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Disney Parks Attractions Honored with Thea Awards

posted on November 19th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Earlier today at a special ceremony in Orlando, the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) announced the winners of the 20th Thea Awards, recognizing excellence in the creation of extraordinary visitor experiences, attractions, exhibits and places. This year, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts received three awards that highlight both new and classic attractions and experiences in our parks from Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort to Hong Kong Disneyland:

“It is very rewarding to be honored by the Themed Entertainment Association, which represents our peers throughout the industry. We are especially proud that all three of these projects represent the best of Disney storytelling and the spirit of innovation we bring to our guests,” said Bruce Vaughn, Chief Creative Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering.

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Mystic Manor at Hong Kong Disneyland received the Award for Outstanding Achievement – Attraction, which noted the original storyline, special effects, Audio-Animatronics technology, musical score by Danny Elfman, and the trackless, wire-guided ride vehicles as reasons for excellence. TEA noted that “Mystic Manor exemplifies the seamless integration of the latest technology with true state-of-the-art storytelling.”

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Enchanted Tales with Belle, part of New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park, received the Award for Outstanding Achievement – Participatory Character Greeting for being “far more than the typical character greeting experience… It is a creative blend of excellent design, imaginative interactivity and technical wizardry.”

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Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, currently celebrating its 50th anniversary at Disneyland park, has received the Thea Classic award. This landmark attraction is “the world’s first Audio-Animatronics show – introducing a new technology that soon became one of the dominant tools used by designers and engineers in our industry.” Past Disney winners of the Thea Classic Award have included Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean (both at Disneyland park), Disneyland park itself, and Epcot.

Each of the winning projects will be recognized at the Thea Awards ceremony, a black-tie gala to be held April 5, 2014, at the Disneyland Hotel.

Congratulations to all of our Thea Award winners!

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Window Shopping at Disney Parks Around the World: Boo-tiful Merchandise Materializes at Hong Kong Disneyland

posted on October 31st, 2013 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


I don’t want to appear completely transparent when I tell you this, but I love the merchandise that has recently materialized at Hong Kong Disneyland. I channeled my counterpart Fion Lai, and she told me she had special treats in store for you, and she was right! Take a look at the frightfully fun Halloween-inspired t-shirts, plush, frames, headwear, D-Tech, keepsake boxes, pens and keychains.

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Looking for something else to get you in the spirit? Check out the collection of “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” merchandise including a t-shirt, headwear, plush, pillows, frames, totes, drinkware, a watch, D-Tech, pins and Vinylmation.

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Because we are literally window shopping, I must remind you there isn’t a ghost of a chance of actually being able to purchase this product, unless you and/or someone you know is visiting Hong Kong Disneyland. But I hope that you enjoyed this glimpse into the crystal ball to see what is happening at Disney Parks around the world.

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Take The ‘Scream-No-More Challenge’ At Hong Kong Disneyland

posted on October 18th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


As much as I love celebrating Halloween at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park, I do love to see how our other parks – especially our international ones – celebrate this time of year.

Hong Kong Disneyland Launches ‘Scream-No-More Challenge’

This fall, Hong Kong Disneyland launched a new Halloween offering as a part of their Disney’s Haunted Halloween celebration. It’s called the “Scream-No-More Challenge” and allows guests to explore the seven lands at the park, stopping at attractions and scare checkpoints that test their ability to hold back screams. Checkpoints include a new Sideshow Carnival Extraordinaire, Grizzly Gulch Halloween Fair, Tomorrowland Party Zone, and more. (Some guests may even scream with delight when they see Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and friends dressed up in Halloween attire!).

The offering will run Thursdays-Sundays through October 31, at the park. Be sure to check out the photo gallery above for more.

To see how Halloween is celebrated at other Disney Parks, check out the list of stories below.

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Disney Parks After Dark: Disney’s Haunted Halloween Returns to Hong Kong Disneyland

posted on October 17th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Tonight’s “Disney Parks After Dark” photo is great shot that was taken at Disney’s Haunted Halloween celebration at Hong Kong Disneyland.

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Here, the park’s hub area in front of the castle has become occupied by the Chernabog from “Fantasia” as a part of the park’s Scream No More challenge – checkpoints throughout the park that are so spooky they dare guests not to scream. What an amazing sight!

Disney’s Haunted Halloween celebration runs through October 31 at the park, and also includes live entertainment in Tomorrowland, guest makeovers at the “Boo-Tique”, a Sideshow Carnival Extraordinaire in Adventureland, more than 100 special treats and kinds of merchandise, and much more.

Check out this list of related blog posts to see how other parks around the world are celebrating Halloween after dark!

