Hong Kong Disneyland

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Hong Kong Disneyland
香港迪士尼樂園
Hong Kong Disneyland Logo.svg
Sleeping Beauty Castle at Hong Kong Disneyland 200705.jpg
SloganThe happiest place on earth
Believe in Magic
LocationHong Kong Disneyland Resort, Penny's Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Coordinates22°18′48″N 114°02′36″E / 22.31333°N 114.04333°E / 22.31333; 114.04333
ThemeFairy tales and Disney characters
OwnerThe Walt Disney Company
Government of Hong Kong
Operated byHong Kong International Theme Parks
Opened12 September 2005; 15 years ago (2005-09-12)
WebsiteHong Kong Disneyland Homepage
StatusOperating
Hong Kong Disneyland
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Front entrance of Disneyland
Traditional Chinese香港迪士尼樂園
Simplified Chinese香港迪士尼乐园

Hong Kong Disneyland (Chinese: 香港迪士尼樂園) (also known as HK Disneyland or HKDL) is a theme park located on reclaimed land in Penny's Bay, Lantau Island. It is located inside the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and it is owned and managed by Hong Kong International Theme Parks. It is the largest theme park in Hong Kong, followed by Ocean Park Hong Kong.[1] Hong Kong Disneyland was opened to visitors on Monday, 12 September 2005 at 13:00 HKT. Disney attempted to avoid problems of cultural backlash by incorporating Chinese culture, customs and traditions when designing and building the resort, including adherence to the rules of feng shui. Notably, a bend was put in a walkway near the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort entrance so good qi energy would not flow into the South China Sea.[2]

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 Cantonese, English, and Mandarin. Guide maps are printed in traditional and simplified Chinese as well as English.

The park has a daily capacity of 34,000 visitors[3] — the lowest 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,[4] inciting criticisms from local legislators.[5] However, the park attendance jumped 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.[6] 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.[7]

Majority-owned (53%) by the Hong Kong Government but managed by Disney, the park first turned an annual net profit of HK$109 million (US$13.97 million) for the year ended 29 September 2012.[8][9] However, it has operated at an increasing loss in 2015, 2016 and 2017.[10] Hong Kong Disneyland currently occupies 27.5 hectares (68 acres)[11] and hosts 6 million to 7 million visitors annually. The park capacity will increase to handle up to 10 million visitors annually over a 15-year expansion period.[12]

History[edit]

Early history[edit]

Front view of Disneyland

Penny's Bay was filled in to provide land for the construction of Hong Kong Disneyland. The bay was previously undeveloped except for the Cheoy Lee Shipyard, which opened in the 1960s.[13]

Chief Executive of Hong Kong Tung Chee Hwa was instrumental in introducing the Disneyland project to Hong Kong. When the SARS epidemic devastated the city's economy in 2003, it was hoped that the new Disneyland would help boost confidence in Hong Kong's tourism industry.[14]

Hong Kong Disneyland had one of the shortest construction periods of any Disneyland-style theme park. 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; Michael D. Eisner, former chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company; Bob Iger, president of The Walt Disney Company; and Jay Rasulo, former president of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.[15] 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 officially opened to the public on 12 September 2005 by then Chief Executive of Hong Kong Donald Tsang, Chief Executive Officer Michael Eisner, President Bob Iger. Beijing offered its significant support by sending Zeng Qinghong as Vice President of the People's Republic of China.[14] In order to help Hong Kong Disneyland grow, Beijing also deliberately slowed down the development of Shanghai Disney Resort, which was first planned for the early 2000s.[14]

Expansion[edit]

Former empty land reserved for future expansion viewed from the Tarzan's Treehouse in Adventureland. It is now where Grizzly Gulch is located.

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.

