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.
Here are a few more images from the celebration:
Can’t believe it’s been 5 years!
The backdrop of the castle in Hong Kong is simply stunning! Happy birthday, HKDL – I hope to visit someday!
Happy Birthday and have a wonderful year HK Disneyland!!!! All the best and success for you in the future!!!
So exciting! Happy happy 5th! This is the one park I haven’t been to that I’m just dying.. DYING to go to! Hopefully someday soon.
Happy 5th Birthday!!!! I was lucky enough to visit Hong Kong Disneyland in 2008 and I just loved it. The Sleeping Beauty Castle is so beautiful with the mountains of Hong Kong behind it. I can’t wait to go back there once all the new attractions and additions are finished. I love those 5th birthday ear hats. Any chance we might eventually be able to purchase them in the Disney Parks online store?
Happy Birthday! So wonderful to see Disney giving back to communities around the world.
Happy Birthday HKDL!
PS. Love the pic of the Mickey hats and all the fives in front of the castle. = )