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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.
Window Shopping at Disney Parks: Hong Kong Disneyland 8th Anniversary Merchandise

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

“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?”
Limited-Edition Grand Opening Music Box Jumbo Pin at Mystic Point at Hong Kong Disneyland

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.
Mystic Point to Open at Hong Kong Disneyland on May 17

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.
Mystic Point to Open at Hong Kong Disneyland on May 17

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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Today in Disney History: Ground is Broken on Hong Kong Disneyland

posted on January 12th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Exactly 10 years ago today, on January 12, 2003, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts celebrated a new milestone – the groundbreaking for Hong Kong Disneyland Resort.
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The resort, which opened to guests in 2005, includes Hong Kong Disneyland and two resort hotels, Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Hollywood Hotel.

Today, the park has grown to feature six themed lands: Main Street, U.S.A., Adventureland, Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, Toy Story Land and Grizzly Gulch.

In honor of today’s milestone, check out this photo gallery of the resort.


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Take a Peek Inside Disney’s Haunted Halloween at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort

posted on October 16th, 2012 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party here at Walt Disney World Resort, so it’s always really interesting to see how the holiday is celebrated at our other Disney Parks – especially Hong Kong Disneyland Resort.
The Glow in the Park Parade at Disney’s Haunted Halloween 2012 at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort

This year, the park is celebrating Disney’s Haunted Halloween 2012, an event that features Halloween fun throughout the park. Highlights include a Glow in the Park Parade starring Jack Skellington and his Pumpkin Men, a Trick-or-Treat Spooktacular in Fantasyland, and a Halloween-themed Animation Academy where guests can learn to draw Vampire Mickey and other characters in costumes.

In Adventureland, guests can experience the Revenge of the Headless Horseman show or explore Adventureland Cursed Jungle, a Halloween overlay that abounds with creepy creatures. In Tomorrowland, guests are being treated to a Party Zone, performances by the Pan-Asian band BLUSH, and demonstrations by Duncan Yo-Yo Team pros. They can also get whisked away on Space Mountain – Ghost Galaxy.

Sure looks like a happy Halloween to me!


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Take 5: Exploring Hong Kong Disneyland Resort

posted on July 28th, 2012 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Disney’s Flight of Fantasy Parade at Hong Kong Disneyland

Looking for new ideas while planning your next vacation? A visit to Hong Kong Disneyland Resort has a place on the Disney bucket list of many, including Disney Parks Blog author Jennifer Fickley-Baker. Read the posts below for a peek at what Hong Kong Disneyland Resort has to offer:

Take 5: Exploring Hong Kong Disneyland Resort

  1. Grizzly Gulch Opens at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort – Hong Kong Disneyland opens Grizzly Gulch, the first experience of its kind at Disney Parks. Take a look at the opening event!

  2. Hong Kong Disneyland’s Star Guest Program Returns Today – Hong Kong Disneyland guests feel like stars when they experience unexpected surprises like those offered by the Star Guest program.

  3. Toy Story Land Officially Opens at Hong Kong Disneyland – Here’s your chance to feel just like a toy. Opened in November 2011, Toy Story Land brings attractions such as RC Racer, Slinky Dog Spin and Toy Soldier Parachute Drop to Hong Kong Disneyland.

  4. Today in Disney History: Hong Kong Disneyland Opens – Amidst the expansion of adding Toy Story Land, Grizzly Gulch and Mystic Point, Hong Kong Disneyland celebrated the fifth anniversary of its September 12, 2005, opening.

  5. Hong Kong Disneyland 5th Year Anniversary – In 2010, Hong Kong Disneyland marked its fifth anniversary with an amazing celebration for over 2,000 families.
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Grizzly Gulch Opens at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort

posted on July 19th, 2012 by Tom Staggs, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts


Welcome to the new Grizzly Gulch at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort

In a spectacular ceremony last week at the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, I was joined by key members of the Hong Kong Government as we unveiled Grizzly Gulch, a thrilling and distinctive new themed area that is the first experience of its kind at any of our parks around the world. Also with me for the opening event were Bill Ernest, President and Managing Director of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts in Asia, and Bruce Vaughn, Chief Creative Officer for Walt Disney Imagineering.

The second – and largest – area of our multiyear expansion, Grizzly Gulch transports guests to a Wild West mining town that recalls a golden era of hope, adventure and opportunity.

The miners who founded the town back in 1888 did so unknowingly on land with natural springs, resulting in unpredictable geysers and fountains throughout the town that will surprise and delight our guests.

Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine, the centerpiece of Grizzly Gulch at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort

The centerpiece of Grizzly Gulch is our E-ticket attraction, The Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars. With an innovative new ride system developed specifically for Hong Kong, Guests will take a thrilling adventure on a runaway train that goes forwards, backwards and crisscrosses in and around the entire area.

Grizzly Gulch joins Toy Story Land, the first of the new themed areas in our current expansion, which opened last November and has been a big hit with guests.

While we were in Hong Kong, Bill, Bruce, and I had a chance to do a walk-through of Mystic Point, the third and final component of the expansion, opening next spring.

With music by Danny Elfman, some of our most innovative storytelling ever, and a rich, beautiful setting, I feel confident that this third piece of our expansion will be an instant classic.

Once these three areas are complete, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort will have expanded by roughly 25%, giving guests even more opportunities to create shared memories that will last a lifetime.

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