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belle2211
02-27-2012, 09:17 PM
I am traveling with 3 of my closest friends to Hong Kong Disneyland and then Tokyo Disneyland from June 25-July 9. I have so many questions, that I don't know where to start!!

~Is it best to stay on property? We want to share one room so we weren't sure if only the Disney rooms could fit 4 women or if there were other rooms that were in the city that would be better.
~Besides Disney, what other things do you suggest that we do while in Hong Kong?
~Can you use American debit cards over there (like from Bank of America) or is it better to use a credit card like American Express or to bring travellers checks?
~What other tips do you have?

Thank you so much!!

lessing
02-27-2012, 10:46 PM
The resort hotels are amazing in Hong Kong. They are expensive though. There is a dim sum meal at the hotel that is almost too cute to eat. If you fly into hong kong, you pass disney on the way to the city. I dont think there is anything to do out there except disney, so I would only stay at disney maybe one night. You can take a cab or train to disney. There is a ton to do in hong kong, but if you have the time, take the boat to macau, its only 40 minutes each way. Go to the top of victoria peak, see the light show in the harbor after seeing the museum there. For makets, there is stanley market on the south side with some great views and restaurants, long cab from downtown. Also the night market and ladies market. I highly recommend the sushi go round at the ladies market.

belle2211
02-28-2012, 09:01 PM
ooh! Thank you for the info! I had Victoria's Peak on my To Do list, but not the others. I will definitely be adding them!

3boys4me
03-12-2012, 04:27 PM
Please post after your trip. I will be in China late this summer and was thinking of leaving out through Hong Kong to pay Disney at visit. Once in a lifetime opportunity for HK Disney.

belle2211
03-12-2012, 10:32 PM
I just booked 2 nights at Disney's Hollywood Hotel! So excited!

taximom00
04-19-2012, 07:25 AM
I am traveling with 3 of my closest friends to Hong Kong Disneyland and then Tokyo Disneyland from June 25-July 9. I have so many questions, that I don't know where to start!!

~Is it best to stay on property? We want to share one room so we weren't sure if only the Disney rooms could fit 4 women or if there were other rooms that were in the city that would be better.
~Besides Disney, what other things do you suggest that we do while in Hong Kong?
~Can you use American debit cards over there (like from Bank of America) or is it better to use a credit card like American Express or to bring travellers checks?
~What other tips do you have?

Thank you so much!!

I have been to HK three times. Lived there once for 9 months for work and have subsequently visited twice, most recently in 2006.

On that visit, I took my daughter to Disney and we had a great day! We only spent one day and it is doable...we were there from about 10am-7pm and managed to do all the key attractions. One of my favorites was the Lion King show because they added a Chinese twist to it, which was great.

We also were picked to be the Grand Marshalls of the parade so that was VERY exciting!! We sort of stood out as my daughter is Chinese and I am not. We must have made for nice 'goodwill ambassadors' in the eyes of Disney! But it was very cool to sit in the special Main Street waiting room at the appointed parade time as well as go 'behind the scenes'!

Loved the food, too....lots of Chinese food done by Disney....much better than what you find at WDW!!

As for the rest of HK, enjoy! It is a great city! Take the Star Ferry at least once. Go to Stanley Market...a shopping experience not to be missed...go to the Big Buddha.....go to the Night Market.

Take a ferry and visit a beach (there are many)

Do all the touristy stuff....HK is a great place...you will love it!

Princess_Melanie
04-19-2012, 11:29 AM
I just booked 2 nights at Disney's Hollywood Hotel! So excited!

Yay!! Really looking forward to hearing about your trip and what the hotel is like - we're hoping to book a stay at the Hollywood Hotel later in the year but can't put our booking enquiry in with DVC MS until next Friday!!

PrincessInOz
04-20-2012, 01:35 AM
I am traveling with 3 of my closest friends to Hong Kong Disneyland and then Tokyo Disneyland from June 25-July 9. I have so many questions, that I don't know where to start!!

