Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Hong Kong Disneyland Begins Construction on Six Year Expansion


Hong Kong Disneyland Resort (HKDL) has officially kicked off the multi-year transformation of the park, with new attractions and entertainment experiences that will bring Disney characters and stories to life in ways never seen before. In the six years starting from 2018, the resort will continue to grow and create more fun for guests with an array of new offerings. The first to open next year under this expansion project will be a Moana-themed entertainment venue in Adventureland.

“We are thrilled to create amazing first-of-a-kind experiences based on some of Disney’s best brands, including Marvel and Frozen, here at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort,” said Samuel Lau, executive vice president and managing director of the resort. “Marvel and Frozen are popular with guests across our Asian markets. The new expansion will greatly enhance the appeal of HKDL to guests of all ages and genders in the region. It will give guests new reasons to travel to the resort and this amazing city.”

Lau, along with Howard Brown, general manager and regional executive of Walt Disney Imagineering Asia, and Mickey Mouse joined in a special moment to mark the beginning of work for the multi-year expansion of the resort, which has been continuously growing and adding fun offerings since it opened in 2005. This moment followed months of planning, design and contract awarding after the approval of funding for the expansion.

Building a new era of magic

Under the expansion plan, new themed areas, attractions and entertainment will launch almost every year from 2018 through 2023. Highlights include:

A brand new experience featuring Ant-Man, The Wasp* and S.H.I.E.L.D. will be launched in Tomorrowland. The Marvel Super Heroes will depend on guests to fight against the evil organization Hydra. HKDL will continue to grow as Asia’s Marvel epicenter with the opening of an entire Marvel-themed area. With the tremendous success of Iron Man Experience—now the most popular attraction in the park—and the current Marvel Super Hero Summer event, the resort has become the hub for Marvel experiences in Asia.

An all-new, immersive Frozen-themed area where guests will experience the characters and stories from the film in unique ways. Guests can visit the Frozen area to enjoy new attractions including meeting the royal sisters Elsa and Anna.

As the park’s centerpiece, the castle will be transformed to pay tribute to all of the Disney Princesses. The transformed castle will also feature a new daytime show and nighttime spectacular.

A new entertainment venue will showcase a lively atmosphere stage show in Adventureland featuring Moana, the newest heroine from Walt Disney Animation Studios. Guests can also meet with Moana from the animated film.

The excitement continues

The resort is committed to constantly bringing in new attractions and entertainment offerings. This latest expansion follows the addition of a number of new offerings in recent years based on the best Disney franchises, including a new stage show “Mickey and the Wondrous Book,” which opened in celebration of HKDL’s 10th anniversary in 2015, as well as the “Star Wars: Tomorrowland Takeover” in 2016.

In April, the resort opened an exploration-themed hotel, Disney Explorers Lodge, which is a unique offering for Hong Kong’s resort and tourism industry.

From now through October 31, HKDL is hosting Disney Halloween Time 2017, during which classic Disney stories are being told with new twists and turns. There are different offerings throughout the park both day and night for guests of all ages.

From November 16 through January 1, 2018, guests can experience a Christmas celebration at HKDL. The park will be transformed into a winter wonderland where guests can experience a fairytale white Christmas, with offerings from day to night.

*The Wasp will debut in cinemas in the 2018 Ant-Man sequel, Ant-Man and The Wasp.

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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