In Hong Kong financial secretary John Tsang's 2013–14 budget speech, he announced that a new night time parade: "Disney Paint The Night Parade", as well as a themed area featuring characters from the Marvel Universe, will be built in Hong Kong Disneyland.[16][17] On 8 October 2013 then Walt Disney Parks and Resorts chairman Thomas O. Staggs confirmed the development of the Iron Man Experience.[18]

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 would be the largest hotel at the resort, featuring 750 rooms with an adventure and exotic theme, and would cost HK$4.26 billion to build.[19] The third hotel, Disney Explorers Lodge, opened on 30 April 2017.[20]

Hong Kong Disneyland was also built with the space for a second park directly across from the entrance to the current park. Disney has not yet announced that the second park is in development. Land is also available for additional hotels other than the three current, but the common thought is that the second park will be built before a fourth hotel.[citation needed]

On 22 November 2016, the Walt Disney Company and the Hong Kong Government announced plans for a multi-year, HK$10.9 billion[21] expansion of Hong Kong Disneyland. The proposed expansion includes a Frozen-themed area (announced for 2021), a Marvel-themed area (opening in phases from 2018 to 2023), a redesigned Sleeping Beauty Castle and hub (announced for 2020), a reimagined attraction (announced for 2021), a new Moana stage show (announced for 2018), and live entertainment.[22][23][24][25][26]

On 24 May 2018, Hong Kong Disneyland opened the first project part of the multi-year expansion: Moana: a Homecoming Celebration, an atmosphere stage show performed daily at the newly built Jungle Junction venue in Adventureland. The park also gave more information on the coming projects as well as the revised dates for these projects: the shooting dark ride Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle!, replacing Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, opened in 2019 and the new expanded castle will be unveiled in 2020, in time for the park's 15th anniversary. Park officials also confirmed the rumors that the future Frozen-themed area will feature a copy of Epcot's Frozen Ever After and a family roller coaster named Wandering Oaken’s Sliding Sleighs, replacing the previously announced Dancing Sleighs ride, and that the area will open in 2021.[27][28]

On 26 January 2020, the park temporarily closed until further notice due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic along with Ocean Park Hong Kong and Shanghai Disneyland Park.[29][30] It remained closed for nearly five months and reopened on 18 June 2020, becoming the second Disney park to reopen after Shanghai Disneyland.[31][32] It reopened with similar strict rules as Shanghai Disneyland's with limited guest attendance, social distancing, temperature checks, and wearing of face masks. However, it was later announced that Hong Kong Disneyland would close again on 15 July 2020 due to a heavy upsurge in domestic cases.[33] It remained closed the following two months, reopening to guests on September 25, 2020.[34] It reopened under strict rules that included, but was not limited to, social distancing, reduced capacity, temperature screenings, and mandatory face masks.[34]

Hong Kong Disneyland Entrance

Timeline[edit]

