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The History Of Hong Kong Disneyland In 1 Minute

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Updated: 6 July 2016
Opened on September 12, 2005, Hong Kong Disneyland is the second Disney-themed entertainment park in Asia, after Disneyland Tokyo. Initially, Hong Kong Disneyland had four distinct ‘themed’ lands: Main Street USA, Adventureland, Fantasyland, and Tomorrowland. Now, due to expansion, it features seven themed lands in total, with Toy Story Land, Grizzly Gulch and Mystic Point as additions.

Main Street USA is modeled after a typical American town from around the beginning of the 20th century and serves as the entrance to the park. Adventureland is a large island encircled by the Jungle Cruise that hosts the Festival of the Lion King show and is home to Tarzan’s Treehouse. Fantasyland is where the Sleeping Beauty Castle and Fantasy Gardens are located, where visitors can meet costumed Disney characters during the day and watch the nightly fireworks over Sleeping Beauty Castle. The fireworks have evolved over the years – at the park’s 10th anniversary, street-to-sky projections of Disney Characters are projected to the castle during the show. Tomorrowland features futuristic elements and contains unique attractions such as Autopia (based on Cars) and Stitch Encounter.

Toy Story Land was the first extension to open. It is based on the Toy Story series, and currently, it is exclusive to Hong Kong Disneyland. The Grizzly Gulch is an abandoned mining town located in the mountains and woods. The town was ‘founded’ on August 8, 1888 – the luckiest day of the luckiest month of the luckiest year — by prospectors looking to discover gold. The most recent addition is Mystic Point, which features the Mystic Manor, home of Lord Henry Mystic and his mischievous monkey, Albert. Mystic Point is located in a dense rainforest surrounded by mysterious and supernatural events. Beware of its dark or sudden surprises!

Notable daily events at Hong Kong Disneyland include the Flights of Fantasy Parade, which started in 2011 to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the park. This replaced the Disney on Parade (which was a parade of major Disney characters), which had been running since the park’s opening. Additionally, there is the Disney Paint the Night, which debuted in September 2014.

Disneyland Hong Kong, Lantau Island, Hong Kong +852 3550 3388