The hoi-sumest place on earth to let it go! ❄️
First published: 7 Jan 2019
When I first visited Hong Kong Disneyland a decade ago, I was underwhelmed. It seemed like a watered-down, almost pirated version of Disney magic. So when the park became part of our 7D Hong Kong trip, my reaction was a solid “meh”.
But now, the attractions are nothing short of world-class, and you can’t help feeling that sense of wonder. I say this as a full-grown adult, so you know it must be true! And the good news is they just keep building bigger and better attractions.
Photo credit: @hkdisneyland via Instagram
Case in point: the long-awaited World of Frozen is opening on 20 November 2023! The kingdom of Arendelle is (almost) ready to explore with familiar sights from the movie like the ice palace, the clock tower, and the friendship fountain.
Not to mention, Hong Kong Disneyland also unveiled its new Castle of Magic Dreams in 2020, featuring 14 Disney princesses!
Click to jump to each section: Changes in operations | Pre-visit tips | Difference among tickets | Getting to HK Disneyland | Must-do rides and shows | Exclusive secrets | Suggested routes | Must-eats | FAQs
Changes in operations
Opening hours: Generally 10:30AM – 8:30PM (Mon – Thu), 10AM – 9PM (Fri – Sun). From September 2023 onwards, the park is closed every Wed (except PH and certain days). Check the opening hours before going.
– All guests must reserve a slot for their visit on the Hong Kong Disneyland website prior to arrival, up to 90 days in advance. This includes tickets purchased via Klook.
– Check here for the updated list of attractions and shows for each day.
– Download the Hong Kong Disneyland mobile app to check attraction wait times.
Stickers: Cast members no longer give out free stickers post-Covid 🙁
1) Avoid visiting during peak periods
To avoid crowds, steer clear of weekends, school holidays and China’s Golden Week holidays. It’s also best to visit during the cooler months of October to April (bonus: this period includes Halloween and Christmas decor and festivities).
2) Pre-book tickets to save money and skip the queue
Save 9% by booking through Klook. Our one-day pass costs ~S$103, compared to the HK$639 (~S$112) price tag on the official site. We also skipped the long lines at the entrance, and simply flashed our in-app voucher to go in!
Tickets are also available with the Klook Pass Hong Kong. So if your itinerary covers multiple Hong Kong attractions, this option could save you up to 26% overall.
3) Download the Hong Kong Disneyland app
It may be a small park, but these legs were made for riding coasters, not walking aimlessly! With the free Hong Kong Disneyland mobile app, we checked attraction wait times and showtime schedules and got there fast with the GPS-enabled park map.
Difference between Hong Kong Disneyland Tickets (2023)
Photo credit: Hong Kong Disneyland
There are many ticket options for Hong Kong Disneyland via Klook with the World of Frozen opening up, so here are a few pointers to help you decide.
|1-Day ticket||From ~S$103||– Entry to the park for 1 day|
|2-Day ticket||From ~S$134||– Entry to the park for 2 separate days, second visit must be within 6 days after first visit|
|Non-admission ticket||From ~S$30||– Does not include entry to the park|
– Choose this if you want to purchase a Fast Pass or a Combo Meal e-voucher separately
|Early Park entry with Park ticket||From ~S$145||– Entry to the park for 1 day|
– Can visit 1hr before official opening time
|Arendelle Hotel package (4 Nov 2023 exclusive)||~S$1,205||– 1-day entry to the park (2pax)|
– Admission to the World of Frozen for 2.5hrs
– Disney Premier Access for 8 attractions (2pax)
– Overnight stay in a Frozen-themed room at Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel (2pax)
|1-Day ticket with Disney Shoulder Plush||From ~S$130||– Entry to the park for 1 day|
– bundled with a Disney Shoulder Plush/plushie toy (valued at HK$119 or below)
Priority access to rides can also be pre-booked via Klook. We go through it more in this section!
What do the different tiers mean?
