Hong Kong Disneyland
Sleeping Beauty Castle
|Location||Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, Penny's Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong|
|Operated by||Hong Kong International Theme Parks|
|Opened||12 September 2005|
|Website||Hong Kong Disneyland Homepage|
|Hong Kong Disneyland|
Front Entrance of Disneyland
|Hong Kong Disneyland Resort|
|Hong Kong International Theme Parks|
Hong Kong Disneyland (Chinese: 香港迪士尼樂園) is located on reclaimed land in Penny's Bay, Lantau Island. It is the first theme park located inside the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and is owned and managed by the Hong Kong International Theme Parks. It is, together with Ocean Park Hong Kong, one of the two large theme parks in Hong Kong. Hong Kong Disneyland opened to visitors on Monday, 12 September 2005 at 13:00. Disney attempted to avoid problems of cultural backlash by attempting to incorporate Chinese culture, customs, and traditions when designing and building the resort, including adherence to the rules of feng shui. For instance, a bend was put in a walkway near the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort entrance so good qi energy wouldn't flow into the South China Sea.
The park consists of seven themed areas: Main Street, U.S.A., Fantasyland, Adventureland, Tomorrowland, Grizzly Gulch, Mystic Point, and Toy Story Land. The theme park's cast members speak in Cantonese, English, and Mandarin. Guide maps are printed in traditional and simplified Chinese as well as English and Japanese.
The park has a daily capacity of 34,000 visitors — the least of all Disneyland parks. The park attracted 5.2 million visitors in its first year, below its target of 5.6 million. Visitor numbers fell 20% in the second year to 4 million, inciting criticisms from local legislators. However, the park attendance slightly increased by 8% in the third year, attracting a total of 4.5 million visitors in 2007. In 2009, the park attendance again increased by 2% to 4.8 million visitors. The attendance continued to surge and received 5.23 million guests in the 2009/2010 fiscal year. Since the opening of Hong Kong Disneyland, the theme park has hosted over 25 million guests. According to AECOM and TEA, Hong Kong Disneyland is the 13th most visited theme park in the world in 2013, with 7.4 million visitors. The park also turned a net profit of HK$109 million (US$13.97 million)for the year ended 29 September 2012, the first annual profit.
Hong Kong Disneyland currently occupies 49.9 hectares (123 acres)  7.92 million to 8.92 million visitors annually. The park capacity will increase to handle up to 10 million visitors annually over a 15-year expansion period.
- 1 Dedication
- 2 History
- 3 Park layout
- 4 Entertainment and celebrations
- 5 The Grand Opening Celebration Album
- 6 Public transport
- 7 Future construction
- 8 Criticisms
- 9 Public relations
- 10 Park ambassador
- 11 Attendance
- 12 See also
- 13 References
- 14 External links
To all who come to this happy place, welcome. Many years ago, Walt Disney introduced the world to enchanted realms of fantasy and adventure, yesterday and tomorrow, in a magical place called Disneyland. Today that spirit of imagination and discovery comes to life in Hong Kong. Hong Kong Disneyland is dedicated to the young and the young at heart - with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration, and an enduring symbol of the cooperation, friendship and understanding between the people of Hong Kong and the United States of America.
Hong Kong Disneyland had one of the shortest construction period among all the Disneyland-style theme parks. On 12 January 2003, more than 400 guests celebrated the groundbreaking of Hong Kong Disneyland after the finishing of land reclamation in Penny's Bay. The audience included Tung Chee Hwa, then chief executive of Hong Kong; Michael D. Eisner, former chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company; Robert A. Iger, president of The Walt Disney Company; and Jay Rasulo, former president of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. On 23 September 2004, a special "castle topping ceremony" was held in the park to commemorate the placing of the tallest turret on Sleeping Beauty Castle. Hong Kong Disneyland was opened to the public at 13:00 on 12 September 2005 by the chief executive of Hong Kong, Donald Tsang and the CEO of The Walt Disney Company, Michael Eisner.
The park is divided into "lands" (themed areas) and well-concealed backstage areas. On entering a land, a guest is completely immersed in a themed environment and is unable to see or hear any other realm. The idea behind this was to develop theatrical "stages" with seamless passages from one land to the next. The public areas occupy approximately 27.4 hectares (68 acres). When the park initially opened, it consisted of only four classic themed areas:
- Main Street, U.S.A., designed to resemble an early 20th-century Midwest town;
- Adventureland, featuring jungle-themed adventures;
- Fantasyland, bringing to life characters and places from Disney's movies for children;
- Tomorrowland, an optimistic vision of the future.
