Combine Disney and theme park, then you’ll find yourself in the happiest place on earth! That is if you plan your visit well. Hong Kong Disneyland is one of the most visited theme parks in Asia and in the world. It can really get crowded during weekends and holidays. You wouldn’t want to spend long hours in queues for a ride or ordering your food, right?

Additional facts about Hong Kong Disneyland:

  • Operating Hours. Opens at 10:00 AM-10:30 AM and Closes at 8:00 PM-8:30 PM. It varies depending on the date.
  • Themed Areas. Main Street (1890-1910 U.S.A.), Adventureland, Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, Toy Story Land, Grizzly Gulch, and Mystic Point
  • Cast Members. The term used for all Disneyland employees.
  • Official Website. www.hongkongdisneyland.com

This guide is brought to you by Philippine Airlines and Hong Kong Disneyland

When is the best time to visit?

Hong Kong has four seasons: the cool dry winter, the warm humid spring, the hot rainy summer, and the bright sunny autumn. The country has a subtropical climate, so it’s tourist-friendly all year round, although what’s ideal depends on your purpose of visit. But the most recommended seasons are late autumn and early spring when there is little chance of rain or typhoon. Typhoons usually occur between May and September.

During the months of April and October, Hong Kong is bustling with local and foreign tourists because of the different conventions and exhibitions.

Autumn and spring are usually the peak season for the park because of the good weather, so expect long lines. You can visit on a weekday instead of the weekend to avoid too much crowd and long queues.

Aside from the weekend, holidays like Christmas and Chinese New Year are considered busy times too as retail stores go on sale, attracting many shoppers from around the globe. Hotel prices and airfares shoot up too.


How much is the admission ticket?

There are four different types of park tickets for short-term visitors. But the two below are the most popular.

  • 1-Day Park Ticket: HK$ 619 (General Admission, 12-64 y/o); HK$ 458 (Children, 3-11 y/o); HK$ 100 (Senior, 65+ y/o); valid on any one calendar day
  • 2-Day Park Ticket: HK$ 799 (General Admission, 12-64 y/o); HK$ 589 (Children, 3-11 y/o); HK$ 170 (Senior, 65+ y/o); valid on any 2 days within a week or 7-day period

Where to buy tickets?

Image provided by Klook

Tickets can be bought on the day itself from the ticket booths at the entrance, from any of the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotels, and some luxury hotels in Hong Kong. You can also purchase online to save time. If you want to save money, Klook is offering discounted tickets.

GET YOUR DISCOUNTED TICKET HERE

Once booked, you’ll get a confirmation via email where the voucher is attached. You may save the voucher to your phone or print it out on an A4-size paper. Just head straight to the park main entrance turnstile and let the “cast member” scan the QR Code for you and give you the park admission ticket. Welcome to Hong Kong Disneyland!


How to get to Hong Kong Disneyland?

Getting to Hong Kong Disneyland Park is easy-peasy, especially if you are flying into Hong Kong and the first in your itinerary is Disneyland because both Hong Kong International Airport and Hong Kong Disneyland Resort are located on Lantau Island.

From Manila, daily flights to Hong Kong are offered by many airline companies. But Philippine Airlines is a great choice because every booking comes with 30kg baggage allowance and in-flight meals. Low-cost carriers offer fares that appear to be a tad cheaper, but these published rates don’t include baggage allowance yet. When you consider all the add-ons, often the final price is higher than PAL. Some of their aircraft units also feature in-flight entertainment and power/USB ports!

Hong Kong Airport to Disneyland

Via MTR (Mass Transit Railway) Trains

  1. Take the Airport Express Train to Tsing Yi Station.
  2. From Tsing Yi Station, transfer train to Sunny Bay Station via Tung Chung Line. Note: Take the Tung Chung-bound train.
  3. Alight at Sunny Bay Station and transfer to another train to Disneyland Station via Disneyland Resort Line.
  4. Alight at Disneyland Station.

Travel Time: About 30 minutes
Fare: HK$70 (adult), HK$65 (child)

For destinations other than Disneyland Resort, you can plan your travel and see the best route option and ticket suggestion for your itinerary here: Hong Kong Mass Transit Railway

Via Bus

  1. From Airport Ground Transport Centre Bus Terminus, take any buses with the route starting with letter ‘A’ or ‘E’ (either City Bus or Long Win Bus) bound for Lantau Link Toll Plaza (which is the next stop). Note: CTB stands for City Bus and LWB for Long Win Bus.
  2. Alight at Lantau Link Toll Plaza and take Route R8 bus to Hong Kong Disneyland Bus Terminus.
  3. Alight at Hong Kong Disneyland Bus Terminus.