Starting 20 September 2023, Hong Kong Disneyland has implemented a tier system for their 1-day tickets. Each day has an assigned “tier” based on how busy it gets. The higher the tier, the more expensive the ticket; Tier 1 is the cheapest, and Tier 4 is the most expensive.
*Pro-tip: Use the 1-Day Ticket Calendar to check which ticket you need to buy based on when you’re visiting.
Example: Only people who bought Tier 4 tickets can go on 25 Dec 2023 — an extremely busy day in the middle of peak season.
If you accidentally buy a higher-tier ticket than intended, you can still use that to visit on a “lower tier” day.
Example: You bought a Tier 3 ticket, but decide to visit the park on a Tier 2 day instead. That’s okay!
Getting to Hong Kong Disneyland
The super-cute Disney Express train.
The cheapest (and most scenic) transport option is the MTR. Take the Tung Chung Line to Sunny Bay Station, transfer to the Disneyland Resort Line and onto the Disney train. It’s hard to miss, with adorable Disney-themed handles and memorabilia!
If you’re coming from the airport, it’s a 20-minute taxi ride which costs ~HK$180 (~S$31).
Must-Do Rides and Shows at Hong Kong Disneyland
Here’s what you can’t miss in each of the eight themed lands.
[NEW] Attractions and Must-Dos in World of Frozen
Photo credit: Hong Kong Disneyland
The Norwegian-inspired World of Frozen is based on the Summer Snowy Day celebration, which hardcore fans of the movie know as the day Anna saved Elsa from death. While Arendelle isn’t open yet, here’s what you can expect based on what we know so far!
1) Frozen Ever After: An immersive boat ride in Elsa’s Ice Palace featuring characters and songs from the Frozen movies.
Frozen Ever After. Photo credit: Hong Kong Disneyland
2) Wandering Oaken’s Sliding Sleighs: A family-friendly coaster that takes you through the Arendelle Forest.
Wandering Oaken’s Sliding Sleighs. Photo credit: Hong Kong Disneyland
3) Playhouse in the Woods: A play set in the Arendelle Forest where Anna and Elsa return to their childhood hideaway and Elsa’s magic powers will be on display.
Attractions and Must-Dos on Main Street, USA
Designed like a 20th-century American town, Main Street, USA is where the, well, main action happens, with key parades and guest utilities. Walking through this area is like entering the Lady and the Tramp‘s idyllic scenes, a throwback to simpler days gone by.
1) Hong Kong Disneyland Railroad: A scenic train ride with a last stop at Fantasyland, the furthest end of the park.
2) “Momentous” Nighttime Spectacular: A light and fireworks show that debuted in June 2022 — featuring almost 150 Disney and Pixar characters. This 20-minute show is the last attraction after all the other rides have closed and gets crowded fast. Secure good viewing spots at least 30 minutes before showtime!
*Pro-tip: We recommend the corner near the gantry, which also lets you quickly exit the park!
3) Animation Academy: A 20-minute class on drawing your favourite Disney characters. While instructions are in Cantonese, the steps are easy enough to follow. You can even take your masterpiece home!
4) Art of Animation: An exhibit with storyboards, paintings, and a cool zoetrope machine for a behind-the-scenes look at Disney animation.
Photo credit: Hong Kong Disneyland
5) Pixar Water Play Street Party: A daytime parade with huge floats and your favourite Pixar characters — Buzz Lightyear, Mr and Mrs Incredible, Frozone and more!
6) Main Street Vehicles: A one-way drive down Main Street in a charming vintage automobile.
7) The Royal Reception Hall: Meet Cinderella, Belle and more! Note that after 11AM, a Disney Standby Pass is required for this experience.
Attractions and Must-Dos in Adventureland
1) Festival of The Lion King: A live-action musical based on The Lion King. The singing, stunts, and animatronics were impressive, and there were a couple of times I forgot this wasn’t Broadway!
*Pro-tip: Best seats are at the back, on the side furthest from the entrance.
Festival of the Lion King
2) Jungle River Cruise: An exciting, family-friendly river ride where you’ll see (animatronic) animals, and some not-so-friendly natives.
