Best Hong Kong Disneyland Attractions & Ride Guide

This Hong Kong Disneyland ride guide covers attractions in the newest Disney theme park, located on Lantau Island in Hong Kong, China. It includes many attractions cloned from Disneyland and Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, plus a few unique, flagship attractions. This guide contains short reviews and numerical scores for every ride and show in the park. If you’re planning a trip to Hong Kong Disneyland, this is a great place to start when determining what to do and when to do it. The guide will give you a rough idea of an itinerary, based upon our visit to Hong Kong, but we’ve thus far spent only two days in the park, our wait times’ analysis is purely anecdotal. If you’re planning a trip and want comprehensive advice for all the ins and outs, make sure to read our Hong Kong Disneyland Trip Planning Guide, too!

We’ve tried to keep this guide to Hong Kong Disneyland’s attraction as objective as possible with enough description so you’ll know whether particular attractions will appeal to your group. This Hong Kong Disneyland guide includes headliners, smaller attractions, and shows. Due to its relatively low number of attractions and limited waits at these attractions, you probably won’t want to skip much here, but we’ve still divided the list into “Top” and “The Rest” sections in case your time is limited or you’d rather enjoy the ambiance of the park or its dining.

Since its opening in 2005, Hong Kong Disneyland has developed a reputation of being an incomplete park full of clones that isn’t worth the time of an American guest who has visited Walt Disney World or Disneyland. Regardless of whether this reputation was deserved at one time, it no longer is. In the last few years, Hong Kong Disneyland has opened three new mini-lands that include Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars and Mystic Manor, two of the best attractions Disney has to offer. Add to this a selection of other solid rides and a great setting, and Hong Kong Disneyland is a park that is really coming into its own.

Still, this doesn’t change the fact that it’s a one-park resort in a foreign country with a surplus of unoriginal attractions. Everyone but the biggest Disney fans or those visiting during the Halloween or Chinese New Year seasons will probably be able to finish the park in a single day. Because of these things, we do not recommend a visit to Hong Kong Disneyland solely for the park. This shouldn’t be a problem, because Hong Kong is a culturally-rich metropolis and a visit to it is an easy stopover on most flights to Tokyo (the hotels at Hong Kong Disneyland could be considered “airport hotels” given their proximity to Hong Kong International Airport). So there’s minimal cost in spending a day or two here, besides the time, for those already visiting Hong Kong or heading on to Tokyo Disney Resort.

This guide will mention similarities and differences between attractions in the US parks and Hong Kong Disneyland where pertinent to determine what can be safely skipped (should you so desire). Hong Kong Disneyland is a 1-day park, and most guests will be able to accomplish all they wish to see in that one day. If you approach the parks with an attraction checklist and that’s it, you’ll certainly only need one day. This guide is written in English on a site catering to US Disney theme park enthusiasts, so it’s written with the assumption that you’re a Disney fan. If you’re not, our recommendations might be extreme.

Numerical scores are on a scale of 1 to 10, and only take into consideration overall quality relative to that specific type of attraction. Dark rides are judged against other dark rides, roller coasters are judged against other coasters, etc., to create a relatively level playing field. Attractions are rated based upon how much their target audience will enjoy them. In our ratings, we only consider how well done the attraction is, overall and within its category, when experienced by its target demographic.

Top Hong Kong Disneyland Attractions

Disney in the Stars Fireworks (9.5/10) - 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 (9/10) – 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.

Mystic Manor (10/10) - 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 (8/10) - 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 (10/10) – 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.

Tarzan’s Treehouse (8/10) - 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.

Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars (10/10) - Themed roller coaster with Audio Animatronics and a section that goes backwards. Think of it as Big Thunder Mountain Railroad meets Expedition Everest with a slight dash of Country Bear Jamboree. The result is a great mix of thrill ride and detailed Disney attraction, with some really lovable bears. While I have a soft spot for Space Mountain at Walt Disney World, I think this might be my favorite Disney coaster anywhere. This is like a milder version of Expedition Everest, although it also made Sarah nauseous the one time she did it. This had mostly short waits during our visit, but it has the potential for longer lines. We recommend doing it first thing on your way back to Toy Story Land (if you’re doing those attractions).

Animation Academy (7.5/10) - A drawing class, plus the adjacent ‘Art of Animation’ (we don’t consider that a separate/distinct attraction). For those interested in sketching a character, the drawing class is fun. The walk-through Art of Animation portion includes an awesome Toy Story Zoetrope, maquettes, storyboards, and background paintings of Disney characters.

