lord Henry Mystic.

Rides and Attractions:

  • Garden of Wonders
  • Mystic Manor (one of the best rides in the park with great special effects and music scored by Danny Elfman)
  • Mystic Point Freight Depot (a place for kids to walk through and explore)

Eat: The Explorer’s Club Restaurant is the best Hong Kong Disneyland restaurant. Here, there are different counter-order stations featuring Indonesian, Japanese, Korean and Southeast Asian food. I had a very good Hainanese chicken rice and my daughter’s bento box was also very good. The only complicated thing is that if you want Southeast Asian and your kids want Japanese, you’ll need to line up twice (I did and it wasn’t too inconvenient). This Hong Kong Disneyland restaurant has five dining rooms themed after various part of the world. All food here is also Halal.

The Explorer's Club Restaurant is one of the best in Hong Kong Disneyland
Hainanese chicken rice at the Explorer’s Club Restaurant

None of the food in the park is Michelin-star quality but it’s definitely improved over the years.

Grizzly Gulch

The photo area at Grizzly Gulch at Hong Kong Disneyland
Photo spot at Grizzly Gulch

Grizzly Gulch is Hong Kong Disneyland’s version of Frontierland which mirror’s the 19th century Wild West. It is small and the only ride is Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars, which is a roller coaster similar in style to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland. This is my favorite ride in the entire park and a good intro to roller coasters for younger kids.

Its different because it shifts from high forward speed to a high but manageable backward speed at one point. The launch is cool, too. The rest of Grizzly Gulch is quick to walk through.

Rides and attractions:

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

Eat: There is a popcorn cart and a snack outlet.

Adventureland

The Jungle Cruise tours at Hong Kong Disneyland are given in Mandarin, Cantonese and English.
Don’t skip the Jungle Cruise

I recently learned that this is the largest Adventureland in all of the Disney Parks.

Rides and attractions:

  • Jungle River Cruise (you line up based on language… signs indicate where to queue)
  • Liki Tikis (it’s more of an interactive water play area not a ride)
  • Rafts to Tarzan’s Treehouse
  • Tarzan’s Treehouse

Eat: Chocolate Banana Dippers (I love these) at the snack cart bearing the same name. You can also find fresh cut fruit here, too.

Tomorrowland

 

Tomorrowland at Hong Kong Disneyland has some of the best rides like Hyperspace Mountain and Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters.Turn right after leaving Main Street U.S.A. and you’ll land in Tomorrowland.

Rides and attractions

  • Hyperspace Mountain (Space Mountain, really)
  • Iron Man Experience
  • Orbitron
  • Star Wars Command Post

My daughter and her friends recently enjoyed Jedi training at Star Wars Command Post. At age 10, they are a bit old for it but the theatrics are funny to them. The show is in Cantonese.

The Star Wars Command Post at Hong Kong Disneyland is an interactive show that younger kids may like. It's basically Jedi training.

About the new Iron Man Experience: The new Iron Man Experience is a big deal because it is exclusive to this park and the first Disney attraction to be based on a Marvel property. It is awesome. I love how they feature prominent Hong Kong buildings in the ride (that, truthfully, might not be recognizable to tourists who just landed). Here’s the ride description.

The eminent innovator and pioneer, Tony Stark has selected Tomorrowland in Hong Kong Disneyland to host Stark Expo, where he will show off his latest high-tech creations in various exhibition halls – the Hall of Legacy, the Hall of Protection, the Hall of Energy and the Hall of Mobility. Guests will be among the first to explore Tony Stark’s latest innovations up close and fly in a gravity-defying Iron Wing flight vehicle in Iron Man Experience. He has also made Hong Kong the Asia headquarters of Stark Industries hereafter.

The park spent over three years to design and create Iron Man Experience – complete with flight simulators, 3-D projection, surround sound and other special effects that immerse guests in the Marvel story of a battle with the evil forces of Hydra.

The new Iron Man Experience arrives at Hong Kong Disneyland in January 2017.
Photo is used courtesy of Hong Kong Disneyland

Recent ride closures: Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters sadly closed in Tomorrowland in August 2017 to make way for a new Marvel attraction. Autopia was removed to make way for Iron Man Experience. It’s a shame because I found the left hand drive cars a hoot as we Americans drive on the right.

Eat: The Starlight Diner is the best place in the park for a burger, basket of chicken fingers and other similar American-style food. Note that as you are in Asia, some of the condiments are modified to suit local tastes. Instead of a pickle, my last burger sported a cucumber and was heavy on the mayonnaise. But it’s a huge dining area, the counter ordering seems to move quickly and kids will like the space-themed decor.

10 Best Rides at Hong Kong Disneyland

Here is our list of favorites:

  • Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars (Grizzly Gulch)
  • Hyperspace Mountain (Tomorrowland)
  • Iron Man Experience (Tomorrowland)
  • Toy Soldier Parachute Drop (Toy Story Land)
  • Mystic Manor (Mystic Point)
  • it’s a small world (Fantasyland)
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant (Fantasyland)
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Poo (Fantasyland)
  • Jungle River Cruise (Adventureland)
  • RC Racer

Navigating Ride Wait Times

Like other parks, if you can go right when the park opens on a weekday that is not during a holiday season, this is your best bet. It’s what I do and we’re able to more or less walk on and off of rides.

We did go in August recently which is peak holiday season. It was miserably hot and crowded with loads of tourists from the mainland. The new Shanghai Disneyland has eased these crowds a little but but they are likely to still be there during school holidays like this.

But during Easter week recently, when it was considered crowded, a wait for Dumbo (one of the most popular rides) was 25 minutes. Having just been at Shanghai Disneyland where wait times exceeded 3 hours, 25 minutes is not a big deal to me but it is considered “long” by Hong Kong Disneyland standards. The exception is that the Toy Soldier Parachute Drop can easily be an hour during any season.

Download the Hong Kong Disneyland App

The Hong Kong Disneyland app will tell you approximately how long the wait times are at certain rides, tell you where and what time certain characters will appear, show a GPS enabled map, make reservations and provide a myriad of other details. Downloading this free app is a must.

App Store Google Play

Hong Kong Disneyland FastPass

Three rides have a FastPass option:

  • Hyperspace Mountain
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.
  • Iron Man Experience

This is where you insert your ticket to receive a time to return to a special expedited line. On crowded days, there will still be a bit of a wait even with a Fast Pass. Everyone in your party must have a FastPass to enter the line, however. Guests with Gold or Platinum annual Magic Access pass are eligible for up to two extra FastPasses.

There is no limit to the amount of FastPasses that you can pull in one day but you can only have one FastPass per person at a time.

3-Hour Disney Spectacular Tour

Hong Kong Disneyland’s VIP tour is called the Disney Spectacular Tour. At the time of this writing, the price is $5688 HKD (about $728 USD) for up to six people and does not include park admission. This VIP tour provides direct access to rides of your choice, reserved seating at shows, reserved seating at the day time parade and evening Paint the Night parade, should either fall during your tour time. I have never needed this tour but it is worth considering during summer weekends, August, and Chinese New Year or for general piece of mind if the possibility of crowds worries you.

Stay in a Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel (More on These Below)

Guests who choose to stay in one of the three Hong Kong Disneyland hotels will now receive at least one Priority Admissions Pass. These passes are different from the FastPasses. How many and the type you get depends on the room you book.