3) Tarzan’s Treehouse: A raft ride across the river, where you can explore the iconic treehouse. There are limited rafts, so don’t bother if the queue is too long.
4) Moana: A Homecoming Celebration: This 20-minute show is more suited for kids, with true-to-character acting and singing.
4) Liki Tikis: A water fountain area with large tikis you can make music with.
Attractions and Must-Dos in Grizzly Gulch
The Wild Wild West in the heart of the East! It’s always a Gold Rush at the Grizzly Gulch, with geysers, chuckwagons, and sleepy cowboy tunes.
1) Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars: A thrilling old-school rollercoaster that’ll have you going backwards in time, amongst other surprises.
Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars
2) Geyser Gulch: A water-play area designed like natural geyser pools.
3) The Travelin’ Tunesmiths: A live musical troupe that performs stories from their travels.
4) Wild West Photo Fun: Quirky photo spots including a Wanted poster, jail cell, and a huge golden nugget!
Attractions and Must-Dos in Mystic Point
Mystic Point takes you to the tropical wilderness of Papua New Guinea, where supernatural forces come into play. Its highlight: An intimidating Victorian manor, home of eccentric Lord Henry Mystic and his cheeky monkey, Albert.
1) Mystic Manor: Without a doubt, the best ride in the entire park! If you’ve only got time for one thing in Hong Kong Disneyland, this is it.
Mystic Manor’s ride design is built like Disney’s Haunted Mansion, but the similarities end there. This Hong Kong Disneyland-exclusive comes with a unique story, adorable characters, and an immersive experience that’s full of surprises.
This family-friendly ride doesn’t have many thrills, but more than makes up for it with special effects and storytelling. Even adults will want seconds on this one!
2) Garden of Wonders: A garden photo spot filled with 3D illusions.
Garden of Wonders.
3) Mystic Point Freight Depot: Another photo spot with discoveries including a Mayan carving, and an enormous stone head from Ancient Rome.
Attractions and Must-Dos in Toy Story Land
Tall grass and oversized playthings make you feel part of Andy’s toy box at Toy Story Land.
1) RC Racer: An intense half-pipe ride up and down a towering 27m racetrack. Don’t be fooled by the cute car and kiddie exterior — this one’s truly a thrill ride.
2) Toy Soldier Parachute Drop: Ascend a tall tower before plunging down like a skydiving soldier. For a tower ride, the drops are easy on the stomach, so just enjoy the view!
3) Slinky Dog Spin: A tame but fun Caterpillar-style ride on the adorable Slinky Dog.
Slinky Dog Spin.
5) Toy Soldier Boot Camp: An interactive show where toy soldiers train young volunteers for battle. You’ll find them at the entrance of Toy Story Land, next to the statue of Woody — check with cast members for exact timings.
Toy Soldier Boot Camp.
Attractions and Must-Dos in Fantasyland
Fantasyland brings classic fairytales to life, with dreamy decor and classic carnival rides.
1) Castle of Magical Dreams: To commemorate its 15th anniversary, Hong Kong Disneyland unveiled a new Castle of Magical Dreams in November 2020. This castle celebrates 14 of our favourite Disney princesses — like Belle and Elsa!
2) Mickey and the Wondrous Book: The best show in Hong Kong Disneyland. The 30-minute spectacle brings Disney stories to life with innovative musical mashups.
Mickey and the Wondrous Book.
*Pro-tip: Arrive at least 15 minutes early to secure the best seats — at the centre and near the back, where you can see all the action and read the English subtitles easily.
3) The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: A whimsical spin ride based on A.A. Milne’s beloved stories.
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
4) “It’s a small world”: The iconic indoor boat ride!
5) Mickey’s PhilharMagic: A classic Disneyland 3D show, with singalong songs, beloved characters, and humorous storytelling.
6) Fairy Tale Forest: Charming small-scale recreations of classic fairytales.