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Marvel’s Iron Man Coming to Hong Kong Disneyland in 2016

posted on October 8th, 2013 by Tom Staggs, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts


As I’ve often said, one of the greatest things about Disney is the treasure trove of characters and rich stories we have to draw upon for the immersive experiences we provide our guests around the world. With Marvel joining the Disney family in 2009, our character and story base grew even further, and the anticipation for how Marvel comes to life in our parks and resorts continues to energize our guests and cast.

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That’s why it was so exciting earlier today at Hong Kong Disneyland to announce that the very first Disney attraction based on a Marvel character experience will debut in Hong Kong Disneyland. And I’m excited to be able to share some of the initial details with you today about this Iron Man Experience.

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Audiences around the world have been captivated by the amazing inventions and innovations of Tony Stark and we’re basing this experience within a piece of the Stark Expo. Located in Tomorrowland at Hong Kong Disneyland, the Expo will allow guests to see firsthand the progression of Tony’s Iron Man suits and many other Stark innovations.

Upon entering the ride vehicle our guests will be able to take flight with Iron Man on an epic adventure that not surprisingly pits Iron Man, and our guests, against the forces of evil. This adventure will take place in the streets and skies of Hong Kong, which will make an even more unique and special experience for our Hong Kong Disneyland guests. In addition, guests will be able to meet and take photos with Iron Man.

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It’s obviously no secret that Marvel’s Iron Man movies are immensely popular, and we expect this experience will emulate the success of our most recent expansion – Toy Story Land, Grizzly Gulch and Mystic Point – all of which have been huge hits with our guests.

We are extremely confident in and committed to the continued growth and success of Hong Kong Disneyland. I’m excited to see Iron Man become a part of that success when we welcome guests to the attraction in late 2016.


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Window Shopping at Disney Parks Around the World: Hong Kong Disneyland 8th Anniversary Merchandise

posted on September 3rd, 2013 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Are you ready for more jet-setting? We’re heading back to Hong Kong Disneyland for a “window shopping” trip in celebration of their 8th anniversary. It’s hard to believe how fast the years have flown by – it seems like just yesterday we helped celebrate the grand opening. My good friend, Merchandise Communications counterpart and former Hong Kong Disneyland Ambassador Fion Lai, had so much to share with me recently about some of the new merchandise available in celebration of the 8th anniversary, and I knew exactly what to do: Share it with you!

“The teams have been working so hard and have created over a hundred new items for the 8th anniversary celebration. I wanted our Disney fans both here and abroad to be able to get the first look at some of the new merchandise that will be debuting,” said Fion.
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“Eight is a lucky number to the Chinese people,” said Fion. “It means prosperity and wealth. We hope that this will bring luck, joy and treasured memories to all of our guests who have the chance to visit Hong Kong Disneyland this year.”

Here’s a closer look!

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I asked Fion to pick at least one item she would consider her absolute favorite. Here’s what she chose. “If I had to pick one item, I would choose the limited edition watch,” said Fion. “What I love about this piece is that you find Mickey emblazoned on the front in the 8th anniversary logo, and on the back of the watch, the castle.”

I hope you join me in wishing Fion and our friends and family at Hong Kong Disneyland a Happy Anniversary, and I hope you’ve enjoyed this latest “window shopping” trip.

Our next stop will no doubt include surf and sand… do you know where we’re headed?


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Behind The Scenes: Exploring the New Mystic Manor at Hong Kong Disneyland

posted on May 23rd, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


When we shared a first peek at Mystic Manor in Hong Kong Disneyland, I know many Disney Parks Blog readers immediately added it to their “must do” list – me too. Today, there’s even more to share. Walt Disney Imagineering’s creative executive Joe Lanzisero is taking us on a behind-the-scenes tour of Lord Henry’s stately Victorian mansion.

One of the critical elements for making Mystic Manor a great attraction was the music and the addition of legendary composer Danny Elfman, according to Joe. “Danny has the ability to create tension and excitement but there is always a grin underlying it,” he said. “He has a sense of scary fun, so Danny was perfect.”

Along with an amazing soundtrack, the attraction features a trackless ride system and combines innovative special effects, state-of-the-art technology and Disney storytelling to create an immersive experience.

Mystic Manor opened on May 17 so you can now tour Lord Henry’s home yourself by boarding his latest invention – the “Mystic Magneto-Electric Carriage.” But be sure to keep an eye open for Albert, Lord Henry’s pet monkey, because when he opens a peculiar music box in the museum, all of Mystic Manor’s contents magically come to life.

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Window Shopping at Disney Parks Around the World: Mystic Point Merchandise at Hong Kong Disneyland

posted on May 14th, 2013 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


I hope you’re packed, because we are on to our next window shopping excursion. Are you ready to visit Hong Kong Disneyland?