Available Priority Admission Pass attractions include Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars, Hyperspace Mountain, Iron Man Experience, it’s a small world and Mystic Manor for all room types. Guests staying in Sea View or above room category will have also have Slinky Dog Spin, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and Toy Soldier Parachute Drop to choose from.

Read on for more information about the Hong Kong Disneyland hotels.

Miscellaneous Tips

Get to Hong Kong Disneyland a few minutes before it opens to see the opening ceremony.
They will let guests into the park to the end of Main Street U.S.A. at least 15 minutes before opening.

Arrive Before the Park Opens

They will let you through the turnstiles at least 15 minutes early (probably earlier but I’ve never tried) so that you can get all the way to the end of Main Street U.S.A. before the park officially opens. The reason to do this is first to see the opening ceremony where a pre-selected child/family will cut the ribbon with scissors.

The main reason thought is that being this far into the park will put you in prime position to get to your favorite ride first. It used to be that everyone headed to Autopia. I would suggest you head to Toy Story Land for the Toy Soldier Parachute Drop as that normally is a slow-moving line.

What to Bring and Rules

Be sure to pack sunscreen and bug spray. The latter is mostly useful if staying until nightfall. If it is summer, bring a travel umbrella for shade and a hand-held fan (the latter will be sold at a premium in the park if it’s hot but it will likely be a cuter, Disney-branded fan). I’ve recently been using a USB fan that plugs into my phone though fans that actually mist water are super handy in an Asian summer.

You are not permitted to bring in outside food or drinks. Adults over the age of 16 are not permitted to dress up. Selfie sticks are not allowed. Read the rest of the park’s rules and regulations.

Leaving a Stroller

I had a Bugaboo stroller and never had an issue with leaving my stroller anywhere in Hong Kong Disneyland while I went on a ride. However, I never leave anything valuable in it and this is something to be done at your own risk. Stroller rentals are available at the park, too.

Disney Characters Greetings

Character greetings at Hong Kong Disneyland happen at various times throughout the day at Fantasy Garden.

They do a good job of outlining where and at what time the characters will be out greeting. However, they take simultaneous breaks every 20 minutes or so. I understand this, but find it aggravating. The breaks are about 5-10 minutes, though I never timed them exactly. We have best luck at Fantasy Gardens (which some days opens at noon) versus getting stuck in uber-long lines on Main Street. Popular characters include Elsa, Anna, Snow White, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Buzz Lightyear, Sleeping Beauty, Sofia, Tinkerbell and more.

Characters commonly sign autograph books, which you can buy in the Emporium on Main Street. It is a nice souvenir for your kids to have. They can put the stickers staff around the park will give them in this book, too.

Character Dining and Princess Dress-Up

Character Dining only occurs at the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort Hotels. Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel is also where the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is. The hotels are accessible by shuttle bus but you will need to leave the park. It is common for little girls to want to visit the park after the dress-up boutique so you may want to plan to leave the park for lunch or dinner and return with them in full princess dress up.

See also:

Hong Kong Disneyland Ticket Prices

Single-Day Passes: Adults are $589 HKD ($75 USD) and children are $419 HKD ($54 USD). They also offer 2-Day Hong Kong Disneyland ticket prices and promotional packages throughout the year.

Meal Vouchers: Hong Kong Disneyland now offers the ability to buy meal vouchers in advance. If you do, you will save $10 HKD.

  • 2-in-1 Meal Voucher: This includes park lunch or dinner and a snack ($125 HKD online/$135 HKD at the park)
  • 3-in- 1 Meal Voucher: This includes park lunch, dinner and a snack. ($225 HKD online/$135 HKD at the park)

To give you an idea, I would buy the 2-in-1 Meal Voucher. If I order a $159 combo meal at Explorer’s Cafe (which I have in the past), a $38 snack mid-day in the park, and get a $5 discount on a water or soda from a snack cart, that’s a total of $202 I would normally spend. The price of the 2-in-1 voucher online is $125 ($135 at the park) so I save $77 HKD.

The voucher will need to be scanned on your smartphone or printed copy when ordering your food. I normally don’t buy meal plans but these really can save you money especially if you are ordering meal combos on the higher range of what is allowable. The allowable restaurants are my favorite anyway. Read more about Hong Kong Disneyland meal vouchers.

Annual Passes: Magic Passes (prices start at $1178 HKD for adults) are available to all guests, regardless of country of residence. There are various levels. If you plan to go for two days and stay in the hotel, it is worth considering an annual pass as they include 10% discount on food outlets and shops within the park, discounted hotels stays, discounts on hotel dining and more. Some passes have a few blackout dates that you’ll need to check. The top tiers of Magic Access are more suitable for Hong Kong residents and long stays, but it’s worth comparing the options.

Where to Buy Tickets: Buy tickets for Hong Kong Disneyland at:

  • the park ticket booths
  • online
  • Disney’s Hollywood Hotel
  • Disney Explorer’s Hotel
  • Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel
  • most Hong Kong luxury hotel concierge desks
  • Hong Kong Disneyland Ticket Express at the MTR Hong Kong Station (Tung Chung Line Concourse)

Whatever you do, I would highly recommend you get the actual ticket in-hand at your hotel or the Ticket Express booth in Central so you can skip the ticket booth line at the park.

Hong Kong Disneyland Hotels

Disney's Hollywood Hotel is an excellent choice at Hong Kong Disneyland.
Disney’s Hollywood Hotel

There are now three Hong Kong Disneyland Hotels and they are all quite different from each other. I wouldn’t necessarily say that one is better than the other… it just depends on the experience you’d like.

Benefits of Staying in a Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel

Finally, Hong Kong Disneyland hotel guests have perks!

Hotel guests use a special “Disney Hotel Guests Entrance” at the Main Entrance of the park.

Guests will receive the Priority Admission Pass to at least 1 park attraction, based on the type of hotel room booked. Sea View Room guests will receive Priority Admission Passes to 3 attractions, and guests staying in a Kingdom Club Room of Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel will receive Priority Admission Passes to 4 attractions. Each room guest will receive the allowed number of Priority Admission Passes, up to 4 per room.

Guests staying in a Sea View room of Disney Explorers Lodge or Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel will receive seat reservations to “Festival of the Lion King” , while guests staying in a Kingdom Club Room of Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel will receive seat reservations to the first show of “Mickey and the Wondrous Book” on the day of their visit

Notes about the hotels: A convenient shuttle runs between the hotels and the park. You can walk to the park but it would be long with kids in tow. The hotels are both busy so, in my experience, they lack that “white glove” experience one might expect in a similarly-priced hotel in other parts of Hong Kong. That being said, my daughter loves staying at Hong Kong Disneyland so we usually do.

Reservations: I’ve included links so that you can check the price through the hotel directly or on Agoda. Agoda is one of the most popular sites for booking hotels in Asia as their pricing can be lower at times.

Disney’s Hollywood Hotel

Art Deco in style, Disney’s Hollywood Hotel is the least expensive option, however, I found it to be good value for money. Kids will love the piano-shaped pool, relaxed vibe and expansive grassy areas to run through. Character breakfast and dinner happen here (dates and times for the latter vary) and the food is honestly not bad. Standard rooms are quite colorful though comfortable. The Rooms start at $1800 HKD. You can read our full Disney’s Hollywood Hotel review for more details.

Learn more on their website.

Check Prices on Agoda

Disney Explorers Lodge

Disney Explorers Lodge is the newest Hong Kong Disneyland hotel.

The 750-room, resort-style Disney Explorers Lodge opened in April 2017. It’s furnished according to the four unique tropical climates of Asia, Oceania, South America and Africa and priced in between Disney’s Hollywood Hotel and Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel. We will stay here in spring 2018 and give you a full report.