Pre 2000–2009
  • 1998
    • August – The Walt Disney Company and the government of Hong Kong announce their intention to construct a themed entertainment park in Hong Kong, the second in Asia
  • 1999
    • February – Penny's Bay, Lantau Island is announced as the future site of the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort
    • 10 December – Disney and the Hong Kong Government sign an agreement for building the second Disney Resort in Asia
  • 2003
    • 1 January – Construction on Hong Kong Disneyland Resort begins
  • 2004
    • 22 November – Disney announces that the opening day of the park has been rescheduled from 2006 to 12 September 2005
  • 2005
  • 2006
    • June – HKDL announces to release Summer Passes to boost its first year attendance
    • 13 July – Autopia, Stitch Encounter and UFO Zone opens in HKDL as first part of its expansion
    • August – Exclusive treats are provided for Summer Pass holders so as to further boost the park's attendance
    • 4 September – More than 60,000 Summer Passes have been sold since 1 July. However, Hong Kong Disneyland has missed its target of 5.6 million in the first year of operation, with only about 5 million guests entered the park since the opening
    • 28 September – HKDL launches its annual pass
    • 30 September – Disney's Halloween celebration held for the first time through 31 October 2006
    • 14 December – HKDL announced three new attractions to be added to the park in 2007–2008
  • 2007
    • 26 June – HKDL revealed its attractions for the park's 2007 summer – "Mickey's Summer Blast" and announcement of Mickey's Water Works Parade and Animation Academy's opening date- 14 July 2007
    • 19 December – HKDL revealed 4 new attractions and entertainment venues to open in 2008 with "it's a small world": Muppet Mobile Lab, High School Musical Celebration, Turtle Talk with Crush and the Art of Animation
  • 2008
  • 2009
    • 10 July – The Legislative Council of Hong Kong approved the three land expansion of HKDL
    • 13 December – Groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the three land expansion
2010–2019
  • 2010
    • 12 September – HKDL celebrates its 5th year milestone
  • 2011
    • 21 January – HKDL hosts the year-long 5th anniversary programme "Celebration in the Air"
    • 18 November – Toy Story Land opens
  • 2012
  • 2013
  • 2014
  • 2015
    • 12 September – HKDL celebrates its 10th year milestone
    • 17 November – HKDL hosts the year-long 10th anniversary programme "Happily Ever After"
    • 17 December – Fairytale Forest, a new attraction in Fantasyland, opens
    • 21 December – Mickey and the Wondrous Storybook replaces The Golden Mickeys as the new flagship live stage show of Fantasyland
  • 2016
    • 11 June – Star Wars: Tomorrowland Takeover, a Star Wars-themed seasonal event, launches
    • 22 November – HKDL announces its new expansion and development plan, which includes the construction of a Frozen-themed area, introduction of Marvel-themed rides, redesigning of the Sleeping Beauty Castle and more
  • 2017
  • 2018
    • 1 January – The Sleeping Beauty Castle closed for redesign, causing the Disney in the Stars fireworks to be discontinued as well.
    • 15 March – We Love Mickey! debuts at Main Street, U.S.A.
    • 25 May – Moana: A Homecoming Celebration opens at Jungle Junction in Adventureland
    • 7 November – We Love Mickey! Birthday Edition debuts at Main Street, U.S.A. as part of Mickey Mouse's 90th Anniversary
  • 2019
    • 16 February – The "Heart" Gazebo at Fantasyland closed to give way for the Frozen Land
    • 31 March - Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle! opens
    • 21 June – Royal Princess Garden and Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Main Street, U.S.A. has closed for relocation to Fantasyland
    • 1 July – Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Fantasyland has officially opened to the public
2020–present
  • 2020
    • 26 January – The park closed for nearly five months to combat COVID-19 pandemic, along with Ocean Park Hong Kong, which also closed on the same day. Its sister park Shanghai Disneyland, closed the day before the closure of 2 theme parks in Hong Kong.
    • 18 June – The park reopened to the public with new and enhanced health and safety measures.
    • 15 July – The park closed again due to number of COVID-19 cases increasing until further notice.
    • 12 September – HKDL celebrates its 15th anniversary.
    • 25 September – The park reopened to the public, but will implement a new five-day per week operation and will be closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays (except public holidays and special days designated by the resort from time to time) until further notice.

Park layout[edit]

Aerial view of the park in 2011. The three new lands are under construction.

The park, partially in Islands District and Tsuen Wan District,[35][36] 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 themed areas instead of the traditional five lands:

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 received 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. Opened 18 November 2011.
  • 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.

On 2 May 2017, the Executive Council approved another multi-year expansion of Hong Kong Disneyland, adding two new themed lands — Arendelle: The World of Frozen and Stark Expo Hong Kong — to the park.

  • Arendelle: The World of Frozen, themed to the popular Disney franchise Frozen. Opening in 2021.
  • Stark Expo, inviting guests to combat villains with Marvel superheroes. Opening in 2023.

Throughout the park are 'Hidden Mickeys', or representations of Mickey Mouse heads inserted subtly into the design of attractions and environmental decor.

An elevated berm supports the 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge[37] Hong Kong Disneyland Railroad (built by Severn Lamb) that circumnavigates the park.

Lands of Hong Kong Disneyland[edit]

The park currently has seven themed areas hosting various rides, shops, restaurants, and live entertainment.

Main Street, U.S.A.[edit]

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 another of the Main Street Vehicle can be seen in concept art.

Adventureland[edit]

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 (Jungle River 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. The new atmosphere stage show "Moana: a Homecoming Celebration" debuted on 25 May 2018 at Jungle Junction. A new outdoor venue. it is the first part of the multi-year expansion being unveiled to the public.

Fantasyland[edit]

Fantasyland features Castle of Magical Dreams (former Sleeping Beauty Castle) as its icon. It also has several attractions based on Disney films such as The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, it's a small world and Cinderella's Carousel. There is also Fantasy Gardens where costumed Disney characters can be met, and a Fairy Tale Forest.

