Here is the second part of our Hong Kong Disneyland guide. You can find the first part here.
The Seven Lands Continued
This has recently been renovated and has plenty of attractions for teenagers and adults. Try the Star Wars influenced Hyperspace Mountain, Iron Man Experience, Orbitron, Star Wars Command Post. The latter is a performance where kids can learn Jedi training. Older kids might be a bit too old for this, but it is great fun anyway. The only problem is that the show is in Cantonese. The Iron Man Experience is really what people come to see however. It is exclusive to Hong Kong Disneyland. Riders will experience Tony Stark’s innovations on a high-speed Iron Wing flight vehicle. The ride encapsulates plenty of Hong Kong’s most famous buildings. Taking over three years to construct, the ride uses flight simulation, 3D projectors and plenty of special effects. The Starlight Diner offers burgers and fries in a basket, as well as other American-style snacks, like chicken fingers.
The trick is to go on a weekday, not during holiday season. You are guaranteed to walk on and off the rides without queues. Unfortunately, August is peak season, it is extremely hot and crowded with both local and international tourists. Ride wait times usually average at around 25 minutes but some max out at around an hour. Compare that with the recently opened Shanghai Disneyland, where wait times can be up to 3 hours. Hong Kong Disneyland have developed an app, which will keep you up to date with real time wait times. Character greeting information is also available, as well as a map, reservations for restaurants and events as well as other essential information. Download the app here for Apple and here for Android. The Disneyland Fast Pass is also an option, and is available for Hyperspace Mountain, Iron Man Experience and The Adventures of Winnie The Pooh. You can insert your ticket and be given a time to come back to ride the attraction, in the FastPass queue. If it’s crowded, you can still expect to wait however. You can only have one FastPass per person at a time but there is no limit on the amount you can have during your visit.
The Disney Spectacular Tour
This tour takes around three hours and costs around USD$728 for up to six people, park admission not included. This tour allows direct access to rides of your choice, reserved seating at shows, and reserved seating at day and night parades. Consider this option if you are visiting at peak times or are in a large group.
Priority Admissions Pass
If you stay at one of the Disneyland Hotels, you will receive a Priority Admissions Pass. These are different to the FastPasses and depend on the type of room you have booked. All rooms include a pass for Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars, Hyperspace Mountain, Iron Man Experience, It’s A Small World and Mystic Manor. Sea View rooms or above will also receive a pass for Slinky Dog Spin, The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh and Toy Soldier Parachute Drop to choose from. You will be able to enter through the Fast Pass lane, and shouldn’t have to wait too long.
Arrive before the park opens
If you are going in the morning, try to be there 15 minutes before the park opens. This will mean that you will be in the park before the main rush and should be able to get in line for your preferred ride first. Head to Toy Story Land first or Iron Man Experience.
What to bring
In summer, bring plenty of sunscreen and insect repellent (especially useful if you decide to stay until nighttime). You can also bring a sun umbrella and a hand-held fan, particularly handy for babies in prams or pushchairs. You can also buy fans that mist water, which may be helpful. You can find them here on Amazon. This one plugs into USB ports to be recharged. You cannot bring in outside food and drinks, not even a bottle of water. Adults over the age of 16 are not allowed to dress up and selfie sticks are prohibited. You can find more regulations here. If you are bringing a stroller, you should have no problems leaving it in the designated area whilst you are on a ride. Take care not to leave anything valuable inside. You can also rent a stroller if you prefer.
Single-Day Passes: Adults are HKD 619 HKD (USD 79), and children are HKD 458 (USD 59).
You can also buy meal vouchers in advance, to save HKD$10. The 2-in-1 voucher includes lunch or dinner and a snack, and costs around HKD125 online or HKD135 in the park. This will save you around HKD70 than buying food without a voucher. They will save you a lot of money, especially if you are travelling with kids and can be kept on your phone to be scanned.
You can buy tickets at:
- Park ticket booths
- Disney Hotels
- Most Hong Kong hotel concierge desks
- Hong Kong Disneyland Ticket Express at MTR Hong Kong Station ( Tung Chung line concourse).
- Klook- this is a popular discounted ticket website. You will be given a code to gain points with each purchase, which can then be redeemed against other ticket purchases.
Either way, make sure you have your physical ticket before you go to the park in order to avoid the ticket lines.