My attractions to nature, landscape, and architecture will always win its place when it comes to concocting an itinerary. But, when I had a chance to experience amusement park, I’ve been on a roll as well. I went to Warner Bros Studio Tour in London on 2015, did bungee jump on 2012 in New Zealand, had a skydiving in Queensland Australia on 2014, had a Hot Balloon ride on Cappadocia on 2013, and this year I heard Disneyland calling my name.
In this post, i will share my experience and I will summarise the tips at the end of this post. So, make sure you keep reading (or just scroll down if you’re impatient and want to read the Tips already), haha…
Where is exactly Hong Kong Disneyland located in Hong Kong?
Things i prepared before going to Hong Kong Disneyland
First, I bought the ticket online on Hong Kong Disneyland official website (https://www.hongkongdisneyland.com/book/general-tickets), I chose the 1-day special package with a HK$50 merchandise gift voucher or a free Mickey Waffle included on it for HK$ 619 per pax. I picked one day because I had another place to visit in Hong Kong and I thought one day is enough to get a taste of Disneyland. But now that I have gone to Disneyland, I would say that one day is DEFINITELY not enough. How foolish I was to think so. Between the number of attractions and the long queue, one day is certainly not enough. If I knew, I would have chosen 2-day special package for HK$ 689. I hope future will give me a chance to redo this in any of Disneyland Park in the world.
If you are still undecided and would like to buy on the D-day, you can still purchase the ticket in the entrance of Disneyland’s main entrance as early as 30 minutes before the park opens. You can also buy the ticket in the following place:
- Any of Disneyland resorts
- MTR Hong Kong station (Tung Chung line concourse). Open from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM Monday through Friday and 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.
- The Magic of Hong Kong Disneyland, Hong Kong International Airport (Terminal 2). Open daily from 8:30 AM to 9:00 PM.
- Authorized Travel Agent available in Hong Kong Disneyland Official Website
2. Research on “How to get to Disneyland Hong Kong”
If you’re staying in Hong Kong main land or Kowloon, the easiest way to go to Hong Kong Disneyland is by MTR. Wherever you stay and whichever MTR line you ride (be it green or orange), it will terminate at Sunny Bay Station, and then from Sunny Bay station, you need to transfer to the Disneyland Resort Line (purple) which will take you directly to Disneyland resort.
The metro line that pass through Sunny Bay Station is Airport Express line (green), and Tung Chung line (orange). So, if you ride any MTR line other than those colours, you need to make another transfer first to those line. I stayed in a Hotel near to North Point Station – which is in Blue line (Island Line). So, I went to Hong Kong Central Station first to transfer to Orange line heading for Sunny Bay Station.
For other means of transportation, you can read it here.
At first, it may be a simple thing and easy to ignore. But, I think it is very imperative to dress comfortably especially in Hong Kong Disneyland. Hong Kong humidity level is known very high (humidity is measurement of water vapour in the air, with 100% is the maximum). On April-May 2018, Hong Kong humidity level in average can reach 85-90% and this is very serious. Even when you do nothing in daylight, you can sweat as if you have run a 10K marathon. So, I picked a very comfortable T-shirt and a dress, in the hope that I can be comfortable to move. And it was proven so. I still felt sticky and sweating heavy though. But, it could get worst if I chose to dress differently. Also, bring along water bottle (stay dehydrated!), apply sunscreen, and bring a hat with you. It won’t hurt if you bring a shirt or two for a change.
That D-Day in Hong Kong Disneyland
I mean…the carriage is designed all out so as to make you feel you’re no longer in this cruel world, but you’re about soon to embark the unknown, FUN, exciting world where everyone is 7 years old. I just could not help staring at the mickey-shaped window, mickey-shaped hand gripping, and everything that screams Mickey and FUN!! Suffice to say, you wouldn’t get lost and getting on a wrong carriage once you’re in Sunny Bay MTR Station. Whaddaya say?
The main gate started to appear and LOTS and LOTS of people scrambling to take picture in front of the entrance gate (while it was still drizzling) while me, I took care of my camera (read: kept it inside not wanting to risk any droplets of rain touching it – my DSLR is not weather sealed). Once I broke it when i was in Iceland. It was also drizzling when i was in Jokulsarlon and I was adamant to take it out and took as many pictures as I could despite of the weather. I went home only to find it could not be turned on – and the rest of the journey was history. Anyway, back to welcoming gate of HK Disneyland, Yeah, it was pretty much packed with no chance of taking picture of yourself sweetly posed without anybody on it. So, I moved forward. My mom was excited though, I took pictures of her (with many other tourists inside of the frame).
