To give you a little bit of background, we lived in Hong Kong and go to Hong Kong Disneyland during every return visit.
We have been there more times than many of our friends who still live there. We’ve stayed in all three Hong Kong Disneyland hotels, 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 the above, how to buy Hong Kong Disneyland tickets, how to skip the lines, and more to ensure your visit to this fantastic Hong Kong attraction is absolutely perfect.
About Hong Kong Disneyland
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 relatively small and home to rides that are similar to the Magic Kingdom, Disneyland Paris, and Disneyland. The tickets are less costly than the parks above so if you choose to visit for a half-day, your wallet won’t suffer too much.
Consider how much time you are spending in Hong Kong. If the answer is just a few days, a half-day at the park will 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 in Hong Kong are brutal. If not used to this kind of weather and 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. 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 looks like 20th-century small-town America. This is where the best souvenir shops are located, like the Emporium.
Tsum Tsums and Ufufy plush stuffed animals 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 (temporarily closed)
- Main Street Vehicles
- Royal Princess Garden (this is the new Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique)
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.
Hong Kong Disneyland’s new Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, now located inside the park, offers kids the change to dress up like their favorite princess or even Prince Phillip. Reservations for this experience can be made up to 60 days in advance and highly recommended. You can actually buy discounted Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique experience vouchers.
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 tasty 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. We picked up the below egg waffle with cream a few visits ago.
I have not eaten at the Plaza Inn on Main Street U.S.A. There is also a Starbucks on Main Street U.S.A. with Disneyland branded Starbucks mugs and more.
A walk through from Main Street U.S.A. through the castle lands you in Fantasyland which is where young children will be the happiest, and the rides are near each other.
Important note about the castle: It’s closed for renovation until late 2019 as it’s in the process of being reimagined into an enormous castle that pays tribute to all Disney princesses including Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Mulan, Tiana, Rapunzel, Merida, Moana and Anna, and Elsa.
The evening fireworks display has also been put on hold until the castle is complete. The castle’s construction zone has looked more or less like this for the last year.
Rides and attractions:
- Cinderella’s Carousel
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant
- Fairytale Forest presented by PANDORA
- Hong Kong Disneyland Railroad – Fantasyland Station (temporarily closed)
- “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 (Priority Special+)
- Mickey’s PhilharMagic (an adorable 4D show – recommend for younger kids)
- 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 on site to take professional photos for purchase though they will 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. The dinner buffet now through May 5, 2019 will feature a visit from Donald Duck.
I would choose this over Clopin’s Festival of Food, which is mediocre Chinese. Clopin’s usually displays mock dishes at the entrance to 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 fantastic though recently not always open.
Toy Story Land
This land is themed after the popular Toy Story movies and conveniently located next to Fantasyland.
Rides and Attractions:
- Barrel of Fun
- RC Racer
- 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 (weather permitting).
Eat: There is only Jessie’s Snack Cart here which sells drinks and snack foods including soft serve with boba. The snacks seem to rotate but during our last time we ordered the pineapple freeze drink with pandan and soft serve which is somewhat similar to Dole Whip.
Mystic Point (Exclusive to Hong Kong Disneyland)
Mystic Point is the most recent land to open at Hong Kong Disneyland, and you won’t find it at any other Disney park. The not-to-be-missed and only ride is Mystic Manor. It is similar in style to the Haunted House ride but with an entirely different storyline and more high tech special effects.
This land is where mysterious forces and supernatural events occur in the heart of a dense, uncharted Papua New Guinea rainforest and where an explorer named Lord Henry Mystic lives (in Mystic Manor, of course).
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, different counter-order stations feature Indonesian, Japanese, Korean and Southeast Asian food. I had a very good Hainanese chicken rice, and my daughter’s bento box was also excellent. 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 on the menu here is also Halal.
None of the food in the park is Michelin-star quality, but it’s improved over the years.
Mystic Point also has a frozen dessert snack cart. Beware that these treats melt quickly in the summer.
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 an excellent intro to roller coasters for younger kids.
It’s different because it shifts from a 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.
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 as signs indicate where to queue)
- Karibuni Marketplace (characters tend to hang out here)
- 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. The Tahitian Terrace offers quick service Southeast Asian cuisine. Two carts also sell Korean squid, turkey legs and other snacks.
This is the land experiencing the most change and now home to the most popular ride in the park.
Turn right after leaving Main Street U.S.A., and you’ll land in Tomorrowland.
Rides and attractions
- Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle! (New)
- Hyperspace Mountain (Space Mountain, really, with a Star Wars twist)
- Iron Man Experience
- 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.
Iron Man Experience is a big deal because it is exclusive to this park and the first Disney attraction based on a Marvel property. It is awesome. I love how they feature prominent Hong Kong buildings during 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.
Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle! opened on March 31, 2019. It’s the first attraction to feature Ant-Man and The Wasp and is also the first-ever Marvel attraction in a Disney Park to feature a female Super Hero as a title character. This ride takes the place of Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters but is similar in that riders shoot at targets to try to reach the highest score possible.