Learn more on their website.

Check Prices on Agoda

Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel

This hotel is definitely the luxury option though it pales in comparison to the fabulous five star hotels elsewhere in Hong Kong. Victorian in style, similar to Orlando’s Grand Floridian, the rooms are fine and a bit nicer than Disney’s Hollywood Hotel though I wouldn’t classify them as luxurious. This hotel is where Crystal Lotus (the excellent Cantonese restaurant that offers Disney dim sum is located),  Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and more elaborate character dining is located. There is a pool, a fun hedge maze kids love and and nice sea views from the rooms. I haven’t written a review of this hotel yet but will shortly.

Learn more on their website.

Check Prices on Agoda

If you’d like to immerse in all things Disney and enjoy the perks resort hotels offer, then by all means stay on the resort. But the park is so easy to get to (details below) that you could very easily stay in Central or Kowloon in a nicer hotel for the same or less money. We usually stay at the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong and the Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong. Both are kid-friendly and well-located in Central, but Hong Kong is full of wonderful hotels.

See also: 20 Best Hong Kong Family Hotels from Luxury to Budget

Inspiration Lake Recreation Center

Especially in good weather, this neat area of Hong Kong is a gem that I think is often overlooked. It is indeed a lake with a woodsy park next to it. Admission to Inspiration Lake is free and it’s a nice place for exercise, walking and a change of pace. Surrey bikes and pedal boats are available to rent. There is also a snack shop.

How to Get to Hong Kong Disneyland

The Disney Resort Line to Hong Kong Disneyland has windows shaped like Mickey Mouse.

From Central Hong Kong:  It’s so easy and inexpensive to get to Hong Kong Disneyland via the MTR. Take the Tung Chung MTR line to Sunny Bay station (all trains from Central are headed in the same direction). At Sunny Bay, switch to the Disney Resort Line. It’s a very easy ride that takes about 20 minutes.

Other MTR lines from other spots in Hong Kong can navigate you to Sunny Bay and then to the Disney Resort Line. The MTR is an easy subway system to understand because of English signage and maps in each train car. The trains “speak” in English too. And, they’re clean, probably because you’re not supposed to eat or drink on them.

By Taxi from Central: Don’t do it, if you don’t have to, because Hong Kong traffic can be brutal. However, I took a taxi mid week from the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel to Central Hong Kong. It cost about $150 HKD (about $19 USD) and we hit no traffic. This is rare.

From the Airport: Even though the airport is also on Lantau Island, it takes about 20 minutes or so with no traffic to get to Hong Kong Disneyland. It cost us $100 HKD plus an extra $5 HKD per bag. Be sure to take a blue Lantau taxi. Red taxis go to Central, Kowloon and a few other parts of Hong Kong. Green taxis go to the New Territories.

Important Cultural Differences

Visitors are primarily from mainland China with Hong Kong residents sprinkled in. The ratio of adults to kids is much higher in comparison to U.S. Disney parks.

Kids: If your child has light coloring, he or she may receive attention as this look is still not common on the mainland. My daughter is strawberry blonde with pale white skin and blue eyes. She is stopped constantly by very nice mainland Chinese who compliment her features or would like to take a photo of her or with her (decide in advance how you feel about this as not to be caught off-guard).

Line cutting: In complete converse to the polite behavior I mentioned above, there can be line cutting. Hong Kongers are quick to point out that the people who do this are foreigners. This has always made me crazy. It’s such a bold maneuver that you almost can’t believe that it’s happening. This has decreased in recent years but I would suggest you stand in line with purpose and a good stance, if that makes sense, to prevent this from happening.

The Bottom Line

I hope you enjoy your visit to this amazing Disney park that we love so much. Feel free to ask a question in the comments and I’ll do my best to respond.

(I have also written about Tokyo DisneylandTokyo DisneySeaDisneyland Paris, Magic Kingdom and Shanghai Disneyland.)

What do you enjoy most about Hong Kong Disneyland?

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An insider's guide to Hong Kong Disneyland including tips for buying tickets, best rides, dining and special experiences to book.

Tomorrowland at Hong Kong Disneyland has some of the best rides like Hyperspace Mountain and Iron Man Experience.

Mystic Manor is one of the best rides at Hong Kong Disneyland

The Mad Hatter Tea Cups at Hong Kong Disneyland

Top photo credit: Hong Kong Disneyland (characters are in Chinese New Year costumes)

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96 Comments

  1. Rui shen
    November 27, 2017 at 8:05 pm — Reply

    Hi, I will be visiting to hk Disneyland this week. May I know is it common for toddlers to wear their own costume there? As my daughter is particularly crazy about Elsa and Anna but I know the frozen village has ended, are there any chance to meet both of them?

  2. Yana
    October 21, 2017 at 4:39 pm — Reply

    This is very useful! I am planning for my 5 yr old daughter’s first out of the country trip. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Sunita Gill
    October 19, 2017 at 8:38 am — Reply

    Hi,
    Thank you for taking time to help mums like me plan a trip for my girls.

    I will am planning a trip to Disneyland for the Christmas show in end November 2017 and have some questions which I will really appreciate if you can help me with.

    1. Is HK Disneyland suitable for a 2 and 4 year old?
    2. Is November weather too cold for HK Disneyland?
    3. You mentioned booking the hotels on Agoda, I just saw some deals on hkdisney website…any experience with that?
    4. If I book the VIP Tour, do I need to buy fast passes?
    5. What time in the day is the best time to book the VIP Tour?

    Sorry for so many questions and a huge Thank YOU!

    • October 26, 2017 at 8:51 am — Reply

      Sunita! So sorry that I am just seeing this.

      1. Yes, it is definitely suitable for 2 and 4 year olds. At that age, my daughter particularly loved character greetings so I would get one of the souvenir autograph books and a pen in one of the gift shops at the beginning of your visit.
      2. November will not be too cold. It should be between 19 – 24°C (66 – 75°F)
      3. I would book the hotel wherever you find the best price and cancellation terms (sometimes you have to prepay and you might not be ready for that).
      4. With the VIP Tour, you would also need to buy park tickets, not Fast Passes.
      5. With the VIP Tour you will have priority ride access so it’s up to you! You’ll have to call to book, I believe so perhaps ask the cast member if there are any special events happening on the day of your visit that they could assist with.

      Have fun!

  4. Mampi
    October 6, 2017 at 1:05 am — Reply

    Hi, You didn’t say much about fast pass. How much does it cost? where can we buy it? thank you!

    • October 6, 2017 at 10:28 pm — Reply

      Hi! You can not buy a Fast Pass. You have to use your park ticket at a Fast Pass machine to dispense one. Have fun!

  5. Trinh
    September 12, 2017 at 5:22 am — Reply

    Hi,

    I found very useful information in this sharing. Thank you so much
    I plan to travel to HK this Chinese New Year and I know that the theme parks will be very crowded on the CNY days. Hence, I plan to do it before a few days, example 2-3 days before Lunar New Year Eve. Would it be much less tourist in Disney Land on those days? I am traveling with my 2 little 5 years old girls so I don’t refer a packed area

    Also, should we spend 2 days to have more time for them?

