Experience the magic of Disneyland in Hong Kong
Opened in 2005, Hong Kong Disneyland is one of two major theme parks in Hong Kong (the other being Ocean Park). Despite being the world’s smallest Disney theme park, the park still provides families with a packed day of Disney fun with over seven themed lands centred around well-loved Disney movies: Main Street, U.S.A., Fantasyland, Adventureland, Tomorrowland, Grizzly Gulch, Mystic Point, and Toy Story Land.
Not to mention, with the opening of Iron Man Experience, that is also a ride exclusively housed in Hong Kong Disneyland, is there a reason NOT to visit this park?
So without further ado, let’s begin our Hong Kong Disneyland Guide!
How to get there
Hong Kong Disneyland is located on Lantau Island, not far from Hong Kong Airport and is accessible from the city center in less than an hour. You can also book an airport transfer ride for a hassle-free journey from the moment you step out of the airport.
The Disneyland Resort Line runs from Sunny Bay Station to Hong Kong Disneyland Resort multiple times per day, every few minutes (the special Disney themed trains are a great way to begin the day!)
Journey time: 6 minutes
First train: 06:15
Last train: 00:45
Fare: Adult HK$7.5/HK$6.7 (with Octopus); Child HK$3.5/HK$3.4 (with Octopus); Senior HK$3.5/HK$2 (with Octopus)
By Public Bus
Between Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and Downtown Hong Kong: Routes R33 and R42 operate during morning peak hours and following the end of the ‘Disney in the Stars’ Fireworks show each night
Between Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and Lantau Link Toll Plaza: Take any A or E bus route to Lantau Link Toll Plaza where you can interchange with Route R8 which runs regularly throughout the day to Hong Kong Disneyland
Operating hours: 6:00am – 12:05am, every 15-25 minutes
Fare: HK$7 to Link Toll Plaza; HK$3 from Inspiration Lake to Disneyland Resort Public Transport Interchange (PTI)
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The taxi fare from Hong Kong Airport to Disneyland is about HK$130. You can simply mention Hong Kong Disneyland to the driver, without specifying Hong Kong Disneyland’s address.
The opening hours for Hong Kong Disneyland varies day to day, usually, around 10:30 am – 9:00 pm. Be sure to check the hours and park schedule for most updated information. Stay till the very end to watch the ‘Disney in the Stars’ Fireworks Show, which starts daily at 9:00 pm. Arrive early for the show and save a seat on Main Street U.S.A to ensure a good view!
Best times to visit
Being one of the largest theme parks in the country, it is inevitable that Hong Kong Disneyland will be swarmed with both locals and tourists at any given day. However, as with most theme parks around the world, the golden rule is to not visit a theme park on a weekend, because that’s when the locals visit!
Although we can’t guarantee that the weekdays will be less packed, the chances of shorter lines is typically higher!
Speaking of crowds, the park gets most packed during Chinese New Year, what is considered the major public holiday of the year. Christmas and Halloween are major events too, but they’re less crowded as compared to CNY!
Getting the tickets
You also purchase their tickets at the counters although there might be long lines with waiting times that could easily take up to 30 minutes or even more.
The best option would be to purchase your tickets online! In fact, the Hong Kong Disneyland website shows frequent deals for its tickets and most times, they go without prior announcement so you really have to keep a look out for them! There are also several other online vendors that sell these tickets. Be careful though, because most of these sites aren’t licensed as third party sellers and purchasing from them might result in your tickets getting voided.
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Fastpasses work the same way as Express Passes at Universal Studios. In short, they’re your one way ticket to shorter waiting times for rides! You can purchase your Fastpass over the counter or online on the Hong Kong Disneyland website.
In Hong Kong Disneyland, there are only three attractions utilising the Fastpass:
Hyper Space Mountain
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Iron Man Experience
Although the normal waiting times aren’t that long for the first two rides, the recent opening of Iron Man Experience – which is also the only one in the world – can be a good reason for you to opt for the Fastpass. More about this exciting ride later in the article!
Different zones and rides
Tomorrowland houses two Fastpass attractions: Space Mountain and the Iron Man Experience. With that, you can already assume that this zone in Hong Kong Disneyland is going to be really packed, which gives you yet another reason why you should purchase the Fastpass!
Space Mountain features the drops and sharp turns that every coaster promises, but with an added twist. This coaster is entirely indoors, so guests won’t know what to expect, which makes it all the more thrilling!
