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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.
Ground Was Broken on Hong Kong Disneyland Ten Years Ago Today

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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Top 5 Entertainment at Disney Parks in 2012

posted on December 26th, 2012 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


It’s been a big year for our worldwide Creative Entertainment team at Disney Parks! Here are just a few of the new experiences they brought to life in 2012:

Tom Staggs, Mariah Carey, Bob Iger and Mickey Mouse at the Christening Ceremony of the Disney Fantasy

    1. Launch of Disney FantasyDisney Fantasy, the newest ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet, was christened in March with a star-studded gala in New York City. Sailing on Disney Fantasy, our guests are treated to an extensive shipboard entertainment program, including children’s and family activities, as well as the new stage showsDisney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular” and “Disney’s Wishes.”

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    1. Disneyland Paris 20th AnniversaryDisneyland Paris celebrated their 20th anniversary in April with the debut of “Disney Magic on Parade” and the incredible new nighttime spectacular “Disney Dreams!”

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    1. Reopening of Disney California Adventure park – In June, the openings of Buena Vista Street and Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park introduced a wealth of new entertainment experiences, from the Red Car Trolley News Boys and Five & Dime to DJ’s Dance & Drive and the Citizens of Buena Vista Street. The Disneyland Resort also welcomed the Mad T Party, Voices of Liberty and “Glow with the Show” Ears, interacting with everything from “World of Color” to “Fantasmic!

New Fantasyland Grand Opening Celebration at Walt Disney World Resort

    1. Opening of New Fantasyland – Dec. 6 marked the grand opening of New Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom Park. Whether you’re attending Knight School with the Royal Majesty Makers, sharing “Enchanted Tales with Belle,” swimming down to Ariel’s Grotto to meet the Little Mermaid herself, laughing along with the Storybook Circus Giggle Gang or joining favorite Disney characters on stage at Pete’s Silly Sideshow, New Fantasyland presents immersive entertainment experiences unlike any other. And it’s all topped off with “Celebrate the Magic,” our new nighttime projection show on Cinderella Castle.

Tinker Bell and Her Sister Periwinkle Are Now Greeting Guests at Disney Parks

  1. New Members of the Disney Character Family – Throughout the year, new storytelling environments debuted across Disney Parks, providing the perfect settings for visits from the newest Disney characters. Merida rode in from the Scottish Highlands of “Brave.” Periwinkle joined her sister Tinker Bell for “Secret of the Wings,” and Ralph and Vanellope invited us into the video game world of “Wreck-It Ralph.”

All this, plus the recent expansion at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, which brought all-new guest entertainment and activity programs and a permanent new home for the evening Starlit Hui, and the opening of Grizzly Gulch at Hong Kong Disneyland, a new area of the park where the story comes to life with Disney characters and atmosphere entertainment.

So I guess that’s more than five, but the team isn’t stopping there! They are already hard at work, preparing to bring you even more fantastic entertainment in 2013. Just wait until you see what they have in store for Tokyo Disneyland’s 30th anniversary, Limited Time Magic, Fantasy Faire at Disneyland park and… well, I wouldn’t want to give everything away!

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Take 5: Halloween at Disney Parks

posted on October 27th, 2012 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


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Halloween is an exciting time of year for thousands of guests at both our national and international theme parks. It is a tradition that is celebrated in unique ways, thanks to our Imagineers and creative teams, with events such as Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort, Haunted Mansion Holiday, Mickey’s Halloween Party, and more. From Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, to Disney Cruise Line, to the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, guests come to Disney Parks for some frightfully family-friendly fun! With Halloween creeping up on us, read the posts below to find out how to have a spooky Halloween with Disney Parks.

Take 5: Halloween at Disney Parks

  1. Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort – Watch the pumpkin carvers, get a pirate makeover and more when you celebrate Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort.
  2. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Returns Tonight at Magic Kingdom Park – Experience the fun of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party in Magic Kingdom Park.
  3. Halloween in Hawai`i! Aulani Offers Spooky Fun for All Ages – Guests of all ages can enjoy the Halloween season at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, in Ko Olina, Hawai`i.
  4. Spooky Treats Onboard a Disney Cruise – Sail with Disney Cruise Line this month for a spooktacular time filled with haunted parties, spooky movies and ghoulish delights.
  5. Take a Peek Inside Disney’s Haunted Halloween at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort – Take a look at these photos to see how Halloween fun is celebrated at Hong Kong Disneyland 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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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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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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