The question when planning a trip to Disney is always whether or not to stay at a Disney resort on the property, or to stay off property somewhere. Our opinion is that, while it may be cheaper to stay off property, we think that the convenience of being on Disney property, and having transportation to take you back and forth from the resort to the parks, makes it worth it to always stay at a Disney resort. In addition to convenience, I think that staying at a Disney property just makes the vacation feel complete with its Mickey Mouse theming throughout and the way that Disney just does everything well. Employees at Disney resorts are always so helpful and accommodating in every way and to us, staying on property, is completely worth it. Now, that being said, we do operate under the opinion that, “you just sleep there,” so we typically stay in a cheaper Disney resort.
Disneyland Hong Kong offers two resort options: the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Hollywood Hotel. Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel is themed like the Grand Floridian in WDW, and while it is considerably more expensive, it is definitely more grand and has more amenities. We stayed at Disney’s Hollywood Hotel, which is the cheaper of the two options, but not lacking in “Disney magic” in any way! It was a smaller resort than those at WDW, but this is to be expected considering that the Disneyland Hong Kong park is much smaller than WDW with much smaller crowds.
It’s been 2.5 years since we have done Disney, so it was so much fun seeing all of the Disney theming throughout the hotel!
The inside of the hotel rooms were quite basic, especially compared to the Princess Tiana room that we stayed in the last time we visited WDW, but after living in Asia for two years I can say that my expectations have hit an appropriate level. It had a good air-conditioner and a tv with English channels, so I was completely happy with the room! They will not allow over 4 people to stay in a room at either of the Disneyland HK resorts, so if you are a family of 5, you can expect to stay in 2 rooms. Taelyn, Hollyn and I shared this room and Scott and Lillian shared the room next door. We were told that they would be adjoining rooms, but they weren’t, and honestly we didn’t care enough to enquire further about it once we got in our rooms. Adjoining rooms are an option for larger families, though.
I didn’t get a picture of the bathroom, but it was just a basic bathroom. Nothing about it made me say, “why is it like this?” which seems to be a common question that I find myself asking as I’ve stayed in hotels in Asia. So it was a perfectly good bathroom that I didn’t find anything questioning about!
This was the view of the back of the property from the 8th floor, where our rooms were.
The lobby/front desk area had a great Hollywood feel to it! For the three days that we were there, I never saw the lobby crowded or the line backed up.
Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel has 3 restaurants and a poolside bar. We had reservations to a breakfast at The Enchanted Garden at HK Disneyland Hotel for one of our mornings, but we ended up canceling it, so I cannot give any recommendations for the restaurants at that hotel. However, Disney’s Hollywood Hotel, where we stayed, has 2 restaurants and 1 lounge and we ate at all of them throughout our stay. The two restaurants had familiar names to us: Chef Mickey and Hollywood & Dine.
Our first night we ate at the Studio lounge at the resort. They had some snack options, like popcorn, and they had full meal options as well, both Asian and Western selections. Nid ordered this shrimp fried rice with chicken satay from the Asian menu. Scott and I both had hamburgers (that were so delicious) and the kids had pizza.
We enjoyed breakfast at Chef Mickey one morning. It was so nice that it was located in our resort and we just had to walk downstairs to get there! It was a buffet like the Chef Mickey at WDW, with Asian buffet options and Western buffet options. They do recommend a reservation for Chef Mickey; however, you can make a general “breakfast” reservation for the restaurant and then show up at any time between 7:30am and 11am. I’m not sure if lunch and dinner operates that same way or if they have definite reservation times for the other meals. The website doesn’t give any information about how many or which characters will appear at your meal. From the few blogs that I read, it seemed like they used to have at least 3 characters at Chef Mickey, but during our meal, Mickey Mouse was the only character present and throughout our 3 day stay at Hollywood Hotel, I never saw another character in there greeting, so I feel like at this point Mickey is the only one. Another difference from WDW is that Mickey didn’t travel around and visit each guest’s table during the meal. Rather, you were given a card when you arrived and at any point during your meal you could take the card up to the front of the restaurant where Mickey stayed and greet him there.
This is the western buffet side with fruit, meats (bacon, ham, sausage), omelettes, waffles/pancakes, hash browns, cereal, yogurt, and a whole assortment of breads.
This is the Asian buffet side with noodles, soups, rice, dumplings, pork buns, and some things that I couldn’t identify!
Drinks and pastries.
I laughed at the difference between Nid’s plate and my plate. Hers was filled with dumplings and noodles.
And mine was filled with an omelette and breads!
We finished our meal and then greeted Mickey at the front of the restaurant on our way out.
We got to breakfast at Chef Mickey at 8:30am and took our time eating and greeting Mickey. After breakfast we went to our rooms for about 5 minutes to grab some things for the park and then we headed to the bus stop. We made it to the park right after it opened at 10:30am, so even without the characters coming around to our table as they do at WDW, it is still good to plan for this meal taking about an 1 hour to 1.5 hours.
On our other morning at the Hollywood Hotel, we had breakfast at Hollywood & Dine, which is a quick service restaurant in HK.
As with almost every other restaurant at DHK, there were Asian options and Western options. Scott and I both had the American breakfast, which was just okay. The kids had pork buns and yogurt (a mix of Asian and Western!!). Nid and her kids had noodles, soup, porridge, and dumplings. She said it was delicious!
This breakfast only took us about 30 minutes and we got to the park well before “rope drop.”
Hollywood Hotel has 1 pool that is piano shaped. It is a zero entry level pool on one side, which we always like for Hollyn. The deep side of the pool has a fun slide that the kids really enjoyed. There were life jackets available to use for free and life guards on duty. My only complaint about the pool is that when you go to the bathroom (which I have to do so, so often with Hollyn) you have to walk under this shower thing to rinse off and there is no way around it. I wasn’t doing any serious swimming, but I was forced to get wet every time I took Hollyn to the potty. I resorted to holding her over my head in a prostrate position to try to stay as dry as possible.
Our last evening at the resort, I walked around the property by myself for a while because it just looked so pretty at night!
We loved our stay at Disney’s Hollywood Hotel! If we ever make it to Disneyland Hong Kong again, I have no doubt that we will be booking a stay at this same hotel!
Thanks for following along on our journey!