The Iron Man Experience is a 3-D motion simulator attraction that has just been recently launched earlier and is just the first out of many Marvel-themed expansions that Disneyland has in store. Also, did we mention that this is the world’s first ever Marvel-themed ride to make its home in Disneyland?
Explore Tony Stark’s latest inventions up close and even take the challenge of flying in an Iron Wing flight vehicle in Iron Man Experience. Also, the Iron Man Experience has local influences as well, with guests being able to “fly” above Hong Kong’s iconic landmarks like Tsing Ma Bridge, Victoria Harbour and more!
Additionally, the recently launched Star Wars Takeover has seen aspiring Jedis of all ages flocking to Tomorrowland. Catch a glimpse of your favourite Star Wars characters that include Chewbacca, R2D2 and of course, the Stormtroopers as venture through Tomorrowland. You can also have a taste of Star Wars-inspired delicacies that include the Darth Vader Burger Combo. And to conclude your trip, purchase any merchandise at the store!
|1. Space Mountain
2. Iron Man Experience
3. Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
5. Star Wars Command Post
|1. BB-8 Snack Cart
2. Food Cart selling popcorn, cotton candy and frozen lollipops
3. Comet Cafe
4. Starliner Diner
Fun fact: Adventureland at Hong Kong Disneyland is the biggest out of all Disneylands!
Adventureland houses Lion King, Tarzan and river cruises and yes, if you haven’t already guessed, Adventureland is jungle-themed! Also, Jungle River Cruise is one of the most frequented rides in the park and is definitely a must-go, even if you aren’t into laidback rides!
The Jungle River Cruise will take you through the major rivers in the world, including Asia’s Mekong Delta, the Amazonas and more. However, do keep a lookout for cannibals and headhunters along the way! The journey will also be led by a Disneyland cast member, giving you a comical and every entertaining narration!
|1. Festival of The Lion King
2. Tarzan’s Treehouse
3. Jungle River Cruise
4. Liki Tikis
|1. River View Cafe
2. Tahitian Terrace
3. Tropical Bites cart
Also referred to as Hong Kong Disneyland’s version of Frontierland, Grizzly Gulch features a wild west concept, complete with 19th century-style architecture, mining mountains, golden nuggets and even a town jail!
Guests will also be greeted with their favourite Disney characters dressed in old wild western style costumes that stay true to the theme. Notable attractions in the land include the Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars, where guests can hop on board and twist and turn around the Grizzly Mountain, with surprises awaiting them along the way.
|1. Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars
2. Geyser Gulch
3. Grizzly Gulch Welcome Wagon Show
|1. The Lucky Nugget Saloon|
Mystic Point opened its doors in 2013 and features rides and attractions that harbour a familiar coincidence to the spookier side of Disney, that include the Mystic Manor, Hong Kong Disneyland’s version of the Haunted Mansion.
The Mystic Manor will take you through your favourite Disney stories with state-of-the-art special effects, offering a perfect blend of old and new jumpscares, setting itself apart from the Haunted Mansions in other Disneylands around the world.
Mystic Point is also home to one of the best restaurants in the park: Explorer’s Club Restaurant, where guests can find a wide range of Indonesian, Japanese, Korean and Southeast Asian food, that include Hainanese chicken rice. The best part? All of the food here are certified Halal!
|1. Mystic Manor
2. Garden of Wonders
3. Mystic Point Freight Station
|1. Explorer’s Club Restaurant|
Toy Story Land
With bright colours, familiar characters and re-enactments to the movie, Toy Story Land easily welcomes guests to a nostalgic adventure. The best ride here would have to be the Toy Soldier Parachute, of course!
Offering vast views of the park and beyond, the Toy Soldier Parachute Drop isn’t all that thrilling, but is definitely one of the best laidback rides in the park. You will be told to leave your belongings in a locker but if you have your GoPro or a strapped-on mobile phone, be sure to capture the views right before the parachute drops!
|Toy Story Land|
|1. Barrel of Fun
3. RC Racer
4. Slinky Dog Spin
5. Toy Soldier Boot Camp
6. Toy Soldier Parachute Drop
|1. Jessie’s Snack Roundup
2. Frozen Lollipops Cart
Housing some of the earliest, most iconic characters of Disney, Fantasyland is easily the go-to for the nostalgic Disney experience. No kidding, with Dumbo, Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and of course, Mickey and Minnie, nothing else can define Disney better than this!
