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Old 10-15-2013, 09:43 PM   #31
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I don't have children but I just got back from a weekend at HKDL and stayed at the DL hotel. I did notice on the events flyer they pass out that there were hourly activities for kids, such as learning how to make towel animals and bedtime stories in English, Cantonese and Mandarin, all with specific times listed per language. Hope that helps.
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Old 02-24-2014, 12:54 AM   #32
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Helping a friend plan for HKDL!

A friend and his daughter will be visiting HKDL one day on their week long trip to China. They'll be there at the end of March. What will the crowds be like? Should they visit on a specific day of the week for less crowds? Do they have fireworks every evening?

When I visit DLR or WDW, I like to go at rope drop and get in as many rides until lunch, then take it easy in the park with entertainment or shopping, or even go back to my hotel for resting or swimming. Then, I'd come back to the park for dinner and to watch nighttime shows/fireworks. Would that kind of schedule work at HKDL?

Are there Fast Passes at the park? Are there areas or specific rides to start with so that you can stay ahead of the crowds?

It looks like pin trading is practiced there. My friend's daughter might enjoy that.
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Old 02-24-2014, 11:13 AM   #33
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Loving all the info here, thanks for sharing. Eagerly awaiting answers from HKB to some of the questions! We'll be there in April of this year!
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Old 02-25-2014, 02:35 AM   #34
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A friend and his daughter will be visiting HKDL one day on their week long trip to China. They'll be there at the end of March. What will the crowds be like? Should they visit on a specific day of the week for less crowds? Do they have fireworks every evening?

When I visit DLR or WDW, I like to go at rope drop and get in as many rides until lunch, then take it easy in the park with entertainment or shopping, or even go back to my hotel for resting or swimming. Then, I'd come back to the park for dinner and to watch nighttime shows/fireworks. Would that kind of schedule work at HKDL?

Are there Fast Passes at the park? Are there areas or specific rides to start with so that you can stay ahead of the crowds?

It looks like pin trading is practiced there. My friend's daughter might enjoy that.
I'm planning a visit there for the end of March as well! I'll try to answer your questions as best as I can. I'm a new AP holder for HKDL!

I'm not sure what the crowds will be like, but since there are no major holidays in Hong Kong or China during that time, I wouldn't expect the crowds to be heavy. Weekdays are always the best time to go. I would expect heavy crowds on the weekend.

Yes, they have fireworks every evening but they are nowhere near as spectacular as Wishes.

Your schedule would work wonderfully for HKDL. There are even LESS people that go commando like us at the parks, which means that mornings are very empty. It's possible to get in almost all the major rides by lunch time as there are virtually no lines.

There are FPs at the park, but only for a few rides such as Space Mountain and Buzz LightYear's Ranger Spin. You can check the English HKDL website for a list.

The best area to start in is Toy Story Land and the back of the park and then make your way to the front of the park through the new Mystic Point and Grizzly Gulch. Even if Space Mountain in a must-do, FPs are available until mid-afternoon. When I went during the New Year holidays, we were able to get FPs for Space Mountain until 4pm.

Keep in mind, Asians would rather stick together than split up so Single-Rider lines are almost always empty.

Pin trading is a lot of fun in HKDL as they produce a lot of pins that can't be bought in the American parks.

Hope this helps!
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Old 02-28-2014, 07:03 PM   #35
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Hi Rob,

Thanks for sharing your tips with everyone! I too am a mad Disney fan and have visited all the Disney parks in the world.

We're taking my our 3-year-old twins to Hong Kong Disneyland from 20-25 November and staying at the Disneyland Hotel. Is this a generally busy or quiet time over there? Should we aim for certain rides early on before it gets to busy?

This is a first trip to Disneyland for me with small children. I last went to HK Disney in 2008 and thought it was great for character interactions. Are there any must-dos for people with small children? What about the recreational lake area next to the park - is that any good to visit?

Also, do you know anything about the Storytime Play Centre at the Disney Hotel? It seems great and I thought my kids might enjoy it there.

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I want to see as many charactors as possible did you get a lot of pictures and did they have different costumes to USA.? thanks
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Old 03-01-2014, 04:32 PM   #36
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I'm planning a visit there for the end of March as well! I'll try to answer your questions as best as I can. I'm a new AP holder for HKDL!

I'm not sure what the crowds will be like, but since there are no major holidays in Hong Kong or China during that time, I wouldn't expect the crowds to be heavy. Weekdays are always the best time to go. I would expect heavy crowds on the weekend.

Yes, they have fireworks every evening but they are nowhere near as spectacular as Wishes.

Your schedule would work wonderfully for HKDL. There are even LESS people that go commando like us at the parks, which means that mornings are very empty. It's possible to get in almost all the major rides by lunch time as there are virtually no lines.

There are FPs at the park, but only for a few rides such as Space Mountain and Buzz LightYear's Ranger Spin. You can check the English HKDL website for a list.

The best area to start in is Toy Story Land and the back of the park and then make your way to the front of the park through the new Mystic Point and Grizzly Gulch. Even if Space Mountain in a must-do, FPs are available until mid-afternoon. When I went during the New Year holidays, we were able to get FPs for Space Mountain until 4pm.

Keep in mind, Asians would rather stick together than split up so Single-Rider lines are almost always empty.

Pin trading is a lot of fun in HKDL as they produce a lot of pins that can't be bought in the American parks.

Hope this helps!
Thank you!

Quick follow up question . . .

FPs: How do they work? Same as Disneyland (must return during window of time, can get a new one when your current window starts or at two hours out)?
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Thank you!

Quick follow up question . . .

FPs: How do they work? Same as Disneyland (must return during window of time, can get a new one when your current window starts or at two hours out)?
It works almost exactly the same as Disneyland. I think you can only get another one when your window opens. But there aren't as many attractions there that offer FP.


http://park.hongkongdisneyland.com/h...rkFastPassPage
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I want to see as many charactors as possible did you get a lot of pictures and did they have different costumes to USA.? thanks
For character costumes, the princesses, Woody, Buzz, and Jessy have the same costumes as US.

For Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto, Daisy, Donald: if you visit during holiday times, they have special costumes different from US. (Holiday times include: Chinese New Year, Halloween and Christmas) During other times, they have the regular costumes, same as those in US.
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As a future first time visitor to HK Disneyland in April 2014, I have a few questions for which answers would be greatly appreciated.

Do they distribute the "First Time Visitor" badges like at DisneyWorld?

Do they sell the Mickey Ear headbands or hats? And, if so, do they have any styles which are unique to Hong Kong Disneyland?

Do they sell any "Hong Kong Disneyland" branded snowglobes (aka water globes)?

Thanks in advance for any answers.
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Old 03-07-2014, 05:40 AM   #40
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Do they distribute the "First Time Visitor" badges like at DisneyWorld?
I am also visiting for the first time in April but from what I've read, no there are not first time visitor badges for HKDL. I think it's even a pain to get birthday badges there.
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Old 04-13-2014, 06:44 PM   #41
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I am also visiting for the first time in April but from what I've read, no there are not first time visitor badges for HKDL. I think it's even a pain to get birthday badges there.

We visited in March. We didn't get any first time badges. It was my sons birthday and they gave us birthday badges for all our kids, without us asking..
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