"We are more excited than ever about the future of Hong Kong Disneyland," said Bob Chapek, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. "This proposed expansion brings the best of The Walt Disney Company to this wonderful tourist destination, giving guests an experience only Disney can deliver and infusing some of Disney's most beloved characters and stories into this unique destination."
Some of the new world-class attractions and experiences that are designed to appeal to guests of Hong Kong Disneyland include:
- A transformed Castle and Hub area to showcase new daytime and nighttime spectaculars and entertainment experiences
- An all-new Frozen themed land where guests can experience the characters and stories from the beloved films in ways never before at a Disney park
- Dedicated Marvel themed area featuring exciting new Marvel attractions and entertainment from one of the most popular Super Hero franchises in history
- A new entertainment venue, Moana's Village Festival in Adventureland, which will feature a lively stage show
This proposed investment follows a period of historic growth at Hong Kong Disneyland. The resort recently celebrated its 10th Anniversary with brand-new popular experiences. Between 2011 and 2013, it launched three themed areas -- Toy Story Land, Grizzly Gulch and Mystic Point. In addition, Iron Man Experience, Disney Parks' first Marvel-themed ride, is set to open on January 11, 2017 and the resort's third hotel, Disney Explorers Lodge, will open with 750 rooms later in the first half of the year.
Plans call for the expansion to be funded through cash equity injections from Hong Kong Disneyland's shareholders – subsidiaries of The Walt Disney Company and the Hong Kong Government – based on current ownership stakes, which are 47% and 53%, respectively. This means the share of the project cost to be funded by the Company and the Government will be approximately $650 million and $750 million, respectively. The two shareholders have agreed on the development plans, subject to funding approval by the Company's Board of Directors and the Legislative Council of Hong Kong for their respective share of investment.
About Walt Disney Parks and Resorts:
Walt Disney Parks and Resorts are where dreams come true. More than sixty years ago, Walt Disney created a new kind of entertainment families could experience together, immersed in detailed atmospheres and vibrant storytelling. His vision now includes a collection of six of the world's leading family vacation destinations – Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, Calif.; Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.; Tokyo Disney Resort, Urayasu, Chiba, Japan; Disneyland Paris, Marne-la-Vallée, France; Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, located on Lantau Island; and Shanghai Disney Resort, Pudong New District, Shanghai, China. In addition, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts includes the world-class Disney Cruise Line; Disney Vacation Club; Aulani, A Disney Resort and Spa; Adventures by Disney, a guided group vacation experience to some of the world's most popular destinations; and Walt Disney Imagineering, which creates and designs all Disney parks, resorts and attractions.
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