    Thank you so much

    • October 26, 2017 at 9:00 am — Reply

      Hi Trinh! It will be crowded but I think your plan is a good one. Avoid the days that are public holidays/weekends during CNY in Hong Kong (I believe the public holiday is Feb 16 – 19 but double check). Whether you spend one or two days there really depends on how tired your girls will get. You could split it up into two days: one in the morning right when it opens and one in the later afternoon so you can see the fireworks. This is easier to do if staying at a Disney Resort hotel. But you really can see the entire park in a day if the lines are moderate.

  6. Claribelle
    August 11, 2017 at 5:33 am — Reply

    Hi,

    My family and I are going to Hong Kong Disneyland this December. I was wondering if you could tell me more about Octopus cards. I’m wondering how they work and where we can buy them.

    • August 11, 2017 at 7:47 am — Reply

      Yes, definitely get Octopus cards. You can buy them at any MTR station customer service booth (easy to spot). You fill it with money and top it off at a machine if you need more. This way, you’re not having to deal with individual tickets all the time!

  7. Den
    April 29, 2017 at 6:24 pm — Reply

    Thank you for the guide. Will make my planning a whole easier.

  8. January 16, 2017 at 3:57 am — Reply

    Hi, were planning to visit Disneyland, its our first-time in 3rd week of August thia year, would you advise me of the weather? Bec my daughter is turning 7 in August 20,.I want to spend her birthday in DL.,would be be good to visit that date? Pls..thank you.

  9. December 20, 2016 at 7:11 am — Reply

    Pinned! I hope to go sometime soon.

  10. Anyang Bautista
    October 28, 2015 at 8:58 am — Reply

    Hi La Jolla Mom ⭐️. My daughter is turning 7 on December and i am planning to surprise her with a Disney trip, what would be the appropriate clothing on the first week of december and is it crowded on weekdays? Thanks a lot.

    • October 30, 2015 at 10:40 am — Reply

      Hi. It is less crowded on weekdays, thankfully, if they are not a school holiday (I think you should be fine early in December). It will be a little cool actually in Hong Kong so sweater/jacket and pants is advisable. It is always best to layer in Hong Kong anyway because temps inside buildings are often drastically different than outside. Have fun!

      • Ram
        November 6, 2015 at 1:20 am — Reply

        Hi! I find this really helpful and didn’t notice I have been reading your blogs for an hour now. We’re booked for the 13th of Dec, with 8 and 4-yr old kids. I don’t want to blow our budget and would like to ask for an honest, unbiased opinion. How much pocket money one should at least have to decently enjoy a 3D2N stay in Hongkong with a disneyland tour? In HKD is fine.. Thanks so, so much!

  11. October 6, 2015 at 3:13 am — Reply

    Hi there, I’m currently researching on how to go to Hong Kong Disneyland, where to stay that is near the Disneyland and when is it better to go. Can you suggest any affordable hostels or hotel near Disneyland and other attraction and what month is Disneyland not that crowded with a nice weather, I;m on a limited budget right now so can you suggest anything that is within pocket reach?? I’m from the Philippines by the way and I’m going there with my Grandma and sister. Thank you.

    • October 6, 2015 at 6:51 am — Reply

      Hi Marjorie. I regret that I do not know about hostels but there are a lot of reasonably-priced (for Hong Kong) hotels near the airport on Lantau Island. I would search for a hotel using that criteria or Kowloon even (hotels away from the Harbour are lower in price). I would definitely visit on a weekday perhaps in the fall or spring. Definitely look at the Hong Kong public holiday calendar as there are things like Ching Ming festival and days off specifically in Hong Kong and China that are not celebrated in the rest of the world. Theme parks will be crowded on these days. Good luck!

  12. Henson Lee
    April 1, 2015 at 12:44 am — Reply

    hi. which month would have the less number of people in Disneyland hk? thank you

  13. Ailee
    March 12, 2015 at 12:07 am — Reply

    Hi La Jolla Mom,

    Just read your blog as I need tips in going to HK Disneyland for few hours as we had our tickets via Cathay Pacific coming from Qatar. We will be having a stop over at HK and were thinking going to Disneyland. I’ll be travelling with my husband and 2 kids ages 12 & 10. We will be arriving in HKIA at 240pm and our flight back to Manila at 10pm. I know it’s a short time as this is unplanned just trying to spend the waiting time at least.

    Can I ask for your advise which is faster going to Disneyland is it by taxi or train? And my kids will not be taking rides we’ll just stroll around, but do we need to fall in lines to meet n greet the Disney characters? And other things please you can suggest on those few hours.

    Thank you so much for your information here and looking forward for your reply.

    Regards,

  14. winnie
    November 1, 2014 at 5:28 pm — Reply

    Hi,
    We are planning a holiday to Hong Kong Disneyland in early December says 1st December for a few days. Will it be crowded then? We had bad experience there in our first visit to the park in August, over crowded, cutting queue etc.we ended up in frustration and the kids didn’t get to enjoy the park.thanks.

  15. Stephanie S
    January 21, 2014 at 3:37 pm — Reply

    Thank you for all of this wonderful information on Hong Kong! We will be visiting there for 5 weeks (end of Feb through beginning of April) and cannot wait! My husband will be working for the most part, so my 14 month old daughter and I will be exploring. I’m reading up on everything that I can, and would love even more info on anything and everything, if you have anything else that you can think of! Parks, places to eat, shop, play…do’s and don’ts…what to pack vs what I can buy there…I like to be super prepared 😉 And PS we’re in San Diego too!

    • February 13, 2014 at 11:32 am — Reply

      Hi Stephanie. So sorry for the delay. What part of Hong Kong will you be staying in? At that age, my daughter and I went to Gymboree, Panda Junction and other indoor gyms. Though she was also happy to hang out in the stroller. Honestly, you can buy almost everything there at the luxe grocery stores for not too bad of a mark-up. I also had a GREAT pediatrician in Central, Dr. Thondup, if you need one there. Feel free to email anytime katie at lajollamom.com.

      • Stephanie S
        February 13, 2014 at 3:06 pm — Reply

        Thanks for the ped info! I hadn’t even thought of that! Though I sure hope we won’t need it. Our apartment is in Wan Chai, on Hennessey Rd. And my husband’s office is in Central.

  16. Msw
    November 21, 2013 at 8:46 am — Reply

    Hi, Im thinking of staying in hkg disney hollywood hotel for the first 2 nights in hongkong. Is there any resturants or cafe around that we can get our meals from besides those in the hotel? Is Citygate nearby if we go and spend half a day there?

    • November 22, 2013 at 7:43 am — Reply

      Citygate is accessible via MTR. You’d just take the hotel shuttle to the MTR station which is the Disneyland Resort station. Switch trains at Sunny Bay to the Tung Chung line, get out there and walk to Citygate. Great outlet shopping and quick food. The shuttle to the MTR is free and the MTR tickets themselves aren’t expensive so there’s no real cost other than your time. Other than that, there is nothing within walking distance of the hotel except Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel which is typically more expensive than Hollywood Hotel. You could also try Maritime Square which is also accessible by MTR to Tsing Yi – http://www.maritimesquare.com/eng/index.asp. Both Tung Chung and Tsing Yi are about 12-15 minutes by MTR from the Disneyland Resort station.

  17. Hiba
    September 6, 2013 at 10:06 pm — Reply

    Hi. Thanks for all the info.I have some questions please.I am planning to visit HK in October for 3 days .Want to know if one day to disney land is enough ? planning to visit ocean park one day.

    Shall I book 2 days to disney land? or shall I visit other attraction

    note kids age 9 and 7 .

    Please put your comments on
    – which ferry is better to take to macau. fro kowloon or central? noting I will be taking the MTR from lantau island to the ferry station.

