Christmas is a wonderful time of the year. It’s even better when you can spend it at the happiest place on earth!
Especially when Hong Kong Disneyland Resort (HKDL) takes the celebration to new heights as it commemorates a Disney Christmas along with Mickey Mouse’s 90th anniversary with the World’s Biggest Mouse Party!
The park will be transformed into magical winter wonderland, immersing guests in the festive mood with your favorite Disney characters dressed in their Christmas outfits, yuletide carols, seasonal treats, and must-have souvenirs, with plenty of eye-popping decorations like the unmissable new Christmas tree at Main Street U.S.A. Did I mention there will be magical snowflakes falling day and night?
Just imagine a whole day of fun and laughter as your kids explore the Christmasfied (Yup, I’m making up words) HK Disneyland, conquering rides, meeting their favorite Disney characters in holiday costumes, and taking memorable photos!
Hong Kong Disneyland Resort is kicking off its winter holidays with a nearly two-month celebration beginning Thursday, November 15 and continuing through January 1.
So make sure to check out our top 10 Holiday picks, plus special discounts up for grabs for Pinoy guests joining HKDL this holiday season…
This year, favorites return and new features will be introduced at HKDL.
1. MICKEY MOUSE’S 90th ANNIVERSARY
In case you didn’t already know, this year marks Mickey Mouse’s 90th birthday. Disney Parks all over the globe will be doing something big to celebrate the icon of all icons with “World’s Biggest Mouse Party“!
The celebration includes the enhanced “We Love Mickey!” projection show, paying tribute to Mickey’s memorable moments. Kids don’t forget to surprise Mickey as he shows up on his new birthday costume!
Catch it from November 7. 2018 to February 2019.
2. MEET & GREET WITH ALL-TIME FAVOURITE DISNEY CHARACTERS IN CHRISTMAS OUTFITS
The holidays are a great time to see characters in fun holiday outfits at HK Disneyland, as well as see some special characters that only show up for the holidays.
Go ahead, say hello and take some memorable photos!
Catch “Moana: A Homecoming Celebration”, a show jam-packed with inspirational music, dancing, puppetry, and storytelling at the new exotic outdoor venue in Adventureland!
3. WINTER WONDERLAND INFUSED WITH DISNEY MAGIC
The entire resort is beautifully decked out for the holiday season, but the Christmas decorations on Main Street U.S.A. are the crown jewels.
From day and night, you’ll step into a winter wonderland on Main Street U.S.A., with authentic Christmas sights and sounds, as guest joins “A Disney Christmas“. A daytime musical extravaganza at the Christmas Ball, where energetic dancers, quartet singers, along with Mickey and his friends take up the stage in their finest holiday costumes for a special snowfall moment.
Everybody can gather around to belt out Christmas carols and groove to the music together! Make sure to catch the show where projected falling snow add a magnificent touch, ending the year —on an unforgettable note.
4. MEET SANTA GOOFY
Once again fans can meet Goofy dressed as Santa this year! So kids, you better make sure you’re nice before you visit.
Santa Goofy will be taking breaks from his Christmas Eve preparations in the North Pole to meet with boys and girls this Yuletide Season. So have your Christmas lists ready and be on the lookout for Santa Goofy at the Christmas Post Office on Main Street U.S.A.
It’s your chance to send your holiday wishes and letters to anywhere in the world! With a selection of Christmas-themed postcards that come with a one-of-a-kind Santa Goofy Commemorative Stamp!
Don’t forget to snap a heartwarming and memorable family photo with Santa Goofy before you leave!
5. A MAGICAL TWILIGHT CHRISTMAS
You wouldn’t want to miss this enchanting sight!
While evening descends, the brand-new, gorgeously-decorated Christmas tree, adorned with beautiful new ornaments and embedded LED lights, will be the venue for “A Magical Twilight Snowfall“.
Join Mickey and his Friends as they make a special wish during this dazzling tree-lighting ceremony! Lanterns will be light up, snow will begin to fall, giant projections will transport you from Main Street U.S.A. to a stunning winter wonderland and everything from the Christmas tree to the Train Station will be illuminated. Plus, lively singers performing some LSS-worthy carols filling the moment with yuletide joy.
6. COOKIE WILL MAKE HER DEBUT
Duffy, Mickey’s Bear has a brand-new friend at Hong Kong Disneyland, and her name is as sweet as she is! Cookie, the golden puppy chef, is the newest friend of Duffy, who will join her on her first Christmas party.