~Is it best to stay on property? We want to share one room so we weren't sure if only the Disney rooms could fit 4 women or if there were other rooms that were in the city that would be better.
~Besides Disney, what other things do you suggest that we do while in Hong Kong?
~Can you use American debit cards over there (like from Bank of America) or is it better to use a credit card like American Express or to bring travellers checks?
~What other tips do you have?

Thank you so much!!

If your whole reason for going to Hong Kong is to see DL, then stay on-property, which I think you've already booked in anyway. I highly recommend you take a taxi from the airport to HKDL. It will cost about HK $130, which is about $18 or $19 in US money. When you share it 4 ways, it is excellent value and you won't need to worry about bags on buses or trains. Take the Green Taxi.

It will take roughly 30 minutes by MTR to get from Disneyland into Hong Kong city. The MTR service in HK is excellent. It will be cheaper than taking a taxi from HKDL to the city. As a guide, it might cost about HK$250 per taxi trip, roughly $35. The MTR will cost about HK$10 - $15, roughly $2.

There are lots of things to do in Hong Kong. It just depends on how much time you have.
Someone has mentioned the Big Buddha. It is on the same island that HKDL is on. To get there from HKDL, you can catch the MTR to Sunny Bay and tranfer over to the Tung Chung line. Tung Chung is the last station on that line. It is less than 100 m to walk from the Tung Chung station to catch the cable car to the Big Buddha. I highly recommend the crystal cable car cabin.
Your alternative is to take a taxi. I'm not sure how much it will cost.

The various markets in Hong Kong are just wonderful. Stanley Market, and Stanley is fantastic. I caught local transport (bus) out there...either the 973 from Canton Road in Tsim Sha Tsui or the 6/6X bus from Central station will get you there. But I will say that the price of goods at Stanley Market was more expensive than at the Temple Street Market or at the Ladies Market. And that was without haggling! I did buy some jade trinkets at Stanley Market and it was a couple of Hong Kong dollars cheaper at the Jade Market. But for the experience, I was glad to pay the difference.

I'm usually very cautious about where I use debit and credit cards.
We predominantly used cash when we were in Hong Kong. I did bring out my credit card twice; once in Sogo and once in Zara. I was worried about the CC in Sogo because the server took it away and out of sight to process it behind closed doors. If that worries you, then just use cash. You'll need cash if you're shopping at the markets anyway. I would not want to use any sort of card; even if they did accept them.

We have a debit travel card that we bought HK $ when the exchange rate was good. I'm not sure if the banks in the US offer this service; but I think it should. We took out money at the HK bank ATMs without any issue with the debit travel card. We also took money at the HK bank ATMs without any issue using the debit card linked to our Aussie savings account.

I didn't travel with traveller's cheque to HK. I'm not sure how widely accepted it is there and you might find that you'd need to find a place that would cash it for. I expect that the hotel concierge would do that.

If you let us know how long you're in HK for, we might be able to provide other attractions to go see.

(I do have a TR going on my time in HK and will probably be posting pictures and my views on most things. I should have it done before June...maybe. I might even have pictures of the Hollywood Hotel to share at some stage. :))


princess::upsidedow

zanzibar138
04-21-2012, 06:36 PM
I have also recently got back from a trip to HK DL. We stayed at the HK DL Hotel, but we checked out the Hollywood Hotel too - check out my TR for photos if you like, I plan to have them up there today.

I would actually recommend catching the train from the airport. The train is so easy it's almost ridiculous, and we very much regretted the fact that our travel agent booked us bus transfers. Again, see my TR for more details if you like. Having said that, you would need to switch trains twice to get from the airport to HK DL, so if you wanted a bit more time to get used to HK first, it might be nice to catch a taxi.

We didn't end up leaving DL that much. We were going to check out the cable car but it was closed for maintenance while we were there. So we just took the train into the city instead not knowing what we wanted to do and wandered around aimlessly for a while. We thought about doing Victoria Peak, but it was too late by the time we found where to go etc (that was our last day and we had to get back to the hotel for our transfer to the airport).

