Experience the magic of Disneyland in Hong Kong! Opened in 2005, Hong Kong Disneyland is one of two major theme parks in Hong Kong (the other being Ocean Park). Despite being the world’s smallest Disney, the park still provides families with a packed day of Disney fun over seven themed lands centered on well-loved Disney movies: Main Street, U.S.A., Fantasyland, Adventureland, Tomorrowland, Grizzly Gulch, Mystic Point, and Toy Story Land!
Let’s Know More On Hong Kong Disneyland
Hong Kong Disneyland is located on Lantau Island, not far from Hong Kong Airport and is accessible from the city center in less than an hour. Beyond Disneyland’s rides, the park also offers visitors a number of shows as well as a parade and the daily fireworks just before closing.
“Disney in the Stars” Fireworks
Hong Kong Disneyland’s nightly fireworks display, set to a montage of Disney music. This is similar to Wishes in the Magic Kingdom and Magical at Disneyland. I prefer this show to both of those due to its soundtrack and more engaging set of bursts. There are spinners on the face of the Castle and a wider spread of near-level fireworks than found in the US parks. There’s also something to be said for being able to vaguely see the mountains in the distance as the fireworks explode, reminding you of the bizarre mix of theme park/tropical environment/major metropolis in which you’re standing.
Disney’s Flights of Fantasy Parade
Hong Kong Disneyland’s daytime parade debuted during the park’s 5th Anniversary and is very solid for a daytime parade. There are some cool floats (the lead Mickey Mouse balloon float is very impressive and definitely the highlight) and the music is very catchy. It has two show stops, and features a combination of more traditional floats and higher energy acrobatic performers. It’s especially popular in the hub around Sleeping Beauty Castle, so should up at least 30 minutes (more if it’s busy) in advance to stake out a spot for the parade.
Trackless dark ride “tour” through manor/museum with displays coming alive due to enchanted music box. Mystic Manor sets the new gold standard for Disney attractions. There really aren’t enough superlatives to describe this attraction (that bears little resemblance to the Haunted Mansion attractions to which it’s often erroneously compared). Its exterior is beautiful, the queue sets the tone for what’s to come, the pre-show introduces the attraction’s memorable characters, and then the main ride itself blows guests away with a combination of ride technology, an engaging story, details, and beautiful music. Videos and photos don’t even begin to do this incredible sensory experience justice. Setting aside history, nostalgia, and everything that makes fans biased towards certain attractions, this is arguably the best attraction Disney has ever done. Mystic Manor alone is reason-enough for a stop in Hong Kong Disneyland if you’re a Disney fan visiting Asia. Despite its incredible quality, we never encounter any waits for Mystic Manor. If you visit on a busy day, it likely will have lates, and should definitely be prioritized.
Jungle River Cruise
Comedic boat ride through the jungles of the world. Jungle River Cruise has the same premise as the Jungle Cruise–the skipper is still the star of the show, with the scenery as a backdrop for their jokes. Three separate lines are available, for Cantonese, English, and Mandarin and boats. While we have had a blast with the Jungle Cruise in Tokyo that is only in Japanese thanks to the mannerisms of our skippers, we made the mistake of doing the English version in Hong Kong. Instead of the skipper being a native English-speaker, ours was (presumably) a native Cantonese-speaker. It just didn’t work, but that’s not a knock on our skipper, who clearly gave it her all. Comedy that’s dependent upon delivery is hard enough in your first language, so I can’t even imagine trying it in a second language. We recommend seeing it in Cantonese or Mandarin, and just enjoying the ride. Fortunately, that ride has been enhanced with better effects and a really impressive finale. Due to having three lines for different languages, Jungle River Cruise can have long lines; we recommend doing it early in the day, after Toy Story Land if you do that.
Festival of the Lion King
Acrobats, singers, and other performers in tribal attire and vibrant costumes, plus barges with Lion King characters and other creatures enact scenes from the Lion King in a very lively theatrical show. There’s a lot of stuff going on, but unlike the Animal Kingdom abstract version, this is a condensed retelling of the movie. The performers are still the highlight of the show, and everything in this version feels less temporary than the Animal Kingdom version. I prefer the abstract style, but this lacks the audience ‘animal sounds,’ which was nice. Regardless, an amazing show that is absolutely worth seeing. This version is in English with supplementary performers repeating some lines in Cantonese.
Similar to Tom Sawyer Island, this is a walk-through/play area on an island (in the center of the Jungle River Cruise) that is serviced by ferry. This is much more than just the Treehouse at Disneyland. There’s plenty to do on the island without going into the treehouse, with areas to explore, and several interactive exhibits. Tarzan’s Treehouse itself offers stunning views of the park, too.
It’s a small world
The classic boat ride featuring the children of the world. This was the first version to feature Disney animated characters (certainly a divisive addition, but one we don’t mind), and it does the best job of integrating them. It also seems to be the longest version of the attraction, with scenes not found elsewhere. Unlike the Disneyland Paris version, this maintains the original Mary Blair style, and executes it well. Nothing tops the Disneyland version of ‘it’s a small world’ for us, but the Hong Kong Disneyland version is a close second.
Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
Interactive ride through shooting game set in the Toy Story universe. This is a reasonably popular attraction in Hong Kong Disneyland, but it’s essentially a direct clone of the Disneyland version (which is superior to the Walt Disney World version). If your time is limited and you’ve done the Disneyland version, skip it. If you’ve only done the Walt Disney World version, do this one. FastPass is available, but you probably won’t need it.
Interactive attraction where Stitch interacts with kids in the audience. We’ve heard it compared to Turtle Talk with Crush, but we never did it. It’s in both English and Cantonese, with alternating showtimes. Because of that, its popularity, and its low capacity, it had the longest waits in the park during our visit. Because of the way these showtimes work and the lack of FastPass, there’s really no good strategy besides waiting. We suspect the first and last shows are the lowest for crowds, but we’re not certain of that.
Space Mountain a dark roller coaster through outer space. This is our favorite version of Space Mountain in terms of the attraction experience (Paris gets the nod for its beautiful exterior). The LaunchPort load area is a bit different than the Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland versions, as it has glowing planetoids overhead. It’s the main ride that gives it the edge, as not only does it have on-board audio, but a cool “Hypergate” launch and projections similar to Ghost Galaxy at Disneyland during Halloween (Ghost Galaxy actually originated in Hong Kong). Use FastPass in the afternoon or evening for Space Mountain.
Besides that Hong Kong Disneyland there have many theme park and according to the big festival HK Disneyland also will create events and celebrate the festival such as Chinese New Year, Halloween and Christmas.