Tomorrowland[edit]

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. The first ever Marvel attraction in a Disney theme park, The Iron Man Experience, opened on 11 January 2017 in an area previously envisioned for a Star Tours-type attraction. The land also featured Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters on opening day, but that was replaced with Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle!, which opened on 31 March 2019.

Toy Story Land[edit]

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 makes use of characters from the Toy Story movies, such as an enlarged Woody, Rex, an oversized paper plane, and Luxo Jr.

Toy Story Land was marketed by the park as "Asia exclusive". For some time its only counterpart, Toy Story Playland, is located at Walt Disney Studios Park in Marne-la-Vallée, France. Since Toy Story Land became popular at this park, it will become more common. One at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando opened in June 2018, and one in Shanghai Disneyland opened even earlier.

Grizzly Gulch[edit]

Opened on 14 July 2012, this land is the Hong Kong equivalent of Frontierland and Critter Country. The themed land reminisces an abandoned mining town called "Grizzly Gulch", set amidst mountains and woods. The centrepiece structure is Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars, 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.

Mystic Point[edit]

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.

Future: Arendelle: World of Frozen[edit]

A land behind Fantasyland will host two rides themed to the movie Frozen. Opening in 2021, Frozen Land is set in the fictional Kingdom of Arendelle. The land will feature two rides, a sleigh style family rollercoaster, and a Frozen dark ride similar to Frozen Ever After at EPCOT.[citation needed]

Future: Stark Expo[edit]

On 22 November 2016, it was announced that Tomorrowland would be partly transformed into a Marvel-themed area, as part of a massive six year expansion plan. This expansion would see the replacement of Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters by an attraction featuring Ant-Man and The Wasp, named "Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle!"[38] for 2019 and the construction, on the former Autopia site, of a major E ticket attraction, "Avengers Quinjet", based on the Avengers franchise to be completed by 2023.[39]

Entertainment and celebrations[edit]

The park features a daytime parade "Flights of Fantasy", as well as a nighttime parade "Paint the Night", and a former nighttime firework show "Disney in the Stars". 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.

Entertainment[edit]

Flights of Fantasy Parade[edit]

The front of the Flights of Fantasy parade as of 2016.

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. It is produced by Steve Davison, the producer of World of Color in Disney California Adventure Park.

Disney Paint the Night[edit]

Disney Paint the Night parade debuted in September 2014. It is a successor of the Main Street Electrical Parade and the first fully LED parade Disney has ever created. It features seven original floats containing over 740,000 individual lights. According to David Lightbody, Director of Entertainment and Costuming of the resort, the creative team spent over 2 years and developed over 1,000 scenic and lighting designs to ensure the parade.

"We Love Mickey" Projection Show[edit]

Since March 2018 and in replacement of the "Disney in the Stars" firework spectacular which ended because of the castle transformation, this nightly show of approximately 15 minutes is described as a surprise celebration that will transform the buildings along Main Street, U.S.A. into a canvas of vibrant, colorful visuals that pay tribute to Mickey Mouse's major milestones, the birthday edition of the show softly opened on 18 November and fully opened on 19 November. The original edition of the Show returned on 25 February.

Future: New Daytime & Nighttime Spectacular[edit]

On 22 November 2016, Hong Kong Disneyland announced a massive multiyear expansion plan which includes a completely redesigned Castle and hub area. After the reconstruction, the hub will house a new daytime stage show, featuring various Disney friends and princesses.

Park celebrations[edit]

The "Thank you for visiting" sign

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. It was later replaced by Disney Halloween Time event for serious challenge.

Hong Kong Disneyland: The Grand Opening Celebration Album[edit]

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.