On 30 June 2009, Donald Tsang, the then Chief Executive of Hong Kong, announced that the expansion of Hong Kong Disneyland had been approved by the Executive Council. The park will receive three new themed lands — Grizzly Gulch, Mystic Point and Toy Story Land — all located outside the Disneyland Railroad track, south of the current area.
- Toy Story Land, based on the Disney·Pixar film series Toy Story.
- Grizzly Gulch, reminiscing an abandoned mining town set amidst mountains and woods. Opened 14 July 2012.
- Mystic Point, heart of a dense, uncharted rain forest where supernatural events take place. Opened 17 May 2013.
Throughout the park are 'Hidden Mickeys', or representations of Mickey Mouse heads inserted subtly into the design of attractions and environmental decor.
Lands of Hong Kong Disneyland
The park currently has seven themed areas hosting various rides, shops, restaurants, and live entertainment.
Main Street, U.S.A.
Inspired by the Main Street, U.S.A. in Disneyland, the buildings of this Main Street are almost identical to those in Anaheim. Like other Disney theme parks, Hong Kong Disneyland's Main Street, U.S.A. serves as the entrance of the park. Plans originally featured a restaurant under the Railroad station, but were scrapped due to budget reasons. The decor is small-town America from the years 1890-1910.
Though being very similar to Anaheim's main street, the theme is heavily influenced by European immigrants. Plaza Inn — which has the identical exterior design as the one in Disneyland — mimics a classical Chinese eatery that was created by a wealthy American couple who were infatuated with Chinese culture. Another restaurant, the Market House Bakery is reminiscent of a bakery founded by a Viennese pastry chef who brought the world's most famous desserts from the Austrian imperial court.
Unlike Main Streets from other parks, Main Street at Hong Kong Disneyland is built mainly of wood instead of stone. There are no horse-drawn streetcars, though tracks for the streetcars can be seen from the concept arts.
Hong Kong Disneyland's Adventureland is the biggest among all Disney parks. It features a large island area home to Tarzan's Treehouse, which is circled by the Jungle Cruise — much like the Rivers of America in most Frontierland theme areas. The Adventureland is also home to the "Festival of the Lion King" show.
Fantasyland features Sleeping Beauty Castle, as well as the Fantasy Gardens where costumed Disney characters can be met.
Tomorrowland at Hong Kong Disneyland features an emphasis on metallic trim, dominated by blue and purple hues. Since the opening of the park, unique attractions have been added into the Hong Kong's Tomorrowland, such as a new Autopia and Stitch Encounter.
Toy Story Land
Opened 18 November 2011, Toy Story Land is the first new themed land since the opening of Hong Kong Disneyland in 2005. It is located to the west side of the park, behind Fantasyland. Toy Story Land is themed using bamboo to act as giant blades of grass surrounding the area. The themed land will make use of characters from the Toy Story movies, such as an enlarged Woody, Rex, an oversized paper plane, and Luxo Jr.
Opened on 14 July 2012, is a complete new story for Hong Kong Disneyland, which is equivalent of Frontierland and Critter Country. The themed land reminisces an abandoned mining town called "Grizzly Gulch", set amidst mountains and woods. The centerpiece structure will be Big Grizzly Mountain, inspired by Grizzly Peak in Disney California Adventure Park. The town was set to be founded 8 August 1888 — the luckiest day of the luckiest month of the luckiest year — by prospectors looking to discover gold.
Opened on 17 May 2013, Mystic Point is a new themed land in Hong Kong Disneyland. It is also the final area opened in Hong Kong Disneyland's current expansion. It is set in 1909 at an adventurer's outpost established in 1896 in a dense, uncharted rain forest surrounded by mysterious forces and supernatural events. The site features Mystic Manor, home of Lord Henry Mystic, a world traveler and adventurer and his mischievous monkey, Albert.
Entertainment and celebrations
The park features a daytime parade "Flights of Fantasy" as well as a nighttime firework show "Disney in the Stars", and "Tinker Bell Castle Illumination", a new nighttime show that debuted along with "Celebration in the Air". Seasonal entertainment, such as "Disney's Haunted Halloween", "A Sparkling Christmas", and "Disney's Chinese New Year", are held in the park to celebrate major holidays.
