Hong Kong Disneyland – An Introduction to All That’s Familiar, Yet Different, in Hong Kong

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.

HKDL Here You Leave Today Sign

HKDL Here You Leave Today Sign

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.

HKDL Sleeping Beauty Castle Rear View

HKDL Sleeping Beauty Castle Rear View

 

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!

HKDL Disneyland Hotel View from Sea

HKDL Disneyland Hotel View from Sea

 

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.

HKDL Inspiration Lake

HKDL Inspiration Lake

 

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.

HKDL Floral Mickey

HKDL Floral Mickey

 

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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About George Gensler

George Gensler is a copyrights specialist during the week and a runner on the weekends. She lives in New York City now, but has lived in five countries on three continents. She grew up traveling the world, but her official residence was in Southern California and every visit home included a trip to Disneyland. She has also visited every Disney Park around the world and sailed on board two Disney cruises. She threw in a visit to the Disney Family museum in San Francisco for good measure, and has had the Premier Disney Park Pass since its inception.