Cookie will be meeting guests dressed in her finest chef’s hat and pink bow alongside her friends Duffy, ShellieMay, Gelatoni, and StellaLou, as they unveil their special winter outfits
Check out these Cookie stuff toys that are all the rage in Taiwan and Japan.
7. HOLIDAY MARKET AT FANTASY LAND
Get into the Christmas spirit with a winter adventure and explore enchanting holiday markets at the whimsical Fantasy Gardens. Pick up glistening gifts, wander around food stands, sip on warming drinks and soak up the heart-warming atmosphere.
As guests explore the market they can even take a glimpse of the magical snowfall!
8. DISNEY CHRISTMAS SHOPPING & SWEET TREATS GALORE
Not yet done with your Christmas shopping? With over 100 seasonal items for Christmas, you’re sure to find the perfect gifts to bring home. Holiday-themed merchandise includes special items featuring iconic Disney characters in their Christmas attire and Disney themed ornaments.
Find more than 80 holiday-inspired tempting treats throughout the parks, thoughtfully created so you can enjoy your favorite characters in delicious new ways.
Christmas treats such as Mickey and Minnie-themed marshmallow and crispy rice lollipops perfect for a quick bite.
For hotel guests, try Walt’s Cafe Christmas afternoon tea or dinner sets. Take a sip of the all-new holiday beverages. For strawberry lovers, we recommend the Mickey’s Fun Party, while chocoholics can indulge in their Iced Chocolate Cheesecake. Doesn’t this sound delightful?
9. AMAZING HOTELS & A FROZEN-THEMED ROOM!
Holidays at the Disneyland Resort is one of the most enchanting times to visit the theme parks, and also stay at one of the three on-property hotels.
We checked-in at HKDL’s latest resort the Explorer’s Lodge, the first adventure-themed hotel in all of Hong Kong, that’s filled with exotic Disney design and architectural details that highlight the cultures of Asia, Oceania, South America, and Africa.
The hotel boasts of 750 rooms. Each room comes with two queen-size beds, perfect for a family of 4. More than 70% of these rooms are all interconnected, so there’s no need to go out of your room tuck your kid’s goodnight. The rooms are spacious and comfortable, exactly what one needs after a day of adventure at Disneyland.
In the morning don’t forget to have your photos taken while eating breakfast with Mickey and his friends in their explorer outfits.
The Frozen fan inside me can’t help but gush over the Frozen Suite!
Just imagine stepping into the world of Anna and Elsa as you open the door to picturesque winter landscapes, where you can hop aboard the Kristoff’s sleigh sofa, play with Olaf’s plush toy in a cozy play corner, or dive right into the Arendelle-inspired bedroom with Anna and Elsa dolls that you can cuddle with when you sleep!
Found in your room are complimentary holiday-themed goodies and collectible souvenir set in each room including an amenities box, Disney slippers, and a door sticker. Plus, guests who are checked-in are entitled to Priority Admission Passes for selected attractions and seat reservations for stage shows for a pleasurable stay.
Looking for some extra fun? Checked-in guests can enjoy special Christmas activities throughout the hotel. Sing along with Goofy, create your own mini Christmas tree, or end the sweet note by making Disney snowman cupcakes.
10. FILIPINO GUESTS CAN GET EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNTS!
To make things extra sweet, why not top it off with a hotel stay too? Look out for these amazing hotel package deals:
Special offers for Pinoy Guests
1. Advance Purchase Room Offer (Till February 13, 2019)
-Save up to 20% on rooms at either Disney Explorer’s Lodge, Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel, or Disney’s Hollywood Hotel
– Book online and enjoy a free room upgrade plus an Attraction Priority Admission Pass!
2. Hong Kong Disneyland “2-Day Fun” Special Package (Till December 31, 2018)
-Get a 2-Day Ticket at HK$699 (Just HK$80 more than a 1-day ticket) and receive HK$30 worth of merchandise discounts (2 x HK $15 vouchers) and one free popcorn.
For more details, please visit https://www.hongkongdisneyland.com/disney-christmas-intl/ and selected travel agencies. Terms and conditions apply.
Live an Awesome Life,
ABI of Team Our Awesome Planet
Disclosure: We were media guests of HKDL. I wrote this article with my biases, opinions, and insights.
P.S. Here’s the official Hong Kong Disneyland 2018 video trailer: