DISNEYLAND |HONGKONG-MACAU TRIP -Part 6 | TRAVEL GUIDE (Updated 2017)
That was our 2nd day in Hongkong and our destination for that day was Disneyland. We woke up early at 6 am, took our coffee while waiting for our turn in the comfort room. Hong Kong Disneyland is a must-see destination not only for the kids but for the entire family.
Disneyland is quite huge and it’s quite difficult to really explore and enjoy the place just for a day. Unfortunately, we only had a day allotted for the place.
After having our breakfast, we immediately proceeded to the Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station.
Disneyland Park Rates (updated 2017)
For Hongkong Residents (1 day): HKD 539 (12-64 yrs old) | HKD 385 (3-11 yrs old)
1 day : HKD 589 (12-64 yrs old) | HKD 419 (3-11 yrs old) | HKD 100 (65 + yrs old)
2 days: HKD 759 (12-64 yrs old) | HKD 539 (3-11 yrs old) | HKD 170 (65+ yrs old)
Disneyland Hongkong opens at 10 AM to 8 PM. So it would be great to arrive at the place a bit early to maximize your visit.
The moment you arrive at the place, buy your ticket immediately and ask for a map of the park. It would be great to also take note of the schedule of events and shows.
Walking into the Disneyland would awaken the child in every person. For the kids, they will surely feel that they are in a wonderland. Meeting Mickey Mouse and other Disney friends will surely bring magical and fantastic journey. One can also escape the real world and make every kid’s magical dreams come true with the park’s unique scenic spots and Disney Theme Hotels. What amazed me the most were those children dressed in their famous fantasy attire. These costumes are sold in any souvenir shops in the park.
The availability of delicious Chinese and Asian food is also a lure for many visitors and Disney fans.Of course, you have to be ready that food in any theme park is normally high.For those on a quite tight budget, you can bring some drinks and sandwiches from a convenience store, but it’s also nice to enjoy some food sold at the park.
The moment you enter the park, you come across the ‘Main Street, U.S.A.’. Entering Main Street can amaze anyone by the colorful miniature buildings, dim gas lamp and Paddy Wagon passing by. You can also be transported back to early 20th century in America with the Antique taxicabs, Disneyland Railroad and the City Hall transports.
There are Chinese elements which are also present in the park like the Plaza Inn, the first Chinese restaurant on Main Street. The place is complete with 19th Century Chinese table service.
Market House Bakery and Main Street Corner Cafe are also good places for you to enjoy. Lingering in Emporium and Main Street Mercantile and having a look in The Curiosity Shop and Silhouette Shop will surely lead you to find timeless treasures.
For the courageous souls, you can try the Adventure land. Guided by a brave captain, Jungle River Cruise, you will be taken into the heart of hidden regions.While cruising the river, you will be amazed by Hippos, cobras, elephants, orangutans and startling jungle events.Just get ready for some surprises along the cruise.
Another spectacular show which you should not miss is the Festival of the Lion King. The show is an adaptation of the Disney’s animated classic ‘The Lion King’. The extravagant pageant of music and dance is just like a classic music drama because of its amazing performers, fantastic costumes, and exotic scenery. This is a show will surely appeal to all ages.
Exploring the Tarzan Island and visiting Tarzan’s Treehouse reminds you of the story which you have watched from the movies. After your travel to Tarzan Island, follow the rhythm of jungle drums to find the secret of Liki Tikis. Once you are in the circle, the refreshing blasts of water will surprise even the hardiest explorer.After you adventure you can rest and dine at the Tahitian Terrace Restaurant and River View Cafe he.You can also purchase some souvenirs of a jungle leaf in Professor Porter’s Trading Post.
For the little one who has been touched by Cinderella’s inspiring story and Winnie the Pooh’s adventures in the forest or those who dreamt of becoming a princess such as Snow White or Sleeping Beauty, the Fantasyland is the place waiting for you.
The Cinderella Carrousel, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Sword in the Stone, Mad Hatter Tea Cups, Sleeping Beauty Castle, Dumbo the Flying Elephant and Snow White Grotto to make all your storybook dreams come true.
Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and many other friends at a dizzying 3-D attraction in Mickey’s PhilharMagic is another magical experience waiting for everyone. By wearing special glasses needed to enjoy this 3D attraction, experiencing a magic carpet ride with Aladdin and smelling the flavor of Donald Duck soup would be possible.