7) Sword in the Stone: A show where guests are invited to test their worthiness by retrieving the legendary Excalibur from a large stone. If you succeed, you’ll become the rightful heir of England (in medieval times only, sorry).
8) Cinderella Carousel: A gorgeous merry-go-round with royal steeds and exuberant music.
9) Dumbo the Flying Elephant: Soar on Dumbo’s back to a symphony of circus music.
10) Mad Hatter Tea Cups: A dizzying spin aboard a giant teacup in a blitz of colour and sound. You can control the speed and direction of your teacup, so make your experience kid-friendly or all-out crazy.
Attractions and Must-Dos in Tomorrowland
Tomorrowland is a dazzling zone that imagines futuristic technology and exciting space travel.
1) Iron Man Experience: The first-ever Marvel ride not found in any other Disneyland! In this immersive 3D ride, you’ll whizz over the Hong Kong skyline with Iron Man. It’s a super fun adventure that’ll have you shouting and cheering throughout!
Iron Man Experience. Photo credit: Geek Tyrant
2) Hyperspace Mountain: An exhilarating high-speed battle in outer space. This rollercoaster ride was non-stop excitement, from Admiral Ackbar’s countdown to the rapid twists and turns as you dodge blaster fire, timed perfectly to the Star Wars soundtrack. A welcome change from its previous iteration, Space Mountain!
3) Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle: Step into the tiny shoes of Ant-Man and fight alongside him and the Wasp to stop Hydra in this exciting shooting ride.
4) Orbitron: Pilot your own spaceship through a galaxy of planets. This ride’s best taken at night, when the planets light up in a neon blaze.
5) Iron Man Tech Showcase: For a photo with the charismatic superhero himself.
Secrets & tips for Hong Kong Disneyland
1) [NEW] Use Disney Premier Access for the popular attractions
Photo credit: Hong Kong Disneyland
It pretty much works the same, where you’ll have to scan your Disney Premier Access QR code at each attraction to enjoy priority access.
You can purchase either Disney Premier Access for a single attraction or a bundle of three or eight attractions. Take note that each pass provides priority access to different rides.
|1 attraction: |
From HK$79 (~S$14)
|HK$79: Orbitron, Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle!, Mystic Manor, Iron Man Experience, Mickey’s PhilharMagic, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, “it’s a small world”, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Mad Hatter Tea Cups, Cinderella Carousel|
HK$99: Hyperspace Mountain, Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars, Toy Soldier Parachute Drop, Slinky Dog Spin, RC Racer, Jungle River Cruise
|3 attractions: |
HK$179 (or ~S$31 via Klook)
|One-time priority access to 3 out of 5 attractions: |
Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars, Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle!, Mystic Manor, Iron Man Experience and “it’s a small world”.
|8 attractions: |
HK$369 (or ~S$65 via Klook)
|One-time priority access to all 8 attractions: |
Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars, Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle!, Mystic Manor, Iron Man Experience, “it’s a small world”, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Toy Soldier Parachute Drop and Slinky Dog Spin.
Purchase the Disney Premier Access passes online beforehand via Klook add-on, on the Hong Kong Disneyland mobile app, or on-site at the Main Entrance Ticket Booth, Guest Relations (City Hall, Main Street USA), Pooh Corner (Fantasyland), Expo Shop (Tomorrowland), Archive Shop (Mystic Point) or Andy’s Toy Box (Toy Story Land).
*Note: The Disney Premier Access does not include admission to Hong Kong Disneyland Park. You’ll have to purchase it separately! For convenience, you can purchase this as an add-on in Klook in addition to your admission ticket.
2) If queues are long, pick single-rider options
Opt for the Single Rider option where available — this cut our waiting time for Toy Soldier Parachute Drop from 40 minutes to just 5!
3) Trade pins with cast members
Pin trading is a huge (albeit relatively unknown) tradition at Disneyland, and Hong Kong is no exception. Choose a pin from the shop (from HK$75 – HK$105), and trade with cast members around the park.
