Hong Kong Disneyland is the newest addition to Walt Disney’s global franchise of theme parks; however what makes this theme park different from others that were put up all over the world is the distinct Chinese ambience that it exudes.
Hong Kong Disneyland is located on reclaimed land in Penny’s Bay, Lantau Island. It is the first theme park located inside the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and is owned and managed by the Hong Kong International Theme Parks.
It is, together with Ocean Park Hong Kong, one of the two large theme parks in Hong Kong. Hong Kong Disneyland opened to visitors on Monday, 12 September 2005 at 13:00 HKT.
Disney attempted to avoid problems of cultural backlash by incorporating Chinese culture, customs, and traditions when designing and building the resort, including adherence to the rules of feng shui.
For instance, a bend was put in a walkway near the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort entrance so good qi energy wouldn’t flow into the South China Sea.
The park consists of seven themed areas: Main Street, U.S.A., Fantasyland, Adventureland, Tomorrowland, Grizzly Gulch, Mystic Point, and Toy Story Land.
The theme park’s cast members speak Cantonese, English, and Mandarin. Guide maps are printed in traditional and simplified Chinese as well as English, Japanese, Thai, Malay and Indonesian.
When planning the theme park in Hong Kong project executives were aware of the cultural issues that faced the Disneyland in Paris, therefore great pains were taken to integrate the theme park with Chinese culture, Feng Shui consultants were brought in to assist with the design and incense was burned to bless the buildings that were completed.
As the newest Disneyland in the world, it is a must-see because of its special attractions and the inimitable sense of Chinese culture.
Walking into it, you feel you are in a wonderland. Accompanied by Mickey Mouse and other Disney friends, you start a fantastic and magical journey.
With unique scenic spots and Disney Theme Hotels, you can go escape from the real world, and make your dreams come true. The availability of delicious Chinese and Asian food is also a lure for many visitors and Disney fans.
The first theme park you might come across is ‘Main Street, U.S.A.’. Entering Main Street, you will be amazed by the delicate buildings, dim gas lamp and Paddy Wagon passing by. Antique taxicabs, Railroad and the City Hall transports you back to America of the early 20th century.