Recent ride closures: In addition to Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, Autopia was removed to make way for Iron Man Experience. It’s a shame because I found the left 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, a basket of chicken fingers and other similar American-style food.
They have a vast 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)
- Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle! (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)
- Jungle River Cruise (Adventureland)
- RC Racer (Toy Story Land)
How to Minimize 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 the 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 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.
Priority Special Attraction Admission Pass (New)
There are two types of Priority Special admission passes that you can choose to purchase online in advance or when you enter the park. Walk-up purchase locations include Main Entrance Ticket Booths, Pooh Corner, and Expo Shop. If staying at a Hong Kong Disneyland hotel, a discounted Priority Special price is available at the front desk.
These passes allow guests to enter rides via a shorter queue. It’s important to know that this queue for favorite rides like Iron Man can still be 20 minutes long, but this is shorter than the main line.
Priority Special (HKD 199) provides one-time priority access to:
- Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars
- Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle!
- Mystic Manor
- Iron Man Experience
- Mickey’s PhilharMagic
Priority Special+ (HKD 299) provides one-time priority access to:
- Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars
- Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle!
- Mystic Manor
- Iron Man Experience
- Mickey’s PhilharMagic
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- Toy Soldier Parachute Drop
- Slinky Dog Spin
If one of these rides is closed, you do not receive an extra Priority Special admission or a discount on pricing. During our most recent visit, Toy Soldier Parachute Drop was closed . Unfortunately, we weren’t able to use the pass for it.
Hong Kong Disneyland FastPass
Two rides have a FastPass option:
- Hyperspace Mountain
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.
This is where you insert your ticket to receive a time to return to a designated 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 one extra FastPass.
There is no limit to the number 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 HKD 5688 (about USD 728) 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 daytime 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 peace 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.
We stayed in a Sea View room at Disney Explorers Lodge and did find the Priority Admissions Pass valuable even on a not-so-crowded day. You’ll enter rides through a Fast Pass admission or a special gate with nearly no line at all.
Read on for more information about the Hong Kong Disneyland hotels.
Miscellaneous Hong Kong Disneyland Tips
Arrive Before the Park Opens
Guests may enter the park through the turnstiles at least 15 minutes early (probably earlier but I’ve never tried) so that you can get to the end of Main Street U.S.A. before the park officially opens. One reason to do this is to see the opening ceremony where a pre-selected child/family will cut the ribbon with scissors.
The main reason though 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 or to Tomorrowland for Iron Man or Ant-Man.
What to Bring and Rules
Be sure to pack sunscreen and bug spray. The latter is especially useful if staying until nightfall. If visiting in 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 cute, Disney-branded fan). I’ve recently been using a USB fan that plugs into my phone though fans that mist water are super handy during a Hong Kong summer.
You are not permitted to bring in outside food or drinks. Adults over the age of 16 are not allowed to dress up. Selfie sticks are not allowed. Read the rest of the park’s rules and regulations.
Leaving a Stroller
I brought Bugaboo stroller multiple times and never had an issue with leaving it anywhere in Hong Kong Disneyland while I went on a ride. However, I never left 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 are possible throughout every land in the park. The Town Square greetings in Main Street U.S.A typically have long lines because everyone enters here and gets overly excited to see Mickey, Minnie, and friends. I would say skip this and use the Hong Kong Disneyland app to find other characters to meet. The Disney Princesses are usually at Royal Princess Garden near where the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is.
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 that staff around the park will give them in this book, too.
Character Dining and Princess Dress-Up
Character Dining occurs at the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort Hotels. However, now through May 5, 2019 Donald Duck will visit guests at the Royal Banquet Hall dinner buffet inside Hong Kong Disneyland park.
- Enchanted Garden (Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel): Character dining dinner and breakfast buffets (lunch buffet on weekends only) featuring Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and other characters. This is the most upscale of the character dining options.
- Dragon Wind (Disney Explorer’s Lodge): The Chinese restaurant offers character dining breakfast buffet (regional and Western options are available) and a character dining lunch buffet on weekends and public holidays.
- World of Color (Disney Explorer’s Lodge): Donald and Goofy in Explorer’s outfits at breakfast accompany an international selection of breakfast buffet dishes.
- Chef Mickey (Disney’s Hollywood Hotel): Mickey Mouse puts on chef gear and poses for photos at the breakfast buffet.
Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel is also where another Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is located (in addition to the one inside the park at Royal Princess Garden). If you use the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, the kids will want to visit the park afterward so plan for this. In the past, we’ve also used this Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique followed by character dinner at Enchanted Garden and made it into the park for some evening fun and fireworks.
- Little Girls Become Princesses at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
- Cute Disney Dim Sum at Hong Kong Disneyland
- Should You Book Hong Kong Disneyland Character Dining
In between the park entrance and the MTR station is a luggage storage area where you can stow bags if need be. From the MTR and Disneyland Resort shuttles, walk toward the park. You’ll pass the luggage storage area on the right.