Track listing[edit]

  1. Jacky Cheung – "Let the Wonder Soar" (讓奇妙飛翔) (Cantonese)
  2. Twins – "it's a small world"
  3. Eason Chan – "A Whole New World" (from Aladdin)
  4. Karen Mok – "When You Wish upon a Star" (from Pinocchio)
  5. Twins – "Mickey Mouse Theme"
  6. Jolin Tsai – "Under the Sea" (from The Little Mermaid)
  7. Kelly Chen & Kellyjackie – "On a Date With Him to Disneyland" (他約我去迪士尼)
  8. Nicholas Tse – "Bare Necessities" (from The Jungle Book)
  9. CoCo Lee – "Colors of the Wind" (from Pocahontas)
  10. Joey Yung – "Undying True Love" (from Beauty and the Beast)
  11. Kelly Chen – "Reflection" (from Mulan)
  12. Harlem Yu – "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" (from The Lion King)
  13. Jacky Cheung – "Let the Wonder Soar" (讓奇妙飛翔) (Mandarin)

DVD

  1. "Let the Wonder Soar" (讓奇妙飛翔) music video – Jacky Cheung
  2. "On a Date With Him to Disneyland" (他約我去迪士尼) music video – Kelly Chen & Kellyjackie
  3. Cars trailer
  4. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe trailer
  5. Chicken Little trailer
  6. Sky High trailer

Public transport[edit]

MTR[edit]

Disneyland Resort Line

The park is accessible on the MTR via the purpose-built Disneyland Resort line, a themed shuttle train service between the Disneyland Resort station adjacent to the park, and Sunny Bay station, where passengers can transfer to the Tung Chung line for access to Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, or Tung Chung. The line runs modified Metro Cammell M-Trains on the 3.5 kilometres (2.2 mi) non-stop route. The trains have been converted to run fully automatically without drivers.

Bus[edit]

Long Win Bus Route R8 at the Disneyland Resort bus terminus

Long Win Bus operates 3 regular routes to the Disneyland Resort Public Transport Interchange in front of the park.

Route R8 is a circular route running between Disneyland and the Lantau Link Toll Plaza Bus Interchange. The latter can be accessed by any of the routes with the A or E prefixes (e.g. A11 or E32), and is always the first stop after crossing the Tsing Ma Bridge. It is the only all-day route serving the park, and is jointly operated with vehicles from Citybus.

Two additional regular routes, running on weekends and public holidays only, provide direct service between other places in the New Territories and Disneyland. They are route R33 to Tuen Mun station and route R42 to Tai Wai station via Tsuen Wan and Sha Tin. For both routes, one trip departs towards Disneyland in the mornings and the return trip departs approximately 20 minutes after the evening fireworks display.

In addition to the above regular trips, seven special routes (including one cross-harbour route) operate to and from Disneyland before and after special events at the park, of which two are operated by Citybus and the other five by Long Win Bus.

Certain midday and late evening trips of Citybus route B5 between the Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge Hong Kong Port and Sunny Bay station are routed via Disneyland.

Criticisms[edit]

Overcrowding problems[edit]

Just before the grand opening, the park was criticised for underestimating the daily capacity.[40] 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 disappointment, 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.[citation needed]

During the 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 by climbing over the barrier gates.[41] 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. Ticket prices during the week were changed to reflect cheaper prices. Meanwhile, weekend prices were raised. The prices were changed in an attempt to crowd-control so the crowds would be more even throughout the week and therefore the lines would not be as bad on weekends.

Public relations[edit]

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[42] 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.[43]

Park ambassador[edit]

High glory ambassador

Attendance[edit]

Worldwide rank Year Number of visitors Net change % Change
16 2006 5,200,000
21 2007 4,150,000[44] −1,050,000 −20.1
18 2008 4,500,000[45] +350,000 +8.4
17 2009 4,600,000[46] +100,000 +2.2
16 2010 5,200,000[47] +600,000 +13
15 2011 5,900,000[47] +700,000 +13.5
14 2012 6,700,000[7] +800,000 +13.6
14 2013 7,400,000 [7] +700,000 +10.4
15 2014 7,600,000[48] +200,000 +2.7
19 2015 6,800,000[49] -800,000 -9.3
17 2016 6,100,000[50] -700,000 -10.3
18 2017 6,200,000[51] +100,000 +3
16 2018 6,700,000[52] +500,000 +8.1
21 2019 5,695,000[53] -1,005,000 -15

Because of COVID-19 regulations imposed by the Hong Kong government, the park closed down from 6 January to 18 June 2020. The park then reopened from 19 June to 14 July 2020, however the Hong Kong government retightened community epidemic prevention measures due to the dramatic increase in the number of positive cases. The park will reopen on 25 September 2020.

See also[edit]

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