Disney Parks Hidden Gem: Hong Kong Disneyland

Disney Parks Hidden Gem: Hong Kong Disneyland

We have been very blessed to have now visited every Disney park in the world and whilst they all have their plus and minus points, we found a true hidden gem among them – Hong Kong Disneyland.

My expectations for the park were low. Not because I expected the park to be of poor standard but because I thought the park would be small and full of carbon copy attractions. I had high hopes for Mystic Manor and the Dim Sum experience over at the Disneyland Hotel but beyond that I didn’t think there would be much to write home about. I even deliberately booked a non-Disney hotel as I didn’t expect us to be spending much time at the parks.

We weren’t even entirely sure we would actually get to experience the park as it had actually had to close just a few days before our arrival due to storm damage. Luckily, they managed to clear up most of the park before our arrival and the park was almost running as normal. I say almost as there were still a few things out of action – jungle cruise, the railway and the Halloween walk through. There was also very visible evidence of the damage to trees, buildings and railings. From the images we had seen on the day after the storm, they had done an excellent job clearing so far.

 

I have maybe blabbed on a bit here and not really gotten anywhere, so let’s move on and talk about all the amazing parts of Hong Kong Disneyland.

Mystic Manor

Back in 2015 when I first started blogging, one of my first posts was all about the Haunted Mansions around the world. That’s when I first learned of Mystic Manor. I will do a full post about Mystic Manor and it’s magic but here is a cliff notes version. Lord Mystic and his monkey Albert have traveled the world collecting treasures and want to share them all with you so invite you to your their home. Albert is just a little mischievous and touches something magical he is not supposed to and your tour takes an unexpected turn but don’t worry he gets you back safe!

If you ever wanted to try and explain what an imaginer does to someone, show them Mystic Manor. This is Imagineering at its finest. The story is captivating, funny, endearing and so much more. Every detail of this experience has been thoroughly thought out.

This attraction is worth the journey to Hong Kong alone!

Explorers Club Restaurant

Right next door to Mystic Manor is the explorers restaurant. It’s a quick service restaurant that’s split into foods from different regions. Think your standard Disney food court with one section doing pizza, one pasta etc but with countries. Described by Disney as a World of Flavours the dishes featured come from Indonesia, Korea, Japan and Southwest Asia.

The options here are immense. There is so much to choose from and our food was so good. I went for something a bit out of my comfort zone and was pleasantly surprised.

Halloween Experiences

If you are a regular in the Disney parks in the USA then you will be used to paying extra for nearly all of the Halloween items. That is not the case at Hong Kong Disneyland – they are all included.  During our two days in the park there was a Halloween Parade, Villains meet and greets, Trick or Treating and more. There was also a Nightmare before Christmas attraction however it was closed during our stay due to the storm.

The night time Halloween parade was my favourite. It included a projection show on all the buildings on Main Street. Really fun and all included.

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Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars

This ride was easily the biggest surprise of our entire trip. Another attraction that I didn’t know was even at Hong Kong Disneyland!  We were just walking by and seen the roller coaster and thought we would give it a go. I am so glad we did as this coaster was so good! It has a really cute storyline and its heartwarming and actually really funny. The ride was full of surprises – thing is not your regular coaster.

image from HKDL website

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The Parades

One thing you will read often about this park is that it is small. There is no denying it, it is small. Whilst its size doesn’t really affect your enjoyability of the park, it does make parades kind of difficult. There really isn’t a lot of space for a big parade. However, Hong Kong Disneyland turns that negative into a positive and has a really unique style of parade. I don’t want to give too much away for anyone who hasn’t seen them but they are really good.

Main Street Bakery

Whilst Starbucks appears to have stolen half of Hong Kong Disneyland’s Main Street Bakery, it is still a great spot in the park. They have such a wide range of options from local delicacies to more American fare. They have a decent sized seating area outside too.

Mickey and the Wondrous Book

Before visiting the park, I had never heard of this show. It just never came up in my planning. I really don’t know why more people don’t talk about this show as it was really good. Although I am not sure my husband agrees – the family sitting next to him had a toddler with a dirty diaper and he spent the entire show trying not to be sick!

The show is a bit of a mixture of others shows like Believe on Disney Cruise line and Mickey and the Magician at Disneyland Paris. The majority of the show is not in English but because Disney is magic you don’t really lose much of the story. Make sure you check it our on your trip.

Overall Opinion of Hong Kong Disneyland

To sum up, Hong Kong Disneyland is not a big park. Nor does it have lots of attractions or shows but it really does have that feeling of Magic.  Hong Kong Disneyland was a game changer of a park for me. Okay, it’s not Magic Kingdom or Tokyo DisneySea but it’s a beautiful little park. If I was ranking parks, which is a great idea for a post, it would easily surpass Disneyland and both parks in Paris for me.

There are so many good things about the park that didn’t even get a mention in this post – Iron Man Experience, Lion King Show. The cute gardens, Mickeys Philharmagic, Moana,  the animation Academy, the character meets and so much more. They pack a lot of magic into one little park!

Have you been to Hong Kong Disneyland? What was your favourite thing about the park?

 

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