HONG KONG DISNEYLAND
Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Walt Disney Theme Parks
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(8/14/14) Fantasyland and Iron Man Construction Updates (MORE...)
(8/13/14) New Fantasyland Construction (MORE...)
(7/18/14) Paint the Night Parade Artwork (MORE...)
(7/14/14) Government Approves Increased Funding (MORE...)
Ride Rehabs - The following information is not guaranteed to be 100% accurate.
Nothing is known at this point in time...
General Park News - (8/14/14) According to one of our readers, the construction spotted in Fantasyland is supposed to be for a new Fantasy Garden character meet & greet area.
Meanwhile a total park photo update posted to Disney & More shows off a lot of rehab work taking place around the park, as well as how riders on the Autopia are being treated to some great views of the Iron Man Experience construction site. They haven’t gone vertical yet, but there is a lot of dirt being pushed around.
(7/14/14) According to the local news the “Finance Committee of Hong Kong's Legislative Council” approved a request for the government to increase their share of ownership in Hong Kong Disneyland, which will in turn, increase the funding for the resort for new projects. The vote was approved 39 to 8.
(5/13/14) A nice relaxing look at Mystic Point and the masterpiece that is Mystic Manor can be seen at Westcoaster this week.
(2/5/14) A fun trip report from Hong Kong Disneyland has been posted to the TPR forum. Check it out.
(12/5/13) One of the most popular rides to open outside of the US this year certainly has to be Mystic Manor at Hong Kong Disneyland. This unique dark ride experience has been gathering tons of fans, both from within the amusement industry as well as amongst the general public. Make the jump over to Dejiki to see an elaborate photo tour of the Mystic Manor pre-show rooms and queue.
(11/26/13) Dejiki has posted a new update from Hong Kong Disneyland this week, taking a look at new series of puppet shows being performed in the park’s three new lands.
(10/21/13) A full report from this year’s Halloween event at Hong Kong Disneyland has been posted by Disney & More this week. They also have details about the park’s interesting marketing challenge… asking guests to complete a “Scream-No-More Challenge” tour of several of the park’s attractions. The battling factions of the Werewolves and Vampires from last year are also back on Main Street.
(9/12/13) Disney & More reports that the Media Event for Hong Kong Disneyland’s Halloween Event will take place today. 2013 will see the return of the Revenge of the Headless Horseman and Graves Academy haunts. While no new haunts will be added, we will see the haunted theme and festivities extended over into Toy Story Land and Grizzly Gulch this year.
(8/22/13) Disney & More pulls out the crystal ball to look into the future of Hong Kong Disneyland in their latest update. They tell us that the park will soon seek funding for a third, high-end, resort hotel and that the previously announced plans to build a small Marvel themed area off Tomorrowland that will feature a major Marvel themed E-Ticket ride have been given the green light.
2014 - Disney Paint The Night - (7/18/14) Concept art showing off several of the floats for Hong Kong Disneyland’s new Paint the Night parade launching on October 1st has been posted to Disney & More.
(5/21/14) Hong Kong Disneyland has confirmed that “Disney Paint The Night”, the park’s new nighttime parade spectacular” will open in October 2014.
(2/20/14) The latest update to Disney & More reports that Hong Kong Disneyland will launch a new night parade called Disney Paint The Night sometime in 2014. They believe it will likely start in September, and is expected to be somewhat interactive, and may be an evolution of the Glow With the Show eat hats concept, though possibly in reverse, with guests able to color change the parade elements.
2015 - New 10th Anniversary Entertainment & Non-Ride Attraction - (8/13/14) I’m hearing the construction for the unknown walk-through attraction being added to HKDL’s Fantasyland has begun. It’s not in the castle however, but apparently the work is taking place somewhere between Dumbo and the Fantasyland train tracks. If anyone is heading to the park and can find it, please send in some pictures.
