The Explorer’s Club Restaurant at Hong Kong Disneyland has undergone an exciting makeover to include more inspiration from Lord Henry Mystic’s time with the Society of Explorers and Adventurers (S.E.A.).
Imagineers from the Hong Kong Design & Show Quality (DSQ) team took on this chance to add new display graphics, props, and illustrations in an effort to “enhance the inclusivity and relevancy of the attraction.” With Den Den Tse as producer and Kendall Elliott as art director, the new displays show off Lord Henry’s passion in making new friends and appreciating cultures from around the world, as well as reinforcing the S.E.A. objectives of expanding human knowledge and cultural awareness.
Guests may already know about Lord Henry and his connections to S.E.A., a secret society that connects many of the characters and stories of Disney theme park attractions around the world. The Explorer’s Club Restaurant is the gathering place for Lord Henry and his fellow members to celebrate their adventures.
The display cases and cabinet showcase some of the treasures he’s collected and received during his travels, including places like China, Russia, Egypt, India and more. Many of his letters to and from his friends, as well as other gifts he received from them are also on display. In the cabinets, items represent Lord Henry’s research such as Chinese rice stalks, spices from the Calcutta spice market, natron produced through Egyptian salt mining, and Russian tea drinking customs.
Before the launch of the new offering, Imagineers put on costumes of Lord Henry’s staff at the Explorer’s Club and conducted a storytelling training session, while in character, for the Food & Beverage team. They shared firsthand stories and the enhanced storyline to the team, so that they, too, could engage guests with these stories with the restaurant reopened on Dec. 22.
These new exhibits illustrate the S.E.A. members’ passion about other cultures and invite visitors of the restaurant to go on a journey of cultural appreciation.
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