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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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Grizzly Gulch Grows Closer To Completion At Hong Kong Disneyland

posted on June 6th, 2012 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


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.

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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.

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Hong Kong Disneyland’s Star Guest Program Returns Today

posted on March 15th, 2012 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


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.

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Magical moments like these are about to be taken to the next level at Hong Kong Disneyland, with the return of the park’s Star Guest program.

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.

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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.

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Toy Story Land Officially Opens at Hong Kong Disneyland

posted on November 17th, 2011 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Toy Story Land Officially Opens at Hong Kong Disneyland

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.

Toy Story Land Officially Opens at Hong Kong Disneyland

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.

Toy Story Land Officially Opens at Hong Kong Disneyland

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Take 5: Halloween Time Fun at Disney Parks

posted on October 29th, 2011 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Halloween Screams Fireworks at Disneyland Park

Halloween Time at Disney is a Guest favorite and over the last month we’ve shared stories on the Disney Parks Blog on ways the parks have been celebrating worldwide. We held a spooktacular fireworks show, transformed the Haunted Mansion at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts, and even introduced some yummy seasonal treats.

Take 5: Halloween Time Fun at Disney Parks

  1. Disney’s Halloween Festival in Paris – Here are some fun photos of how we celebrated Halloween at Disneyland Paris.

  2. Headless Horseman Leads the Way this Halloween at Hong Kong Disneyland – In Hong Kong Disneyland the Headless Horseman led the way in spooky fun for Disney’s Haunted Halloween celebration.

  3. Dapper Dans Sing Special Spooky Songs for Halloween Time at Disneyland Park – The not-so-scary but very Dapper Dans sang a special set during Halloween Time at Disneyland park including a creepy classic created by Disney Legends X Atencio and Buddy Baker.

  4. A Spooktacular in the Sky at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts – Check out some images taken from this year’s Happy HalloWishes fireworks spectacular.

  5. Our Favorite Disney Sweet for National Cookie Month – We shared a recipe for baking and decorating Jack Skellington cookies from the blockbuster animated film, “Nightmare Before Christmas.”
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Headless Horseman Leads the Way this Halloween at Hong Kong Disneyland

posted on October 25th, 2011 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Headless Horseman Leads the Way this Halloween at Hong Kong Disneyland

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.

Halloween at Hong Kong Disneyland

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.

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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.

Halloween at Hong Kong Disneyland

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.

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Today in Disney History: Hong Kong Disneyland Opens

posted on September 12th, 2011 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Hong Kong Disneyland opened its gates Sept. 12, 2005, making Disney history as the first Disney theme park to open in China.

Mickey Mouse at Hong Kong Disneyland

The park, which was built on reclaimed land in Penny’s Bay, consists of four lands – a Main Street, U.S.A., Fantasyland, Adventureland and Tomorrowland.

Chinese New Year Celebration at Hong Kond Disneyland

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.

Toy Soldier Parachute Drop Coming to Toy Story Land at Hong Kong Disneyland

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.

The resort’s two hotels, Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Hollywood Hotel, also celebrate their anniversaries Sept. 12, 2005.

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A Look at Hong Kong Disneyland’s Tinker Bell Castle

posted on August 5th, 2011 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


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!).

Tinker Bell Castle at Hong Kong Disneyland

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.

Tinker Bell Castle at 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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Happy New Year from Hong Kong Disneyland

posted on December 31st, 2010 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Happy New Year from Hong Kong Disneyland

We’re continuing our celebration of the New Year at Disney Parks with Hong Kong Disneyland. Our second park just rang in the New Year and Disneyland Paris is next.

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Kooky ‘Kompanion’ For Holiday Cards

posted on December 14th, 2010 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


Holiday Kooky Pens

I love sending holiday cards with handwritten greetings for good health and holiday cheer. One thing I always need is a good pen. I recently discovered some that are the perfect “kompanions” courtesy of Kevin-Michael Lezotte, Product Developer for stationery and electronic accessories. I’m talking Kooky pens and Kevin-Michael has been leading the development of these pens for Disney Parks.

“Here, smell these,” said Kevin-Michael as he showed me the two newest limited edition Kooky Kollections created for the holidays (yes, everything has a “K,” not a “C”). “The Mickey Mouse set smells like peppermint and the Donald Duck set smells like gingerbread.”

They did smell wonderful, like Christmas morning. I proceeded to spend the next hour smelling both sets. The scents come from little Mickey Mouse icons attached to each of the pens. The three-pen sets have an edition size of 5,000 each and will be sold at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort. Retail is $24.95 for each set and the ink is refillable (which is great since I write a lot).

I asked Kevin-Michael for a brief history of our relationship with Kooky pens.

Kooky Pens

“We introduced these pens about two years ago as a partnership with Courage Brands, Inc. who manufactures Kooky pens,” he explained. “It has been wonderful to bring fun, engaging and creative Disney designs to these pens. Since 2008, we have released more than 80 different designs, and we have many more on the way. They are also now found in Disneyland Resort Paris and Hong Kong Disneyland will release them in December.”

The artwork for the pens is created by Cody Reynolds and Costa Alavezos from Disney Design Group using a stylized template provided by Kooky. Kevin-Michael said it takes about a year to have a pen produced.

Kooky Pens

“We work about a year in advance,” said Kevin-Michael. “When selecting the various characters, we review company strategies and key initiatives. At the same time, we like mixing high affinity characters along with characters you don’t see that often. The goal is to give our guests lots of choices.”

Similar to Disney Pins, there are limited edition and limited release pens. The limited edition pens have a finite production number, whereas the limited release pens are sold for a period of time then retired. You can identify them by looking at the back of the pen or finding the small Mickey Mouse icon attached to select pens.

I asked Kevin-Michael if he has a favorite one.

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“That’s a tough choice,” he sighed. “Today’s pens are incredibly different compared to when we started. There are now better treatments, applications, art styles and features, like those scented attachments. Yet, I also like simple designs like the pen featuring Mike Wazowski.”

I better return to writing my Christmas cards as the holidays are fast approaching. Before I go, what is your favorite Kooky pen?

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