Travel Time: About 15 minutes
Fare: Around HK$ 7

Tsim Sha Tsui to Disneyland

Tsim Sha Tsui is where most of the budget hotels and guesthouses are located. If this is where you’re staying, here’s how to get to Disneyland from here.

Via MTR Trains

  1. Take the train to Lai King Station via Tsuen Wan Line.
  2. From Lai King Station, transfer train to Sunny Bay Station via Tung Chung Line. Note: Take the Tung Chung-bound train.
  3. Alight at Sunny Bay Station and transfer to another train to Disneyland Station via Disneyland Resort Line.
  4. Alight at Disneyland Station.

Travel Time: About 40 minutes
Fare: HK$23 (adult), HK$11.5 (child)

If you are planning to explore other places in Hong Kong, getting an Octopus Card is really helpful. It’s a reloadable card that makes paying public transport fares more convenient. You can use it on buses, MTR trains, ferries, and tram. You can even use it to settle your payments at most establishments like restaurants, convenience stores, supermarkets, and vending machines.

You can get yours online via Klook. You can pick it up upon your arrival at the Hong Kong International Airport Arrivals Area Counter A13. Just show the voucher (printed or via mobile phone) and you are good to go!

GET YOUR CARD HERE


What are the best attractions?

Below are the most popular attractions (in no particular order). Expect long queues during peak season.

  • Big Grizzly Mountain Coaster (Grizzly Gulch)
  • Hyperspace Mountain (Tomorrowland)
  • Iron Man Experience (Tomorrowland)
  • Jungle River Cruise (Adventureland)
  • Tarzan’s Tree House (Adventureland)
  • Mystic Manor (Mystic Point)
  • It’s A Small World (Fantasyland)
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (Fantasyland)
  • Toy Soldier Parachute Drop (Toy Story Land)
  • RC Racer (Toy Story Land)

Is there a way to bypass the long lines?

YES! How? Get a FASTPASS ticket. The beauty of having a FASTPASS ticket is that you can save time in line by shortening your waiting period and IT’S FREE!


How does FASTPASS work?

First things first:

  • FASTPASS tickets are available to Guests with valid HK Disneyland theme park admission tickets.
  • FASTPASS tickets are only valid on the day of issue.
  • You can only get one FASTPASS ticket per time period. The FASTPASS ticket indicates the attraction name, the return time, and the time when you are allowed to get the next FASTPASS ticket for another attraction.
  • If you are in a group, each of you must have a FASTPASS ticket.

Step 1: Go to the FASTPASS Ticketing area somewhere near the entrance of the attraction you choose to ride.
Step 2: Check the reflected “Return Time”; if the return time is okay with you, scan your park admission ticket on the FASTPASS machine.
Step 3: Get your FASTPASS ticket. Check the return time.
Step 4: Return on the specified time and go to the FASTPASS return entrance. Show your FASTPASS ticket to the Cast Member stationed there.
Step 5: Enjoy your shorter queue and waiting time!


Do all attractions use FASTPASS?

NO. These are the attractions with FASTPASS:

  • Hyperspace Mountain (Tomorrowland)
  • Iron Man Experience (Tomorrowland)
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (Fantasyland)

Note: FASTPASS attractions are subject to change. Check the Guide Map or the official website prior to your visit.


How can I maximize my time in the park?

It can be a bit trying when it’s the peak season – too much crowd, long lines everywhere, jam-packed restaurants and restrooms. Planning before your visit to the park will let you have a game plan that will help you maximize your time and the money you spent for it. Here are some suggestions:

  1. Before your trip, download the Hong Kong Disneyland mobile app. It is extremely helpful; it can tell the approximate waiting time for the rides, help you navigate easily around the park via GPS-enabled map, let you know where and when your favorite character will appear in the park, allow you to make restaurant reservations, and many more. You can also get the physical Guide Map when you arrive at the park.
  2. Prioritize your chosen attractions. Ideally, you would like to experience all the park has to offer, but the reality is that that is not always the case. Rank the attractions that you want to experience.
  3. Go there early. The most popular attractions tend to have slow-moving queues. Get to these rides first.
  4. Take advantage of the FASTPASS ticket.
  5. If you like a complete Disneyland experience and you have extra money to splurge, stay in any of the Disneyland hotels. One of the perks Guests can enjoy is the Priority Admission Pass for selected attractions. This is different from the FASTPASS ticket. Guests are also entitled to seat reservations for stage shows in the park and have their own designated park entrance. These are just some of the perks of Disneyland hotel guests.

