Hong Kong Disneyland is the smallest of the Disney Parks. Don’t let its size fool you though—it still has plenty to offer. Sure, it might not be as breathtaking as some of the other resorts but it’s definitely worth a visit, especially if you’re a Disney fan. For one thing, it has the renowned Mystic Manor, an attraction that you can’t find anywhere else in the world.
On this page, we’ll be going over some facts that you might not have known about Hong Kong Disneyland.
- 1. Crowds are Lower Compared to Other Disney Parks
- 2. They have the First Marvel-Themed Attraction
- 3. They Were the First to Feature Disney Characters in It’s a Small World
- 4. Line Cutting Can Be a Bit of An Issue
- 5. There’s a Special Mickey Train That Takes You to the Park
- 6. The Park Incorporates Various Chinese Traditions and Customs
- 7. You Can Collect Free Stickers from Cast Members
- 8. Admission Tickets are Slightly Cheaper than the Other Parks
1. Crowds are Lower Compared to Other Disney Parks
Despite being small, Hong Kong Disneyland tends to have minimal crowds. What does this mean? Short wait times! If you’re lucky, you won’t even have to line up for some of the rides. With that said, some months will be busier than others. For instance, it tends to get much more crowded during Chinese New Year. Compared to the other parks, though, it’s still quite empty.
2. They have the First Marvel-Themed Attraction
The first Marvel-themed attraction, the Iron Man Experience, opened at Hong Kong Disneyland in 2017. Located in Tomorrowland, the immersive ride allows guests to fight alongside Iron Man himself as Hydra robots attack Hong Kong. Noted for its special effects, the ride allegedly cost the company $100 million to build!
3. They Were the First to Feature Disney Characters in It’s a Small World
For many years, It’s a Small World only featured singing animatronics—that is, until they built the one in Hong Kong. Unique to the small park, their version of the attraction incorporated many Disney characters into the ride including Aladdin, Ariel, Mulan, and Tinker Bell, to name a few.
In 2008, many of the same characters were added to Disneyland Park as part of a major refurbishment.
4. Line Cutting Can Be a Bit of An Issue
Unfortunately, line cutting is a real problem in Hong Kong Disneyland. Even with the short wait times, many will try to shove their way to the front. As you can imagine, this can be quite annoying. In the end, the only thing that you can do is to stand your ground. If a certain group keeps at it, you might also want to speak up. Alas, it happens so often that the cast members probably won’t do much about it.
5. There’s a Special Mickey Train That Takes You to the Park
The park is very accessible with Hong Kong’s MTR system. Depending on where you’re coming from, you might need to do a few transfers, but your final connection will always be the Disneyland Resort Line.
Picture-worthy, this train not only features Mickey Mouse windows and handles but has several Disney figurines on display as well! If you’re looking at the map, just look for the pink line.
6. The Park Incorporates Various Chinese Traditions and Customs
It’s not surprising to know that the park is influenced by traditional Chinese culture—it’s located in Hong Kong after all! For one thing, the resort itself adheres to a number of feng shui principles. Take for instance the park’s entrance—did you know that they were constructed to maximize the flow of chi energy?
Another example is the Mystic Manor. A homage to the Haunted Mansion, it makes no references to the afterlife as ghosts are seen differently in the East than in the West.
7. You Can Collect Free Stickers from Cast Members
Want a cool souvenir? If you approach one of the cast members at the park, they will be happy to give you a free sticker. Even the janitors carry a bunch! Do note, however, that they sometimes run out of stickers by the late afternoon. If you want to collect them all, be sure to get there early and ask around!
8. Admission Tickets are Slightly Cheaper than the Other Parks
Admission is generally a little cheaper at Hong Kong Disneyland. For a one-day ticket, it will cost you HK$619, which is about $80 USD. To put things into perspective, Disneyland Park sells the same thing for around $100.
From time to time, they also have special packages that include discounted tickets. Be sure to check out their official website for the latest promo offers!
What’s your favorite thing about Hong Kong Disneyland? Let us know in the comments below!