    – I have read many different view and fee structure for the Airport express metro. can you advise the best , cheapest from either kowloon or central station?

    • September 7, 2013 at 7:37 am — Reply

      If you are only in Hong Kong for 3 days, I think one full day at Disneyland is enough especially if you’re going to Ocean Park, too. The ferries to Macau are the same companies so it doesn’t matter which place you leave from. Except, if you are headed to the Cotai Peninsula where Four Seasons and Venetian are, you should go to Central and take Cotai Jet, which goes straight there and is much nicer than TurboJet. I think it’s worth the extra few $ to upgrade to first class on Cotai Jet (I’ll be writing about Cotai Jet shortly) because you’ll have a nicer view, better seats and it feels more open.

      We almost always take the Airport Express because it’s easy and quick. A round-trip ticket is cheaper than one-way and though I didn’t check last week when we were on Cathay, but if you fly Cathay Pacific, they used to offer slightly discounted tickets through their inflight sales magazine. I don’t know of any other cheaper tickets. You can buy them online through MTR and save about the equivalent of $1 USD, but you’ll stand in line to redeem the voucher versus using cash (credit card purchases will need to be done in this line though anyway) at a ticket machine. Have fun!

      • Hiba
        September 10, 2013 at 10:32 am — Reply

        Thanks for the reply.

        One quick question, how close is the kowloon MTR to ferry station.is it walking distance considering that we will be carrying luggage.

        • September 10, 2013 at 10:52 am — Reply

          The closest MTR station to the China Ferry Terminal is TST (Tsim Sha Tsui) MTR station. Take exit A1. You’ll probably want to taxi if you have a lot of luggage otherwise it will be a hassle. You’ll walk through Kowloon Park though.

          • hiba
            September 10, 2013 at 7:44 pm — Reply

            Thanks alot for the info….I think I did a mistake booking a hotel in Lantau island,. seems far from everything in HK.
            but anyway I wouldlike to know if it is it different taking the ferry after stopping in Sheung wan MTR? will it be walking distance from MTR to the ferry station or similar to kowloon , i have to take a taxi after the MTR to reach the ferry station.

            on other note, I have read alot about the tickets. it seems bit confusing. there is different tickets used ,what do you recommend? octopus? or normal ticket? are they the same?

  18. florence
    July 18, 2013 at 9:10 am — Reply

    Hi La Jolla Mom…
    I am so glad I’ve found your blog..it really helps with anxious-family like us..

    hubby & I will travel to HK Disneyland with my 6 and 4 years old..
    and I have few Qs. poppin in my mind:
    1. how much the food around the Disneyland would cost (like a corn cob or a turkey drum stick)? ooh my.. I’m dying to try them!!!

    2. is Blue Lantau Taxi the easiest/most affordable way to get around -if you want to buy food outside Disneyland Hotel?
    (because I already booked the aeroplane ticket with hotel package altogether) and hubby just a bit disappointed with me that I didnt check that the package doesnt include “meals”
    and when he checked Disneyland Hotel Breakfast meal deal was quite pricey..

    Im just trying to survive the budget without upsetting anyone… LOL
    (sounds so poor hahahaha xD … just stayin home Mom..thats why..lol lol)
    and
    we speak zero cantonese/chinese..that’s why I feel more nervous-trepadacious here..

    I havent had a holiday for so Long!!! so Im looking forward for your advice & for our trip in few months time!!!

    thank you so much in advance La Jolla Mom!!! 😀
    xxx

  19. Amy
    July 7, 2013 at 6:41 pm — Reply

    Hi,

    I’m going to HK Disneyland in Aug, for 2 nights without realising it is school holiday in China and HK. We’re bringing our 5 yo daughther and it will be our 1st Disneyland visit for 3 of us. I heard many horrible stories about cutting lines and i guess we just have to deal with it when we’re there.
    I’ll be heading straight to Disneyland from airport. Some people sugest to go via MTR as the train to disneyland is wonderful. Do you have any idea what they have in the train hehe? Should i skip and just take the taxi?
    If i booked the 2 day pass online, where shall I pick up the ticket? I plan to book both hotel (disney’s hollywood hotel) and ticket online, can i pick up the ticket at hotel (hopefully less queue) compare to park entrace?
    Thks

    • July 7, 2013 at 7:32 pm — Reply

      August 1 is a school holiday which means it will be crowded. I would go right when it opens and study the map prior to decide where to go first. There is line cutting, but I noticed during my last visit it was better than usual. It’s very, very frustrating.

      I would just take a taxi. I don’t know how long you are staying, but to MTR anywhere from Disneyland you have to take the Disney line anyway. All it is, basically, is an above ground MTR train with mouse ears for windows, mouse ears for in ceiling hand rails to hold on to (I don’t know the technical term) and a character display in the train. Because it only goes to the Disney Resort, everyone is in a good mood, which makes it magical on the way there. It’s not worth knocking yourself out for!

      I would call the hotel. I stayed at the Disneyland Hotel and I believe we could have picked up our tickets there. I didn’t do it though so do confirm that. Also, if you’re going to do any character dining or the My Little Princess program (where the girls get dressed up), make reservations in advance. The character dining sells out. Have fun!

      • Amy
        July 8, 2013 at 5:26 am — Reply

        Thks for your quick reply. I’m goin to HK for 3D2N night with mission
        DIsneyland only to celebrate our 5yo girl birthday. We’ll be there on sunday n monday and we’ll leave HK on tuesday. Hopefully the weather n people will be nice too us 🙂 and thks for your advise, we’ll probably skip the train and take the taxi 🙂

  20. karolynne
    July 6, 2013 at 12:37 am — Reply

    Hi what is the best time of yesr to visit hong kong with my five year ols son please? When it is cheapest to fly etc, but still hot and safe…ie monsoons etc etc. Thank you xx

  21. Mrs Diva
    July 5, 2013 at 10:15 am — Reply

    Hi

    Stumble upon your site. It was great reading it. Thank you for the tips that you have been sharing with everyone.

    I am planning for a HK disneyland trip this Dec 2013. I am bringing my kids aged 4 & 2 along.
    Just concerned about the long queues. Other than that i am excited too as i have never been to Disneyland myself.:)

    Am i right to say that both English and Cantonese is used at the park? [ please correct me]

    Thanks 🙂

    • July 5, 2013 at 10:38 am — Reply

      Yes, both English and Cantonese are spoken. I believe they make announcements in Mandarin too. Rides like Small World are sung in English, however. At that age, I would go straight to Fantasyland to do the character greetings when they start at noon (check the calendar). The characters can have long lines as the day progresses and it’s irritating the be in line when they leave to take their little 10 minute or so breaks. I would go right when it opens and head to the newer attractions like Grizzly Gulch if those are interesting to your kids. Dumbo always has a long line. It’s not a big park so maybe go over the map with your kids to figure out what they’re interested in and head to those spaces first.

  22. leticia
    July 4, 2013 at 7:28 pm — Reply

    Hi,

    Thank you for your advise on Disney. It is helping to plan my trip. Which attractions do you suggest to go first for me not to stay a long time in line. I really would love to know the ones that have a big line. Thanks, Leticia

    • July 5, 2013 at 10:45 am — Reply

      Dumbo has a huge line always. When we were there a few months ago Toy Storyland had long lines at about 45 minutes. It’s a Small World typically has a fast-moving line or no line and the rest are hit or miss. They have signs that will tell approximately how long the line is before you enter it and some lines have a Fast Pass option. The character greeting area on Main Street, right when you walk in, typically has a long line so I would skip that unless your kids insist. Have a great time!

