Hong Kong Disneyland Review

Disneyland Hong Kong
The Hong Kong Disneyland review is my third Disneyland visited around the world where previously, I have also visited the original Anaheim Disneyland in California, and the Tokyo Disneyland in Japan.

The only one left for me to visit is the Euro Disney (Edit: Visited in 2014), Shanghai Disneyland and Disney World in Florida.

Anyway, since I was having a long working trip to Hong Kong, I thought why not, since I had some free time to kill.

So, the child in me came out the minute I reached the gates of Hong Kong Disneyland, and I am sure many Disney fans would feel the same way.

Disneyland Mickey Mouse Fountain Hong Kong
Disneyland Entrance Fountain with Mickey Surfing
Hong Kong Disneyland Review

Hong Kong Disneyland is located on a piece of reclaimed land on Penny's Bay in Lantau Island, and was officially opened in September 12, 2005.

The park also resembles the other Disneylands around the world with four themed lands, Main Street USA, Fantasyland, Adventureland and Tomorrowland

But the only difference was that the cast and crew at this particular Disneyland are all Chinese, so expect communication in Mandarin, Cantonese and in some English.

Signages are in dual languages, making it easy for non-Chinese, but to my surprise, the princess of the Enchanted Castle was actually a Caucasian girl.

Mickey Mouse video surfing on top of a fountain


Hong Kong Disneyland Main Street USAMain Street USA Double Decker Bus

Hong Kong Disneyland also attracts about 35,000 visitors a day and is also the smallest of the Disneylands around the world.

When I booked my Disneyland Package from the hotel concierge, I paid about HK$400 per person which included transfer, tickets and pickup from the Dorsett Seaview Hotel.

This was actually a good deal for a Disneyland package, especially for those who have not pre-booked any tickets. Again, it may be a little more, but think of the other logistics packaged in.

So, if you are in Hong Kong, and suddenly has the urge to visit Disneyland, do check with your hotel's concierge as they may have some great packages to Hong Kong Disneyland.

Photo of Hong Kong DisneylandDisneyland Main Street USA

As for the general weather, it was quite humid when I went there in September, but the crowds were really nice and moving around was relatively easy, minus any huge crowds.

Honestly, the best time to visit this theme park is during the cool season or winter period in Hong Kong. Trust me, you do not want to come here in the Summer as it can get really hot and humid.

As if you come here in the winter months of December, be prepared for hordes of people and super long queues for rides.

This is something I would not want to ever experience again after trying out the other Disneylands in Japan and America.

Enchanted Castle Hong Kong Disneyland
Disneyland's Enchanted Castle
Getting To Hong Kong Disneyland

From the Dorsett Seaview Hotel in town, we took the hotel's Disneyland shuttle service which made a few stops at some other hotels before proceeding to Lantau Island.

The journey which started at 8.30 am took us about 30 minutes. Upon arriving, we were dropped off at a bus parking area where the van would pick us up at 8.30 pm for our return back.

Walking to the main entrance of Disneyland from the car park took us another 10 minutes before going through the main entrance and into Hong Kong Disneyland this fantasy world.

Fire Department Disneyland Disneyland Fire Department

The first place you see when you enter the park is Main Street USA, where buildings are similar to the American style Victorian architecture from the early 20th century.

A series of other retail stores selling candy, souvenirs and gifts line Main Street here and you will also see restaurants, cafes and ice cream shops in this themed section.

Several old styled buildings like city hall and a fire station are also well decorated for picture taking purposes.

Disneyland City Hall Building Hong Kong
Disneyland City Hall Building
Wandering around Main Street USA, we had already felt hungry as the hotel breakfast was not enough so we went into one of the pastry shops and bought some pies and drinks for our second breakfast.

Sitting along the main street was interesting as several classic or antique buses and taxis would pass by ferrying guests to a drop off point.

Hong Kong Mickey and Minnie Mouse
Mickey and Minnie Mouse
At one area, Mickey and Minnie Mouse are spotted for photography with the visitors. How could one resist not taking a picture with these two iconic figures of Disneyland for over 80 years. By the way, did you know Mickey Mouse was born in 1928?

Photo opportunity with Mickey and Minnie Mouse

And there, we did it. The legendary Mickey and Minnie mouse picture moment. Every child's dream I am told except that if Ben 10 was there, there would be major confusion.