The Golden Mickeys (8/10) - Stage show that is either a great parody of Hollywood awards shows, or just an oddly-conceived montage show. The host interviews various Disney characters who are at the awards show, with musical numbers occurring throughout the show. It’s basically a montage musical show within the framework of the awards setting. The awards show is more than just superficial pretext, which is a plus. The show is in Cantonese with English subtitles, which likely cause the nuance and comedic delivery of spoken language to be lost (other guests were laughing). We suspect this would be cute and humorous if it were in English. (Anyone who has seen the Disney Cruise Line version care to weigh in?)

Mickey’s PhilharMagic (10/10) -  3D montage film mostly from the “Disney Animation Renaissance” cleverly tied together with Donald Duck. Children of the 90s are sure to love this film, but really, anyone should enjoy it. The theater in Hong Kong was specially built for PhilharMagic, so it’s a little bit nicer of a venue than the other parks’ venues that show PhilharMagic. This show is in Cantonese.

it’s a small world (8/10) - 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 (7/10) - 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.

Orbitron (6.5/10) - Spinner ride similar to Dumbo; this one makes it onto our ‘top’ list because it has cool UFO ride vehicles, and offers great views of Space Mountain and the mountains behind Hong Kong Disneyland. Side by side seating is also more comfortable. Do it at dusk when the neon is coming on and the mountains are still visible.

RC Racer (6.5/10) - Steel shutter ‘half loop’ coaster where guests strap into the RC car from Toy Story and go back and forth on the track. As guests are parallel to the ground at the top of each side of the track, this is deceptively thrilling and offers cool views of the park. Do all of the Toy Story Land attractions first thing in the morning, if at all.

Hong Kong Disneyland Railroad (6/10) - A railroad ride around the perimeter of Hong Kong Disneyland with scenic surprises along the way. Inferior to the Disneyland Railroad, but still worth doing to see parts of the park you otherwise wouldn’t.

Stitch Encounter (?/10) - 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 (9.5/10) – 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.

The Rest

Autopia (5.5/10) - Kids might like it as it gives them a chance to drive in interesting futuristic environments and large track. This differs from other versions of Autopia in that it’s actually a bit futuristic…assuming the future involves aliens. There are also some in-car sound effects, and fun billboards along the way.

Cinderella Carousel (5/10) - Garden variety carousel located behind Sleeping Beauty Castle. (Isn’t it odd the Cinderella has a carousel behind the castle that’s home to Sleeping Beauty?)

Dumbo (6/10) - The iconic Disney spinner attraction. The highlight of this version is that it’s behind Sleeping Beauty Castle and offers a nice view of the mountains behind Hong Kong Disneyland. Otherwise, it’s nothing special.

Mad Hatter Tea Cups (5/10) - The spinning teacups at every castle park in the world.

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (6.5/10) - Fantasyland dark ride through the world of Winnie the Pooh. Due to its otherwise complete lack of Fantasyland dark rides, this one is very popular. As best we could tell, this was a near-identical clone of the Walt Disney World version. If you do this, use FastPass. We went on slow days, and it was the second-longest wait in the park.

Slinky Dog Spin (5/10) - The tamest of the Toy Story Land attractions, a ride with Slinky Dog essentially chasing his tail as it spins in circles. Do all of the Toy Story Land attractions first thing in the morning, if at all.

Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop (6/10) - A tame, slow-moving up and down drop ride themed to Toy Story. Do all of the Toy Story Land attractions first thing in the morning, if at all.

This leaves out some additional photo ops (which are listed as attractions on the map!), small play areas (in abundance in Hong Kong Disneyland), entertainment, and character meet & greets, but it’s all of the significant, year-round attractions. You should have the time to do virtually everything on this list in a single day. Make sure to take time to enjoy the park’s dining (including afternoon tea!), too.

For comprehensive Hong Kong Disneyland trip planning–covering everything from cell phones to hotels to transportation from the airport and more–read our Hong Kong Disneyland Trip Planning Guide!

Your Thoughts…

Which of these attractions interest you the most? If you’ve been to Hong Kong Disneyland, what are your favorite attractions? With which of our ratings do you agree and disagree? Anything else to add? Hearing from you is half the fun, so please share your questions and thoughts in the comments!