Tokyo Disneyland is next on my list! I'll be keeping an eye on your posts for sure!

ehsmum
05-02-2012, 08:22 AM
We just stayed 2 nights at the Hollywood Hotel. My family of 5 needed two rooms but we had two double beds in each room. So if the 4 of you don't mind sharing, you would be okay with one room and it would work out much cheaper for you.

We stayed 4 nights in Kowloon and 2 nights at HKDL. We could easily have stayed the whole time in Kowloon and caught the train to Disney (MTR is incredibly easy, especially with an Octopus card) but we wanted to experience the Disney magic so decide to stay onsite.

HK is fantastic! We absolutely loved it! I look forward to hearing more about your plans!

belle2211
05-04-2012, 10:45 PM
I have been to HK three times. Lived there once for 9 months for work and have subsequently visited twice, most recently in 2006.

On that visit, I took my daughter to Disney and we had a great day! We only spent one day and it is doable...we were there from about 10am-7pm and managed to do all the key attractions. One of my favorites was the Lion King show because they added a Chinese twist to it, which was great.

We also were picked to be the Grand Marshalls of the parade so that was VERY exciting!! We sort of stood out as my daughter is Chinese and I am not. We must have made for nice 'goodwill ambassadors' in the eyes of Disney! But it was very cool to sit in the special Main Street waiting room at the appointed parade time as well as go 'behind the scenes'!

Loved the food, too....lots of Chinese food done by Disney....much better than what you find at WDW!!

As for the rest of HK, enjoy! It is a great city! Take the Star Ferry at least once. Go to Stanley Market...a shopping experience not to be missed...go to the Big Buddha.....go to the Night Market.

Take a ferry and visit a beach (there are many)

Do all the touristy stuff....HK is a great place...you will love it!

THanks so much for the tips! Definitely want to go to Stanley Market and see the Big Buddha..will have to add the Night Market to the list!

Yay!! Really looking forward to hearing about your trip and what the hotel is like - we're hoping to book a stay at the Hollywood Hotel later in the year but can't put our booking enquiry in with DVC MS until next Friday!!

I can't wait! I will definitely update this when I get back...time has flown by!

If your whole reason for going to Hong Kong is to see DL, then stay on-property, which I think you've already booked in anyway. I highly recommend you take a taxi from the airport to HKDL. It will cost about HK $130, which is about $18 or $19 in US money. When you share it 4 ways, it is excellent value and you won't need to worry about bags on buses or trains. Take the Green Taxi.

It will take roughly 30 minutes by MTR to get from Disneyland into Hong Kong city. The MTR service in HK is excellent. It will be cheaper than taking a taxi from HKDL to the city. As a guide, it might cost about HK$250 per taxi trip, roughly $35. The MTR will cost about HK$10 - $15, roughly $2.

There are lots of things to do in Hong Kong. It just depends on how much time you have.
Someone has mentioned the Big Buddha. It is on the same island that HKDL is on. To get there from HKDL, you can catch the MTR to Sunny Bay and tranfer over to the Tung Chung line. Tung Chung is the last station on that line. It is less than 100 m to walk from the Tung Chung station to catch the cable car to the Big Buddha. I highly recommend the crystal cable car cabin.
Your alternative is to take a taxi. I'm not sure how much it will cost.

The various markets in Hong Kong are just wonderful. Stanley Market, and Stanley is fantastic. I caught local transport (bus) out there...either the 973 from Canton Road in Tsim Sha Tsui or the 6/6X bus from Central station will get you there. But I will say that the price of goods at Stanley Market was more expensive than at the Temple Street Market or at the Ladies Market. And that was without haggling! I did buy some jade trinkets at Stanley Market and it was a couple of Hong Kong dollars cheaper at the Jade Market. But for the experience, I was glad to pay the difference.

