Caleb had his first Disneyland experience as a baby, at 18 months old. Many would argue he was too young for Disneyland. Sure–he’ll probably never remember most of it. Yes–maybe I could have waited when he was a little older. But if you have the opportunity, I’d still recommend parents to take their babies to Disneyland.
I didn’t care; Caleb has been traveling like a pro since he got his baby passport at 3 months. If he’s conquered England at 12 months, HK Disneyland should be easy-peasy.
HK Disneyland Fast Facts:
- Getting There: Take the Tung Chung Line to Sunny Bay, from Sunny Bay station change to Disneyland Resort Line.
- Ticket Price: Standard 1-day ticket for Adult is HKD $539, Child is HKD $385, Senior is HKD $100 (as of Feb 2016. for more details, click here)
- : 9:30 AM to 9PM, depends on what day of the week
Here’s why you shouldn’t be worried about bringing your baby to the world’s happiest place:
- Babies come in free until they’re three. Admission is free from 0-2.11 months old. You just need to pay for yourself and your kid’s other guardians!
- HK Disneyland has superb baby facilities. The Baby Center is located right beside the Main Street Corner Cafe in Man Street USA, Disneyland. They have complete facilities for nursing, changing and feeding your baby. For your convenience, you can also purchase supplies like milk formula, diapers and medications from them.
- Believe it or not, your baby can enjoy most of the rides!
The HK one is the most baby-friendly of all the Disney theme parks. The park is smaller in comparison to the others, and the rides are more tame and aimed at younger children. Caleb was able to ride most of the attractions and see all the shows. The only ride that I can recall that Caleb missed was the Space Mountain due to height restrictions.
Recommended Attractions for Babies
As mentioned, most attractions are doable for babies. But if you’re a bit pressed for time, here are some recommended attractions you can prioritize. These were Caleb’s favorite rides and shows:
- Festival of the Lion King – this musical spectacular is a favorite of all ages. Watch your favorite Lion King characters come to life. It was the only time I saw my 1-year-old sit still for 30 minutes straight.
- Mickey’s Philharmagic – 3D animation starring many of Disney’s beloved characters. Good for older babies, at least 2 years old and above.
- Autopia – This was Caleb’s ultimate favorite ride. You get to drive your own car and cruise along the futuristic highway. It has a height requirement of at least 32 inches to ride.
- Toy Story Land – because everything in this park is so friggin’ cute!
- ‘Flights of Fancy’ Grand Parade – always a magical experience for Disney fans of all ages!
- Disney in the Stars Fireworks – the best way to end your theme park experience! Always wonderful to see pyrotechnics set in Disney’s classic soundtrack.
- Other Favorite Rides – Jungle River Cruise, It’s a Small World, Winnie the Pooh Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blaster, Character Meet and Greet
Tips and Advice
Here are a few tips on how to make your baby’s first Disneyland trip easier for both of you, based on personal experience:
- Rent a stroller!
Small children don’t have the endurance to walk the whole day, and they will get tired. When they get tired, they will get cranky. The strollers come really handy throughout the day. They are easy to push around and provide ample shade for your kid. It’s going to be sunny and hot!
Strollers are available at Main Street, USA. Day use is HKD $100, with a deposit of HKD $100 that can be redeemed after return.
- Don’t start too early.
I’m going against the conventional and say this: don’t come to Disneyland early. If you have a baby in tow, I recommend you to start later. We started at 2pm, and by dusk we were already exhausted. At least have some energy left to be able to see the fireworks at 8:30 PM!
- Be realistic. Set your pace slower.
It is best to see the park for two days–one in the morning and one in late afternoon until evening. Be realistic with your goals and prioritize which rides and shows to see. While adults can easily see the park for a day, a baby in the entourage will set the pace slower.
- Take loads of pictures.
While writing this blog, I realize I didn’t take enough photos. At the time, taking photos was the least of my concern–having been to various Disneylands a million times already since childhood. Looking back, I wished I took more interest in documenting my child’s first experience though, so I could share them to everyone. (sigh)