Also, the castles and homes of these Disney characters also reside here, including the well-known Sleeping Beauty Castle, which you may have seen popping up frequently in Hong Kong Disneyland Google searches.
For those wanting to say hello and take photos with the characters, head to Fantasy Gardens, where character meet and greets take place. There will also be a professional photographer on site to help take photos for you!
Fantasyland also features a bunch of rides and attractions that are mostly catered to the little ones, and because there are so many attractions here, you’ll be expected to spend most of your time here!
|1. Cinderella Carousel
2. Dumbo the Flying Elephant
3.Fairy Tale Forest
4. Fantasy Gardens
5.Fantasyland Train Station
6. It’s a Small World
7. Mad Hatter Tea Cups
8.The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
10. Mickey and the Wondrous Book inside Storybook Theater
11. Push the Talking Trash Can
12. Sleeping Beauty Castle
13. Snow White Grotto
14. Sword in the Stone
|1. Clopin’s Festival of Foods
2. Popcorn Cart
3. Royal Banquet Hall
4. Small World Ice Cream
5.Soya Chicken Leg, Corn on the Cob, Frozen Lollipops Cart
Main Street USA
With architecture that resembles 20th century USA, Main Street has a similar concept to the original Main Street in Orlando. Although, the one here features local influences with souvenir shops selling local favourites like Tsum Tsum and also local restaurants.
We should add that Tsum Tsum is just as popular here as Duffy in Tokyo!
Main Street, just like other Main Streets, serve as the entrance to the park and doesn’t feature much rides and attractions like the other zones. Character greetings are mostly held in the centre of the zone. Do note that because this is the entrance of the park, crowds are highly expected here so you might want to skip the character greetings for this one!
|1. Animation Academy
2. Art of Animation
3. City Hall
4. Hong Kong Disneyland Band
5. Main Street Railroad
6. Magic Access Member Service Center
7. Main Street Vehicles
8. Ragtime Piano
|1. Market House Bakery
2. Main Street Corner Cafe
3. Main Street Market
4. Plaza Inn
5. Popcorn, Cotton Candy, Frozen Lollipops Cart
6. Sandwiches, Coffee Corner
Shows and parade timings
Hong Kong Disneyland also puts on a number of other impressive shows throughout the day that highlights your favorite Disney stories and characters!
There are two daily parades, Flights of Fantasy Parade and “Disney Paint the Night” Nighttime Spectacular. Flights of Fantasy Parade normally starts at 3:00 pm and Paint the Night starts at 7:45 pm near the Storybook Theatre in Fantasyland.
Also not to be missed is the re-enactment of the all-time classic – The Lion King. The Festival of the Lion King is a 30-minute performance that aims to keep members of the audience engaged with great songs and acrobatic dances. Showtimes are at 12:00pm, 2:00pm, 4:30pm and 6:00pm in Adventureland. Seats are on a first-come-first-serve basis, so do arrive early in fear of long queues!
In line with celebrating Hong Kong Disneyland’s 10th Anniversary, the park has introduced Mickey and the Wondrous Book! Broadway-styled, this 28-minute show features your favourite Disney characters – including Princess Anna and Queen Elsa of “Frozen”- and extravagant musical numbers. Taking place at Disney’s Storybook Theatre in Fantasyland, the showtimes are 11:45 am, 1:00 pm, 3:30pm, 5:00pm, 6:15pm, and 7:30pm.
You can meet your favourite Disney characters in different areas of the park throughout the day.
Tripsle Pro-tip: Most characters can be found in Fantasyland or Town Square!
There are a variety of restaurants at Hong Kong Disneyland offering a selection of international cuisines including vegetarian and halal choices.
And as expected, food prices aren’t going to be cheap. To help you out, Tripsle offers the Disneyland Meal Coupon for the best value dining during your trip to Disneyland!
|Applicable for River View Cafe, Royal Banquet Hall, Explorer’s Club Restaurant, Clopin’s Festival of Foods, Tahitian Terrace, Starliner Diner, guests are entitled to the main courses from the menu board. Simply present your voucher and you’re good to go!|
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For a complete list of the F&B options in Hong Kong Disneyland, click here!
The magic begins
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