Hong Kong Disneyland Jungle River Cruise
Disneyland Jungle River Cruise
We then made a trip to Adventureland next, and a number of rides reminding me of Indiana Jones are available here, for those who love something different.

But since most of them were pretty much children-friendly, we made a quick walk around and ended up going to Tarzan's Island and then out of Adventureland.

Just so you know, there is a great Jungle River Cruise if you plan to visit with kids. There is also a Broadway Show called 'Festival Of The Lion King' going on here too.

It's A Small World Hong KongEntrance to It's A Small World
Fantasyland has always been one of my favourite areas since my first solo trip to Tokyo Disneyland in 1990.

It is a very cheerful and colourful place, and children would absolutely fall in love this section of Disneyland.

Below are a few videos taken inside 'It's A Small World' - The Ride.

Video of It's A Small World Ride in Fantasyland


Trust me, the catchy theme song goes on and on during your here and if it does not get to you after the ride, then you truly are a Disney lover.

Each ride unit can carry two persons and takes about 15 minutes to complete the ride while going through various cultures and places around the world.

What makes this ride special is all the animatronics of cute characters dressed in the various cultures. And yes, you can take photos, but the ride does not stop. 

Video of It's A Small World Ride in Fantasyland in another section


In this section, the same tune of music goes on but in another language. Throughout the ride, I must have heard about six languages of the famous song 'It's A Small World'.

Video of It's A Small World Ride in Fantasyland in the rainforest section


While admiring the beautiful and cute kid figures moving about throughout the entire ride, I took a look at the fine details of them, especially the costumes and countries they represent.

Please do note that they are robotic toys and not real kids, just in case you thought wrong or it is your first time going on this ride.

Tomorrowland Hong Kong Disneyland
Tomorrowland Entrance
Finally, we have Tomorrowland which would be absolutely crazy if you have boys for kids. This part of Disneyland features most of the modern rides like Space Mountain (Not recommended for the weak), cartoon rides like Toy Story, Stitch Encounter, UFO Zone and some other rides.

Honestly, this is probably my number one place in Hong Kong Disneyland. Why? Because it does not look childish, and has a more matured look and feel.

HKLD Tomorrowland Photo
A spacecraft provides water mist during a hot ay
Some of the props which resemble spaceships and rockets from various movies like Toy Story are placed around the area of Tomorrowland.

This is also a great for picture taking that will bring a smile to your kids and possibly to some adults as well.

Hong Kong Disney Tomorrowland
One of the futuristic structures in Tomorrowland
One of the structures that caught my eye features a mechanical planet with smaller planets orbiting the main structure.

That structure must have been about 50 feet tall, and quite interesting from an adults point of view.

Hong Kong Disneyland Space Mountain
The Best Roller Coaster Ride in Disneyland
Space Mountain is also called the ride of rides in every Disneyland, and is not for the faint heart, or those those with lygophobia (fear of darkness) and toddlers.

Trust me, this ride is pretty much in the dark, even lining up to get in is dimly lit, as if you are in a space station getting ready to board your shuttlecraft.

Once the ride starts, you start to climb pretty high up and then.... 2 minutes of speed and darkness till the end. A total rush if you love roller coasters.

Heck, it made me go once more since the line was short, and I tell you, I can never get enough of this ride. Every Disneyland I visit, Space Mountain will be the ride that I must try.

Hong Kong Disneyland Buzz Lightyear
Buzz Lightyear at HKDL
Buzz Lightyear is pretty much as famous as Michael Jackson, but not enough to compete with all time cartoon hero Ben 10.

For the serious fans of Toy Story, you can find a huge statue of Buzz Lightyear here, which is awesome for a photo.

Writer does the legendary Disneyland pose

I admit, I had to take the picture above as I have a collection of pictures (non-DSLR days) with me holding the same post in front of the ever famous Enchanted Castle of Disneyland.

By the way, as the humidity was really high we could not take the heat anymore and decided on leaving this place early at about 4.00 pm.

I contemplated on staying for the world class Disney On Parade Show that goes on every evening, but once you have seen one, they are about the same so off we went.

Hong Kong Disneyland Sign
Disneyland sign as you are leaving
With this trip, I have successfully visited three Disneylands around the world and only the Euro Disney, Disney World (or Shanghai Disneyland) left to visit.