I'm usually very cautious about where I use debit and credit cards.
We predominantly used cash when we were in Hong Kong. I did bring out my credit card twice; once in Sogo and once in Zara. I was worried about the CC in Sogo because the server took it away and out of sight to process it behind closed doors. If that worries you, then just use cash. You'll need cash if you're shopping at the markets anyway. I would not want to use any sort of card; even if they did accept them.

We have a debit travel card that we bought HK $ when the exchange rate was good. I'm not sure if the banks in the US offer this service; but I think it should. We took out money at the HK bank ATMs without any issue with the debit travel card. We also took money at the HK bank ATMs without any issue using the debit card linked to our Aussie savings account.

I didn't travel with traveller's cheque to HK. I'm not sure how widely accepted it is there and you might find that you'd need to find a place that would cash it for. I expect that the hotel concierge would do that.

If you let us know how long you're in HK for, we might be able to provide other attractions to go see.

(I do have a TR going on my time in HK and will probably be posting pictures and my views on most things. I should have it done before June...maybe. I might even have pictures of the Hollywood Hotel to share at some stage. :))


princess::upsidedow

Wow! SO many great tips! I will definitely be printing this out to take with me! We are just staying for 3 days--1 day at Disney and the other 2 in Hong Kong city! I will be checking out your TR!

I have also recently got back from a trip to HK DL. We stayed at the HK DL Hotel, but we checked out the Hollywood Hotel too - check out my TR for photos if you like, I plan to have them up there today.

I would actually recommend catching the train from the airport. The train is so easy it's almost ridiculous, and we very much regretted the fact that our travel agent booked us bus transfers. Again, see my TR for more details if you like. Having said that, you would need to switch trains twice to get from the airport to HK DL, so if you wanted a bit more time to get used to HK first, it might be nice to catch a taxi.

We didn't end up leaving DL that much. We were going to check out the cable car but it was closed for maintenance while we were there. So we just took the train into the city instead not knowing what we wanted to do and wandered around aimlessly for a while. We thought about doing Victoria Peak, but it was too late by the time we found where to go etc (that was our last day and we had to get back to the hotel for our transfer to the airport).

Tokyo Disneyland is next on my list! I'll be keeping an eye on your posts for sure!

The train sounds quicker but we'll each have 2 larger suitcases plus carryons...do you think that will be a problem?

We just stayed 2 nights at the Hollywood Hotel. My family of 5 needed two rooms but we had two double beds in each room. So if the 4 of you don't mind sharing, you would be okay with one room and it would work out much cheaper for you.

We stayed 4 nights in Kowloon and 2 nights at HKDL. We could easily have stayed the whole time in Kowloon and caught the train to Disney (MTR is incredibly easy, especially with an Octopus card) but we wanted to experience the Disney magic so decide to stay onsite.

HK is fantastic! We absolutely loved it! I look forward to hearing more about your plans!

We don't mind sharing...we figured we would probably have to. I'm glad you loved HK..I can't wait!

zanzibar138
05-04-2012, 11:20 PM
The train sounds quicker but we'll each have 2 larger suitcases plus carryons...do you think that will be a problem?


Oh wow! I pretty much just go everywhere with just one small suitcase, so I hadn't really thought of that!

2 large suitcases each plus carry-ons could present a problem. For most of the connections we found that we had to walk over the tracks to another platform, involving a fair amount of stairs. I have to say I didn't pay much attention to the prescence/absence of elevators.

You may be better off taking a taxi. I would have been concerned about whether all your luggage would fit in the taxi, but having read PIO's TR, it sounds like that wouldn't be a problem.

I would definitely recommend the train for general commuting though :thumbsup2

PrincessInOz
05-05-2012, 01:19 AM
The train sounds quicker but we'll each have 2 larger suitcases plus carryons...do you think that will be a problem?


We had one medium suitcase each (at least one for each of the 4 adults) and one carry-on each. I think my parents had a hard time with the suitcase and the carry on when transferring between lines at the stations. But they managed in the end.

There are elevators, which would help with the going up and down.

