Hong Kong Disneyland Review 2019 – Guide to Planning Your Family Trip
A Hong Kong Disneyland Review for 2019 with a guide to planning your trip and tips for your visit.
If you are visiting Hong Kong with Kids, no family trip would be complete without a trip to Disneyland. After all it is the “Happiest place on Earth” right? Even if you aren’t a Disney fanatic, there is something to see and do for everyone. In this Hong Kong Disneyland review we will share tips for planning your trip to Hong Kong Disneyland with a guide including when to go, where to get your tickets, and other tips to make your family trip easier.
Hong Kong Disneyland Review and Planning Guide
Disneyland is one of two theme parks in Hong Kong, the other being Ocean Park. No matter how long you have in Hong Kong, you can’t visit this amazing city with kids and not spend a day at Disneyland.
While it is smaller than its counterparts in the US and Japan, Disneyland Hong Kong is still magical in its own unique way with its Asian influence.
With signage in both English and Chinese, the language barrier isn’t an issue, and all staff are bilingual. During the shows the popular songs that kids know and love are sung in original English, even if some of the characters speak Chinese. The cultural differences are all part of the experience.
In our Hong Kong Disneyland review you will find the following:
- When to visit Hong Kong Disneyland?
- How long do you need at Hong Kong Disneyland?
- How to get to Hong Kong Disneyland?
- Hong Kong Disneyland Attractions and Rides
- Hong Kong Disneyland Dining
- Tips for Visiting Hong Kong Disneyland
When to visit Hong Kong Disneyland?
Hong Kong Disneyland is a popular theme park, not just for tourists but also for locals, so it can get very busy.
The best time to visit Hong Kong Disneyland is from September – May, during the week when the weather is more comfortable and the crowds are low.
Peak times are obviously going to be busier, so if you can, avoid holidays (especially Chinese New Year) and weekends.
Summer time (June-August) is also a busy time to visit Hong Kong Disneyland. The humidity at this time is very high. We visited in July and it was very humid. If you aren’t used to it, it can really affect your time. It is also rainy season, and although we didn’t get any rain the week we visited, it poured down the whole week after. Talk about lucky! You never know though.
How long do you need at Hong Kong Disneyland?
The answer here really depends on your own situation. If you are planning a stopover in Hong Kong on the way to your primary destination, then you may only have time to spend the day, which is definitely possible. The unique thing about Hong Kong Disneyland, is that being one of the smallest around the world, you can do most things in just one day, and most visitors do.
If you are planning to visit Hong Kong for more than a few days, then you can afford to spend a couple of days at the park. You may even want to stay in the resort. If you are real Disney fans, then you can spend couple of days and take your time.
One perk which I though was fantastic is the luggage storage. If you are visiting even for the day on a Hong Kong stopover, and you have your luggage with you, you can bring it along to Hong Kong Disneyland and check it in at the entrance of the park. There is a fee per bag, but it is a great option to make a day out of it.
How do you get to Hong Kong Disneyland?
Hong Kong Disneyland is located on Lantau Island, which is close to the Hong Kong airport. If you are staying at the resort and need to travel with your luggage, the easiest way to get there is a taxi, it is about a 15 minute ride.
If you are staying in the centre of Hong Kong, the cheapest and easiest way to get to Disneyland is the MTR metro, the resort has its own dedicated Disneyland Resort line and station. This is great fun for the kids because it is a Disney themed train.
From the centre of Hong Kong it should take you around 45 minutes on the metro. You will need to change at “Sunny Bay” for the Disney line.
Where to buy Hong Kong Disneyland Tickets?
Hong Kong Disneyland is much cheaper than the parks in the USA. Being much smaller, you would expect that. It is an affordable holiday for most families. You can save money buying tickets before you arrive through KLOOK. It can get quite busy at the ticket office, and if you are visiting Disneyland with kids, you don’t want to be lining up at the ticket office for a long time.
For discounted tickets we recommend purchasing through Klook so you can skip the line. Check their prices HERE.
