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Disneyland parks are…A LOT. Both in size and substance. But the Disneyland park in Hong Kong is the smallest, and, as it turned out, my absolute favorite. And, to top it off, you can completely see everything in the park in one day! So I hope you enjoy my Hong Kong Disneyland Guide.
And if you don’t, well, I don’t know what to tell you.
But also you can just like, click to something else?? I think you’ll be okay.
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Hong Kong Disneyland Guide: Logistics
Boom boom, here’s all the deets you need to know
Park Hours: 10:30 AM to 7:30 PM
And that’s every day, unless otherwise noted on the park calendar. It’s the latest opening time of any park, and even then, it’s not super packed at opening. You’ll see what I mean in a bit.
As for the park price tickets, there are a few tiers so pick whichever works best for you and your trip. It also turns out that Hong Kong Disneyland is the cheapest park too! SO HURRAY. Already a fan favorite.
For a 1-Day General Admission Ticket, the price starts at HK$639 (~ $82 USD) for adults aged 12-64 and HK$475 (~$61 USD) for children aged 3-11. Any child under 3 gets in free, as per usual. Two-day tickets are not too much more expensive. I personally don’t think two days is entirely necessary, but it does give you flexibility in case you don’t want to spend an entire day at the park. Plus, if you’re someone who likes to see all the fun shows and meet characters (I am not), you might want the two-day ticket.
If you or someone in your party is 65 years or older, they qualify for the Senior Ticket. The 1-Day Senior Ticket was HK$100 (~$12 USD), and the 2-Day Senior Ticket was HK$170 (~$22 USD). However, since my visit, I can no longer confirm the prices for the senior tickets because the page on the Hong Kong Disneyland website has been deleted. I would recommend asking at the ticket counter in person for Senior Tickets if you are unable to buy them online.
There’s usually at least one or two ticket promotions happening at any given time. As of December 3rd 2019, here are the current ticket promotions listed on the Hong Kong Disneyland website.
“Play, Shop, Eat” – HK$639 | ~ $82 USD
- 1-Day Ticket with an extra HK$10 merchandise discount voucher and one designated snack item!
“2-Day Fun” – HK$719 | ~ $92 USD
- Discounted 2-Day Ticket with HK$30 merchandise discount voucher (First visit must be on or before December 31, 2019)
“Double the Happiness” – HK$738 | ~ $93 USD
- Enjoy 2 Park Visits at a designated period (within 6 months) with a complimentary meal!
There are also ticket discounts available to guests staying at the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotels.
Where to Buy the Tickets
For the sake of this post, I’m going to assume you want to buy the 1-Day ticket. For me personally, I would recommend buying online. One, because it’s mad easy. Second, because you don’t have to worry about buying tickets on the fly on the day of.
ORRR if you’re not the type of person to plan out your days in advance, then you can try your luck at picking up discount tickets from China Travel Service. They have a booth at the Hong Kong Airport, as well as a few locations downtown. They don’t typically have weekend tickets, but if you don’t care what day, you can sometimes snag tickets about HK$50-100 ($7USD-13USD) cheaper.
You can also attempt using Klook, similar to Groupon, to find discounted tickets online. They MIGHT have weekend passes, and they are usually 10-15% off.
But I just went ahead and got my tickets from the Hong Kong Disneyland website.
How to Get to Hong Kong Disneyland
In case you didn’t know, Hong Kong is made up of a couple of different islands. So depending on where you are staying in Hong Kong, you might not be located on the same island as Hong Kong Disneyland.
Hong Kong Disneyland is located on Lantau Island, the same island as the Hong Kong Airport. So if you’re staying at one of the two Hong Kong Disneyland Hotels, the location is super convenient for you both to and from the airport.
If you’re on any of the other islands though, you have a few options. Hong Kong has incredible public transportation. The Mass Transit Railway (MRT) Trains are super cheap and reliable, and there’s even a designated train at Sunny Bay Station. The trains depart every few minutes daily, starting early in the morning (way earlier than the park’s opening time), until late-late at night. You can pull up the train schedule and directions straight from Google!
If you choose to take a taxi or an Uber, there are plenty. In Hong Kong, the taxis are color-coded based on the area or island they serve. All the Lantau taxis are blue, and they can take you all over the island.
