Disneyland Hong-KongPosted on: 26 March 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves
Disneyland Hong Kong opens.
Dumbo gleams. Brass fittings sparkle on the horseless carriages of Main Street, U.S.A. Mickey Mouse's tux is pressed to perfection. Even the rocket ships of Space Mountain are poised for the stars.
All is in eager readiness for the dawning of a new frontier in family entertainment in China. Hong Kong Disneyland Resort is about to open.
Disney's 11th theme park and first-ever in China, Hong Kong Disneyland has just opened, bringing Disney's brand of wholesome family fun to an exciting new corner of the world and the fastest growing tourism market anywhere.
Guests will be treated to a theme park of four magical "lands" radiating from Sleeping Beauty Castle, a loving re-creation of the original at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. Two dramatically themed hotels - Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel and Disney's Hollywood Hotel - flank the theme park on Lantau Island, about 30 minutes from Hong Kong by car, bus or the MTR, Hong Kong's sleek, far-flung rail system.
Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, a joint venture of The Walt Disney Company and the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), offers a full day's and evening's entertainment. "We are beginning what we hope will be a lifetime relationship with our guests full of memories that will touch the hearts of millions," said Jay Rasulo, chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.
"This resort is a great example of how The Walt Disney Company combines cutting-edge technology with fantastic storytelling to create unique entertainment experiences," Rasulo added.
Artfully themed Disney hotels continue the magic outside the park. With dramatic views of the park and sea, each is a showplace, from the dramatic façade of the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel to the fun icons of Disney's Hollywood Hotel.
Hong Kong Disneyland Park offers such classics as Space Mountain (with new and exciting special effects), Jungle River Cruise and Mad Hatter Tea Cups. Joining the lineup are latest hits such as "Mickey's PhilharMagic" (a 3-D magical muuscal spectacular starring Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and friends), live shows such as "Festival of the Lion King" inspired by Disney's smash-hit animated feature film "The Lion King," and all-new Fantasy Gardens where guests may meet, take photographs with and get autographs from cherished Disney characters. It's the most elaborate Disney character meet-and-greet location at any Disney theme park in the world.
Disney magic rooted in creativity and imagination fills the rest of the park -- from the fun-filled, float-filled "Disney On Parade" rolling daily down Main Street, U.S.A. to whimsical "streetmosphere" (including a harmonizing barbershop quartet) to a nightly fireworks spectacular painting the skies above Sleeping Beauty Castle with China's ancient mountains for a backdrop.
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