      • leticia
        July 5, 2013 at 8:22 pm — Reply

        Thank you!That helps a lot

  23. Natalie
    June 28, 2013 at 10:39 pm — Reply

    Hi, we were looking at coming over for about 5 nights next April 11 and was hoping to stay at disneyland resort but as its hong kong a school holidays were concerned re cost and how busy disneyland would be and how busy Hong Kong would be even? And if we did stay there how far away are the shops etc and is the shopping good reasonable prices? Taking our 6 year old girl and 14 year old son? Then was thinking of flying to Singapore? Your thoughts would be great as no travel agent seems to be able to help me and be honest? And if you think it would be better to stay in Hong Kong and just get a transfer to disneyland that’s fine just need some help. Thanks again Natalie

    • June 29, 2013 at 7:47 am — Reply

      Hi Natalie. Actually, we visited during a school holiday in 2012. Lines averaged about 45 minutes for popular rides, which is normal at Disneyland in Anaheim. So though that is crowded for Hong Kong we weren’t fussed by it. Hong Kong Disneyland does have a Fast Pass option where you can grab a ticket for an assigned time to return to the ride. Even Fast Pass lines can be a small wait so don’t expect to cruise right on to the ride at your assigned time, though it’s a massively improved line. On the other hand, April is such a lovely time to visit with little risk of rain. The best thing to do is buy your park passes in advance so at least you can skip the ticket booth lines. And, go right when it opens. The most crowded lines are the new attraction lines–Grizzly Gulch and Toy Story Land–and Dumbo. Disneyland Resort is very convenient (make reservations for character dining there well in advance), but the MTR subway system is so good in Hong Kong that from Central and Kowloon, Disneyland is easy to get to regardless. We stayed at the Disneyland Hotel a few years ago and I was grateful for the convenient location to Disneyland but underwhelemed by the rooms. I do not think they have renovated since then but am not sure. I prefer Central/Admiralty as a base for convenience to the top restaurants, shopping and other attractions, but the hotels are expensive. If you want to stay on the island look a little bit east or west of Central like Sheung Wan or Wan Chai (though the latter can be busy with nightlife depending on where you are) to save on cost. Kowloon is a little hectic for me, but also an excellent choice because you can MTR or ferry to Central easily. Central is also where the ferries to the outlying islands depart from. I would say that the cheap shopping is mostly in Kowloon though it can be found in spots everywhere. Also, you can’t really walk anywhere of interest other than Disneyland whereas in Kowloon or Central, you can usually walk to plenty of restaurants and shopping. Hope this helps!

      Also, Singapore is just plain awesome with kids. The Night Safari is a must-do as well as the zoo, bird park and Sentosa island attractions like Universal Studios. I took my daughter when she was 4 and she loved it. Plus the food is amazing if you’re comfortable eating at the hawker stalls. It’s much more inexpensive than Hong Kong on a number of levels. I’m a shopper so we usually stay near Orchard Road at the Four Seasons or Regent.

  24. safa
    June 27, 2013 at 7:32 am — Reply

    Thanks so so much for your tips and guidance. .both me and my kids loved disney land! Your blog helped to prepare me and know my expectations. Thanks again.
    Safa

  25. regina wilson
    June 17, 2013 at 5:14 pm — Reply

    Great blog!thanks for all e brilliant info!
    Taking my 7yr old twins to Disney HK 2 full days but the other 2 days are a ? What wud u recommend we do which entails not too much traveling and not too exotic (spicy/hot) food? Also what do u recommend on clothes and shoes? Do you recommend going out to night markets for these 2? we r at the royal view hotel w transfers but do u recommend getting an MTR card for other 2 days? Thank you for our wonderful insights!
    More power to you!

    • July 5, 2013 at 10:55 am — Reply

      It’s very easy to buy MTR tickets as you need them so don’t worry about not having an MTR card unless it’s less expensive based on the number of rides you’ll take.

      I recommend closed-toed shoes in Hong Kong. The streets and sidewalks can have uneven pavement and gutter water. Clothing depends on the time of year but even in summer, you need a sweater as it will be hot hot hot outside and freezing cold air conditioning inside shops and other buildings.

      I keep meaning to write about Ocean Park but you should take them there too if your budget permits. It’s a sea-themed park on the south side of the island that you’ll have to bus or taxi too (no MTR service). Skip the zoo as it’s a little depressing. Food that isn’t spicy is easy to come by. Hong Kong is full of Western food like sandwiches (Subway is everywhere as is McDonalds) and salads even.

  26. safa
    June 6, 2013 at 2:03 am — Reply

    Dear Ja lolla mum;
    Which mall in Hong Kong can I get nice evening dresses for 1 and 5 year old girls. Something fancy. Something like party princess in Malasiya if you are familiar with it.

    • July 5, 2013 at 10:56 am — Reply

      I am afraid I don’t know the answer to this! It’s easy to find cheongsams in the markets but I am not sure about frilly dresses. I will ask my friends if they know. It is expensive but there are a number of designer children’s stores in the Prince’s Building in Central.

  27. kris
    June 5, 2013 at 2:45 am — Reply

    Hello there, nice review! Btw, I want to ask you, how exactly can we get to the Disneyland feom the airport, is it better by taxi or train? And, do you think it’s worth it to go for around 5 hours only because we only have an 8hr stop in hongkong. I hope you can advise.

    • June 5, 2013 at 6:37 am — Reply

      Hi! The best way is to get into a blue Lantau taxi from the airport and it costs about $120 HKD give or take. We usually only go for half a day. Hong Kong Disneyland is small but they have added a Toy Story Land and Grizzly Gulch. The newer rides have longer lines, typically. Have fun! If it’s pouring down rain, I’d give it a skip as rides will close.

      • kris
        June 6, 2013 at 1:30 am — Reply

        Toy Story is great to hear 🙂 Now booking for an overnight stay though, better to see the fireworks! Can you recommend a nearby hotel in the same area for Disneyland?

  28. denise
    June 3, 2013 at 5:23 am — Reply

    hi! i would like to ask if the HK$450 admission fee already includes the rides and attractions like the toy story land, mystique, etc or its just plain entrance fee only? thanks!

    • July 5, 2013 at 10:57 am — Reply

      Yes, it includes admission to the rides. You pay additional for special experiences and, of course, food.

  29. gretchel
    May 28, 2013 at 4:31 pm — Reply

    your blog is very helpful. thank you so much. Im planning to go to Disneyland this june and planing to book in disneyland hotel, if i do so, for example i wasnt able to see all the sites in one day, since im booked in the disneyland hotel can i go back the next day without paying for the entrance fee?

    Hoping for your reply if you know the answer. Again thank you in advance

    • May 28, 2013 at 10:05 pm — Reply

      Hi. I doubt they would let you go again for free due to bad weather but perhaps call the concierge desk at the Disneyland Hotel? They would best be able to advise you about that.

  30. Tel
    May 26, 2013 at 9:27 am — Reply

    Hi. My daughter is turning 4 this July and we want to take her to Hong Kong Disneyland on her birthday. How’s the weather in Hong Kong on the month of July? I’m kinda worried coz some say that it’s typhoon month or rainy? We don’t want to spend plane tickets & hotel if the weather is not good. We don’t mind summer weather thou.

