While growing up, it’s every child’s dream to visit Disneyland. It is a place where everyone seems happy and it has all those favourite cartoon characters that come to life. Similarly, visiting Disneyland was my dream too. Even though I did not get an opportunity to visit Disneyland when I was young, I did fulfill this dream a few years ago. My best friend and I decided to become little kids and relive our childhood. We visited Hong Kong and Macau as part of our annual December travel and during that travel we visited the Disneyland.
Did you know that there are 6 Disneylands around the World? They are in California, Hong Kong, Florida, Paris, Shanghai and Tokyo.
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About Disneyland in Hong Kong
Opened in the year 2005, Disneyland is the largest theme park in Hong Kong. It is located on the Lantau Island of Hong Kong.
Trivia: The sleeping beauty castle in Disneyland Hong Kong is the only one to have a natural mountain in the background.
One needs at least two days to cover all the attractions in the theme park. My friend and I visited only for a day but there were just too many things to do and we could not finish all the attractions in Disneyland.
Tickets and Timings
The general standard ticket for an adult per day costs HKD 639 (approximately. USD 83). The tickets can be purchased on the Disneyland website.
It is definitely advisable to book the tickets well in advance as the theme park is extremely crowded especially over the weekends.
How to reach Disneyland?
- Trains – There is a special train that runs just to Disneyland Resort station from Sunny Bay station. It is a 6 minutes train ride and the trains are especially painted with the mickey mouse character. Up-to-date information on the trains can be found on the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) website.
- The train line is called the Disneyland Resort line.
- The fare is around HKD 8 per person.
- Buses – There are frequent buses between Disneyland and Downtown. For recent information on buses either visit the City bus website or the Kowloon Motor Bus website.
- The bus fare is around HKD 7.5 per person.
- Driving – The quickest and easiest way is to drive from Downtown to the Disneyland. The distance is around 20 kilometres and it takes 15 to 30 minutes to drive depending on the traffic.
- There are plenty of parking spaces (as close to 1000 parking spots for cars) available at the Disneyland. Visit their Parking page for more details.
- Taxis – The most expensive way to get to Disneyland is by taxis. There are only three taxi providers allowed depending on the area they are picking the customers from.
- Urban Taxis (red).
- New Territories taxis (green).
- Lantau taxis (blue).
- The fare depends on the taxi type and the pick up point but is somewhere around HKD 70 for one way ride.
Things to do
Disneyland Hong Kong has their own mobile app and you can download it on Apple or Android phones. I definitely suggest downloading the app as it has all the information required for the visit.
The Disneyland is home to 7 themed areas:
- Main street, U.S.A, a 20th century Midwest town.
- Fantasyland, bringing the characters from Disney’s movies to life. This was definitely my most favourite section of the theme park.
- Adventureland, features jungle themed adventures.
- Tomorrowland, a vision of the future.
- Grizzly Gulch, an abandoned mining town.
- Mystic Point, featuring the supernatural events.
- Toy Story Land, based on the movie Toy Story.
Each of these themed areas have different attractions for the tourists. The entire list of all the attractions that are available and open for tourists are listed in their website. As I mentioned, I loved the Fantasyland where there were attractions with Cinderella and Dumbo. There were also opportunities where we could go get our pictures clicked with various characters like Minnie Mouse or Goofy.
The Jungle River Cruise is the only attraction where the staff guides the visitors in three different languages.
Every evening there is a Flights of Fantasy Parade that happens inside the Disneyland. Do not miss this parade, it is absolutely amazing and it is wonderful to see one of your favourite characters parading and dancing.
There are a few hotels and lodges where one can stay at the Lantau Island. There are rooms that range from standard to one of the best views of the ocean. The hotels and the lodges cater for all. The cost of the standard rooms at one of the lodges are between HKD 1440 (USD 185) and HKD 3000 (USD 250).
Note: Check for the up-to-date prices and availability on the website.
Cafes & Dining
There are plenty of cafes and restaurants in the Disneyland. It has food for all. My friend and I wanted to dine in Mickey Chef Restaurant but unfortunately could not get the table reservation.
Note: Reserve your table at the restaurant you wish to dine in well in advance.
Is it safe for solo female travelers?
Absolutely yes! Even though I traveled to Hong Kong and Disneyland with a friend, I did not have any issues or concerns whatsoever. The island and the city is very safe for solo female travelers. I would love to go back there solo and explore. However, like any other city be cautious and know your surroundings, especially at nights.
Visiting Disneyland was a childhood dream come true and I loved spending the day at the park. The attractions and the vibes were amazing and it definitely is the happiest place on Earth. My friend and I enjoyed visiting the Disneyland truly and I would love to go back there to see more attractions and get more pictures with Mickey Mouse!