Flights of Fantasy Parade
The parade premiered on 18 January 2011 as part of "Celebration in the Air", celebrating the 5th anniversary of the Hong Kong Disneyland. The parade replaced Disney on Parade, which had been running since the park's opening. Steve Davison, producer of World of Color in Disney California Adventure Park, said that he was working on a parade for the 5th anniversary celebration.
Disney in the Stars
Disney in the Stars is a nightly fireworks show based on Fantasy in the Sky at other Disney parks. Fireworks and pyrotechnics are coordinated to orchestrated classic Disney musics such as "A Whole New World". The show premiered on 12 September 2005 at the park's inaugural ceremony.
Hong Kong Disneyland has organised entertainment and a number of shows as part of the festive celebrations to attract more visitors, especially young adults.
One of the events is the world's exclusive Disney's Haunted Halloween, which is the only Magic Kingdom-themed park in the world to celebrate the Halloween season with frightening walk-through attractions. Even though the attractions are full of living haunts and spectres that appear around corners, Disney tradition is preserved and gory scenes are excluded.
The Grand Opening Celebration Album
Hong Kong Disneyland: The Grand Opening Celebration Album was the soundtrack for the grand opening ceremony of Hong Kong Disneyland at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort. Much of the album are Cantonese or Mandarin cover of theme songs of animated Disney films. The package contains a DVD featuring music videos. The album does not contain any music used in the park.
- Released: 2 September 2005
- Label: Sony Music Entertainment (Hong Kong)
- Language: Cantonese and Mandarin
- Status: Out of print
- Jacky Cheung - "Let the Wonder Soar" (讓奇妙飛翔) (Cantonese)
- Twins - "it's a small world"
- Eason Chan - "A Whole New World" (from Aladdin)
- Karen Mok - "When You Wish upon a Star" (from Pinocchio)
- Twins - "Mickey Mouse Theme"
- Jolin Tsai - "Under the Sea" (from The Little Mermaid)
- Kelly Chen & Kellyjackie - "On a Date With Him to Disneyland" (他約我去迪士尼)
- Nicholas Tse - "Bare Necessities" (from The Jungle Book)
- CoCo Lee - "Colors of the Wind" (from Pocahontas)
- Joey Yung - "Undying True Love" (from Beauty and the Beast)
- Kelly Chen - "Reflection" (from Mulan)
- Harlem Yu - "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" (from The Lion King)
- Jacky Cheung - "Let the Wonder Soar" (讓奇妙飛翔) (Mandarin)
- Subtitles: Traditional Chinese
- Region Code: All region
- "Let the Wonder Soar" (讓奇妙飛翔) music video – Jacky Cheung
- "Let the Wonder Soar" (讓奇妙飛翔) music video – Jacky Cheung
- "On a Date With Him to Disneyland" (他約我去迪士尼) music video - Kelly Chen & Kellyjackie
- Cars trailer
- The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe trailer
- Chicken Little trailer
- Sky High trailer
Mass Transit Railway (MTR)
Sunny Bay <> Disneyland Resort
Transfer is available to the Tung Chung line at Sunny Bay, allowing one to connect to Hong Kong Island, Kowloon or Tung Chung.
Long Win Bus operates 3 routes to Disneyland. As well, the R8 Disneyland Shuttle is jointly operated by Long Win Bus and Citybus. These are the bus routes to Disneyland:
R8 Disneyland <>Lantau Link Toll plaza (Circular) Lantau Link Toll plaza can be accessed by riding any of the routes beginning by A e.g. A11 or E e.g. E32. It is the always first stop after crossing the Tsing Ma Bridge.
The following two routes operate on mornings and after the fireworks display.
R33 Tuen Mun Railway <> Disneyland
R42 Tai Wai Railway <> Disneyland
A ferry pier has been built at Disneyland Resort, but it is not in use.
In early 2008, the classic attraction "it's a small world" was opened in Fantasyland. The Disneyland Story presenting How Mickey Mouse Came to Hong Kong was closed in early August; it has now been re-themed to Art of Animation, which opened in late August. The outer edge of Adventureland was under construction from early May to September, adjacent to Festival of The Lion King. A temporary structure for Demon Jungle, an exclusive attraction for the 2008-2010 Halloween seasons, has been built. It is home to The Revenge of the Headless Horseman from 2011-13 Halloween.
In summer 2012, the second new theme land Grizzly Gulch was opened. A new shop named Victorian Collection in Main Street, U.S.A. have been opened in late August.
