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Hong Kong Disneyland – Guide to Hong Kong’s Disneyland Events Hotels

Hong Kong Disneyland

If you have children tagging along on your travels, you have the perfect excuse to be a kid again for a day and take the whole family to Hong Kong Disneyland. Opened in 2005 on Lantau Island, Hong Kong Disneyland although having a rocky start with less than expected crowds, however picked up and continues to greet millions of visitors each year.

Hong Kong’s Disneyland is the world’s fifth and smallest park in one of China’s most popular cities. When it was designed, they were careful to be culturally sensitive and therefore Chinese culture, customs and traditions were incorporated in its construction including adherence to Feng Shui.

There are four themed ‘lands’ within Hong Kong’s Disneyland;

Main Street


Adventureland


Fantasyland


Tomorrowland

Each has its own entertainment, decoration and rides for continuous fun all day long. These themed areas are set to expand to include Toy Story Land, Mystic Point and Grizzly Trail by 2014 to enhance the Disneyland experience and add some new features.

Apart from the main themed areas, Disneyland offers a variety of parades, fireworks, shows and other entertainment that goes on around at different times of the day to add to your experience. For details on the event times during your stay, check out their calendar of eventscalendar of events. Parades feature during the day and in the evening with ‘Disney in the Stars’ while fireworks fill the sky. Other entertainment includes the seasonal calendar that includes special features for Halloween, Christmas and New Year.

While your Hong Kong Disneyland experience can be a marvellous one, there are some negative aspects that have surfaced. Namely there have been some problems with overcrowding, so those wishing to bypass the majority of the crowds should visit during the off peak season especially as the park is the smallest of all the Disneyland Parks at this point. Another hassle is the non publicised finger scan for those over the age of ten. While some might not make a fuss, it has been regarded as irresponsible that there is no warning of such practices.

Climate

Climate is a huge factor in your Hong Kong Disneyland experience as it can force some areas or rides to suspend their opening. While temperatures stay between 10 and 33˚C usually, there is the unpredictable typhoon season from May to September. It is strongly recommended you check the climate forecast and the Disneyland website or office if you are unsure. Sunhats and sunscreen are prerequisites for spring and summer travellers while a raincoat and umbrella is sensible for winter.

Travelling to Disneyland

Getting to the park can be done through several different forms of transport with busses, taxis, car and railway systems in place. You will arrive at the Public Transport Interchange to Disneyland.

Ticketing

Tickets can be bought in advance or at the door, though do be conscious that there is a limit to the amount of people who are admitted so the earlier you book the better though only very seldom have people been turned away. Tickets are available for one day visits, evening visits (only available during specific dates and times) and annual passes. Their prices are quite reasonable considering the fun Disneyland brings, however remember that extras you may want to buy inside are likely to be rather expensive, so it is advisable to bring your own water etc. While the exchange rate is variable, adult tickets for a day pass are usually around £30 while children get in for around £20.

Accommodation

While most choose to stay around Hong Kong city and venture out to Disneyland for the day, some prefer to stay onsite to avoid the transportation worries and to get the most out of the day. There is themed accommodation available for those keen to lengthen their Disneyland experience. See this guide to stay in a Disneyland Hotel.