If you take an Uber, which is super straightforward and will drop you off at the taxi area, about a 7-minute walk from the entrance. BUT a word of warning, you will be UNABLE TO ORDER AN UBER ON LANTAU ISLAND. So Uber can get you there, but it can’t get you home. To get home, you’ll either have to catch a taxi or the MRT.
A Taxi (or Uber, they’re about equal) to Disneyland from Central (where I stayed) was about HK$240 ($31 USD). From Tsim Sha Tsui, it was about HK$180 ($23 USD)
OR if you happen to have a car rental, you can just…drive there. I have no experience with this, but just know if you are coming from another island, there is a toll crossing over to Lantau Island.
Parking fees for Hong Kong Disneyland Hong Kong Disneyland Park
Private car: HK$230 ($30 USD) per day
Coach: HK$270 ($35 USD) per day
Motorcycle: HK$100 ($13 USD) per day
When to Visit?
Unlike other Disney parks, Hong Kong Disneyland does not price their tickets differently based on the day. SO YAYYY! That said, I would recommend avoiding major holidays like Chinese New Year and Christmas. In general, summer is the high season for Hong Kong, so crowds will be bigger, but the price will still be the same. And weekdays tend to be less crowded than weekends.
Hong Kong Disneyland Guide: Tips
1. Get to the park AT OPENING!
If you want to maximize your visit and pack it all in on a single-day ticket, you will definitely want to get there at opening. And, even for a slow-riser like me, 10:30am is a late opening. If you are familiar with Disney parks, then you know you can arrive 30 minutes before opening to see the “rope drop.” Or, if you’re not familiar, this is me telling you. Get to the park at 10 for a bit of a headstart. When I arrived, the crowds were very minimal and I basically ride-hopped with lines less than ten minutes until after lunch! It was awesome.
2. Download the Hong Kong Disneyland app
Thankfully, there is free WiFi throughout the park, woo! And this app is about to become your best friend. You can buy your tickets directly from the app, BUT MORE USEFUL, there is a park map (that displays your location!). All of the show times and “Character Meet” times and locations are on the app too. You can also reserve your Fast Passes from the app. On that note…
3. USE THE FAST PASSES!!
Basically, the Disneyland Fast Pass is a ticket into the “fast line,” so you are able to skip the long lines at the most popular rides. However, since Hong Kong Disneyland is a much smaller (and less crowded) park, there are currently only two rides that have Fast Pass ability: Hyperspace Mountain and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Poo.
Honestly, if you arrive early, you can do both before the lines get long. OR, you could use a Fast Pass on one and come back to it at your designated time and use the morning to knock out other rides. Whatever suits your fancy.
4. Make Food Reservations in Advanced
I waited until I was hungry and DEEPLY REGRETTED IT. Basically all of the restaurants had an hour waitlist (this was around 2pm-3pm). If you can predict your hunger, I think it’s beneficial to make reservations a few hours in advance just to be sure you eat on time. Here are my favorite restaurants from Hong Kong Disneyland:
- Crystal Lotus : A sit down restaurant that’s on the higher end price wise, but really good food. You HAVE to order off the Disney Dim Sum menu.
- Tahitian Terrace : More casual and with Halal options!
- Main Street Corner Cafe : Right off Main Street, with Afternoon Tea options.
- Explorer’s Club Restaurant : Fun themed dining rooms
5. Pack Minimally
This is true for any park really. There ARE lockers for rent, but it does cut into your playtime having to go back and forth to the locker. Disney parks, in general, are a little crowded to haul around professional photography equipment, so if you’re not going anywhere after, feel free to leave it in your hotel room. Bring a refillable water bottle, sunscreen, chapstick, comfortable walking shoes, and a small backpack. That’s all you really need!
Hong Kong Disneyland Guide: Conclusion
I had an amazing time at Hong Kong Disneyland. In fact, it’s right up there with Tokyo Disney Sea as my favorite Disney park. I like Hong Kong Disney because the crowds, even at the peak, weren’t that bad. Especially compared to Disneyland in Anaheim or DisneyWorld. Everything just seemed so much more laid back and CHILL.
Plus, people were a lot more considerate than I expected. Though perhaps it was because there were fewer crowds. There was no line cutting and once a large school group even let me go ahead of their group.
Hopefully my Hong Kong Disneyland Guide was helpful to you! Do you have any more questions? Let me know in the comments below! And in the meantime, you can read up on 12 Myths and Misconceptions about Hong Kong Culture!