Time for Fun in Hong Kong! Disneyland & Ocean park

Hong Kong has two major amusement parks, out of which Disneyland is the one known by most tourist but personally I actually like Ocean Park much better – It offers much better value for money, especially if you want to see a giant panda (super cute!) or actually take some rides which are very few and have long lines in Disneyland.

Disneyland, Hong kong
Disneyland, Hong Kong

Disneyland Hong Kong

Disneyland is located near the airport at Lantau island and has a special “Mickey Mouse” mtr (metro) connection making it very easily reachable. The park has been built with a lot of effort and attention to detail, and if you’re a Disney fan you’re definitely going to enjoy it.

Disneyland, Hong kong
Mickey Mouse metro

For me the major let down was the low number of rides, and the 30+ min lines to most of them. To help people manage the long lines they’ve even built a mobile phone app which function seems to be informing people how long the lines are to each attraction.

To avoid the long lines, it’s best to go right when the park opens and enjoy the most popular rides before the crowds arrive.

For me, the most memorable part of the visit were the excellent Disney themed treats, such as the ice cream and waffles 🙂

Disneyland, Hong kong
Mickey Mouse waffles

Kids will surely also enjoy the many shops with Disney products on the main street 🙂

Disneyland, Hong kong
Main street with shops

Ocean Park

Ocean park is the other major amusement park in Hong Kong. Compared to Disneyland,  it’s much less known internationally but it’s definitely a favorite among the locals and those wanting to see the giant pandas. Since the opening of the new metro line in 2016, it has also been very easily reachable via metro and is actually just some 10 min from Central.

Ocean Park, Hong Kong
Ocean Park, Hong Kong
Roller-coaster at Ocean Park, Hong Kong
One of the roller-coasters

In addition to being a full blown amusement park, Ocean Park is also a zoo. The animals are scattered around the park in different themed areas, such as polar adventure and rain forest.  The biggest attraction re of course the giant pandas, but in addition there are also plenty of other animals such as  koalas, kangaroos, penguins, dolphins and sea lions.

Giant Pandas in Ocean Park, Hong Kong
Giant Pandas in Ocean Park, Hong Kong
Show with Sea Lions at Ocean Park, Hong Kong
Show with Sea Lions

If you want to experience something very special, you can even book a private encounter with the penguins, dolphins or seals in a large swimming pool for the price of roughly 130€. The private encounters need to be booked in advance.

Dolphins at Ocean Park, Hong Kong
Dolphins at Ocean Park, Hong Kong

Summary

So why do I like Ocean Park more? There are actually plenty of reasons, but these three are the most important:

  • it’s much cheaper
  • it has much more rides and they are typically with much shorter lines
  • it has plenty of amazing animals

That said, especially if you’re a Disney fan, you’ll definitely enjoy Disneyland too 🙂

Disneyland, Hong kong
Enjoying Disney themed ice cream
Hong Kong theme parks: Disneyland & Ocean Park
Hong Kong theme parks: Disneyland & Ocean Park

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