(1/30/14) This is only a wild rumor… but the idea of a new non-ride attraction opening in Fantasyland in 2015 at HKDL has got some people really thinking. According to one source, they believe that it could be entirely possibly for the park to open some kind of new walk-through attraction inside the park’s castle. The HKDL castle was built essentially as a copy of the original Disneyland castle which offers a Sleeping Beauty walk-through attraction. Could it be possible that when the Hong Kong version was built, they might have left open the space to add a similar attraction in the future? Just a wild idea, but seems like something that could add some extra value on a budget. Anyone have a little extra insight on if this is even possible?
(1/28/14) Disney & More reports that Hong Kong Disneyland will also add an unknown new, non-ride style attraction in 2015 to Fantasyland. Any ideas?
(1/26/12) The only rumors go far claim that in typical Disney park fashion, for the park’s first big anniversary celebration, they will likely focus on adding major new entertainment options such as shows and parades.
Late 2016 - Iron Man Experience - Confirmed -
Now I used to be a big comic book fan in my younger days, but I never really got heavily into Iron Man, so does anyone recognize the black evil robot army Iron Man is fighting in the concept artwork? At this point I would seriously hope that Disney would use a legit and real Iron Man nemesis from the Marvel Universe and not just make something up for the sake of the ride, so if you can ID the villain here, please do let me know.
(2/20/14) Disney & More has posted a look at some new Iron Man Experience concept artwork and storyboards that were shown to the Hong Kong council a few months ago. Included is a much better look at a detailed model showing off the look of the Iron Man themed simulator ride car.
(1/28/14) Disney & More reports that the Iron Man Experience attraction will begin construction shortly after the Chinese New Year holiday is over. The site has already been cleared, and once work starts the park will be forced to shut down their railroad for the next year or so to allow for this project to get underway. They also report that Hong Kong Disneyland will also add an unknown new, non-ride style attraction in 2015 to Fantasyland. Any ideas?
(10/10/13) After thinking about it for a couple of days I guess I do agree that the enemy bots in the Iron Man Experience artwork do look like the handiwork of Hydra. Besides the basic resemblance to the Octo-Bots as seen in the Avengers animated series, and the facial markings, I noticed one other clue. While you can’t make out the perfect details of it all, if you look at the forehead area on the bots in both images, you will see a large circle emblem, I can only guess would be a version of the Hydra emblem, which was also seen on the Hydra soldiers seen in the Captain America film, where they opted to wear a very dark green and black uniform instead of the brighter green and yellow costumes seen in the comics and animation. In the one art clip the circle is even tinted red just as they are on the Hydra soldier uniforms, so at this point all clues point to Hydra as the villain.
(10/9/13) I’m told that the Iron Man Experience ride will indeed go into the same area previously envisioned for Star Tours, tucked away behind the Buzz Lightyear building across the train tracks, to the right of the Autopia entrance.
As for the enemy… the exact villain isn’t entirely known, but it has been pointed out that the robot bad rides look somewhat similar to Hydra Octo-Bots (as seen on the Avengers animated series), though most Hydra equipment ends up painted green while these are black.
(10/8/13) – Breaking News – Sometimes incredible things happen while you are sleeping… and this morning’s big surprise was the announcement of the next major new attraction coming to Hong Kong Disneyland. As rumored, Disney’s first Marvel character themed attraction will arrive in late 2016… “Iron Man Experience”.
According to the description on the Disney Parks Blog the new attraction will be placed in Tomorrowland and start off with a tour through a piece of the Stark Expo where guests will see displays showing off the progression of Tony Stark’s Iron Man armor suits as well as other Stark inventions. You will then board a ride vehicle and take flight with Iron Man on an adventure against the forces of evil that will actually take place in the streets and skies of Hong Kong itself. Following your ride there will also be an Iron Man meet & greet area to take pictures with Marvel’s famous superhero.
