Best family holidays: guide to Hong Kong Disneyland attractions

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Whether you’re five or 50, Hong Kong Disneyland’s got something to keep you smiling all day. Read on for our recommendations on the best things to do by age group….

When it comes to getaways for the Christmas season, nothing screams fun and festive quite like a trip to Hong Kong Disneyland. In our previous article, we covered how to plan a perfect weekend trip to the resort. This time ’round, we thought we’d whip up a handy guide to enjoying the park no matter how old (or young) you are. Happy reading!


CHRISTMAS FESTIVITIES FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY:

Christmas highlights: You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to what to see and do during the festive season at Hong Kong Disneyland! Don’t miss out on a Christmastime Ball with Mickey and Friends, a Magical Twilight Snowfall, and a tree-lighting ceremony. Gear up for a festive stay at the hotels too, with decorations and carollers to get you in the mood. There’s no shortage of Christmas menu items and on-the-go park treats to fill your tummies, so indulge away, park-goers!

Rockin’ around the Christmas tree with Chip and Dale

Christmastime Ball: Get ready for a yuletide musical extravaganza with Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, Pluto, Chip ‘n’ Dale, Duffy and ShellieMay at the forecourt of the Sleeping Beauty Castle. Decked with snow-flocked trees and twinkling lights, we just can’t wait for this Christmas spectacle!

Twilight Snowfall: Have you been dreaming of a white Christmas? At Hong Kong Disneyland, your snow dreams will finally come true! Join Mickey and friends as they parade into Town Square, carrying lanterns to light their way through the snowfall.

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony: This holiday season, you and your family will be amazed as Main Street, U.S.A. transforms into the winter wonderland you’ve always wished for. As you gather around the majestic Christmas tree, sing along with the live quartet and enjoy the snowfall.

Photo ops with Disney Characters: We guarantee kids will go gaga over meeting Disney characters like Olaf from Frozen, Santa Goofy and Duffy and friends, and of course, Mickey and the gang. They’ve dressed in their best holiday finery for this special season of the year. Whip out your camera (phone) and say cheese!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Hong Kong Disneyland!

FOR KIDS AGED UNDER 6:

Baby friendly facilities: No surprise – the park’s always got your little bubs in mind. The baby care centre (located on Main Street) features a nursing room, diaper changing area, and highchairs on request, as well as a refrigerator, microwave facilities and hot water. Stroller parking facilities are also located throughout the park.

Hong Kong Disneyland Railroad – Main Street Station: The perfect way to take in the sights and sounds of Disneyland, and to get around the park quickly (trains come every 5-15 minutes). A trip aboard this steam-powered train is definitely the most relaxing way to enjoy the park.

Cinderella Carousel: We’re calling it – your little dreamers will love this one! Inspired by Disney’s Cinderella, this carousel ride’s got handsome horses and a perfect view of Disneyland’s iconic castle.

Jungle River Cruise: It’s down to the jungle in this exotic expedition. Come face-to-face with elephants, hippos and zebras as you navigate dangerous waters with some startling surprises along the way. You’ve been warned!

It’s A Small World: A Disneyland classic, no trip is ever complete without a cheerful boat ride around the world. Indulge your little one and listen to children from all nations sing along to the classic anthem of world peace.

FOR KIDS AGED 7 AND UP & ADULTS:

Toy Soldier Parachute Drop: Not for the faint-hearted – this ride features big drops and big thrills. But hey, our kids have always been way more adventurous than us! Do note that they need to be at least 81 cm (32in) to ride.

Iron Man Experience: Knowing how much kids love all things superhero, we recommend making a beeline for the first-ever Marvel themed ride at a Disney theme park! Take flight with Iron Man over Hong Kong on the latest Expo Edition Iron Wing — and meet Iron Man himself after you touch down from your ride.

Hyperspace Mountain: Star Wars fans, this one’s for you. This indoor roller-coaster is a reimagining of the classic Disneyland Space Mountain attraction, and immerses you right in the middle of an epic battle between good and bad.

Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars: Another heart-pounding experience, revisit the days of America’s gold rush as you zip through dimly lit tunnels and up steep inclines.

“Disney In The Stars” Fireworks: Ok… we admit everyone can enjoy watching the fireworks, but especially so if you’re visiting the park with a significant other. After all – nothing screams romance quite like dazzling lights, colours and your favourite Disney songs against the backdrop of a grand castle.

STAY AT HONG KONG DISNEYLAND
Make your trip to Hong Kong Disneyland even more memorable by booking a room at either the Disney Explorers Lodge, Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel or Disney’s Hollywood Hotel. We’re sure your littles won’t mind spending a little bit of extra time seeing their favourite Disney characters. And what’s more, each room will be given a festive touch with in-room decorations, holiday-inspired amenities and more.

Hotel Recreation Activities: If you’re staying at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort’s three hotels (and you just can’t get enough of your Disney character friends), don’t worry, there’s even more fun activities to do throughout the day at the recreation facilities of the hotels. Whether it’s Tai Chi with Master Goofy or Christmas themed activities like gingerbread decorating classes or the little Santa’s training workshop, there’s definitely a lot to do!

 

Storybook Playroom: It’s storytime over at Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel (Level 1, Conference Room Centre). Your little ones are free to roam around fairy-tale themed play areas filled with activities, games, toys and puzzles. Don’t miss out on storytelling sessions by Disney cast members too!

Fun time with Goofy at the little Santa’s training workshop

DINE & SHOP:

Character dining: What’s a trip to Hong Kong Disneyland without a meal with Goofy, Donald, and of course Minnie Mouse and Mickey? At the Enchanted Garden Restaurant, Chef Mickey, Dragon Wind or World of Colour Restaurant at the three hotels, you’ll get the chance to hob nob with your favourite Disney characters while you dig into a scrumptious meal. If you’re planning on doing this, make sure you reserve in advance.

Christmas eateries in the park: Meandering around the park can sure work up one’s appetite. But don’t worry, the park’s full of dining options! You can join the Christmas Dessert Party at the Hong Kong Disneyland Railroad or check out the special Christmas menu at Main Street Corner Cafe. Looking for small nibbles? There’s the Christmas Afternoon Tea Set from Duffy & ShellieMay too. You’ll definitely be spoilt for choice when it comes to food this holiday season.

Character Dim Sum at Crystal Lotus Restaurant: Your young ones might not enjoy eating Dim Sum shaped like their favourite Disney and Pixar characters (be prepared for some protests like “Mommy, why is Mickey’s face disappearing!”), but there’s no denying you’ll get a kick out of it! Do make a restaurant reservation at least 48 hours in advance.

Shop till you drop: Haven’t gone Christmas shopping yet? Fear not! The resort has loads of shops filled with toys, gifts and apparel that are perfect as presents for your loved ones. Time to stock up!

HOT DEALS:
Book a room at one of the park’s hotels and enjoy up to 40% off your hotel stay. Take advantage of ticket offers as well – of course, we know that one day isn’t enough — just add an additional HK $60 for an extra day at Hong Kong Disneyland! Or receive a HK$50 shopping coupon when you buy a 1 day park ticket

For more info and to buy park tickets, hop on over to www.hongkongdisneyland.com

This post is sponsored by Hong Kong Disneyland.