You all know that one of my dreams is to visit Hong Kong Disneyland, and today I’m happy to present a fun look at Grizzly Gulch, a new area that’s currently under construction at the park.
A spirited Gold Rush town built around the towering Big Grizzly Mountain, Grizzly Gulch will bring a touch of Wild West adventure to the park. In designing this new area, Walt Disney Imagineers looked to the historic Gold Rush towns California and dramatic landscapes of U.S. National Parks for inspiration. More than 30 sculptors and 20 painters have already been brought in from (mainland) China, Hong Kong, Japan, Nepal, Malaysia, Thailand and the United Kingdom, to contribute to the project.
To learn more, check out this video clip, provided by Hong Kong Disneyland, in which Ali Rubinstein, Creative Director, Walt Disney Imagineering Hong Kong, offers a sneak peek inside the area, which is set to open in July.
One of the best parts about visiting a Disney Park are those moments when something totally unexpected happens, like when the Dapper Dans choose you to serenade on Main Street, U.S.A., or a Disney character stops to give your child a high-five during a parade.
From March 15-May 20, special magical moments will abound throughout this Disney Park. Guests could find themselves experiencing attractions in Toy Story Land alongside surprise guests, be taken over by pirates on their rafting adventure to Tarzan’s Treehouse in Adventureland, or meet Timon and Rafiki from “The Lion King” or Carl and Russell from “UP,” who are seldom seen at Hong Kong Disneyland.
There’s also a new offering this year for young fans of Disney royalty – it’s the Star Princess Tour, which is open to children ages 3-11. This guided tour through the park includes some very special meet and greets with Disney Princesses, stories, a princess goodie bag, and special viewing of the park’s Flights of Fantasy Parade.
Today, our friends at Hong Kong Disneyland are making history with the official grand opening of Toy Story Land. It’s a new Toy Story-themed area with a bunch of fun main attractions like RC Racer, Slinky Dog Spin and Toy Soldier Parachute Drop. And you can experience the feeling of being shrunk to the size of a toy in Andy’s backyard to play with your favorite Toy Story friends.
Looks great, right? Well, there’s more to come. Toy Story Land is the first of three themed areas planned at Hong Kong Disneyland. The second themed area at Hong Kong Disneyland will be called Grizzly Gulch and it’s scheduled to be completed and opened to the public in 2012. And the Mystic Point themed area is expected to open in 2013.
Check out a few more images of Toy Story Land and some photos from opening day.
We’re kicking off a special look at Halloween around our parks this year at Hong Kong Disneyland where the Headless Horseman is leading the way. He’s wandering the park during Disney’s Haunted Halloween celebration looking for the fiend who took his head. Oh, and there’s a “Cursed Jungle” filled with lurking creatures and ghoulish souls to experience at the park.
And when night falls, Mickey, Duffy and the gang are also out and about in their new Halloween costumes for the Trick or Treat Spooktacular in Fantasyland. The “Glow in the Park Parade” and “Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy are back by popular demand this year too. Check out some more images of the fun.
Disney’s Haunted Halloween is also featuring some augmented reality tricks this year. With “Disney’s Spooky Scope” app, guests will see ghosts and may even “lose their faces” in the park.
As you can see, there are some unique experiences at Hong Kong Disneyland this year. Let us know if you’ve been or plan on visiting. And stay tuned – our next post in this series will feature images from Disneyland Paris.
The park features classic Disney attractions like “it’s a small world” and Jungle Cruise, as well as popular new guest favorites, such as Festival of the Lion King and Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters. Hong Kong Disneyland also regularly incorporates Chinese customs and holidays into its event schedule, with special celebrations held for Chinese New Year (see above photo), in addition to Halloween and Christmas.
Expansion plans are already underway at the park to add a Toy Story Land, Grizzly Gulch and Mystic Point, which are set to open in late 2011, 2012 and 2013, respectively. Toy Story Land will feature three main attractions themed after characters in the popular film franchise: the RC Racer, Slinky Dog Spin and Toy Soldier Parachute Drop.
Earlier this week, I got to share updates on both Tinker Bell and Disney castles with you – which inspired me to write this post on what’s currently happening with the castle at Hong Kong Disneyland this summer. (It also gave me an excuse to run this amazing photo!).
The park is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year, and in honor of this milestone, they have introduced a character that had never before appeared at the park. Although our domestic parks have featured her for years, this special celebration marked the introduction of Tinker Bell to Hong Kong Disneyland.
The park has welcomed Peter Pan’s top pixie in grand style, temporarily transforming their Sleeping Beauty Castle into Tinker Bell Castle, with the addition of gold elements that represent a sprinkling of pixie dust that glitters during the day and sparkles at night.
So, what do you think of the castle?
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Hong Kong Disneyland 5th Year Anniversary – Last September Hong Kong Disneyland celebrated its 5th year Anniversary. More than 2,000 families from the Hong Kong community joined over 2,000 cast members to celebrate the milestone.
Hi everyone…what an exciting day over the weekend as we celebrated the 5th year Anniversary milestone of Hong Kong Disneyland. More than 2,000 families from the Hong Kong community joined over 2,000 cast members to celebrate. It was so wonderful to see all the smiling faces and to celebrate hand in hand.
Bill Ernest, President and Managing Director, Asia for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts presented a gift from the Walt Disney Company of one million Hong Kong dollars as a scholarship grant to the Vocational Training Council of Hong Kong. The grant will create one hundred scholarships for students who are in the fields of tourism and hospitality, entertainment and design. It’s great to think about the positive impact to the many students, their future dreams and consider they could be fellow cast members in future years. Hong Kong Disneyland Resort Managing Director Andrew Kam, thanked the many invited guests and then together everyone congratulated in celebration of the milestone as they captured the picture for future memories (seen above).
Following the big moment we all made our way to Tomorrowland where the families enjoyed breakfast and a private party in Tomorrowland. I never tire of seeing the smiling faces of our guests as they delight in our attractions and get hugs from our characters. Watching the children from the community with their eagerness to get to Space Mountain and their smiles on Orbitron makes me proud to be part of this fantastic Company and to bring the magic to Hong Kong. Walt started an amazing legacy and it’s fantastic to be part of seeing that legacy live on in Hong Kong. It was an important milestone for the Park but we’ve only just begun as the celebration continues into 2011 with lots of fun in store for our guests.