About Hong Kong Disneyland
Established in 2005, Hong Kong Disneyland has become one of the main reasons why the Fragrant Harbour continues to attract tourists especially from its neighbouring countries in Asia. Ideal for families and even for adults, the famous theme park definitely brings joy to kids and kids-at-heart alike.
The moment you enter the theme park, you’ll definitely feel a sudden rush of nostalgia and giddy excitement pushing you to relive your childhood memories, regardless of your age. It makes you feel like a child again even for a day.
Imagine seeing your favourite Disney characters that pretty much sum up what built your imagination as a child and have filled your mind with out-of-this-world wonder. True enough, a visit to Hong Kong’s happiest place would not just tick off an item on your bucket list but also unlock your childhood memories and young hearts once again.
Hong Kong Disneyland has several attractions based on their most famous movie franchises and animations. Don’t be surprised when you bump into one of the Disney princesses, from their classics like Cinderella and Snow White to the newest favourites like Elsa and Merida. Oh, or even shake hands with the Disney Classic characters, Mickey and Minnie Mouse!
The park is also divided into several mini-theme parks that are basically drawn out from the movies and cartoons. One being the most famous is the Star Wars Command Post that is home to R2-D2, Chewbacca, stormtroopers, and other beloved Star Wars characters. Cinderella’s castle is also a popular spot for photo ops. Wanting to experience or see where Tarzan has lived? Of course, you can! You can even ride a raft afloat a man-made river to roam around Tarzan’s treehouse.
There are also several musical stage shows running every day and one that you shouldn’t miss is the spectacular display of the Circle of Life from The Festival of Lion King and several shows from the Disney Princesses themselves. Plus kids and kids-at-heart friendly theme park rides are scattered in the Resort.
Do not forget to keep track of time, too! Make sure to also find a sweet spot by the theme park’s road, especially in front of Sleeping Beauty’s castle to witness the happiest parade in Hong Kong: The Flights of Fantasy (1:30 PM) and Disney’s Paint the Night Parade (8:00 PM).
Last but not the least, the most awaited attraction every day happening after the luminous Paint the Night Parade is the fireworks display that lights up the sky of Lantau. It also transforms the castle into a huge screen that projects animated Disney characters accompanied by the most famous Disney theme songs, which are the ultimate trigger of nostalgia to the theme park’s visitors.
How to get to Hong Kong Disneyland
You could get to the theme park in less than 30 minutes regardless of where you are in Hong Kong if you’ll take the Mass Transit Railway (MTR). The details are as follows:
From Tsim Sha Tsui
Take the West Rail Line at the East Tsim Sha Tsui Station. Alight at the Nam Cheong Station and take the Tung Chung Line to Sunny Bay Station. From the Sunny Bay Station, take the Disneyland Resort Line bound for the theme park.
From the Airport
Take the Airport Express Line from the Hong Kong International Airport heading to Tsing Yi Station. From there, take the Tung Chung Line to the Sunny Bay Station. From the Sunny Bay Station, take the Disneyland Resort Line going to the theme park.
Buses and taxis heading straight to Disneyland are also available. However, taking the MTR is a much more practical and faster option.
Tickets and other expenses
The entrance fee to Hong Kong Disneyland costs HKD 619 for adults aged 12 – 64 (inclusive of a free Mickey Waffle or an HKD 50 merchandise voucher) and HKD 458 for kids aged 3 – 11. Infants, aged 1 month to 2 years of age, could enter the theme park free-of-charge.
Food in the theme park costs an average of HKD 100 per meal. Snacks are also available.
As for Hong Kong Disneyland merchandise, the price varies depending on the item that you’ll buy.
Here are some of the tips for travelers visiting Disneyland:
1. Best to avoid the summer season when visiting the theme park. Summer in Hong Kong could be too hot and humid. However, if you couldn’t avoid the summer season, make sure you use sunblock and other protection from the heat.
2. You need a whole day to take advantage of all the attractions in Hong Kong Disneyland. If you think one day ain’t enough, the theme park sells two-day passes, too.
3. Bringing of food and drinks from the outside is not allowed.
4. Travel websites such as Klook sometimes sell Hong Kong Disneyland tickets at a discount.
5. Be mindful of the attractions and stage shows’ schedules. For a complete information, download the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort Mobile App. It could give you an up-to-date schedule, help locate your favourite Disney characters, and access the resort’s map.
6. Hong Kong Disneyland is undergoing expansion this 2018. Sleeping Beauty’s castle is not accessible and the fireworks show is temporarily put on hold until official notice.
7. It is best to visit Hong Kong Disneyland on a weekday. Weekends could mean a much-crowded theme park experience plus long attraction queues and wait time.