    • May 26, 2013 at 9:30 am — Reply

      July is during typhoon seasons so it could rain–a lot. If it isn’t raining, the weather is hot and humid but it’s not intolerable. Maybe carry an umbrella for shade (you might need it for rain, just in case). It’s a hard decision. You could book a character breakfast at Disneyland Hotel or do the Princess for a day program where the girls can dress up, just in case the park is too rainy.

  31. Lele
    May 13, 2013 at 1:57 am — Reply

    Hi,
    Thank you for the advise on disney. We are going to hk for 9 nights in July and we plan to spend 2 days at disney. I have a 8 year old and a 4 year old. Do u think 2 days in Disney is enough? Any suggestions what to do in hk besides disney with the kids?

    • July 5, 2013 at 11:02 am — Reply

      Hi! Apologies for the late reply! I would go to Ocean Park on the island. Kowloon has a couple of fun museums. My daughter is 6 and likes the markets (not for long though). I would go to the Peak for lunch and perhaps a walk (it’s the best view of the city and great for photo opps). Take the tram at least one way. My daughter also likes to take the mid levels escalator, which can be scenic and I believe it’s the longest escalator in the world so she thinks that’s neat. Stop and have lunch in the mid levels at one of the many restaurants. Lots are kid-friendly.

      It rains in July so it’s good you are planning two days at Disneyland, just in case it rains on one day. You might want to go at night for the fireworks and cooler air. The park isn’t big so two days is enough.

  32. Karolynne
    May 11, 2013 at 6:29 am — Reply

    Hi do you think I am safe travelling to Hong Kong with my four year old alone? I want to try something different? Also any info on immunisations please x

    • May 11, 2013 at 6:40 am — Reply

      I find Hong Kong to be very safe though I mostly roam on the island in mainly Central and in Kowloon. As with any big city, it depends on where you are staying, I’m sure. Though it costs a bit more, I would try to stay in these areas. Sheung Wan, right next to Central, tends to have less expensive hotels and it still quite convenient. I traveled there now alone with my daughter all the time.

  33. Martin
    May 7, 2013 at 2:50 am — Reply

    Great report,
    We are going end of September (wife and I, our 4 year old son and a cousin). What else you recommend and where should we stay, thinking of staying 7 days.
    Thanks

    • May 7, 2013 at 3:48 pm — Reply

      You picked a great time of year to go with the best odds of good weather. Ocean Park on the island is great for age 4 and could be an all day adventure. I would suggest taking a ferry to another island like Lamma Island to walk around, eat or go to the beach. Brunch on the weekend is a family affair and Cafe Deco on the Peak used to offer kids entertainment during Sunday brunch but I’m not sure if they still do that. Enjoy!

  34. […] it or not, Hong Kong is fun for kids between Hong Kong Disneyland, Ocean Park, the Peak, various parks, hiking, ferry rides, shopping and more. Refer to my […]

  35. Safa
    April 5, 2013 at 12:23 pm — Reply

    Hi,
    I am from the Middle East (Oman) and it would be my frost time in HK with my husband and 3kids, 7years, 5years, 1year.
    I have a few questions:

    What would you recommend is a good duration to enjoy the day rides and night shows in disneyland HK, 4days at the hotel?

    I intend to drive directly from airport to Disneyland, will it be a long drive?

    After doing disneyland, anything interesting for kids in central HK worth spending 2 nights or so?

    How to Chinese react to our brown skin color? Welcoming?

    • April 6, 2013 at 8:07 am — Reply

      Hong Kong Disneyland is very small so you really don’t need more than a day or two there, unless your kids are huge Disney fans. If you are stayinlang at one of the Disney hotels, there are shuttles to the park that run every 15 minutes or so allowing you to play it by ear when the kids get tired, etc. It’s very easy. The character dining and character dress up (My Little Princess) are at the hotels (Disneyland Hotel, usually) so do make a reservation in advance if you’d like to participate.

      We took a blue Lantau taxi to Disneyland from the airport and it took about 20 minutes. It’s a very easy ride.

      Hong Kong is a very international city so please don’t worry about the color of your skin. My daughter likes Ocean Park (I do too), which is a sea-themed park on the island with shows, rides and a spectacular view. Also on that side of the island is a sort of touristy restaurant called Jumbo which is a large boat you take a small boat to get to. My daughter likes that. She also likes taking the Peak tram up to the Peak for lunch. There is space for them to wander, shop, and great photo opportunities for you. If the weather cooperates, you can see all of Hong Kong. Cafe Deco on the Peak used to have a Sunday brunch with entertainment for the kids. They renovated last summer, so I am not sure if they still do it. If not, the Peak Cafe is kid-friendly with a nice outdoor patio. The star ferry is a fun way to get from Kowloon to Central that kids like.

      Skip the Hong Kong Zoo–it’s spread out and a lot of walking for what it is.

      Hope this helps–enjoy your stay!

      • Safa
        April 7, 2013 at 10:43 pm — Reply

        Thanks for your comments.

        any recommended hotel close to Ocean Park?

        • July 5, 2013 at 11:04 am — Reply

          Sorry, I am just seeing this! There aren’t really any hotels over there, but you could stay in Wan Chai or Admiralty (they are expensive but hotels at Pacific Place are all great) that is close by and still have MTR access. To get to Ocean Park, you’d need to taxi as the MTR doesn’t run on the south side of the island, unfortunately.

  36. Janine Anne Holt
    March 31, 2013 at 4:46 am — Reply

    Me and my parents are going to Hongkong this coming April 21-24.. And we’re going to HKDL. Is 9-10 hours okay to spend in DL? And we’ll be staying in Shamrock Hotel in Kowloon, is it near the night markets and malls? Thank You. 🙂

    • March 31, 2013 at 6:33 am — Reply

      It is definitely more than enough time. In fact, you may find that it is too much time! We were there last summer and there are new areas like Toy Story Land and Grizzly Gulch that will have slightly longer wait times than the usual rides, because they are new.

      Public transportation in Hong Kong is excellent so you can definitely be flexible with your schedule.

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  39. Peter
    June 26, 2012 at 6:25 am — Reply

    Hi
    we are going to Hong Kong for 3 days in August with our 5 year old daughter.

    Where is the best place to stay? There seem to be two disney hotels but they seem quite expensive. How do they compare to other hotels in the city?

    We are looking at getting a 2 day pass.

    Please email me back

    Thanks
    Peter

    • June 26, 2012 at 5:16 pm — Reply

      Hi! I have stayed at the Disneyland Hotel. It is a little hectic and expensive for what it is but my daughter looooved it. I prefer to stay in Central Hong Kong, however, the larger hotels there can be even more expensive depending on time of year and which you pick. There are a few smaller boutique hotels that are less expensive – maybe check Expedia to get an idea of price and availability. It is so easy to get to Hong Kong Disneyland from the Central that you don’t need to stay at the park if you don’t want to. The Tung Chung MTR line is the one that takes you to the Disney train and it stops at Kowloon Station. In theory you could stay in Kowloon too, but it would likely add on a few minutes to the journey unless you’re staying around Kowloon Station. Most people tend to stay in Kowloon near the Tsim Sha Tsui station (TST) so you’d need to somehow change trains or taxi to Kowloon Station to get to the Tung Chung line. I hope this all makes sense!

  40. kanhaiya
    May 8, 2012 at 1:42 am — Reply

    32month old child required to purchase entry ticket at Disney land at Hongkong?

  41. JoBlaney
    April 13, 2012 at 9:41 pm — Reply

    Hi!

