Some memories last forever! So are the comic characters and fairytales from Disney. Be it Mickey mouse, Wini the Pooh or movies like sleeping beauty, Cinderella, only mention of them makes one nostalgic.
Visiting Disneyland and being a part of this fairytale world is like a dream come true. Recently we got this opportunity!
Pleasant atmosphere, cheerful vibes, colorful performances, music, themed set up, castles, makes you feel like you are in a dream world.Being one of the most sort after tourist attractions in Hongkong, Disneyland charms both kids and adults alike. I am sure we were more excited to visit Disneyland for the first time then our 3.5-year-old man!
This year we have been lucky to get a chance to visit 2 famous theme parks – Universal Studio Singapore (read a complete guide to Universal Studios Singapore) and Disneyland Hongkong.
During both the visits, I realized that aiming to cover all the attractions with toddlers and little kids is quite challenging. So, it’s better to plan and prioritize. In this post, I am sharing general information and guide to Hongkong Disneyland. This will help first time visitors specially families travelling with young kids to plan their trip better. (Since this time, we travelled in a group, we could also try some of the exciting rides where kids were not allowed. We missed this big time in Universal studio, Singapore. That came as a bonus of travelling in group)
Alert: too many pics..but what best way to explain Dinsneyland then with photos
Where is Disneyland Hongkong
Located inside the Disneyland resorts in Lantau Island, Disneyland is the largest theme park in Hongkong.
How to reach Disneyland
You can reach Disney land through different means of transport, by taxi, MTR, Bus or even Ferry. We hired a cab with an objective to get maximum time at the park without getting much tired.
There are different options for tickets.You can take standard tickets, or with meal combo or 2 days ticket.The standard ticket costs as below
- Adult (12 -64) – 619 HDK
- Kids (3-11) – 458 HDK
- Seniors (65+) – 100 HDK
We booked our tickets through Klook and received some discount.One can also opt to stay in Disneyland resorts.
Park timings are from 10.30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Its best to reach early to avoid long queues for rides and shows.
Disneyland Theme Zones
Disneyland is divided into Seven different themes or Zones. Each theme has attractions including special shows, rides, photo ops, restaurants etc.
1.Mainstream U.S.A-Resemble 20th-century Midwest town with very retro look and feel. Streets are lined with glittery shop set ups on both the sides. Moment you enter the park, this is the first zone you encounter. This is where all the parades take place. You can see the iconic sleeping beauty castle towards the end of street. There is also a train station right at the entrance.There are 3 main parades in the day
Flights of fantasy (1.30 pm) – cheerful parade of Disney characters with pleasant music and dance.
Mickey’s Halloween time street party (4.30 p.m.)– brighter side of Halloween with Disney characters.
Villain’s Night out (7.15 p.m.)– an impressive parade by the most infamous Disney villains. This was the only one we could watch, and it was surely worth!
2.Tomorrowland- As the name suggests, based on future world, this zone is more popular among the elder kids. You can witness the spaceship, Star Wars etc. here. Some of the popular attraction are –
Orbitron– A mild ride where you get to fly your own flying saucer.
Hyper space mountain ride – A thrilling roller coaster experience in the dark universe accompanied with sudden turns, drops and bends.one of the best ride experience I ever had.
Iron man experience –This is another 3D simulation ride where you soar over HongKong in a gravity defying Iron Wing flight vehicle
Jedi training, trails of the temple– young ones are trained to fight the dark side. Popular amongst kids.
3.Fantasyland- brings to life the characters from different Disney movies. It’s a must visitZone for families with young kids. Beautiful castles in pastel colors creates a magical ambience, specially towards evening when it’s all glittery with fairytale lights. Kids will truly enjoy most of the attractions and the rides here. Some of the popular attractions are
Cinderella carousal– Musical merry-go-round decked up with beautiful lights. Looks amazing during evening.
Dumbo the flying elephant– A carousal style ride based on movie Dumbo
Mad hatter tea cups– Spinning tea-cup rides
Hongkong Disneyland railroad fantasyland station– offers a rail tour of Disneyland
It’s a small world– a water-based ride which takes you on a happy ride across the world each continent represented by beautiful dolls and setups.
The many adventures of Winnie the Pooh– A dark ride based on Winnie the Pooh movie
Mickey & the wondrous Book –Live show based on Disney movies
Mickey’s Philhar magic– 3D movie experience
4.Adventureland – As the name suggest Adventureland is based on Jungle themed adventures. This zone offers attractions like
An excursion to Tarzan’s tree housein an Island where a Raft takes you to the island.
Jungle River Cruise-guides adventure boat tour on the river of Adventure land.
Festival of Lion King-A live stage musical show
Moana:A Homecoming Celebration – Again a live show
5.Grizzly Gulch– An abandoned mining town set amidst mountains and woods. Grizzly Gulch has only one ride
Big Grizzly mountain runaway mine cars– this trilling ride takes you across the old mountain in high-speed, including the reverse ride. The most exciting ride in the Disneyland I must say.
6.Mystic Point– This is a small zone with 2 attractions.
Mystic manor– dark ride which takes you into the mystic world. It’s supposed to be one of the best attractions at Disneyland Hongkong, but unfortunately, we missed it, thinking its some sort of museum.
Garden of wonders – a small garden with 3 trick photography illusion set ups
7.Toystory land- based on Disney pixar film series Toy story. Toy land is decked up with big wooden toys and lights. Below are the major attractions-
Toy soldiers parachute drop– free fall and rise parachute experience. Worth a try for sure
Slinky dog spin– caterpillar style ride
RC Racer-high roller coaster ride. We couldn’t try it but looked exciting.
Must try rides and attractions for Kids & toddlers
- Orbitron, tomorrow land
- Cinderella Carousal, Fantasyland
- Mad hatter tea cups, Fantasy land
- Dumbo the flying elephant, Fantasy land
- Slinky Dog spin, Toy storyland
- Jedi training – Tomorrow land
- It’s a small world, Fantasyland
- Mickey’s Philhar magic, Fantasyland
- Tarzan’s tree house, Adventure land
- Mystic Manor, Mystic point
- Festival of Lion King, Adventure land
1)Download the official Hongkong Disneyland app to keep a track of
Different show timings (we missed out on many because of that)
2) With little kids first start with the Fantasyland Zone so that they can enjoy before its sleep time
3) Carry hats, sunglasses, Sunscreen lotion etc as most of the area in the fantasy park is open and quite Sunny.
4) Carry your sipper or water bottle and refill the same if you don’t want to pay 40 HDK every time for water bottle.
5) Food is not allowed inside Disneyland so it’s challenging for young kids specially being vegetarian.
6) Carry pram or stroller if possible
7) Utilize the kids nap time to try (one at a time J) adventurous rides for adults (Highly recommended – Hyper Space mountain (I loved it the most),Big grizzly mountain runaway miner cars, RC Racer roller coaster, toy soldiers parachute drop)
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