Hong Kong Disneyland may be temporarily closed, but construction work has not stopped. Thanks to shots by Hong Kong Main Street Gazette on Instagram, we got these incredible views into the park. Along with working on construction projects like the “Castle of Magical Dreams,” the park has also been preparing to reopen.
Hong Kong Disneyland announced many years ago that it would be transforming the look of its park’s castle. A modification to a castle of this scale has never been done before at a Disney Park. The work would require the park’s main icon to be behind scrims and construction walls for years, but Disney was confident in its decision.
This new vision will drastically change the look of the castle and significantly increase its size. This structure will be inspired by 13 Disney stories featuring princesses and heroines and will also serve as the canvas for new entertainment, including a daytime show and nighttime spectacular. The castle will also be home to a new Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique location.
We can clearly see far along close construction efforts have gotten in this image. The front of the castle still holds a strong resemblance to the original Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland park in California, but the roof has quite literally been raised as new spires, towers, walls and rooftops come into place.
The warm tan color, combined with the shimmering gold accents, is a bold and beautiful contrast to the teal rooftops. A close eye will also see how different parts of the castle coincide with different Disney films. Many iconic animated Disney structures are represented here.
Ground-view close-ups give us a better idea on details and color methods. Some rooftops have been designed in a way to portray aging that you would spot on real world materials. Can you spot the Heart of Te Fiti symbol from “Moana” toward the bottom of the image?
If you’ve ever visited Hong Kong Disneyland, you will already see how this new castle has changed the park. Before the Castle of Magical Dreams renovation, you would not have been able to see the park’s castle behind the train station.
Another extreme close-up shows us this view of Mushu atop one of the castle’s towers. You can also see the floral design underneath him as well.
Here, we can see Tiana’s tower, which appears to feature a golden frog and water lilies in its design.
Snow White’s tower is easy to spot with the iconic apple on top. This view also gives a great example of the numerous color schemes being used in the paint and tile work.
Thirteen different Disney films will be featured on the Castle of Magical Dreams. Guests can look for these princesses by finding the golden icons on top of towers and the unique designs each icon sits on.
This older photo, taken on Jan. 25, 2020, gives another great idea of the scale of this project. Look toward the bottom and you may recognize the original shape of Sleeping Beauty castle. The new main tower is massive in comparison. This added height will help sell the castle’s forced perspective size, especially when compared to the real mountains in the background.
This last look lets us see the vibrant blue glass featured on the new main portion of the Castle of Magical Dreams.
In other news, Hong Kong Disneyland is preparing to reopen. Covered temperature check areas, much like the kind we have seen at Shanghai Disneyland, are being set up.
Social distancing markers can been seen getting tested as well. While Hong Kong Disneyland has not officially announced when it plans to reopen, these are good signs that an announcement will hopefully be in the near future.
How do you feel about this new castle design and the reopening of another Asia-based Disney Park? Is there a different Disney film you wish had been showcased in the castle? Let us know in the comments below.