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32 Responses to “Best Hong Kong Disneyland Attractions & Ride Guide”

  1. Kyle says:

    Hi Tom! Thanks so much for making this. I am planning on taking a trip to Tokyo Disneyland this summer, and I am wondering if it is worth it to make a stop at Hong Kong Disneyland either on the way there or the way back. Would you recommend doing this? Thanks!

    • Tom Bricker says:

      If you’re already going to Tokyo and you have the time, absolutely.

      Most airlines will only charge a nominal amount ($50-100) or nothing for a stopover in Hong Kong. Just make sure you book a multi-stop ticket. Pretty easy to do.

  2. I absolutely agree with your reviews of the attractions! I absolutely love Hong Kong Disneyland. It may be small, but it’s definitely grown. Mystic Manor and the Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars are two of my favorite attractions at any Disney Park and I much prefer its version of Festival of the Lion King to Disney’s Animal Kingdom (and I love DAK’s version). I definitely fall then into the biggest Disney fan category because one day is not enough for me!

  3. Will says:

    One thing I would like to recommend to anyone going during the Halloween event are the Haunted Houses…The Main Street Hotel was particularly good. A fair amount of detail in the sets, and they reminded me a bit of the Haunted Mansion, which was a plus. I may be overselling it, but I was thrilled with the novelty of them. Plus, they were actually SCARY, not what I sometimes call “Disney Scary” (i.e. Haunted Mansion). If you enjoy Haunted Houses, they’re worth checking out.

    I’m so happy I got to visit Tokyo and Hong Kong about two weeks apart. Even after Tokyo, Hong Kong Disneyland was absolutely worth it (and dare I say it, if we’re only comparing cities, I actually liked Hong Kong better). The park was immaculate and much prettier than Tokyo Disneyland. Other thoughts:
    -I prefer the Stitch Encounter to Turtle Talk. Stitch is more mischevious which I think makes the experience more fun!
    -Odd to hear that they switched PhilharMagic to Cantonese, it was in English in 2010 at least.
    -Hong Kong’s Space Mountain is the only one in the world with a Single Rider Line!

    • Tom Bricker says:

      Whoa…there are haunted houses for Halloween?!

      Other than the near-universal sentiment that “it’s awesome” (and scary), I know very little about what they actually do for Halloween. I’m really excited!

      • Duy says:

        Tom, there are several walkthrough Haunted attractions during Halloween. The Mainstreet Hotel above was replaced with Grave Academy. There is a place near Plaza Inn where they can organise the seasonal event (they also did a Mickey Christmas’s House there). Last year, there were Grave Academy, Revenge of the Headless Horseman, and Sideshow Carnival Extraordinaire… They used to have the Cruised Jungle as well. They also used to have Nightmare in the Sky fireworks but only for 1 year… At night there is a small show with zoombie dancing and roaming around Mainstreet using Haunted Mansion soundtrack with creepy lights and effects.

        I really like what have HKDL done for Halloween and upset for Christmas!!!

        Look at the wiki link, they have the list of celebration events and you can see how popular HKDL is in Halloween and how worse it is Christmas…

  4. Heath says:

    We visited HKDL in February, 2011, before the opening of Mystic Point, Toy Story, and their Frontierland, and I was not too impressed. Luckily, we were already in Hong Kong and made a trip to DL- we didn’t plan a trip around it.

    We arrived to the park around 1:00pm on a weekday in the off-season and were done by 5:00pm, having felt we got our money’s worth. We rode Space Mountain (walk-on) about 5 times, rode Jungle Cruise in Cantonese, even rode Autopia (which we’d never done stateside, but the attraction count was so low and lines so short that we decided to try it). We had planned to stay for fireworks, but couldn’t fathom waiting around another 2-3 hours for them after having done most everything already so decided to call it a day. (We didn’t see shows, but we rode nearly every ride, shopped, even did some character greetings- it would have been 1.5 days worth do stuff at MK- in 4 hours!)

    I was also hoping to find some cool HKDL merchandise (to wear around the US parks for street cred) but I was not impressed there either. Designs were very plain and almost all in English. I was hoping for a shirt with Cantonese letters that looked completely foreign, but they looked like the generic “Mickey Florida” shirts that can be had for $8 on I-Drive.

    Granted, Mystic Manor has completely changed the equation, and going at a busier time of year would have added lines, but I still wouldn’t plan a trip around the world (we had a 16 hour direct flight from NYC) just for this park. If a Tokyo stopover is an option, that makes more sense, but don’t go to Hong Kong for Disney- go for Hong Kong!!

