Hong Kong Disneyland: How To Conquer The Park In Just One Day
Hong Kong Disneyland is one of the six happiest places on earth alongside Tokyo Disney Resort, Shanghai Disney Resort, Paris Disneyland, California Disneyland Resort, and Florida Disney World. Disneyland has become such a staple part of our childhood that it does not require any more introduction or promotion. Instead, this Hong Kong travel guide will focus on helping you get the most out of your time spent at the park.
To ensure that you have a good night’s sleep so that you are well prepared to conquer the park the next day, stay at the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel. This lavish Victorian palace that overlooks the South China Sea will give you a picturesque view of the ocean right from your bed. Boasting modern amenities and a 6-storey lobby, this piece of architectural art combines both the grandeur of a seaside resort and the magic of Disneyland.
After a restful night, head to Crystal Lotus the next day for a sumptuous breakfast. This Chinese restaurant located within the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel offers Disney dim sum that may possibly be too cute to be eaten! The Little Green Men Pork and Vegetable Bun is sure to get your little one to unknowingly eat some veggies. Other delicately crafted dim sum includes Mickey’s Seafood Glutinous Pancake, Olaf Steamed Red Bean Bun, and Three Little Pig Barbecue Pork Bun. For those interested in this Disney Dim Sum, be sure to order at least 48 hours in advance as these intricate buns do take some time to prepare.
Next, it’s time to head into Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique to get your little ones all dressed up for a day of royalty. Here, young guests will be transformed into princesses as they have their hair styled, put on a gown and a crown, and are given a manicure! As expected, such royal treatment is highly popular so guests are advised to make bookings as early as possible.
After transforming into a princess, your little royalty may fancy mingling with some other princesses. As such, it is finally time to enter this theme park in Hong Kong and meet some characters! Depending on the time, you may get to meet Elsa or Belle, or any of the other 23 Disney characters.
As your young ones are queueing to meet their favourite Disney character, you may want to hop on over to Fantasyland to get a FastPass for the Winnie the Pooh ride. This popular ride will take you through a gigantic storybook as you see some of the beloved scenes come to life. FastPasses are great as they are not only free but also allow you to return to the Hong Kong attraction at a different time and join a special, shorter queue. But do remember to return for the ride when it’s time! As FastPass timings may differ, do adopt some flexibility in your plans.
The Lion King show is also a must-watch so head on down once you are done. In this musical extravaganza, you will get to see dance and aerial performances as the story of The Lion King is retold. Sing along to movie favourites such as “Hakuna Matata” as you watch the story unfold right before your eyes.
Before you break for lunch, go on the Mad Hatter Tea Cup ride. This spinny ride is definitely one you would want to conquer before lunch to ensure everyone remains in good health. For lunch, the Royal Banquet Hall is sure to delight. With four different food stations – Grill, Japanese, Guang Dong, and International – everyone in your family is sure to find a dish they like.
Post-lunch activities should be as gentle as possible so opt for the Cinderella Carousel or “it’s a small world” where you will be cast off on a whimsical boat ride and be met with hundreds of singing children from all over the world.
If you are a fan of Iron Man, definitely try to get FastPasses for the Iron Man Experience. This Marvel-themed ride is the first ever to be featured at a Disneyland and it just so happens to be Hong Kong Disneyland! As big drops and loud sounds are expected for this thriller, ensure that your children are at least 102 cm in height so that they can safely get onto the ride. Additionally, pregnant women or those with any heart conditions are advised to keep clear of this ride for safety reasons.
In the event that the Iron Man FastPasses are gone for the day, try and see if there are any left over at Hyperspace Mountain. This rollercoaster is the classic Space Mountain reimagined but with an element of Star Wars thrown into it.
While waiting for your FastPass timing, why not take some rides in Toy Story Land? Opt for Slinky Dog Spin where the slinky dog from Toy Story takes you on an adventure as he tries to chase his tail, or Toy Soldier Parachute Drop if you enjoy being hoisted up in the air and free falling.
For a quick dinner, Starliner Diner serves earthling favourites such as fried chicken and cheeseburgers. This Western eatery supposedly has quick service so you should be able to make it in time for the light parade which starts at 7:15pm.
You will be treated to a parade of Disney characters infused with light and colour touring around the Hong Kong Disneyland park. Some of your favourite characters such as Sully, Ariel, and Tinkerbell will be joining in the fun in this illuminating celebration.
Just before you step out of the Disneyland gates and back into reality, stop by Emporium which has the largest collection of merchandise in the park. Be sure to get some limited edition memorabilia for your friends back at home to entice them into visiting this Disneyland in Asia in the near future.
At the end of a tiring day, head back to your hotel with a sense of satisfaction knowing that you have conquered 10 (!) different attractions today. If you are too tired to take the public transport the next day to explore other parts of Hong Kong, consider booking a private hire car. The Travel141 International Car Rental service will be launching soon, so do subscribe to our newsletter below in order to receive regular updates.
Entrance Fee: SGD 109 or MYR 327
Note: Hong Kong Disneyland will be undergoing transformations until 2023 so there will be new attractions added yearly, and show timings and attraction availabilities are subjected to change. Be sure to check their website prior to going for any updates.
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