Hong Kong Disneyland Ticket Prices
Single-Day Passes: Adults are HKD 619 HKD (USD 79), and children are HKD 458 (USD 59). 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 HKD 10.
- 2-in-1 Meal Voucher: This includes park lunch or dinner and a snack (HKD 130 online/HKD 140 HKD at the park)
- 3-in- 1 Meal Voucher: This includes park lunch, dinner, and a snack. (HKD 210 online/HKD 220 at the park)
To give you an idea, I would buy the 2-in-1 Meal Voucher. If I order an HKD 159 combo meal at Explorer’s Cafe, an HKD 38 snack mid-day in the park, and get an HKD 5 discount on a water or soda from a snack cart, that’s a total of HKD 202 I would usually spend. The price of the 2-in-1 voucher online is HKD 130 (HKD 140 at the park), so I save HKD 72.
The voucher needs to be scanned on your smartphone (or a printed copy) when ordering your food. I usually don’t buy meal plans, but these can save you money especially if you are ordering meal combos on the higher range of what is allowable. The participating restaurants are my favorite anyway, and I find it easy to use.
Annual Passes: Magic Passes (prices start at HKD 1238 for adults) are available to all guests, regardless of country of residence. There are various levels of Hong Kong Disneyland annual passes.
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 extended stays, but it’s worth comparing the options.
Buy Hong Kong Disneyland tickets at:
- park ticket booths
- Klook: If you can wait one day for the ticket to become available, Klook is a top-rated discounted tickets source in Asia. You show a mobile or printed QR code at the gate, and each Klook purchase gives you credits to redeem for other tickets.
- Disney’s Hollywood Hotel
- Disney Explorers Hotel
- Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel
- most Hong Kong luxury hotel concierge desks
Whatever you do, I would highly recommend purchasing tickets in advance so you can skip the ticket booth line at the park.
Hong Kong Disneyland Hotels
There are now three Hong Kong Disneyland Hotels, and they are all entirely different from each other. I wouldn’t necessarily say that one is better than the other. Which you choose depends on the experience you’d like and your budget.
Benefits of Staying in a Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel
Finally, Hong Kong Disneyland hotel guests have perks!
Hotel guests use an exclusive “Disney Hotel Guests Entrance” at the Main Entrance of the park (but no early entry to the park).
Hong Kong Disneyland hotel guests receive at least one Priority Admission Pass. The exact number of passes received is based on the type of hotel room booked and, frankly, the details online are a little murky.
Sea View Room guests will receive three Priority Admission Passes, and guests staying in a Kingdom Club Room of Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel will receive four Priority Admission Passes. Each room guest gets an entry with the same pass, up to four per room. These Priority Admission Passes can be redeemed at the attractions listed on the pass. This is what ours looked like.
Remember that guests staying in a room category lower than Sea View will be able to use the pass at four attractions (Runaway Mine Cars, Hyperspace Mountain, Iron Man Experience and “it’s a small world”) instead of seven.
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 from the Hong Kong Disneyland hotels to the park. 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 for at least one night during our Hong Kong trips.
Reservations: I’ve included links so that you can check the prices across top sites including Hong Kong Disneyland, Expedia, Agoda, Booking.com and more.
Disney’s Hollywood Hotel
Art Deco in style, Disney’s Hollywood Hotel is the least expensive option. However, I found it 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 HKD 1800. You can read our full Disney’s Hollywood Hotel review for more details.
Disney Explorers Lodge
The 750-room, resort-style Disney Explorers Lodge opened in April 2017. It’s furnished according to the four different tropical climates of Asia, Oceania, South America, and Africa and priced in between Disney’s Hollywood Hotel and Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel. Learn why this is our favorite Hong Kong Disneyland hotel in my Disney Explorers Lodge review.
Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel
This hotel is 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), Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, and more elaborate character dining is located. There is a pool, a fun hedge maze kids love and nice sea views from the rooms. I haven’t written a review of this hotel yet but will shortly.
If you’d like to immerse in all things Disney and enjoy the perks resort hotels offer, then, by all means, stay at the resort. 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.
Inspiration Lake Recreation Center
Especially in good weather, this neat area of Hong Kong is an overlooked gem. It is indeed a lake with a woodsy park next to it. Admission to Inspiration Lake is free, and it’s a beautiful 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
From Central Hong Kong: It’s 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 an effortless ride that takes about 20 minutes.
Other MTR lines from across Hong Kong 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.
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 midweek from the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel to Central Hong Kong. It cost about HKD 150 (about USD 19), 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 HKD 100 plus an extra HKD 5 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.
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 standard on the mainland. My daughter is strawberry blonde with pale white skin and blue eyes. She is frequently stopped 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: Contrary 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. Instances of line cutting are becoming less frequent in recent years, but I would suggest you stand in line with purpose and a wide stance, if that makes sense, to prevent people from slipping through.
The Bottom Line
I hope you enjoy your visit to this fantastic Disney park that we love so much. Feel free to ask a question in the comments, and I’ll do my best to respond.
What do you enjoy most about Hong Kong Disneyland?