Hong Kong Disneyland for Babies

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.

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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.
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Very convenient: Baby Care Center is located adjacent to Main Street Corner Cafe, at the heart of everything!
  • 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!

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  • ‘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.

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  • 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)

My Wanderlust Kid Turns Two Today!

4 countries, 10 cities, 2 continents. All before turning two years old.
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My son and best friend Caleb was born on Christmas day. Unfortunate for the poor boy–he will end up having a combo present a year, with a card attached ‘Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday! Love, Tita’. (which, even his own mother is guilty, hehe)
Everyone says he looks so much like his dad, but I know he got one thing from me: the gift (or curse?) of love for travel. He’s probably had more passport stamps than I did when I was 18. I hope traveling too much doesn’t make anyone dysfunctional in any way?
My kid’s first trip in Bantayan at 3 months old


Caleb in the UK at 11 months


Caleb’s numerous trips in Hong Kong / Macau, his first at five months old


Caleb in Disneyland / Ocean Park at 22 months


Caleb in Dubai International Airport
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One of our recent trips was in Siargao, 23 months

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Caleb at 23 months in Siargao

It’s amazing how we are both so blessed to be given the opportunity to see the world like we can now. We’re backed up by amazing family, friends and godparents who care for him so much–they assist us in any way to make our journeys easier.

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Chilling with the gang and Oscar the dog, Boardwalk, Siargao


Caleb is so used to travel he is often unfazed in long journeys on the road, train, sea or air! He loves the journey as much as the destination.


He was getting too small for his bike. For Caleb’s second birthday, I got him a push scooter. Maybe next year, he can be ready for a skateboard. or a surfboard, perhaps.
Happy birthday, kiddo. (and shame you’re no longer lap child-free.)

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Caleb and Rachel Sunstar feature for the Mother’s Day Special. We saw our faces on the magazine in the Cebu airport!

Here are some blog posts related to traveling with baby that may help fellow mom readers:

7 Tips: Carry-on Baggage and a Baby in Tow

As a wanderlust-turned-new-mother, I had to come to terms with the responsibility of motherhood and my constant desire for travel. ‘The world is your oyster’, they say–but what happens when you have to share that oyster with your little version?

Having your baby travel can touch a nerve to some. ‘He’ll hate travel when he grows up with all those tiring trips’, ‘he’ll get sick and you’ll regret it’, ‘he won’t remember much of it’, etc. These sentiments do come from others who really care. In retrospect, I am not trying to raise a global nomad of sorts; I just want him to spend as much time with me as possible, to nurture the same passions—in travel, art, history, cultures, languages, the world.

Caleb and I in Battle, Sussex, United Kingdom

Make the world their extended classroom, and nourish their love for travel while young. When I found out that Caleb has the same restless temperament, I knew we were going to be T.B.F.s (true best friends / travel buddies forever!). Travel will make him a confident decision maker, adventurous eater, multi-linguist, culture connoisseur—or not. (I will come back to you in a couple years time to confirm).

Thankfully nowadays for motherhood and traveling, you don’t need to choose one over the other, or sacrifice one for another. Travel is made more easy and accessible for the little ones. But I can’t lie and say traveling with a baby is easy, but it’s not impossible either. You need to be physically and mentally prepared to be airborne with a baby. Here are 7 things you need to know with baby air travel firsthand.

1. Forewarning: babies and planes don’t go too well together. travel

A long-haul flight with a baby can be an ordeal.  Take it from someone who’s been on a 14-hour flight with her 11-month-old. Airports are very stressful environments, and babies aren’t geared towards sitting for hours on a cramped airline seat. On top of that, airline passengers are not the most tolerant kind when it comes to crying babies.

To be fair, most of Caleb’s flying experience has been positive. He’s flown 10 times and mostly slept through it all. Still, a few set strategies can help make your flight experience more pleasurable.

First things first, forget about getting some rest or in-flight entertainment on air, else you might get a little disappointed.

2. Bring necessary documents.

Nowadays, even a newborn requires necessary travel documents such as passport and visa to travel around. At any time during check-in or immigration, personnel may ask for your child’s NSO birth certificate to prove parentage or legal guardianship.

Minors traveling abroad without their parents, even if they are traveling with relatives or older siblings, need to secure a DSWD Travel Clearance. In the Philippines, individuals under the age of 18 are considered minors.

3. Tire him out before the flight.

Before your flight, tire him out at the airport. Have him people-watch, run around, do activities—seriously, don’t tell him to behave! Better to get that toddler energy ball completely exhausted so he can sleep soundly later on the entire flight.

caleb at 5 months old, macau to cebu flightOn long haul flights, stopovers serve as a good break for you and your kid to stretch your legs, change clothes and exhaust that tiny energy ball again.

4. Pack well and strategically.

 Upon having Caleb, I quickly learned that he’s taken over my luggage space (little travelers need a surprising amount of stuff!).  Try to pack lightly and organize well. On our flight from Hong Kong at 5 months old, and we were sat at my favorite spot; the window seat. But my pleasure turned to horror when I had to annoy my neighbor quite a few times to get some things in the diaper bag throughout the flight. I made sure we get the aisle seat at all times after that.

Dress him in clothes that make for quick-and-easy nappy changes. A onesie and pajamas are always convenient, wherein you don’t need to take his clothes and shoes off for a change.

 5. Bring in the necessary entertainment.

No shaming on using technology, but a tablet with his favorite apps and videos will keep a toddler distracted for the time being. Babies might not have the attention span to appreciate technology for an extended time, so pack in a few portable toys in his diaper bag. Don’t take them all out at once–introduce a new toy until the novelty fades and he’s ready for a new one.

If you don’t want to pack too many things, don’t worry. The plane has plenty of stuff that Caleb found entertaining as well—the seatbelt, headphones, inflight magazines, and the cute flight attendant who would make funny faces with him.

6. Avoid ear pressure.

Ear pressure can cause unbearable pain for babies and children. Reduce ear pressure by having him nurse, suck a pacifier or drink from a bottle during takeoff or landing.

7. Be polite. 

Your infant can’t apologize for his actions, but you can. A crying baby is understandable, but an indifferent parent who act like nothing’s wrong, a parent who looks the other way while his kid is kicking at your seat. Be the polite parent and at least smile apologetically and say sorry.

Teach them the love for travel while young