    I’m so glad to find your blogs. I’m about to go to Indonesia in June and will have a 9 hours layover in hk (from 7 am to 4 pm) on a Thursday. I will be traveling with my 3 yrs old daughter. I really want to take her to hk Disneyland during this 9 hours wait for the next flight. Do you think it’s a good idea since the park will be opened at 10.30 am and we must go back around 2 to the airport? What is the event or ride where I should take her inside Disneyland within this very short visit. I enjoyed your articles tremendously.

    Thanks

    • April 13, 2012 at 9:52 pm — Reply

      Yes! I’ve never done this but I am told that you can store your bags at HKIA if they are not being checked through to Indonesia. Follow the taxi signs and take a blue Lantau taxi to Disneyland. It’s about a $100-$150 HKD cab ride (20 minutes-ish). Buy your tickets in advance an pick them up at the will call window (again, I usually do this at Central Station but look into it – I’m told you can pick up at HK Disneyland). Spend about 2-3 hours at the park. It’s so small that on a weekday that’s not a holiday it will be enough time. On weekends just be prepared to wait in line a bit longer (though by US standards, this isn’t long at all). Make sure you grab a map/schedule as some characters (if this is important to your kids) are out at certain times. Because you get in so early, perhaps call the Disneyland Hotel and see if there is space to dine at the character breakfast before the park opens. You must reserve it well in advance. There is a complimentary bus from Disneyland Hotel to Disneyland that runs frequently and takes just a few minutes. Then from Disneyland take a taxi back to the airport. You never know, but you should miss traffic in the hours you need to transfer.

      I have taken flights that lands in HK at 6:00am. It helps to have an exciting activity for the kids to do in order to fight their exhaustion from travel.

      If your baggage is being checked through to Indonesia and you have your ticket printed, then you don’t need to be at HKIA at 2pm. It’s a highly efficient airport so you can arrive 2:30 – 3pm typically without a problem.

  42. Leah
    January 17, 2012 at 12:14 am — Reply

    Hi, I would be visiting HK this coming may..Would like to ask your insights on how to travel with 2 kids (8 and 3 yo)? Will be there for 4 days and would like to visit Disneyland, more attractions for kids and also shopping. I am a bit confused on where to book hotel without getting the kids too tired due to long travel. Where is the optimum place to stay where I would be halfway the airport, shopping areas and disneyland? Or can you give me advise on best option?
    Thank you so much!

    • January 17, 2012 at 7:53 am — Reply

      Hi. I always prefer Central. It’s a very easy 23 minutes by Airport Express train and it takes about the same amount of time by MTR to get to Disneyland. Central is also about 15 minutes (depending on traffic) to Ocean Park (in the other direction of the airport), another place you must visit with kids. The hotels are more expensive, but it’s very easy to navigate especially if you have kids, and very safe. I find Kowloon much too hectic for kids, unless you were at the Peninsula, Intercontinental or Ritz Carlton. The Ritz is a little out of the way, however. Admiralty is on the other side of Central and also has several large hotels connected to a mall called Pacific Place where there’s a grocery store and lots of kid-friendly dining.

      Regardless of where you stay, it’s a city that involves a lot of walking. I brought a stroller for my 4-year-old last spring and would have been miserable without it. But this year, we’ll go without and see how it goes. It will be a lot of taxis, I’m sure.

  43. parcoast
    September 12, 2011 at 7:49 am — Reply

    Our family (w/ 4 kids) are visiting HKDL later this week, and I was wondering if they are strict on their return times for fast passes? We are frequent visiors of DL in Anaheim, and there you can return to the ride pretty much any time after the “starting” return time, as long as it is the same day. Is it the same @HKDL? This will help with our planning, and I haven’t found an answer on any forums yet…

    Thanks for a great post!

    • September 12, 2011 at 12:47 pm — Reply

      That is a good question, I don’t know the answer. I can ask my friends that still live there. I usually go at the time the fast pass says. I’m going to guess that they are strict with the times.

  44. September 9, 2011 at 11:55 pm — Reply

    We’re headed to hong kong very soon and would love information on family friendly hong kong hotels:) (currently overwhelmed and can’t believe we’re bringing the kids).

    • September 10, 2011 at 9:03 pm — Reply

      I should write about that actually. I prefer Central Hong Kong, which is also expensive. But it’s safe and more kid friendly. I would say it depends also on how long you are going for. There are also serviced apartments that have small kitchens and can be less expensive and easier for families. We stayed at Central 88 which is in a great location, albeit on a busy street. I also love the Peach Blossom (1 month minimum stay) in the mid levels. For hotels, my two favorites are the Four Seasons Hotel (we lived in the apartments for years) and the Mandarin Oriental (not the Landmark Mandarin Oriental – though that’s very nice too, less family friendly). The MO is not super stroller friendly, getting in and out of the hotel, but there is usually a doorman. I wrote about it here – https://lajollamom.com/2011/06/hong-kong-with-kids-the-mandarin-oriental-hotel/ and the Four Seasons a few times on their blog- http://family.fourseasons.com/author/katie-dillon/. Any of the hotels in Pacific Place (Admiralty) would be great too. I am less familiar with Kowloon side.

  45. Diana
    August 25, 2011 at 5:36 pm — Reply

    I’ve never been to Hong Kong and would love to go some day and visit Disneyland there. But for right now, it is easy for me to visit Disneyland in Orlando, Florida. Disneyland is a wonderful place to visit no matter where it is located.

  46. Garies
    July 22, 2011 at 9:12 pm — Reply

    Is there any lost child case in HK Disneyland? I heard many stories about that… Scary…

    • July 23, 2011 at 1:35 pm — Reply

      I have heard no stories but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen. Hong Kong is a very small place, relatively speaking so if there was an issue I would have heard about it in my parenting circles or in the newspaper when I was living there. They do have a well marked place off Main Street where you are to go in case your child is lost. I would assume the risk is no greater than at the other Disney parks. In fact, I feel safer at this one.

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  48. Cleo
    June 2, 2011 at 8:51 am — Reply

    Thank you for sharing this experience. I had been worried about how crowded the park would be with Mainland tourists but it looks nothing as bad as it can get on the Mainland. It also sounds easier and cheaper than Disneyland Paris albeit smaller.

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  51. May 18, 2011 at 9:45 am — Reply

    Oh, I love Hong Kong! Your part about the train and how inexpensive it is really made me miss zipping around that city with my Octopus card! I still have it in my wallet!

    • May 18, 2011 at 9:46 am — Reply

      You’ll love that I lost my Octopus card (as I always did when I lived there) and found it in my purse on the day we were leaving and it was loaded with $. Just means I’ll have to go back then!

  52. May 18, 2011 at 9:43 am — Reply

    Interesting turn on the line cutting…at the Sphinx in Egypt, it was the Germans who were cutting and jostling the rest of us. We were in Hong Kong as kids and I remember everyone wanting to touch our hair, and especially my mom’s hair – she had light blond hair which, as you say, was a rarity. Looking forward to the hotel review.

    • May 18, 2011 at 9:47 am — Reply

      Thanks! I think they must have gotten the memo about touching. No one does that anymore, luckily!

  53. May 17, 2011 at 11:22 pm — Reply

    Yes, I can’t imagine flying w/3 little kids! You definitely should go though.

  54. Everyday Mama
    May 17, 2011 at 9:07 pm — Reply

    My husband loves going to Hong Kong, yet he never invites us along! I so want to make this trip but not with three kids…maybe one at a time 🙂 One day we’ll make it!

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