    One plus to the park- the castle view was gorgeous! It’s a clone of the Disneyland castle, but instead of having the Matterhorn as a backdrop, it has real mountains! That was very disorienting and totally cool all at once.

    • Tom Bricker says:

      The new areas have definitely changed the equation, and with the Iron Man Experience and additional expansion coming, Hong Kong Disneyland will only continue to improve on a yearly basis. I’m really excited about its upside.

      As for merchandise, funny that you mention it, but we thought it had the best merchandise of any international park by a wide margin. A big part of that was the merchandise for Mystic Manor and Grizzly Gulch, but there was some other good merchandise around the park, too.

  5. Dave L says:

    I absolutely agree with your assessment on Mystic Manor. The music, the effects and the characters are simply awesome. It shows what imagineering can do when they are given the free reign to design something from the ground up with all original material. I think if they brought this to the states it would be a huge hit and they would sell a ton of Albert merchandise.

    I also thught that Big Grizzly was a great reimagining of Big Thunder Mountain. I especially like how you called it a merging of BTM, EE and Country bears. I had not thought of it that way but now that you mention it that is quite accurate.

    Regarding Stitch, I did sit through the English version of it. It is cute, funny, and very similar to TT with Crush. It is the cute, nice version of Stitch as opposed to the “Bad” version Disney has used in US based attractions.

    • Tom Bricker says:

      Thanks for the info on Stitch. From what I’ve heard, it sounds a lot like Turtle Talk, except with Stitch. I’m guessing it’s a fairly enjoyable attraction.

  6. Mikey says:

    Tom, I would like to ask your opinion as I think you could give some great advice.

    This year will be our first time in both Hong Kong and Tokyo Disneyland resorts. Currently we are scheduled to spend 3 nights and 2 days in Hong Kong Disneyland before spending four days in Tokyo Disneyland.

    Do you think this sounds like a good division of time? Or do you think 1 day (2 nights) in Hong Kong and five days in Tokyo (an extra day) would be better to give us more time to explore the Japanese resort? I have heard Hong Kong is a ‘one day park’ but I also like to just sit and take in the atmosphere and relax so more time wouldn’t bother me. If you had six days to spend between both resorts, how would you spend your time?

    Thanks for your assistance!

    • Tom Bricker says:

      I would absolutely do 1 day at Hong Kong Disneyland and 5 days at Tokyo Disney Resort. If you like to sit and take in the atmosphere, there is no better park in the world than Tokyo DisneySea.

      Regardless of how you do it, you need to make sure you’re in Tokyo for weekdays and in Hong Kong for the weekend. Do not make the mistake of doing Tokyo Disney Resort over the weekend unless you don’t mind huge crowds.

      • Mikey says:

        Thanks Tom.

        That’s exactly how we’ve scheduled it. We’ve planned this trip around a particularly quiet week in Disneyland/DisneySea out of only a couple they have per year! This is why we wanted to take full advantage of it.

        Thanks for your assistance!

  7. hong hong disneyland rides says:

    Wow awesome photos I am guessing you’re a pro photographer
    The night shots quality specially makes me think you may have mastered Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO and other camera technicalities. I was wondering if you maybe able to tell the type of camera (model and brand) plus the lens you used to shoot.

    The first picture, why are there no people at the castle area.
    When we visited there are no times that no people nearby taking pictures or passing by.

  8. Sariah says:

    Hi! I have never been to HKDL, but since you asked people who have seen the DCL version of the Golden Mickeys to weigh in, that’s what I’m doing. The Golden Mickeys show was my favorite stage show of the 3 that I saw on the Disney Wonder. I loved it. I’d be interested to see what you think of it compared to the Hong Kong version if you go on another cruise and they’re showing it. The plot (of the English version, at least) involves the host of the awards show not showing up (or something like that; I don’t really remember) and they have to replace her with a backstage worker who is at first really nervous but then becomes confident in herself by the end of the show. It’s really cute and fun and (from your description) sounds very different from the Hong Kong version.

    • Tom Bricker says:

      I wouldn’t say it’s very different (maybe it is!), but it does sound a bit different. Sarah just saw Golden Mickeys on the Disney Dream and seemed to enjoy it. Hopefully she does a report on the cruise soon!

      • Sariah says:

        OK. Well, I definitely hope you can persuade her to do a trip report! I’d love to hear her opinion of the newer ships (I’ve never been on the dream or fantasy but have read mixed reviews of them.)

