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Any trip to Hong Kong wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Hong Kong Disneyland, and for many, meeting their favourite Disney characters is the sole purpose of their visit. Located in Penny's Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong Disneyland opened in 2005 and it’s a huge affair covering close to 50 hectares. The theme park receives around 8 to 9 million visitors every year and the park management have done a good job of blending aspects of Chinese culture and tradition with the Disney experience – the site itself was designed following the strict rules of Feng Shui. Obviously, the park’s main attraction is its world-class rides and some of the most popular include ‘Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters’, ‘Big Grizzly Mountain Coaster’, ‘Main Street Haunted Hotel’ and the ‘Jungle River Cruise’.
For those looking to visit Hong Kong Disneyland, the island’s excellent MTR system takes around 30 minutes direct from Kowloon and Hong Kong stations, and around the same time from the airport station (including a transfer at Tsing Yi Station). The MRT runs until late, making visiting the park very convenient, but it is equally accessible by taxi or bus. For those who want to drive themselves, Hong Kong Disneyland caters for around 1,000 vehicles, so parking isn’t a problem.
Address and contact: Lantau Island, Hong Kong. Tel: (852) 3550 3388
Opening times and fees: 10:00 – 21:00; a single ‘Standard Day’ admission for visitors between the ages of 12-64 is around SG$100. Regular/seasonal discount packages are availableWhere to stay
Hong Kong Disneyland has its own resort, a five-star property with a choice of rooms and suites, many onsite dining options, pools, a maze and a shuttle service to the theme park. However, with good MRT connections, visitors don’t need to stay in the park’s vicinity. Hong Kong has an excellent selection of accommodation options, ranging from more modest hotels for the budget traveller, right up to five-star luxury outlets that also cater to those in Hong Kong on business.
The bulk of the hotels near Hong Kong Disneyland are in the four-star and five-star categories and offera choice of rooms with amenities like free Wi-fi and cable TV, as well as onsite restaurants and bars, swimming pools (both indoor pool and outdoor) plus fitness centres/spas. Many of the hotels near Hong Kong Disneyland operate shuttles to the theme park.