I was so excited to see the Disney Parks Blog post from fellow author and Chairman, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, Tom Staggs, who gave all of you the first look at Mystic Point, the final chapter of the current expansion project at Hong Kong Disneyland, opening May 17, 2013.

An adventurer and shopper at heart, I of course had to know what kind of merchandise would be offered as part of the opening of this exciting new attraction. Luckily, I was able to get the inside scoop from my Merchandise Communications counterpart and former Hong Kong Disneyland Ambassador, Fion Lai.

“If you plan to visit Mystic Point, then The Archive Shop is one place you don’t want to miss.” says Fion. “There will be over 140 different Mystic Point merchandise items available to our adventurers and explorers. You’ll find tees, plush, toys, artwork, pins, drinkware and more themed to Mystic Manor and Mickey’s Family Adventures through Mystic Manor, as well as glow-in-the-dark memorabilia and a selection of rare collections from treasures and mementos that Lord Henry has found at Disney Parks and attractions around the world.”
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“There is so much detail that has gone into this new assortment,” says Fion. “Our teams have even designed travel accessories based on Lord Henry’s expeditions. Since he is one of the official members of the S.E.A. (Society of Explorers and Adventurers), he is always prepared to travel, and now you can be too. You’ll find a selection of leather travel accessories available to purchase, including a passport cover, luggage tag and bag tag and more.”

“There’s one final thing I have to show you.” says Fion. “One of my absolute favorite items is the limited-edition Grand Opening Music Box jumbo pin. It slides open just like the actual magical music box from the attraction. Take a look for yourself – isn’t it amazing?”
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While I know that Fion hopes to see many of you at the opening of Mystic Manor, I know I’m glad that you could join us today for a quick “window shopping” opportunity and your first official glimpse into the world of Mystic Point merchandise.

Where in the world should we go next?

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Mystic Point to Open at Hong Kong Disneyland on May 17

posted on April 22nd, 2013 by Tom Staggs, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts


I was in Hong Kong recently to give members of the media a sneak peek at Mystic Point, the new themed area coming to Hong Kong Disneyland. I’m pleased to say that both the ride and the land itself are fantastic! We revealed some exciting news and details about this project, and I wanted to share those with all of you here on the Disney Parks Blog.
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Mystic Point will officially welcome its first guests on May 17, a full year ahead of schedule, and I can’t wait for our Hong Kong Disneyland guests to experience this unique new area. Anchored by an all-new E-ticket attraction, Mystic Point will include new dining and merchandise locations that transport visitors to the mysterious world of Lord Henry Mystic, an eccentric adventurer who has traveled the world collecting unusual objects.
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Mystic Manor is Lord Henry’s stately Victorian mansion and private museum, which is home to his extensive array of fine art and antiquities. Open to the public, guests can tour his home by boarding his latest invention – the “Mystic Magneto-Electric Carriage” – in order to view the more than 7,000 artifacts in his collection. However, when Albert, Lord Henry’s pet monkey, opens a peculiar music box in the museum, all of Mystic Manor’s contents magically come to life.
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Set to a soundtrack created by legendary composer Danny Elfman, Mystic Manor features a trackless ride system, which is one of the most advanced we’ve ever built. It combines innovative special effects, state-of-the-art technology and legendary Disney storytelling to create an immersive experience that can only be found in Hong Kong.
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As part of our current expansion of Hong Kong Disneyland, we’ve opened two other themed areas, Toy Story Land and Grizzly Gulch, which have been a huge hit with guests. We’re certain that Mystic Point will live up to their success, providing guests in Hong Kong with even more unique ways to make Disney memories that will last a lifetime.

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Celebrate Chinese New Year on the ‘Golden Walk of Fortune’ at Hong Kong Disneyland

posted on February 22nd, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Guests at Hong Kong Disneyland can celebrate Chinese New Year the entire month of February at the park’s “Golden Walk of Fortune.”
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The celebration begins as soon as guests enter the park, where a glittering Mickey Mouse-shaped gold statue welcomes them in Town Square. (The color gold is a theme throughout the celebration, as the color symbolizes prosperity and good fortune). Main Street, U.S.A., will be lined with Chinese New Year décor that’s perfect for special photo opportunities. You can also meet Mickey, Minnie, Duffy and other Disney pals in their special gold-trimmed Chinese New Year outfits.

You can also choose from 50 new merchandise items, including Mickey Family Chinese New Year Lai See Red Packets, fortune-telling sticks, fortune wheels, festive candy boxes and limited-edition crystal embedded watches, which are only available at Hong Kong Disneyland.

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