Deciding on Ocean Park or Disneyland in Hong Kong

Ocean park cable car, Hong Kong, China
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It's hard to decide which theme park to visit when traveling in Hong Kong. There are two major parks and each has its fan base. Ocean Park vs Hong Kong Disneyland is a great theme park rivalry and at first glance, it's a David and Goliath-type battle; the local favorite against the world champion. But those trying to decide whether they should visit Ocean Park or Hong Kong Disneyland will benefit from learning a little bit about each park before making the final decision.

About Hong Kong Disneyland

Hong Kong Disneyland is located on reclaimed land in Penny's Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong and is the largest theme park in Hong Kong. Visitors will explore seven lands—Adventureland, Grizzly Gulch, Mystic Point, Fantasyland, Toy Story Land, Tomorrowland, and Main Street, U.S.A., finding much that is familiar to those who have enjoyed Disneyland in the United States. It's a little slice of Americana and fans of Disney will feel right at home.

Hong Kong Disneyland, touting their new superhero experience, Marvel attraction – Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle! is known for their immersive Marvel adventures where the visitor becomes involved in the action. 

Disneyland is not known for their thrill rides and has only one roller coaster and almost no mid-range action rides, meaning anyone over the age of ten may be disappointed. On the other hand, Disney does have a fairly good selection of rides for toddlers and young riders.

One area in which Disneyland excels is in dining with full-blown hotel restaurants in their family-oriented, themed accommodations. 

About Ocean Park

Ocean Park Hong Kong, commonly known as Ocean Park, is located in Wong Chuk Hang and Nam Long Shan in the Southern District of Hong Kong. It is the second largest theme park in Hong Kong.

Some may find that Ocean Park may just be a tad better than the rival, Hong Kong Disneyland. The combination of high octane, thrills and spills rides, with superb, and educational, state-of-the-art marine shows and exhibitions is unbeatable. Ocean Park has a pair of superb roller coasters, a log flume, and rapids ride. There are also a number of mid-range action rides, meaning there is plenty to keep the family going all day. 

Ocean Park's selection of Marine shows is also first class, including shark aquariums, dolphin shows, and the superb, sci-fi-styled Jellyfish exhibit. Disneyland has nothing to compete with these excellent family friendly shows.

The dining options at Ocean Park include both casual food and full meals. Ocean Park also has no accommodation options, although it's is far closer to the city than Disneyland.

Ocean Park and Disneyland Pros

Your choice of theme park will depend on the age of your family members, their interests, and whether you want to stay on-site or in the city. Ocean Park is known for:

  • Rollercoasters and other action rides
  • Range of rides for teenagers
  • Educational marine shows
  • Location
  • Ease of access
  • Reasonable price

Disneyland has its strengths too and is known for:

  • Themed accommodations
  • Full-service dining
  • Marvel character experiences
  • Rides for small children
  • Disney characters and themes


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