Hong Kong Disneyland takes the spirit of Halloween and makes it their own. Disney Halloween Time offers fun and family-friendly entertainment with a focus on your favourite Disney Villians.
Disney Halloween Time runs from September 12 until October 31, 2019, at Hong Kong Disneyland. New this year are two musical-shows “Let’s Get Wicked” and “Jack Skellington’s Villainous Gathering.” We also see the return of the trick-or-treating walk-through experience “Journey to Halloween Town,” that takes you through one of my all-time favourite movies The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Our guide to Disney Halloween Time at Hong Kong Disneyland covers things you need to know, along with my best tips and recommendations. Make sure to study this carefully to maximize your day during their Halloween event!
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Things to Know
Before we get into the details, here are a few things to know:
- There is no Halloween Party, unlike the US parks
- Halloween offerings are included in your park admission (some activities may be an extra charge)
- Buy your tickets in advance through Klook, the official Hong Kong Disneyland website, or at you Disney Hotel, to avoid waiting at the ticket booths
- Use offer code KLKTDREX to save $4USD off your first order
The Castle Transformation is still on-going and has of this writing is covered with scaffolding. It’s expected to finish sometime in 2020.
Disney Halloween Time 2019
I love what Hong Kong Disneyland has done with Halloween. They keep it family-friendly but also offer a couple of options that are a bit on the scary side (which I don’t see them ever doing in Tokyo). I love the variety of options for Halloween, something for families but also for those who want a bit more “horror” in their lives, but not at the Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights level.
Here’s a rundown of what’s at Hong Kong Disneyland for Disney Halloween Time.
There’s a lot of entertainment for just one park and there’s something for everyone. From Mickey’s Halloween Time Street Party to the new “Let’s Get Wicked,” there’s a lot to take in during your time at Hong Kong Disneyland. Here’s a look at your entertainment options! For show schedules make sure to check the official Hong Kong Disneyland website and app.
Mickey’s Halloween Street Time Party
Mickey’s Halloween Street Time Party is a cute, daytime parade (Flights of Fantasy still happens during the day, too) with Mickey and Friends in their holiday outfits. Children are chosen at random throughout the day to take part in the show if they are in costume. It’s a cute little show which you can walk up and watch when it starts; no need to wait for it.
Let’s Get Wicked
Let’s Get Wicked is a brand-new musical show at the Theater in the Wild in Adventureland (the same theater where Festival of the Lion King is), which is transformed into a lair for the show. You’ll see Ursula, Cruella de Vil, Dr. Facilier, Gaston, and Mother Gothel preform well-known villain songs.
Jack Skellington’s Villainous Gathering
Another brand-new show at the Castle Hub Stage is Jack Skellington’s Villainous Gathering. You’ll see Jack Skellington and Sally perform with formidable Villians such as The Evil Queen, Jafar, Maleficent, the Queen of Hearts, and Captain Hook!
Journey to Halloween Town
Returning for a second year is Journey to Halloween Town where you’re immersed in classic scenes from The Nightmare Before Christmas. New this year is an all-new trick-or-treat activity. Unfortunately the “Maze of Madness: The Nightmare Experiment” is not happening anymore, which was a lot scarier (read my review).
I recommend doing Journey to Halloween Town when it first opens (check the operating hours).
From the entrance down Main Street U.S.A. to the hub area is where you’ll find a majority of the decorations. The gigantic Mickey pumpkin on Main Street is an excellent photo spot, along with the huge bubbling black cauldron in the hub area. Toy Story Land has fun decorations, too, which are easy to miss if you don’t go to that part of the park.
Hong Kong Disneyland has taken steps to offer more seasonal food items recently and it shows. The Halloween offerings are limited to the restaurants on Main Street U.S.A. The Market House Bakery is where you’ll find a lot of baked goods. If you’re in the mood for a full meal, then both the Main Street Cafe and Plaza Inn offer Halloween-themed meals (no need for a reservation; just show up). Disney Hotel Restaurants also have Halloween-themed food items!
There’s tons of Halloween merchandise to spend your hard-earned money on. From Nightmare Before Christmas to Duffy and Friends. With over 110 limited-time items, you’ll find something that’ll make you want to throw your credit card at.
Pro Tip: Remember when paying with a credit card to choose Hong Kong Dollars to avoid foreign transaction fees with most cards (check with your bank first).
Hong Kong Disneyland offers a large number of character greetings that are specific for Halloween: Disney Villains to Winnie the Pooh in his Halloween costume. New for 2019 is Vampirina at The Annex! Here’s a breakdown of the different character greetings:
Main Street U.S.A.
- Mickey and Minnie (middle)
- Donald and Daisy or Pluto and Goofy (right-hand side)
- Chip ‘n’ Dale (left-hand side)
- Vamperina (building on the left-hand side called “The Annex”)
All of these wonderful characters wear their Halloween costumes and make for the perfect photo op. My best advice is to do as many of these as you can in the morning. Guests are allowed into Main Street 30 minutes before the park opens and you’re able to get your photos with some of these characters. It’s popular, so you’ll likely only have time for one set of characters before the park opens. This is my recommended strategy that I talk about in our 1-day itinerary for Hong Kong Disneyland.
I always opt for their PhotoPass system as it’s so easy to use and the app is in English.
Halloween Time Festival Gardens
During the day in Fantasyland at the Halloween Time Festival Gardens, you’re able to meet Winnie the Pooh & Friends in adorable Halloween costumes! Then in the evening, you’re able to meet, Maleficent, Hades, Captain Hook, Queen of Hearts, Cruella de Vil and Frollo!
Jack Skellington and Friends Halloween Time Character Greeting
For fans of Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas, you can meet Jack and Sally or Oogie Boogie for a photo! This is one of my favourite greetings to do at the Park. The best part is the wait is nowhere near as bad as I’ve seen it at Mickey’s No-So-Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom!
Halloween at the Disney Hotels
If you’re staying at one of the Disney Hotels — my favourite is the Disney Explorers Lodge — then you’ll find not only Halloween decorations but also arts and crafts and other goodies. For HK$200, you’re able to buy the “Mickey and Minnie’S Halloween Party” pack that includes four pairs of Halloween eye masks and a Mickey Pumpkin Hamper to help you with your trick-or-treating throughout the day.
Staying at one of the Disney Hotels is essential for making the most out of your trip to Hong Kong Disneyland. Keep an eye on the official website as there are usually discounts and deals to take advantage of.
Best Time to Visit
The weather is still hot in September and October with an average of 27°C (81°F) and 26°C (80°F) with high humidity. It doesn’t rain as much in October compared to September.
The best days to visit are Tuesday-Friday to avoid crowds (not that Hong Kong gets especially busy compared to other Disney Parks, but weekends are always busier in general). I suggest visiting near the end of October due to the cooling weather and you skip Golden Week, which makes both Hong Kong and Shanghai rather busy.
September is also fine as there are no major holidays, but if you don’t like the heat and humidity, then it’s best to go with October.
Recommendations & Tips
If anything, just follow these points to make the most of your time:
- Always check the times guide to make sure you don’t miss out on anything
- Make the “Journey to Halloween Town” a priority on your list to experience
- Arrive 30 minutes before park opening to get photos with characters on Main Street U.S.A. in costumes
- Check out the Market House Bakery for Halloween-themed baked goods
- Have dinner/lunch at either the Main Street Cafe or Plaza Inn and have their Halloween specials
- Gardens in the back of the park are where you’ll find most Villains for greetings (this year Jack Skellington and Friends were on Main Street U.S.A.)
- Read my earlier trip reports for Disney Halloween Time
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