How long do I have to wait in line without the FASTPASS?

It really depends on the attraction and the time of your visit (peak season or lean season). For the popular attractions, it may take you 25 to 60 minutes. Waiting time is bearable and can even be enjoyable when you have someone to talk to or you can tinker with your phone to pass the time.


How to stay connected in Hong Kong?

Staying connected is useful when it comes to traveling. It makes navigating, online booking, and researching possible anywhere you are outside the country. Pocket WiFi rental offers the most convenient way to stay connected. You may choose from any pocket WiFi providers here and abroad. MyPALRoam has booths at NAIA Terminal 2. You can book online.

Klook is also offering pocket WiFi rental or 3G/4G SIM.

For HK 3G Mobile WiFi:
RESERVE HERE

For HK 4G SIM Card:
RESERVE HERE


Where to eat inside Hong Kong Disneyland?

Food inside the park is quite pricey; this is true for both the restaurants and the food carts. During peak season, you have to wait in line and secure a table. But you have to eat no matter what. Hehe.

Here are the restaurants inside the park:

  • Main Street, USA: Main Street Corner Cafe, Market House Bakery, and Plaza Inn
  • Fantasyland: Royal Banquet Hall and Clopin’s Festival of Foods
  • Tomorrowland: Starliner Diner
  • Adventureland: Tahitian Terrace
  • Mystic Point: Explorer’s Club Restaurant

Can I bring my own food inside the park?

Outside food and drinks are not allowed inside the park.


Are there lockers in Hong Kong Disneyland?

Luggage or any container larger than 56cm x 36cm x 23cm are not allowed inside the park. There’s a Luggage Valet on Park Promenade near the MTR Disneyland Resort Station. The cost is HK$ 110 per piece per day. No overnight storage. Storage lockers are also available halfway through Main Street, U.S.A. You have unlimited access to it within the day for HK$ 110


Where to stay near Hong Kong Disneyland?

Hong Kong Disneyland has three hotels near the park. To give you an idea of how much it would cost to stay in one of these hotels, here are the rates of a Standard Room per night.

  • Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel: HK$ 2,200 (P 14,500)
  • Disney’s Hollywood Hotel: HK$ 1,500 (P 9,900)
  • Disney Explorer’s Lodge: HK$ 1,800 (P 11,800)

You don’t necessarily have to stay NEAR Disneyland because it’s very accessible anyway. Here are other luxury hotels in Hong Kong.


Top Budget Hotels in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Disneyland is very accessible from the downtown where most budget hotels and hostels are located. If you are planning to cover more of Hong Kong other than Disneyland and you want to spend more money on experiences, not on accommodations, here are the top budget hotels and hostels in Hong Kong according to online users as of May 2018.


Top Hostels in Hong Kong


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Other Disneyland Tips

  1. Wear light clothing and comfortable footwear. You will be doing a lot of standing, walking, and waiting either indoor or (mostly) outdoors. Bring extra clothes too.
  2. Bring sun protection like umbrella, sunscreen, sunglasses, caps or hats. You can also bring lightweight rain jacket or raincoat during the wet season.
  3. Bring your own toiletries and medicine.
  4. Have an extra battery for your camera or bring your power bank. You don’t want to miss the opportunity to snap those happy moments.
  5. If you are a foreigner, have your passport with you at all times.

Reminders

  1. Outside food and drinks are not allowed inside the park.
  2. Selfie sticks are prohibited inside the park.
  3. Large tripods, folding chairs, and stools are not allowed.
  4. Guest Relations is located inside the City Hall in Town Square on Main Street, U.S.A.

See more of Hong Kong Disneyland’s Rules and Regulations.

See related topic: Hong Kong on a Budget 2018: Travel Guide & Itinerary


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Asta is the Managing Editor at PhilippineBeaches.org and a regular contributor to The Poor Traveler. She's also a mountaineer, production designer, and cineaste.
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Comments

  1. Raymond says:

    Hi Astra, I’m writing an article for my HK guide about Disney. I’d love to include some of your tips in a section called “Tips from other bloggers”. I’d include your tip, a profile pic, and a link back to this page or somewhere on your site you prefer. Would you like to do that? If so please reach out to me via email. Thanks. Raymond

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