You should watch carefully and don’t forget you are a part of the program; otherwise you might be sprinkled by the soup.
Another fantastic feature at the park is The Golden Mickeys at Disney’s Storybook Theater. The 25-minute musical drama of the Disney’s classic with mixed acrobats and special effects will make you stop blinking. At the theater, wonderland; you will see Tarzan swings quickly on the rigging, just like the fan on the ceiling. The whole theater is submerged by bubbles descending from the ceiling when The Little Mermaid Ariel appears. You will surely feel that you are at sea. The combination of eastern and western culture can also be felt with the appearance of Mulan practicing martial arts and traditional flag dances.
When you get contented withwonderland;ou can also get into Tomorrowland. You will have no time to appreciate the sparkling stars because of the exciting roller coaster at the Space Mountain. At Buzz Light year Astro Blasters, you can fly in your space capsule and fight against the aliens with your space gun. When you get tired of the breathtaking attractions, Orbitron is a good choice for you to fly above Tomorrowland and take a rest. After space traveling, take a break at Starliner Diner and Comet Cafe to enjoy some ‘earth’ cuisine that you cannot taste in outer space. Also, Space Traders and Star Command Suppliers will give you a chance to do some space shopping.
You might be so tired at this point of your adventure, but don’t forget to watch the Grand Parade and Fireworks Play after a whole day’s play!
HOW TO GET TO HONGKONG DISNEYLAND:
Disneyland Hongkong is located on Lantau Island near Hong Kong International Airport. Yon can take Disney Resort Line, car, taxi, public bus or coach.
By Disney Resort MTR Line:
Travel by Hong Kong MTR network and transfer for Disney Resort Line at Sunny Bay Station. Travel time is approximately 23 minutes from HK International Airport; 30 minutes from MTR Kowloon Station and 33 minutes from MTR Hong Kong Station. The MTR line operates from Sunny Bay from 06:15 – 00:45, from Disneyland Resort Station from 06:20 – 00:40. The frequency is about 4-10 minutes.
Bus R11 (to North Point) and R22 (to Yau Tong) operate daily 15 – 45 minutes after the fireworks display in the evening, Bus R33 (to Tuen Mun Railway Station) and R42 (to Tai Wai Railway Station) operate 20 minutes after the fireworks display. On Sundays and public holidays, Bus R33 and R42 run from Tuen Mun and Tai Wai to Disneyland Resort Public Transportation Interchange at 09:00, 09:20 and 09:45. Visitors can also take any ‘A’ or ‘E’ bus routes to the Lantau Link Toll Plaza and change with route R8, which runs every 10-25 minutes from 06:00-00:05 to Disneyland.
By Cross-boundary Bus:
There is a shuttle coach service from Huanggang to Disneyland from Monday to Friday & public holidays.
Three types of taxis provide services to and from Disneyland, Urban Taxi (red), New Territories Taxi (green) and Lantau Taxi (blue). The blue one is the cheapest, but only operates in all areas in Lantau Island. Red one can operate in almost all over Hong Kong, but they are the most expensive ones. Approximate taxi fares to Disneyland from some urban areas are listed below for you reference:
Approximate taxi fares to Disneyland from some urban areas are listed here for your reference:
|Central||HK$ 230||Wan Chai||HK$ 220||Causeway Bay||HK$ 230||North Point||HK$ 235|
|Aberdeen||HK$ 260||Stanley||HK$ 285||Repulse Bay||HK$ 265||Hung Hom||HK$ 170|
|Tsim Sha Tsui||HK$ 175||Jordan||HK$ 165||Yau Ma Tei||HK$ 175||Mong Kok||HK$ 180|
|Kowloon Bay||HK$ 200||Wong Tai Sin||HK$ 160||Sha Tin Town||HK$195||Tsing Yi||HK$ 115-125|
|Tsuen Wan||HK$ 135-145||Tuen Mun Town||HK$ 170-180||Lok Ma Chau||HK$ 225-235||Sunny Bay||HK$|
|Tai O||HK$ 205||Mui Wo||HK$ 175||Ngong Ping||HK$ 195||HKIA||HK$ 100-110