A quick look over the three pieces of concept artwork shown show off a large ride building and your flying ride vehicle which features a not too surprising resemblance to the Star Speeder 2000/3000 from Star Tours. The body has been modified of course slightly with extra curves and bumps and has been given a proper Tony Stark trademark red and gold paint job as well. This seems a clear indication that we will see the same Star Tours 2 style ride system installed here for the Iron Man ride… and now gives us a clear explanation as to why the previous effort to build Star Tours 2 in Hong Kong’s Tomorrowland was quietly squashed. Same ride, same location… new theme.
(4/23/13) In a bit of a Spin Job, the news reports that the Hong Kong city govnerment jumped the gun when they announced that a dedicated Marvel land would be built at the park. Disney Resorts Chariman, Tom Staggs has reported that Disney has yet to confirm anything about it yet and that it was just one possible option for Hong Kong Disneyland.
(2/28/13) It’s official… according to China editon of the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Secretary of Hong Kong told commented that Hong Kong Disneyland will next open a new nighttime parade AND build a new area themed to “Marvel heroes” that will be “the first of its kind in the world.”
Meanwhile our friends at Disney and More have come forward with a few more details and thoughts on the project. It was mentioned that a 7 hectare expansion area was left open for future development which is assumed to be a site behind Tomorrowland, once eyeballed for the Star Tours 2 project before that was put on hold. They speculate that we could see a Marvel Land open by 2017. From what I’ve heard there will be no Marvel rides built at Shanghai Disneyland on opening day, so handing over Marvel to Hong Kong Disneyland is a great move to give that park something unique that the Shanghai park will not have.
2017 - New Resort Hotel / Disney Explorers’ Lodge - Confirmed - (5/2/14) Disney & More reports that the new resort hotel coming to Hong Kong Disneyland will be named “Disney Explorers’ Lodge”.
(2/20/14) Hong Kong Disneyland has confirmed that they will build a new on-site resort hotel by 2017. This new resort will be the biggest of the three (750 rooms) and positioned as a “luxury hotel” themed to exoctic locations from around the world. Make the jump and check out the concept artwork of the new hotel, which almost seems to have an Adventure’s Club style theme to it. Should be very interesting to see how it turns out.
(11/9/12) According to this news report the rumors about Hong Kong Disneyland’s plans to try and add more hotels are true. In fact, they may be looking a a long term masterplan to add as many as three new hotels to the resort over the next decade. The news comes with new rumors claiming that the park may actually post its first profit this year as well.
While the article does not mention this, I had also heard rumors that a Downtown Disney style area may also be pitched to link up the hotels with the park, as well as any future expansion planned to open in the years to come.
(1/11/12) Good news for Hong Kong Disneyland this week as MSNBC reports that the theme park resort has moved even closer to profitability over the past year. The resort reported a reduced loss of 237 million HK Dollars ($30.5 million US) in 2011, down from 718 million HK Dollars in 2010. Attendance was up 13% as the park welcomed 5.9 million guests, who reported a 6% increase in PerCap spending. Hotel occupancy rates also rose from 82% to 91% in 2011.
(7/26/07) While attendance at Hong Kong Disneyland is below expectations, that hasn’t stopped the Disney Resorts on site from filling up. Based on the occupancy rates at the resorts existing two resorts, HKDL is moving ahead with plans to build a 3rd hotel to fill the growing demand. The new hotel is only in long term development and wont open for several years, but is earmarked for a site between the resorts other two hotels that is currently used for “sporting activities”.
Downtown Disney - Planning - (6/8/11) According to the latest word from Screamscape source, a meeting between WDI and Cirque du Soleil at the Grand Californian hotel last week was actually to talk about adding a new Cirque show to Hong Kong Disneyland and not to the California park. It’s felt that a new Cirque theater building could serve as an anchor to a new local Downtown Disney style retail between the park and the resorts.
(6/6/07) Sources claim that a Hong Kong version of Downtown Disney is on the drawing boards right now, though we have no idea when they may try to move forward with it. We’ve also heard they have plans for another themed hotel too, but those plans will only move forward if and when the current attendance problems have been solved. Right now the focus is on improving the park experience and adding new attractions that can draw in bigger crowds.