But given that it costs HK$125 (about $16) for a taxi from the airport to Disneyland, I would take the taxi.

It was nice to take the MTR without luggage and like Zanzibar, I would highly recommend catching the HK public transport to get around.

belle2211
05-06-2012, 08:09 PM
Oh wow! I pretty much just go everywhere with just one small suitcase, so I hadn't really thought of that!

2 large suitcases each plus carry-ons could present a problem. For most of the connections we found that we had to walk over the tracks to another platform, involving a fair amount of stairs. I have to say I didn't pay much attention to the prescence/absence of elevators.

You may be better off taking a taxi. I would have been concerned about whether all your luggage would fit in the taxi, but having read PIO's TR, it sounds like that wouldn't be a problem.

I would definitely recommend the train for general commuting though :thumbsup2

Yeah, we'll be gone for 2 weeks so we have a lot to pack for! Although I didn't think about that many suitcases in one taxi..hmmm

We had one medium suitcase each (at least one for each of the 4 adults) and one carry-on each. I think my parents had a hard time with the suitcase and the carry on when transferring between lines at the stations. But they managed in the end.

There are elevators, which would help with the going up and down.

But given that it costs HK$125 (about $16) for a taxi from the airport to Disneyland, I would take the taxi.

It was nice to take the MTR without luggage and like Zanzibar, I would highly recommend catching the HK public transport to get around.

I think the taxi will end up being the best way to go

belle2211
05-20-2012, 08:24 PM
Okay--randomish question

Did anyone travel to Hong Kong with medicine? One of the girls going with me found on 2 sites where if we bring prescription medicine, we have to a have note from the doctor explaining why and also that we aren't allowed to bring allergy medicine.

Is that right?

PrincessInOz
05-20-2012, 09:47 PM
My dad has diabetes and high blood pressure. He travelled to HK with us and took his prescription medicines with him. I know he got a note from his doctor for this. He does the same (getting the note from the GP) when he travels to the US as well; so I didn't think it was that unusual for this trip.

I don't know about allergy medication but if you were allergic to nuts, you'd definitely want to take your epipen with you. Perhaps you could check with the GP about this one and get a note as well?

PrincessInOz
05-20-2012, 09:49 PM
And I took antihistamines with me as I suffer from hayfever. I can get those over the counter in Australia; so I had them with me. I didn't have a doctor's note and there was no issues at customs.

zanzibar138
05-20-2012, 10:29 PM
I had LOTS! We were away for a month and also going to Africa. So I had a month's worth of malaria tablets, asthma preventative medication, anti-biotics in case my sinus infection came back, painkillers and anti-inflammatories (just in case), tummy bug medicine (just in case), plus some vitamins.

My doctor thought a note was highly unnecessary (even for Africa), but offered to do one anyway if I wanted. He said that if it is fairly common medicine it's fine. And he was right, we never had any problems even without a note.

ehsmum
05-21-2012, 06:39 AM
My son is an insulin-dependent diabetic and we didn't have any issues. We always travel with a doctor's letter explaining the syringes, medication etc but we weren't questioned at all in HK.

belle2211
05-23-2012, 08:48 PM
Thanks everyone!

Keri
05-30-2012, 10:57 PM
I had my daughter's allergy meds in my carry on, as well as pain relievers, and no one said anything. I read that we might need a letter to bring stuff to Singapore (where we live now) but hadn't heard that about HK.

We went to HK in March & loved it. We did a harbour boat tour, which was great, went up the mid-level escalators and then took the peak tram to the top. We did both Ladies Street Market & Stanley Market -- Stanley was very pretty, but a very different experience. We loved the hustle & bustle of Ladies Street, and the deals were great!!

We spent 2 days at DL, but we have young kids. We all loved it! I love seeing the similarities & differences between the parks. The Lion King show was great -a little different than the original, still really good - I think overall I liked it better, but I really missed the monkeys ;) We stayed at the DL Hotel - gorgeous, and an easy walk to the park!!