Note: I’m splitting our day in Lantau into two blog posts. We did Lantau (Parts 1 and 2) in one day which was doable but tiring. You can easily dedicate a day to each part.
When I was a child growing up in LA, my dad worked for Disney. One perk of being a Disney employee is free entrance to Disneyland, so I spent a lot of time there! I love Disneyland and when I found out there was a Disneyland in Hong Kong, I had to check it out!
Due to jetlag, we woke up at 7am. Disneyland didn’t open until 10:30am, so we decided to do Ngong Ping 360 + Big Buddha + Tai O in the morning, then go to Disneyland in the afternoon.
We took the Tung Chung line to Sunny Bay station, where we transferred to the Disneyland Resort line.
Disney’s attention to detail starts as soon as you board the train. The windows and hanging handles are mickey shaped.
We arrived at Disneyland around 2pm and headed straight to the gates. There was no line, and we showed our Klook vouchers at the turnstiles to enter the park.
Right as we were walking down main street, we stopped to get a snack.
Since it was a weekday, the lines for all the rides were short. I think the longest wait for a ride was 30 minutes. You’ll definitely be able to visit every ride/attraction in one day, and a half-day was fine for us since we skipped a lot of the attractions that exist at Disneyland in Anaheim.
The IronMan experience was a unique ride that takes place in Hong Kong, which was really cool. The waiting area exhibits all of Tony Stark’s inventions, in both English and Chinese.
The ride is a very effective 3D simulation ride — I had to close my eyes for some parts because I get motion sickness. We had planned to do Space Mountain afterwards, but I didn’t think I could stomach it so we did it later.
We walked through Toy Story land, which was super cute and had a bunch of rides for younger kids.
Toy Story land is right next to the area Mystic Point. We headed there to ride on Mystic Manor. At first I thought this was going to be the same as Haunted House, but the ride and story are actually different. You ride through a mansion full of artifacts from around the world as they come to life.
Next we rode on Big Grizzly Mountain. This coaster is similar to Big Thunder Mountain at Disneyland, but I think the one in HK is a bigger thrill.
We were hungry so we stopped for a snack. One of the snack carts was selling “Spicy Korean Squid” so tried it.
It was like jerky, but not as good. My stomach had settled down at that point so we went back to Tomorrowland and rode Space Mountain. There was no wait and it was an awesome ride. If I had a stronger stomach, I probably would have done it twice in a row.
We were pretty hungry, so we went towards Main Street to try to find food. We ended up having afternoon tea at Main Street Corner Cafe, which was so cute!
I’m allergic to hazelnut and tried to ask if any of the chocolate items had hazelnut. They couldn’t give me a definitive answer so I had to pass on those. So sad because they looked delicious.
At that point, we had already walked over 17,000 steps and we were exhausted. We headed back to our Airbnb to recover from our long day in Lantau.