Hong Kong Disneyland starts expansion project
Hong Kong Disneyland has launched an expansion plan which will see the attraction develop three new themed areas. The project, agreed by the Hong Kong government and the Walt Disney Company earlier this year, will add the ‘Grizzly Gulch’, ‘Mystic Point’ and ‘Toy Story Land’ by 2014, Xinhua reported Andrew Kam, Managing Director of the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, as saying.
“The expansion will enhance Hong Kong’s competitiveness in the tourism sector,” Kam said at the ceremony, adding that he expected attendance to continue improve as more visitors come to Hong Kong in future. Hong Kong Disneyland has attracted 19 million visitors since its opening in September 2005. It is still the smallest among the Disney theme parks around the world, and will face increased competition for guests when Disney’s first mainland China theme park opens in Shanghai.
The government and Walt Disney agreed earlier this year on adding the three new themed areas to expand the park by 23%, just months ahead of the Shanghai announcement.
According to the report, Toy Story Land will be inaugurated in 2-3 years, with the other two areas following shortly after. The Grizzly Gulch and the Mystic Point will be exclusive to Hong Kong Disneyland for the five years after opening, while Toy Story Land will be exclusive in Asia.