Update 2014 - I finally made it to Euro Disney on a working trip to France, and I am only left to visit the Shanghai Disneyland.

Hong Kong Disneyland MTR Station
Disneyland Resort MTR Station
Heading back to Kowloon, we walked to the Disneyland Resort MTR Station and purchased our one-way tickets back.

I thought that the Disney experience was over until I got onto the platform of the station, and I guess they want to give you the full Disney experience all the way.

Posing by one of the MTR Train Mickey Mouse shaped window

The special Disney MTR Train that runs to the resort was one of a kind, complete with windows in the shape of Mickey Mouse.

How cool is that? Honestly, for any Disney fan, this is truly an experience to remember for the rest of your life.

Mickey Mouse Train Handrail
Even the MRT train handrail was in the shape of Mickey
Even the handrail was in the shape of Mickey Mouse, and this totally caught me off guard as I never expected such details.

Looking around inside the train, there were bronze statues of Goofy, Minnie, Donald, Pluto and other Disney characters encased in special perspex casings on each side of the train interior.

How To Go To Hong Kong Disneyland?

Kowloon Area: Take the Tung Chung Line from Kowloon to Sunny Bay and then transfer to Disneyland Resort Line. The journey is about 30 minutes. Ticket/Fare: HK$16.2/Octopus or HK$18.0/Single ticket

Mongkok Area: MTR Mong Kok Station, take Tsuen Wan Line to Lai King station and then transfer to Tung Chung Line to Sunny Bay station where you can take Disneyland Resort Line to get to Hong Kong Disneyland.

Tsuen Wan Bus station: Take bus R42 (Tsuen Wan - Disneyland). Journey is about 40 minutes.

From Hong Kong Airport: Take bus S1 from the airport to Tung Chung MTR station (HK$5) and then take MTR(disney Resort Line) from Tung Chung to Disneyland Resort (HK$2.5)

Taxis: Generally fast and expensive from around Hong Kong

Hong Kong Disneyland Opening Hours:
10:00 to 19:00 (weekdays)
10:00 to 21:00 (weekends and holidays)
Tickets Selling Hours: From 09:00 until the park closes

Park Tickets:
One-Day Tickets
Annual Passes Prices
Value
Deluxe
Premium
Adults
HK$ 350
HK$ 650
HK$ 1,300
HK$ 1,800
Students (12-25)
HK$ 350
HK$ 460
HK$ 930
HK$ 1,250
Children (3-11)
HK$ 250
HK$ 460
HK$ 930
HK$ 1,250
Seniors (65 or above)
HK$ 170
HK$ 370
HK$ 740
HK$ 1,000
*Children under 3 are free.

More information on Hong Kong Disneyland Tickets

Tip: You can also check with your hotel if they have special Disneyland Package Tickets for visitors from different countries around Southeast Asia. 

For a complete guide and more information, visit the official website for Hong Kong Disneyland.

Map to Hong Kong Disneyland


View Hong Kong Disneyland in a larger map

My Conclusion to Hong Kong Disneyland 

This theme park is a must visit if you have children, as planning a trip to the other Disneyland's may be a little expensive, so thank the heavens for opening one in Southeast Asia.

If you are a young couple, a full day in here is sufficient as you can take your time to explore the entire Disneyland in Hong Kong.

If you are staying for a few days in Hong Kong, you can enjoy the other interesting areas here like visiting the Charlie Brown Snoopy Cafe for something totally unique and different.

For those who love shopping, do check out the many shopping area of Hong Kong, or indulge in some shoe shopping at Sports Shoe Street in Mong Kok.

If you have children, you may want to plan a stay over at Disneyland as it can and will get tiring for you and the kids.

The Hong Kong Disneyland offers two luxury 4 and 5 Star Hotels in the premises while there are several others out of the main park.
Hong Kong Disneyland Review Hong Kong Disneyland Review Reviewed by David Jr on Tuesday, December 15, 2009 Rating: 5

25 comments:

superwilson said...

Interesting enough I've never been to Hong Kong and any Disneyland. Maybe will go next year, maybe.

David Jr said...

Wilson, it's pretty much alright but worth a visit. Go in Spring/Autumn.

Regards,
David

KwOnG FeI said...

wow.. how i wish i can visit the disneyland..
that is just a wish and you had went to 3 disneyland so far..
so nice..
btw, nice post~~

David Jr said...