4) Collect badges for special occasions
If it’s your birthday or first time at Disney, head to Guest Relations (located within City Hall on Main Street) and collect a celebratory badge. You never know what surprises await when you put it on!
5) Watch out for picture spots
Both of these itineraries include must-dos, but the Magic Route prioritises shows and scenic attractions while the Mayhem Route suits thrill-seekers.
Do note that Main Street opens at official opening time, while other lands and attractions open 30 minutes later.
Also, an hour before park closing, attractions in all lands except Fantasyland and Tomorrowland close. We recommend spending 30 minutes walking through the park to see the lights, then camping out at Main Street for the night parade.
*Note: Rides that are eligible for Disney Premier Access are marked with an asterisk (**).
1) Iron Man Experience**
2) The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh**
3) Mickey and the Wondrous Book
4) “it’s a small world”**
5) Mickey’s PhilharMagic**
6) Fairy Tale Forest
7) Hong Kong Disneyland Railroad
8) Pixar Water Play Street Play
9) Festival of the Lion King
10) Jungle River Cruise**
11) Slinky Dog Spin**
12) Mystic Manor**
13) “Momentous” Nighttime Spectacular
1) Iron Man Experience**
2) Hyperspace Mountain**
3) Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle**
4) The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh**
5) Mickey and the Wondrous Book
6) “it’s a small world”**
7) RC Racer**
8) Toy Soldier Parachute Drop**
9) Mystic Manor**
10) Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars**
11) Festival of the Lion King
12) Jungle River Cruise**
13) “Momentous” Nighttime Spectacular
Must-Eats at Hong Kong Disneyland
Theme park food doesn’t come cheap, so spend only on the cutest things!
Exhibit A: Mickey Waffle with chocolate sauce and maple syrup, for HK$58
Exhibit B: These adorable donuts for HK$42
If you’re on a tight budget, we recommend a light meal of fish and chips or chicken nuggets at Grizzly Gulch’s Lucky Nugget Saloon for HK$50. For a heartier meal, Starliner Diner serves affordable American fast food from HK$99.
We opted for the diverse spread at Fantasyland’s Royal Banquet Hall, serving a mix of international food (~HK$129 per meal).
Meal at the Royal Banquet Hall
Hong Kong Disneyland FAQs
1) Is there a language barrier at Hong Kong Disneyland?
Nope! The staff at Hong Kong Disneyland speak a mixture of Cantonese, English and Mandarin. Shows always include English translations, and there’s never a point where I didn’t understand what was going on.
2) Should I stay at a hotel near Hong Kong Disneyland?
Photo credit: Hong Kong Disneyland
Since the park is so accessible by public transport, it’s not crucial to stay onsite. However, there are some cool benefits, like the walking-distance proximity to Disneyland, and special character dining opportunities.
*Pro-tip: Check out Klook’s Stay+ deals — discounted bundles when you book a hotel and add on travel essentials or attraction tickets (including Hong Kong Disneyland!)
3) Is WiFi available?
WiFi is available through most of the park and is generally reliable.
4) How long should I spend at Hong Kong Disneyland?
One day is enough to cover Hong Kong Disneyland, though you’ll need to prioritise the highlights. Opt for two days if you want to take your time and enjoy every single attraction.
5) Are there prayer facilities available?
Yes, there’s a quiet room at Mystic Point that can be used for prayers. Guests can borrow a mat and garments from Guest Relations at Main Street.
6) Are there Halal-certified restaurants?
For now, Tahitian Terrace in Adventureland is the only Halal-certified restaurant in Disneyland. Choose from a selection of Southeast Asian food — we tried the Seafood Laksa (HK$130).
Save Up to 9% Off Hong Kong Disneyland Tickets
Being avid theme park-goers, we know better than to buy tickets at the counter. Counter tickets at Hong Kong Disneyland will set you back ~S$112. Instead, pre-book your e-tickets via Klook, and get them at ~S$103!
Note that if you purchase a 2-day pass, your first visit must be on or before the expiry date, while the second visit must be within 6 days after.
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