Places Everyone! Curtain About to Rise on Hong Kong Disneyland Resort

HONG KONG, Sept. 9 /Xinhua-PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — 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 its grand opening Monday, 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.

On Friday, just days away from opening, landscapers pruned, musicians tuned and shutters got a final coat of paint as the resort’s 5,000 cast members (Disney parlance for employees) readied the resort for its first official guests.

”You can feel the excitement building all across the resort as our cast members add the finishing touches in preparation for our grand opening,” said Don Robinson, group managing director.

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 facade of the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel to the fun icons of Disney’s Hollywood Hotel.

On Monday, dignitaries will join officials of The Walt Disney Company, celebrities and Disney’s world-famous characters including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Pluto and Mulan in unwrapping the first true family vacation destination in Hong Kong, ushering in a new era.

Disney’s fifth vacation resort (others are in California, Florida, Paris and Tokyo) offers attractions new and classic, exciting live shows, a treasure trove of shopping and cuisine with a focus on the flavors of China.

When Hong Kong Disneyland Park grand-opens Monday, the curtain rises on 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 musical 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.

Thoughout the gala, grand opening weekend festivities, stars won’t be just in the skies. The event has attracted top-name performing acts from all across Asia. Among those scheduled to perform for invited guests:

Emil Chau Wakin — Best known as the title singer for the Disney animated feature film hit ”Tarzan,” Emil’s many talents came into play when he recorded the film’s score in both Mandarin and Chinese.

Andy Hui — a well-known pop male vocalist throughout Hong Kong, Andy is known to millions as the voice of Denahi Bear in Disney’s award-winning, animated feature film, ”Brother Bear.” In addition to his voice-talent work, Andy also recorded the title song for the film.

Joey Yung — an award-winning Hong Kong singer and actress, Joey was named Best Female Singer during the Hong Kong Music Awards in both 2003 and 2004. Joey’s ties to Disney date back to the release of a Walt Disney Pictures presentation of the Pixar Animation Studios film ”Toy Story 2,” where she recorded the theme song for the computer-animated hit movie. Later Joey recorded the theme song for Disney’s animated film ”Atlantis.”

Eason Chan — This famed actor-singer from Hong Kong was voted “Best Selling Male Artist” for 2003. He has also been the voice of Milo in the full-length, Disney animated feature film, “Atlantis.”

CoCo Lee — This well-known contemporary singer served as the voice of Mulan in the Disney animated feature film of the same name. Coco also recorded the main title track for Disney’s ”Mulan” — the song ”Reflections.”

Jacky Cheung — A multi-talented Hong Kong performer and entertainer, Jacky is the official spokesperson for Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and can be seen as the host of the ”Magical World of Disneyland” on TVB. He was named the official spokesperson for Hong Kong Disneyland Resort in July 2004 and became the newest member of the Disney family.

For more information including downloadable, high-resolution images and ”getting ready” photos, please visit our media-only Web site, www.hongkongdisneyland.com/news (user name: disney, password: magic). For media information about the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, please visit http://www.info.gov.hk/ .

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From the Front Gates to the Front Desk – Themed Hotels Extend the Magic of Hong Kong Disneyland Resort

HONG KONG, Sept. 10 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ — As it prepares to grand-open on Monday, Hong Kong Disneyland Park isn’t the only star on the scene for vacation-minded families in Asia. The magical theme park — Disney’s first-ever in China — comes with its own supporting cast of two magnificently-themed hotels — Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Hollywood Hotel.

Seaside and stylish on Lantau Island — about 30 minutes from Hong Kong Central — both hotels are adjacent to the park and offer guests not only great accommodations but immersion in Disney theming and storytelling extended right from the park.

In fact, the same creative minds of Walt Disney Imagineering who build the Disney theme parks also imagine and dream Disney’s intricately themed resort hotels.

In both Hong Kong Disneyland hotels, Disney entertainment abounds. Disney characters mingle with gleeful hotel guests, posing for photographs and signing autographs. In the Enchanted Garden Restaurant (Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel), Disney’s most beloved characters join guests for breakfast and dinner on a daily basis. And guests to both hotels are able to take advantage of Disney’s brand of quality service 24 hours a day.

Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel

With its lacelike latticework, curved moldings and balustrades, the grandly Victorian-themed Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel harkens to another era. This cream-colored, red-shingled showplace is transporting, yet with all the modern amenities guests come to expect from a Disney hotel experience, including first-class dining, one-of-a-kind recreation and lushly landscaped grounds.

Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel typifies how Disney storytelling goes beyond the realm of its parks.

“Like all Disney hotels around the world, the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel has a distinctive theme that carries through the architecture, landscape, furnishings and even the costumes worn by the hotel’s cast members,” says Wing Chao, Vice Chairman, Asia Pacific Development for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts and Executive Vice President, Master Planning, Architecture and Design for Walt Disney Imagineering. “Guests staying at the hotel will be transported back in time to the Victorian era with an architectural style and atmosphere like no other.”

Evocative of a bygone time, each of its 400 guestrooms features soft spring colors, light woods and printed wall coverings. Rooms radiate from a grand lobby which rises to a spectacular ceiling adorned with two massive stained-glass domes and ornate chandeliers. Groups and special events are accommodated thanks to an adjacent conference center. Beautifying and wellness services are available to all guests at the ultra-luxe Victorian Spa.

Disney’s Hollywood Hotel

Theming of a different kind takes guests at Disney’s Hollywood Hotel to the 1930s and the era of movie moguls, glittery premieres and three-picture deals.

Recalling the Golden Age of Hollywood, the sweeping hotel is done in Art Deco style, from the light fixtures and carpets in the public areas to the wall coverings and bedspreads in each of the 600 guestrooms.

The moderately-priced hotel also includes shopping, dining, a lounge, a piano-shaped swimming pool and a garden that unfolds like a map of Los Angeles with popular and well-known Hollywood streets, landmarks and icons.

Fun for the whole family, the hotel will make every guest feel like a star as they immerse themselves in the history and glamour of motion pictures. For media and grand-opening invited guests Saturday night, it was the perfect setting for a planned, star-studded Hollywood-themed party complete with all the show business trappings.

For additional information or to book a magical vacation at Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel or Disney’s Hollywood Hotel, guests can contact:

Hotel Reservations Hotline
Hong Kong Disneyland Reservation Center
Telephone 852 1830-830
Opening Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Hong Kong time), daily

Hong Kong Disneyland is a family entertainment park including major shows and adventures plus shopping, dining and guest service facilities. Hong Kong Disneyland is a joint venture between The Walt Disney Company and the Government of the Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong (HKSAR Government).

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