I know a lot of you are headed to Hong Kong for the summer break, and you’re probably going to the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort if you’re traveling with kids.
I’ve been to HK Disney three times: The first time I went, I was already married but didn’t have kids yet. The second was with my husband, John, and our son Jacob when he was just about to turn 3. And the third was last December, with Jacob who was almost 6, and our baby girl Naomi, who had just turned 1.
Going with no kids, 1 kid, and 2 kids are all very different experiences, so I decided to summarize some tips based on each category.
Going Without Kids
(1) You don’t have to stay inside the Disneyland Resort. In fact, you’ll only regret it if you do. Book yourself a nice hotel in TST, Causeway Bay or Central instead, you lucky dog you!
(2) The Hong Kong Disneyland Resort is like a mini Disneyland for really young kids. A one-day pass should be more than enough for you.
(3) If you enjoy musicals, you should go see the shows: The Golden Mickeys and Lion King are both good.
(4) The fireworks are worth watching. They do this every night at 8 pm, and people start saving spots to sit around Sleeping Beauty’s Castle as early as 6 pm.
(5) Or (what I would do), skip Disneyland altogether and just shop and eat! Yay!
Going with 1 Kid
(1) Book one of the hotels inside the Disneyland Resort. If your kid is 2-and-a-half or older, then Hollywood Hotel should be okay (this is the cheaper hotel). Going around the park can be very tiring, and you’ll be able to go back to your hotel room for a nap anytime you wish.
(2) If you are traveling with an infant, then spring for the Disneyland Hotel if you can. They have an in-hotel playroom manned by hotel staff who prepare activities for the kids, and even if your baby is too young to do any of the activities, at least she can roam around safely and entertain herself, while you sit down for a rest. Playroom entrance is free for all Disneyland Hotel guests.
(3) If you are going with a yaya, ask for a room with 2 double beds. You and your husband can have 1 bed, and yaya and your baby can have the other. But at least in our case, we were fine without a yaya when we only had 1 kid.
(4) The Disney hotels also provide cribs for infant guests, just make sure you specify this at the time of your booking. They don’t guarantee the availability of the cribs, but we were able to get cribs with no problem, the two times we went with our kids.
(5) Make a list of the rides you want to go on. My friend Ross told me about this great Tripadvisor review that rates almost all the rides inside Hong Kong Disneyland, including information on height restrictions, fast pass availability, and whether your kids are likely to enjoy the ride based on their age. A must-read! (Complete list of all park attractions HERE.)
(6) The Park opens at 10am daily, so you really have no choice but to have breakfast inside your hotel. We always have the breakfast buffet at Chef Mickey at Hollywood Hotel (where you can line up for a photo op with Mickey Mouse) or Enchanted Garden at Disneyland Hotel (where Mickey and his gang go table to table to pose for photos). Kids below 3 eat for free.
(7) You’ll probably eat lunch inside the park. The food sucks, so just make sure you’ve stuffed yourself at breakfast so you won’t be that hungry anyway.
(8) Pack a suction bowl and a small pair of stainless steel scissors. Use the scissors to cut any and all food into baby-sized pieces, and put the food in a suction bowl in front of your baby. This way she can feed herself without knocking the bowl off the table!
(9) If you plan to have dinner back at your hotel, don’t forget to check out the Hong Kong Disneyland website for discount vouchers you can print out and bring.
(10) The buffet restaurants serve dinner from 6-730 and 8-930. You can also opt to go at any time and stay as long as you like, but you’ll be charged extra.
Going with 2 Kids
(1) It really depends on how old your kids are, but if one or both are still really young, then bring a yaya if you can. For our trip with 2 kids last December, we were all set to bring Naomi’s yaya, but she had a violent outburst just weeks before our trip and we had to let her go. So there we were, my husband and I, in a tiny hotel room with an almost 6 year old, and a 1 year old who woke up several times each night. It was exhausting!
(2) If you’re going with 2 kids and a yaya, just 1 room might be too cramped. Book 2 adjoining rooms instead. Heaven!
(3) If you’re traveling with an infant, keep in mind that you don’t have to change their diapers at the restrooms. There are infant changing rooms that are less crowded, and far more comfortable.
(4) And last but not least, STROLLERS. Bring your own umbrella stroller or rent a stroller at the park (only suitable for kids aged 2-5). When we were all exhausted, John and I would push our kids around the park in their strollers till they fell asleep, then we would park ourselves inside the (rather dark) Royal Banquet Hall for a good long rest.
BONUS TIP + A GIVEAWAY
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Mixie bottles are BPA and PVC-free, as well as microwave and dishwasher safe. Mixie Philippines sent a couple of bottles for my 1-year-old, Naomi, to try, and they are really perfect for night-time feedings, airplane rides, and road trips.
Want your own? I’m giving away a Mixie Gift Pack containing one (1) Mixie 8 oz wide neck bottle with a stage 2 nipple, and pack of three (3) extra stage 3 nipples. Simply leave a comment below telling me why you need a Mixie bottle in your life, and it’s yours! First one to comment wins.
Have you taken your kids to Hong Kong Disneyland? How did you like it? Please share more tips if you happen to have any, and I;d love to hear about your Disneyland experiences too.
(P.S. If you’re Hong Kong-bound, with or without kids, you’re gonna want to READ THIS.)
More of my Hong Kong travel posts here.