  9. Corrinne says:

    Thanks for your helpful info. We just spent 4 days at Hong Kong Disneyland with our 4-yr old in Feb had a great time! Fun and relaxing without the hysteria and anxiety of our previous Disney Parks visits of too much to see, do and not enough time. And now returning next year is our new goal. We did upgrade to a Magic Pass once we realized we could easily spend more than 2 days there. Who knew the smallest Disney park could so captivate? Everyday we do multiple rides on Small World, WTPHH, Buzz and Teacups and eat at the Plaza Inn and Banquet Hall. Lovely food. Once in a while when there is no queue we do the adult rides. Highly recommend it for families whose kids who love to read the same stories a million times over and husbands who really don’t care what they do as long as the kids are happy. Definitely has more Character photo ops than any other Disney PArk I’ve been to. Had pics with Mickey, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, Winnie the Pooh, Buzz and Woody! Fantastic!

    • Tom Bricker says:

      We also had great food at Hong Kong Disneyland. What did you think of Plaza Inn? I went inside and looked around, and it looked really nice, but we didn’t have the time to eat there. Strongly considering it next time, though!

  10. Stephanie L. says:

    Thank you soooooo much for writing this up! I’ve been trying to read up as many Disneyland Hong Kong guides as possible as I’m visiting Disneyland Hong Kong in about another two weeks time. I’m so thrilled!

    I wonder if not knowing Cantonese/Chinese will be a barrier to having a fun time there. Some of my friends from Hong Kong told me that most of the cast members are mainly Chinese and that Disneyland Hong Kong caters mostly to Chinese crowd. Is it easy to, say, ask the cast members for directions or to help take some photos?

    I also read up your other post on the PhotoPass. Is that available in Disneyland Hong Kong?

    • Tom Bricker says:

      I can’t say that we encountered any significant problems as a result of the language barrier. Hong Kong was under British rule until 1997, and it’s still very much a world city with many English speakers. Some people won’t be able to speak English well, but not enough that it should be problematic.

  11. CJ says:

    Hi Tom, your HKDL guide is so detailed and makes me want to book our tickets now. Thanks so much for writing this review and I hope I can provide a review as well written as yours. Im excited to bring my kids (teens) in HKDL and for them to have a “awesome disney” experience compared to my first “disney” experience more than 30 years ago in Los Angeles Disneyland. cj

  12. Nevil says:

    Hi, I’m a Disney fans from HK, also a annual pass holder of HKDL. I’m so happy that seeing you enjoyed the trip in HKDL. Actually I agree to most of your opinions and I would want to point out some of my views here. I don’t really like the attitude of the skipper on JRC, they always sound like bored and they sound like scripted. For the part of Stitch Encounter, I’ve never tried the English version but I would say people speak in English MUST go for the English version or they would not be enjoyed in this ride. There are quite a lot of gags and interactions with the audiences especially kids (and girls). However, their timetable varies and won’t show on web or on the times guide, so people wants to attend the English version should check it earlier in front of the ride entrance. Your marks given to PhilharMagic surprised me since I think it starts to getting old and the non-HD projection makes me sick. The last thing I would like to say is the Fastpass service for Buzz Lightyear AstroBlaster has been stopped until 2016 due to the construction work of the Ironman Experience, I think you should mention it so that people have read your blog could have a better plan on it.

  13. Richard says:

    Hi, I am also a Disney Fan from HK, and I’m so glad that you enjoyed HKDL too! Halloween is one of the best time of HKDL! Decorations, Halloween parade, Haunted Houses etc, all play a significant role! However, there is a rumor that HKDL will diminish or even cancel whole Halloween event. You may better keep checking it. I don’t want you to be disappointed.
    Hope to see you real soon in HKDL!

    • Tom Bricker says:

      Thank you for the heads up about the Halloween event at Hong Kong Disneyland. I really hope it isn’t cancelled or reduced!

  14. Tim says:

    This is an epic guide, you did a great job taking those photos as well. I noticed most of them are taken at night, Would you recommend to go there late at night or morning? Is it hot in Hong Kong? Yikes that’s too many question now haha, anyway We will go visit Hong Kong in December and I cannot wait to go there this guide surely help. Thanks a ton.

    • Tom Bricker says:

      If you want night photos, definitely go in the evening.

      It can be incredibly hot and humid in the summer, but in the fall through spring it’s quite pleasant. Have a good trip! :)

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    Really useful the post is. I think I got a good headstart to my own Disneyland visit!!

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