Hong Kong Disneyland opened September 12, 2005. The park is Disney’s fifth “Magic Kingdom”-style park, and the company’s first theme park in China. It is by far the smallest Magic Kingdom park, but is in the middle of a major expansion plan, with a Toy Story land opening in 2011, a Frontierland-style “Grizzly Gulch” land opening in 2013, and “Mystic Point,” featuring a Haunted Mansion-type dark ride, debuting in 2013.
Hong Kong Disneyland is located on Lantau Island, surrounding by mountains at three sides and facing the South China Sea. It is the smallest of the world’s Disneylands resorts with an area of about 1.1 square kilometers or about 280 acres.
As the fifth Disneyland Park built in the mode of Disneyland and the eleventh theme park of Disneyland in the world, Hong Kong Disneyland Park is the first one take California Disney (including the Sleeping Princess Castle) as the base. On entering the park, you will be captured by the feeling of being in another world with countless excitement and adventures.
There are four theme areas in the Hong Kong Disneyland Park, namely, the Main Street, U.S.A, Adventure World, Fantastic World and Tomorrow World; all of them may bring you numerous fun and wonderful experience. On the Main Street, U.S.A, you can enjoy the typical old architectures from America, all kinds of classic antique cars as well as taste the delicious food from both western and eastern countries; in the Adventure World, along several broad rivers and through the African extensive grassland, in the mysterious Asian forest and at the Taishan Island, a brave pilot will lead you to explore the wonders and secret remote scenes of the great nature; the Fantastic World is a fairy-tale world full of happiness in your dream, and in it there are beautiful and kind-hearted Snow White, pure and lively little frying elephants, cute and naive little Winnie Bears, all characters in tales bringing you happiness and fancy; in the Tomorrow World, you can experience the thrilling trip in the outer space and explore the endless universes.
What’s more, there are Hong Kong Disneyland Park Hotel and Disneyland Hollywood Hotel where you can enjoy to the most the fairy-tale world and movie world, surprised by Disney characters here and there.
Before entering the park, you can take some travel brochures like Park Guidance and Activity arrangements at the customer service center at the left side of the entrance, which may help you a lot to arrange your time and activities.
Hong Kong dollar and Renminbi are accepted in the park, and if you need to change some money, you can do it at the customer service center. VISA, American Express Card, Master Card, JCB Card and Union Pay Card are also accepted in the park.
For those who like outdoor activities, perhaps the major benefit of its location is the undeveloped mountains, coastlines and beaches of Lantau Island. It is Hong Kong’s biggest island and is sparsely populated, and it has some of the most popular trails in Hong Kong including one nearby called the Lantau Trail that goes to the top of Lantau Peak. There are a lot of accommodations for people wanting to hike and find solitude in the mountains. People can also go swimming and hike to empty beaches. The paths are generally well maintained. People go to Lantau Island to get away from the city and enjoy the outdoors.
Tickets are available through Hong Kong Disneyland’s website, or at the Hong Kong Disneyland Ticket Express, located at the MTR Hong Kong Station’s Tung Chung Line Concourse.
Space Mountain promises to have some the park’s longest lines. Go there first, unless you have small children, in which case, go first to Dumbo then Winnie the Pooh. The park is small enough that all attractions should be accessible in one day.
Fastpass ride reservations are available on Pooh, Mickey’s PhilharMagic, Space Mountain, Buzz Lightyear and Festival of the Lion King. Reservations are needed for popular restaurants.