Back in October, we spent a week in Hong Kong (long I know). We wanted it to be a leisure trip where we could do a lot more sight-seeing and we did exactly that by slowing our pace down. The possibly unfortunate thing was having Junior come down with a fever where we spent a day in the hotel room just for him to recover – not that I minded actually. Despite that, we managed to spend a day in Hong Kong Disneyland.
Truth is, neither the mister nor I are big Disney fans although we did grow up watching Chip and Dale and Mickey Classics. However, I’ve never visited Disneyland as a kid or as an adult. I initially thought Junior is too young to appreciate Disneyland but I’m glad we made it nonetheless. Although I didn’t exactly enjoyed my first ever Disneyland adventure (uh oh! How can that happened right?) but I must say I am in awed by the infrastructure and how I felt like I was deported into another time zone entirely.
I suppose everyone has their own experiences and I’ve heard of friends who had an awesome time – I was probably there at a wrong time. So while I won’t rattle on about what I didn’t like about the park, what I thought I’ll do is list down some learnings I thought will be useful for whoever that is planning for a trip to Hong Kong Disneyland with their toddler.
I’ve included the link to Hong Kong Disneyland here so that you can check out ticket prices and how to get there.
Choose the right season to visit
Unless you are a total heat buff, I really wouldn’t recommend going in the heat of summer. Even when October was supposed to be autumn and weather should be cooler and less humid, that wasn’t what happened for us. It was hot hot hot with the occasional rain. Somehow I felt it was more humid compared to Singapore. So in my opinion, I think tail end of autumn or early winter might be the best time to visit for the weather will be a lot more palatable. But if you must visit in the summer months, then don’t forget to drink up and stay hydrated, wear weather appropriate clothing and slather on much sunscreen.
Try to avoid super peak period
October is hardly peak period because it is not school holidays yet in both Singapore and Hong Kong and we have evaded all public holidays. What we forgot to anticipate was the Golden Week where the Chinese gets a week of holiday with travellers flocking to Hong Kong. As we all know, Hong Kong is always crowded but I definitely hadn’t envisage the large crowd in Disneyland. Our photo opportunity with Donald Duck took a 25-mins queue time and even so, Donald had to go for a short break which as you can imagine Junior was starting to get cranky and we left the queue. Booohooo! No photo opp I guess!
Stay at the Disney Resort
On hindsight, we would totally pay for a night stay at the Disney Resort because it just makes a lot of sense. Little toddlers like Junior needs his afternoon naps and I would have very much preferred he is well rested than get distracted and tire him out totally for the entire day. Because he was so tired and trying to fully recover from his fever, we left the park in the evening before we got a chance to watch the fireworks. Ideally if we had a room at the Disney Resort, we can consider splitting the visit to the park over 2 days and for Junior to take a well-rested nap in the afternoon before heading back to the park.
Rent/Bring along a stroller
While many have advised against bringing along a stroller to Hong Kong, we decided to do it anyway because Junior no longer likes being in the baby carrier and neither do we think he can walk for a long period of time. And I must say the stroller came in handy especially In Disneyland. You can rent a stroller from the park but I preferred the comfort of ours because it provided good support when Junior took his nap. Regardless, a rented one or one from home is definitely handy.
If possible, prepare your own food for your toddler
I think like any theme parks, you can expect the food to be mass produced and slightly unhealthy. I am not exactly a health buff and I do allow Junior to snack on junk (friessss) once in awhile. But the thing is I was really uncomfortable with the food choices I found in HongKong Disneyland. The thing is because Junior was recovering from a fever, I wanted him to have something less oily and something lighter. But I couldn’t find any or perhaps I wasn’t looking at the correct places. But I suppose if I had brought along my slow cooker or an electric lunch box, I would have felt much prepared.
While my first visit to HongKong Disneyland is far from magical or perfect, I am still thrilled to have been there and seen some great shows and great infrastructure. We will definitely be back and be more equipped this time round to fully enjoy what the park has got to offer.