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Old 10-13-2012, 03:01 PM   #1
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Question Thinking about visiting Disneyland Hong Kong

I'm looking for some guidance from those who have been to Disneyland Hong Kong. My husband and I are currently planning a trip to Asia and one of the stops is Hong Kong. We plan on being there for about 4 nights.

Naturally, Disney is top on our list, but I find the Disney Hong Kong website not very informative at all. We've been to Disney World in Florida many, many times but I've heard the Disney in Hong Kong is drastically different. I can't even get room prices to book on their website for 2013!

So from my research it seems there's only one park - so do we need more than a day to see it? Is it worth it to stay on property if we only go to the park one day and go to see what else Hong Kong has to offer the rest of the time? We love all the dining options in WDW, which is why we were thinking of staying onsite in Hong Kong, but it doesn't look like they offer the dining plan or anything like that. Do they have anything close to the amazing restaurants that WDW in Orlando has?

Just looking to hear some other people's thoughts on this and what they did for their trip to Hong Kong. Thanks!
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Old 10-13-2012, 05:46 PM   #2
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Welcome to the DIS! And congrats for having a trip planned.

When are you going to Asia?

HKDL is a lot smaller than DLR and even smaller still than WDW. And yes, there is currently only one park there. Depending on the crowd levels and what you want to see and do, it is completely doable in the one day.

There are a couple of other Dis-sers around that have gone to HKDL and have stayed on site.
The HK DL hotel looks like the Grand Floridian and is a deluxe.
The Hollywood hotel is more a moderate.

I stayed at the DL Hotel and there are more restaurants there than at the HH. The food was amazing.

I did do a Trip Report on Hong Kong and if you're interested, you should be able to find it on the HK Board or the link to it is in my siggie below.
I know that Zanzibar also did a TR and she stayed at the HH; as has Belle2211. All 3 of us have gone this year and we all covered DL as well as HK in our respective TRs.

PrincessMelanie should be there now and hopefully she'll come back with more information.

Feel free to ask questions.
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Old 10-14-2012, 05:29 AM   #3
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Hello! We were just at HKDL in July and had a fabulous time! The park is small, but it's fun! We did not stay at the parks, we stayed at The Royal Pacific Hotel and Towers in Kowloon. The transportation system is wonderful and easy to use. We had no problem making it to the park before rope drop. I would say you can do the whole park in one day. Just get there before rope drop and use the fast pass, just like any other Disney park and you'll be fine! Have fun!
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Thank you so much for the replies! This has been so helpful... we are excited
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Old 10-16-2012, 03:47 AM   #5
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As PIO mentioned, DH and I went to HKDL earlier this year - March to be exact.

You're right, there is not much information about HKDL. The official website is good for a broad overview, but does lack a bit in specifics. And unfortunately there don't seem to be any unofficial websites that go into every tiny detail like there are for WDW!

We stayed at the HKDL Hotel for 4 nights (got a great deal on Expedia). The hotel was beautiful - the nicest I've ever stayed at - and the staff were excellent. Just a tip, make sure you request a non-smoking room if you need one! We wandered across to the Hollywood Hotel too, which also looked nice, but on a less grand scale.

DL is a fair way out of the city centre, so if you want to spend more time exploring HK, you're probably better off staying at a city hotel. The train system is SO easy and efficient, it's a breeze to get around! Otherwise, you could look at booking a split stay - I did enjoy just being able to walk back to the hotel after the fireworks

As far as the actual park goes, yes there is just one. And there is no 'Disney district' like Downtown Disney or anything (which we actually really missed). We didn't really dine that much in the parks, but the hotels have some very nice restaurants - check out the Crystal Lotus for something different! We really enjoyed all our meals at Walts, and also enjoyed Chef Mickey's, but I would only recommend it if you've got plenty of spare cash One of the snacks I really enjoyed in the park was a mango and strawberry flavoured Minnie ice-cream bar.

You should be able to do the park in one day. The more unique attractions are Grizzly Gulch, Toy Story Land, Stitch Live and the Golden Mickeys. Attractions that are similar but different are Jungle Cruise, Tarzan's Treehouse (on Tarzan's Island), and Festival of the Lion King. I also really enjoyed the parade, and fireworks were good too, but short. Be prepared for the cultural differences like lack of personal space, shoving, and spitting. Having said that, most of the queues were still very orderly, and I didn't see any characters being mobbed. I have blonde hair and I had people ask to take my photo, which was a little confronting for a shy person like me!

Anyway, that's enough of an essay for now Feel free to have a read through my TR if you want more detail - the link is in my signature.

ETA - I'd be interested to hear what other parts of Asia you're visiting too
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I really recommend getting to the gates early and asking if you can do the opening ceremony. You will be the first guests in the park welcomed by CM's on both sides as you enter and then take a photo with the cm's and sometimes Mickey and Minnie. Then you welcome everyone by saying Welcome to HKDL and cut the ribbon to open the park. It is a great experience and really fun!!
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