Kwong Fei, it took me almost 20 years to visit 3 Disneylands :) You have a head start at your age now so go for it!

Regards,
David

redkopite said...

Jr, went there with the jen & the kids a few weeks ago and I (note the 'I') absolutely loved it - not to mention Jen and the kids too.. the weather was pleasant and although many people (adults) I spoke to did not have many good things to say about HK disneyland, I guess they are not kids at heart.
A place I would recommend to people if they grew up with Mickey and friends.

David Jr said...

Jeff, well, I guess those born before the 90s would appreciate it more. Thanks to the internet, kids have less interest in mickey but more for Ben 10.

Regards,
David

shloke said...

WOW! You've visited 3 Disneyland. That's AWESOME! China is opening another Disneyland in Shanghai. A whooping 1 000 acres compared to HK Disneyland mere 300 acres.

Look like a great place for everyone. Wish I can travel to any Disneyland in the world :)

Cheers!
mylo

Luray va accommodations said...

Hong Kong Disney land may be small for the moment, but it is very delightful and it has much of things going for like it. The mountains and just sheer unique location make this park really feel special.

Regards,

David Jr said...

Mylo, started at a very young age of 19 back then. Now it looks like I have 2 more to complete my Disneyland Quest. Euro Disney and Shanghai Disney... and to think I am going to Shanghai next April... mmmmm

Regards,
David

David Jr said...

Mylo, started at a very young age of 19 back then. Now it looks like I have 2 more to complete my Disneyland Quest. Euro Disney and Shanghai Disney... and to think I am going to Shanghai next April... mmmmm

Regards,
David

David Jr said...

Luray, you are absolutely right. Small and easy to move around unlike the major Disneylands. Spend like 2 full days and you still have not seen everything.

Regards,
David

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

I've visited only two Disney theme parks, the one in Anaheim and the much bigger DisneyWorld in Orlando. I have yet to see the one in Hong Kong but from what I've heard, it's a bit smaller than DisneyLand in California.

maria said...

Since last tow years my kids are requesting me to plan a trip to Disneyland....I think this summers I'll be able to go there with my family...
holiday cruises

Vietnam Tours said...

I have never been to Hong Kong but I heard a lot about this place!
Today I can see some very nice pictures on this blog. They are very useful to me!
Thanks a lot!

Anonymous said...

wow.. ur blog are very useful especially for me.. i'm planning to visit hk nx march.. can't wait to see mickey N minnie.. i'm so confused.. are we malaysian need to get visa to hk?? 50% said yes n the other said x...

David Jr said...

The Nomadic Pinoy, yes it is the smallest of the Disneylands. My suggestion, do check it out but for a day trip only.

Maria, I think next year (2010) would be a good time to bring the kids. :)

Vietnam Tours, thank you so much. Hope you plan a trip there since it is quite near to you.

Regards,
David

hongkongflights said...

thank you for the pictures of hong kong disneyland.i wanna go there someday..
you're lucky you have visited 3 disneyland.
that's one of my dreams.. to go visit all the Disneyland in the world.

khakishopping said...

HOpefully can bring my poor princess to hongkong disneyland for this year. They really3 want to go there...
huuu...kids! please be patient ok, mummy still saving the money for your disneyland -> don't know until when....haiyaaa!!! =((

David Jr said...

Thanks HngKongFlights, I know that you will be able to complete your wishes one day.

KhakiShopping, haha how many kids you have? And hope you achieve your wish to go there this year. Just avoid going in the summer. Autumn will be the best time.

David

villa calpe said...

Thanks a lot for the information..I really like your post because I was not aware of this place..I really wish to be there and plan a trip to this side..

David Jr said...

Thanks V.Calpe, I hope you make it to Hong Kong and visit the HK Disneyland one day.

David

Villa Sicilia said...

Disneyland is one of the best tourist destination and i am really wishing that i get to visit the place soon. Thank you for sharing your experience.

Halong Bay Vietnam said...

Great visualization and unique informative article indeed. I really like looking at different useful information. I hope to see more nice and impressive blog in future.

Minnie Mouse Costume said...

The pictures have really enticed me into booking a trip. It looks incredible and would be nice to compare the US, Paris and Malaysian parks.

vietnam visa said...

haha how many kids you have? And hope you achieve your wish to go there this year. Just avoid going in the summer.

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