One of the galaxy’s cutest droids is now meeting guests at Hong Kong Disneyland. BB-8 from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” officially debuted his new meet and greet much to the delight of guests this week. [Read more…]
By Quinn Roseboom
Quinn & the group are the very first guests to ride the brand new Iron Man Experience ride, and then enjoy the rest of the attractions to be found at Hong Kong Disneyland. [Read more…]
By Quinn Roseboom
This week, Quinn spends his final hours in Shanghai and makes the trip to Hong Kong. [Read more…]
Hong Kong Disneyland has announced record high per-capita spending for Fiscal Year 2016, and plans for an adventurous Marvel Super Hero Summer in 2017. [Read more…]
By Seth Kubersky
Recently, the Walt Disney Company announced plans to purchase 100% ownership of the Disneyland Paris resort in France. If news that the Walt Disney Company is not already the sole owner of Disneyland Paris comes as a surprise, you may be interested to know Disney doesn’t completely (or even mostly) own many of the international attractions that bear its name. Here’s is a brief primer on who owns the Disney parks around the world: [Read more…]
Disney Parks’ first Marvel-themed ride, Iron Man Experience, has now soft opened at Hong Kong Disneyland, with an official opening happening Jan. 11, 2017. [Read more…]
We’re taking the trip of a lifetime to Asia! Over the next two and a half weeks starting this Saturday, a few of us at “Attractions Magazine” are going to Shanghai Disney, Hong Kong Disneyland, Universal Studios Japan, Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo DisneySea and more. You can follow all the fun on social media. [Read more…]
The Walt Disney Company and the Hong Kong Government have announced plans for a multi-year expansion of Hong Kong Disneyland from 2018-2023, with new experiences opening almost each of those years. [Read more…]
Disney has debuted another first – an all LED nighttime parade at Hong Kong Disneyland called “Disney Paint the Night”. [Read more…]
Hong Kong Disneyland continues to grow with the announcement of its newest attraction coming in 2016, Marvel’s Iron Man Experience. This marks the first time since Disney acquired Marvel four years ago that an attraction based off a Marvel character has been announced. [Read more…]
Hong Kong – On Wednesday, Hong Kong Financial Secretary, John Tsang, announced that Hong Kong Disneyland would expand to include Marvel heroes. The expansion will reportedly cover 17 acres in the currently 68-acre park. This expansion will reportedly be completed around 2017. While details are quite sketchy at this point, the expansion will include Marvel attractions and a nighttime parade. [Read more…]
By Andy Guinigundo
Penny’s Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong – July 13, 2012 marked the official opening of Grizzly Gulch the largest themed area in the Hong Kong Disneyland expansion. In addition to Grizzly Gulch, the Hong Kong Disneyland expansion includes Toy Story Land that opened in 2011 and the final piece, Mystic Point, which is scheduled to open in 2013. [Read more…]
Guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios this week got a rare chance to meet a new character that they’ll have to go a long way to see again. Imagineers were testing out an unusual character called Cubot before he/she heads to Hong Kong. [Read more…]
The Walt Disney Park & Resorts exhibit at the D23 Expo is one of the must-see areas of the exhibition floor for any Disney theme park fan. Not only does it feature models, artwork, animatronics, and plenty more from upcoming new attractions but each of the areas is staffed by actual Walt Disney Imagineers who have worked on those projects, eager and ready to tell you all about them.
Here is a video tour of the exhibit followed by a photo walkthrough, revealing some new details about upcoming attractions:
Walt Disney Imagineer Kevin Rafferty was on hand yesterday to tell all about the Radiator Springs Racers attraction coming to Disney’s California Adventure. Whether you’re a fan of the Disney/Pixar film “Cars” or not, it sounds to me like you will love this ride.
The roughly 4.5 minute journey will take guests through every element of the film, including a slow drive through the mountains and past a stunning waterfall, a character-filled journey through the town, and culminating in a race against another vehicle over bridges and around tight turns.
Several models from Cars Land are at the Disney Parks & Resorts exhibit, showing the layout of the entire land as well as details from each of its attractions.
Here’s a close-up of two cars traveling through Radiator Springs Racers. The vehicles will be very similar to those found at Test Track in Epcot but with a modified chassis for a more “Cars”-like styling. The vehicles won’t travel as fast as on Test Track, but they will be paired side-by-side in a race. Until the race portion of the ride, the cars will travel individually through the first scenes of the ride. The track will then split off sending guests in opposite directions to prepare for their races.
The characters featured in Radiator Springs Racers are lovingly being referred to as “auto-animatronics.” They each feature animated eyes and a mouth that makes the cars really appear to be talking. One particularly fun moment during the ride will be when Mater, the tow truck, pulls out in front of the guests’ car. Since Mater drives always backwards, he will actually be facing guests and talking to them while driving backwards in front of them.
Audio-animatronics is prominently featured within the Disney Parks & Resorts exhibit. This decades’ old control panel features original sketches drawn directly onto its surface by one of Disney’s animators from the past.
Wall-E made his first public appearance in several months within the Disney Parks & Resorts exhibit. Guests can interact with Wall-E and also get their picture with him.
Lucky the Dinosaur also appears at the Disney Parks & Resorts exhibit when Wall-E isn’t around.
The final section of the Disney Parks & Resorts exhibit is a huge area devoted to the upcoming Hong Kong Disneyland expansion. Mystic Manor, pictured above, has a very large portion of the exhibit area, with many different models and concept art walking guests through the entire ride.
This full ride layout of Mystic Manor shows how Imagineers take their flat drawings and turn them into a 3-dimensional work to get a sense of how everything flows together.
The ride vehicles for Mystic Manor are rather unique and will “float” around the attraction on a trackless system.
We will be bringing much more video and photos from the D23 Expo later today so keep checking back! While there hasn’t been any Orlando-specific news or announcements yet, we certainly plan to hear a few at tomorrow’s Walt Disney Parks and Resorts talk.