Hong Kong Disneyland opened its gates Sept. 12, 2005, making Disney history as the first Disney theme park to open in China. The park, which was built on reclaimed land in Penny's Bay, consists of four lands – a Main Street, U.S.A., Fantasyland, Adventureland and Tomorrowland.
Hong Kong Disneyland (Chinese: 香港迪士尼樂園) is a theme park located on reclaimed land in Penny's Bay, Lantau Island. It is the first theme park located inside the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and it is owned and managed by the Hong Kong International Theme Parks.
The park is divided into "lands" (themed areas) and well-concealed backstage areas. On entering a land, a guest is completely immersed in a themed environment and is unable to see or hear any other realm. The idea behind this was to develop theatrical "stages" with seamless passages from one land to the next. The public areas occupy approximately 27.4 hectares (68 acres). When the park initially opened, it consisted of only four classic themed areas instead of the traditional five lands:
Main Street, U.S.A., designed to resemble an early 20th-century Midwest town;
Fantasyland, bringing to life characters and places from Disney's movies for children;
Tomorrowland, an optimistic vision of the future.
On 30 June 2009, Donald Tsang, the then Chief Executive of Hong Kong, announced that the expansion of Hong Kong Disneyland had been approved by the Executive Council. The park received three new themed lands — Grizzly Gulch, Mystic Point and Toy Story Land — all located outside the Disneyland Railroad track, south of the current area.
Toy Story Land, based on the Disney·Pixar film series Toy Story. Opened 18 November 2011.
Grizzly Gulch, reminiscing an abandoned mining town set amidst mountains and woods. Opened 14 July 2012.
Mystic Point, heart of a dense, uncharted rain forest where supernatural events take place. Opened 17 May 2013.
On 2 May 2017, the Executive Council approved another multi-year expansion of Hong Kong Disneyland, adding two new themed lands — Frozen Land and Marvel area — to the park.
Frozen Land, themed to the popular Disney franchise Frozen. Opening in 2020.
Marvel area, inviting guests to combat villains with Marvel superheroes. Opening in 2023.
Throughout the park are 'Hidden Mickeys', or representations of Mickey Mouse heads inserted subtly into the design of attractions and environmental decor.
An elevated berm supports the 3 ft(914 mm) narrow gaugeHong Kong Disneyland Railroad (built by Severn Lamb) that circumnavigates the park.