Hong Kong Disneyland Review of Rides, Attractions, Dining
Now for the main Hong Kong Disneyland review with info on what you can expect to see and do during your visit. If you only have one day, we suggest you arrive at opening to make the most of it. Prioritise what is most important as you may not be able to see and do everything. If you have a couple of days, break it up over the time you have.
Hong Kong Disneyland Rides and Attractions
There are various rides and attractions at Hong Kong Disneyland. We recommend visiting Tomorrowland and Toy Story Land early in the morning if they are of interest as they seemed to be the most busy. The park itself is quieter first thing in the morning, but by lunch time is swarming with people and the lines for the rides became longer.
Main Street USA
- Animation Academy
- Art of Animation
- Main Street Vehicles
- Jungle River Cruise
- Karibuni Marketplace
- Liki Tikis
- Tarzan’s Treehouse
Tarzan’s Treehouse was a definite favourite. Our boys loved the river cruise and loved climbing the treetops.
- Cinderella Carousel
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant
- Fairy Tale Forest
- It’s a Small World
- Mad Hatter Tea Cups
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Poo
- Mickey’s PhilharMagic
- Sword in the Stone
If you have younger kids, they will love Fantasyland. Most of the rides don’t have a height limit so anyone can ride. It is a very magical place!
- Wild West Photo Fun
- Geyser Gulch
- Ant-Man and the Wasp
- Hyperspace Mountain
- Iron Man Experience
- Star Wars tm Command Post
Older children will love Tomorrowland. Our kids were amazed at the Iron Man Experience and the virtual reality.
- Garden of Wonders
- Mystic Manor
- Mystic Point Freight Depot
Toy Story Land
- Barrel of Fun
- RC Racer
- Slinky Dog Spin
- Toy Soldier Parachute Drop
Fun for any age, this was a definite favourite of all of ours, especially mum! But Toy Story is one of our favourite family movies so…
Hong Kong Disneyland Dining
There are various dining options at Hong Kong Disneyland. Plenty of restaurants, cafes, and fast food with variety around Main Street USA. You can also find snack options as you walk around include Disney themed food and drinks.
As with any theme park, food isn’t cheap, and if you are visiting Disneyland with young kids who eat often, make sure to bring some snacks and water with you if you want to save some money.
Tips for visiting Hong Kong Disneyland
- Buy your tickets online HERE to save time.
- Go early, get there before it opens to be one of the first inside.
- Start at Toystory Land, Tomorrowland, or Fantasyland as in the morning the wait for rides is short. These were the busiest by the afternoon (with sometimes up to 30min wait for a ride).
- Have lunch either earlier or later, everywhere is busy from 12-1pm.
- Food is expensive, as to be expected. Not just meals but also snacks. If you want to budget bring your own with you.
- If you have time, and you are visiting with kids, do it over 2 days so you aren’t rushed. This also gives you the chance to visit early morning, or later in the evening. You can also double up on your favourite rides this way.
Visiting Hong Kong Disneyland with Kids
This Hong Kong Disneyland review was written after visiting as a family with 2 kids aged 5 and 7 years old. We visited in July, and went straight from the airport at 7am on a Friday. We checked our bags into the luggage storage (which was around AU$25 per bag). At the end of the day, we took our bags, jumped in a taxi and went to our hotel where we stayed in Kowloon.
Both kids were able to go on most of the rides with no issues. Some of them had no height limit, while others were 120cm. If you have babies or toddlers there are still some things to see and do, but you will be limited.
While we didn’t need a pram, we saw plenty around so if you need to bring one you won’t have a problem.
Hong Kong Disneyland Review
If you are visiting Hong Kong with kids, a trip to Hong Kong Disneyland is worth a visit. It really is a magical place to visit as a family and the kids will have an amazing time meeting all of the favourite Disney characters in person.
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*MLE partnered with Hong Kong Disneyland for the purpose of review. As always, all opinions are our own. This post may contain affiliate links at no cost to you.