Over the next few months, I’ll be giving an in-depth primer on Hong Kong Disneyland, including hotel reviews, dining overviews, park descriptions and more. We’ll be updating this post with links to the rest of the series, so be sure bookmark this page for a quick and easy reference when it’s time to start planning your own trip to Hong Kong Disneyland.
Hong Kong Disneyland: It’s the Same, but Different
My “home park,” even though I live in New York City, is Disneyland (in Anaheim, California). I’ve been going to Disneyland for as long as I can remember. I always have to reorient myself when visiting other parks (I’ve been to all five resorts around the world, including all five in one year), because my first thought of an attraction’s location is its location in Disneyland. And that’s one of the beauties of the Disney parks: everything is familiar, even if it’s not an exact duplicate. The castle, the lands, the characters and even some of the attractions are there, but maybe look and sound a little different, especially in the overseas parks.
Outside of the park, you’ll find things are also the same, but different. The Disneyland Hotel, of course (there’s one at every Disneyland resort) and its sister hotel, Disney’s Hollywood Hotel, offer the same comforts and service as the U.S. Disney hotels, but geared to an international clientele. An example of similar, but different, is the missing 4th floor. In the U.S., buildings tend to call the 13th floor the 14th floor, because the number 13 is considered unlucky. In China, 4 is an unlucky number, so the 4th floor is called the 5th floor. The dining options in these hotels are very impressive with a wide variety of cuisines represented and all delicious!
There is no Downtown Disney, because there’s only one park, but there is Inspiration Lake, an outdoor park with a running loop, exercise stops, gardens to wander, watercraft to rent, and a playground all nestled in a valley between stunning mountains.
So, yes, Hong Kong Disneyland is different from the U.S. resorts, but there are enough similarities that you’ll feel right at home, especially when you spot the giant floral Mickey in front of the Hong Kong Disneyland Railroad Station.
Stay tuned for more of our continuing series about Hong Kong Disneyland. If you’ve been to the resort yourself, please leave a comment below with some of your favorite tips and tricks to visiting.
Disney’s Hollywood Hotel: http://www.adventuresbydaddy.com/2015/02/26/disneys-hollywood-hotel-hong-kong/
Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel: http://www.adventuresbydaddy.com/2015/03/19/hong-kong-disneyland-hotel/
Hong Kong Disneyland’s Paint the Night Parade: http://www.adventuresbydaddy.com/2014/12/16/hong-kong-disneyland-paint-the-night-parade/
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