In early 2013, a new shop named Andy's Toy Box have been opened in Toy Story Land. The third new theme land Mystic Point opened in mid May.
The Walt Disney Company had been negotiating with the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau of Hong Kong on funding the expansion since 2007. The park planned to introduce three new theme lands, which will increase the total land area of the park by about 12 hectares. A number of new rides had been chosen and will be built in order to the market of young-adults and teenagers.
On 30 June 2009, Donald Tsang, the Chief Executive of Hong Kong, announced that the expansion of Hong Kong Disneyland had been approved by the Executive Council. The park will receive three new themed lands — Grizzly Gulch, Mystic Point and Toy Story Land — which all located outside the Disneyland Railroad track, south to the current Adventureland. The park will feature a total of seven themed areas after the completion of all the new attraction. The groundbreaking took place on 13 December 2009 for the construction of the three new lands.
Prior to the announcement of the expansion plan in June 2009, it was reported that the park would introduce three themed lands, namely Glacier Bay, Grizzly Trail and Mystic Point by the Hong Kong Economic Times in early 2009. However, the announced plan was slightly deviated from the report made by the Economic Times because Rita Lau, the former Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, rejected the Walt Disney Imagineering's proposal in introducing Glacier Bay to Hong Kong Disneyland. She claimed that Glacier Bay was closely themed as Ocean Park's Polar Adventure, which is one of the new areas that will be introduced in summer 2012. As a result, Toy Story Land was proposed as a replacement of Glacier Bay.
Grizzly Gulch opened on 14 July 2012 as a counterpart to Frontierland and Mystic Point opened on 17 May 2013. They will be exclusive to Hong Kong Disneyland among all Disney parks for 5 years from opening.
In January 2012, Hong Kong Disneyland has been in the progress of negotiating with the Government of Hong Kong to invest its HK$5 billion profit for new attractions. Further details of the expansion would be announced within a 12-month period from January 2012. A shopping complex and new hotels would be taken into consideration for the new expansion plan.
For long-term construction, with the reclaimed land reserved for the Phase 2 Extension, it is expected that the resort's second Disney theme park will be built on that site. A Phase 3 Extension is also being considered by the Walt Disney Company and the Hong Kong Government.
In Hong Kong financial secretary John Tsang's 2013-14 budget speech, he announced that a new night time parade, as well as a themed area featuring characters from the Marvel Universe, will be built in Hong Kong Disneyland. On 8 October 2013 Walt Disney Parks and Resorts chairman Thomas O. Staggs confirmed the development of the Iron Man Experience.
On 17 February 2014, Hong Kong Disneyland announced its 2012-13 financial results as well as a plan for the third hotel at the resort. The third hotel will be the largest hotel at the resort, it will feature 750 rooms with an adventure and exotic theme and will cost HK$4,26 billion to build. It will open in 2017.
Just before the grand opening, the park was criticised for overestimating the daily capacity. The problem became apparent on the charity preview day on 4 September 2005, when 30,000 locals visited the park. The event turned out to be a disaster, as there were too many guests. Wait times at fast food outlets were at least 45 minutes, and wait times at rides went up to 2 hours.
Although the park's shareholders and the Hong Kong Government set pressure upon the park to lower the capacity, the park insisted on keeping the limit, only agreeing to relieve the capacity problem by extending the opening time by one hour and introducing more discounts during weekdays. However, the park stated that local visitors tend to stay in the park for more than nine hours per visit, implying that the mentioned practices would do little to solve the problem.
During Chinese New Year 2006, many visitors arrived at the park in the morning bearing valid tickets, but were refused entry, because the park was already at full capacity. Some disgruntled visitors, mainly tourists, attempted to force their way into the park and climbing over the barrier gates. Disneyland management was forced to revise their ticketing policy and designated future periods close to Chinese public holidays as 'special days' during which admission would only be allowed through a date-specific ticket.
Disney initially refused to release the attendance figures after media reports surfaced saying the park's attendance numbers might be lower than expected. Disney finally declared on 24 November 2005, that Disney had over 1 million guests during its first two months of operation.
In response to negative publicity locally and to boost visitor numbers, Hong Kong Disneyland offered $50 discounts for admission tickets to holders of Hong Kong I.D. cards in the period before 2005 Christmas. Also, from March to June 2006, the park offered Hong Kong I.D. card holders the opportunity to purchase a two-day admission ticket for the price of a single day ticket.
- High glory ambassador
- 2005 to present is Jacky Cheung
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