As I marched in, few stores started to appear, I went in to one to get my Mickey hair band (YAY!!!) since I think it’s the single most important accessories to have when you’re in Disneyland (you may check my age, but last time I check, Mickey head band is for every age). Next, i will discuss each attractions, how long it takes to explore and how long did i waited (queued) to enjoy the attractions. Please be noted that this waiting time is based on my experience, and may vary for each person, depends on what day you visit the park, how many people visiting the park, and many other factors. But, i hope it gives you clue on how long to wait for each attraction and what to expect.
Main Street USA
There was also Fantasyland Station where you can hop on the train along the park for 20 minutes. Soon as I spot the queue line, I decided to pass since the queue was impossible!
Click here to view map of Hong Kong Disneyland.
Plaza Grounds – Royal Princess Garden
Few minutes later, we arrived at Royal Princess Garden and we marched in. If you have a daughter that love princess-thing, this castle is for you!!! I just checked on its web that it’s a place where you can meet Snow White, Anna, Princess Aurora, Elsa, Cinderella, and Belle. Someone who dress just like them. But if I remember it correctly, I found no one dress like that, instead me and my mom queued for taking picture with someone who wearing masked/outfit instead. But, we also did not go to the entire castle, just out in the front part. Maybe all the queens were available further inside of the castle.
Remember me saying that I’m not a super fan of Disney? I could not even tell whom I took a picture with. Please let me know if you recognize this princess. Thanks for the help!
But surely, my stumble upon Adventureland was a great one. Me and my mom queued (again) for a “jungle” river cruise. And that was the first-best part that I really love. The jungle river was about 10-15 minutes with commentary, where you met with man-made elephant, hippo, tiger (but looked real), and they splash the water towards you. The narrative from the skipper indeed helped you feel like you’re in a real danger in the jungle. Yes, I exaggerate it, but it was fun though. I think this is the one everyone must try in Disneyland.
Experience Length: The ride is about 10 minutes
Waiting time: about 15-20 minutes
Experience Length: Take a good 15-20 minutes to explore the Tarzan’s house
Waiting time: The waiting time is for the boat ride to get to the Tarzan’s house, and it was about 10-15 minutes
Toy Story Land
Experience Length: The ride was 3 minutes tops for each (Slinky Dog Spin and Toy Soldier Parachute Drop), but the queue definitely took longer than that especially the Toy Soldier Parachute Drop.
Waiting time: I think it was about 30 minutes of queue (Toy Soldier Parachute Drop)
Experience Length: The ride was 5-7 minutes
Waiting time: I think it was about 10 minutes in moving queue (it kept moving forward slowly)
Grizzly Gulch (Just passing by)
Experience Length: The show is 10 minutes
Waiting time: about 30-40 minutes.
It’s a Small World
Experience Length: The boat ride is around 10 minutes
Waiting time: about 10-20 minutes in moving queue
After that, we headed to the exit and took this chance to take picture under the entrance gate – while others waiting for the parade. That way we could get pictures with less visitors in the frame.
In conclusion, I would say that the whole experience is amazing. One of those I would never forget. But, at the same time, the waiting and queue were excessively unnecessary and could easily rip the fun away.
- Buy the ticket in advance as I mentioned above. With the queue on each attraction, you don’t want to start entering the park by queuing.
- Unless you have other itinerary, I suggest 2 days to enjoy HK Disneyland. The price difference between one day and 2-day pass is HK 70. But, in 2-days you will definitely get to experience everything it offers.
- Although it opens at 10 am, try to arrive around 9 or 9:30. I do not know how the situation is, but it will buy sometime to explore the outer part of Disneyland Park, which includes taking picture on its entrance gate ahead of “busy” time without having other visitors in your picture. When the park is open, you can be the first in everything and it would be awesome (I think).
- Learn the map in advance and decide which attraction you want to enjoy, where to have lunch, and which one you want to skip. The only lunch that i had is the mickey-shaped waffle at 4 pm. My mom has special diet and brought her own meal. Although in most theme park has its own restaurant, the queue is exhausting. I think I got tired and lost appetite from looking at the queue I didn’t enter one of those restaurants. The idea to have lunch and to queue again stressed me out and I felt like saving my time for another attractions.
- Learn the height and age restrictions especially if you bring your children since not all attractions are for all ages.
- What to bring: hat, sunscreen, t-shirt for a change, poncho/raincoat/umbrella whichever you think practical to protect you from raining, sun screen, extra money.
- Beware of the merchandise store, they will allure you and it’s hard not to buy anything. Everything looks so good and cute 😉
- No matter how long the queue and how humid the air, Enjoy !!! cause it’s Disneyland, baby!