Today in Disney History: Hong Kong Disneyland Opens

Hong Kong Disneyland opened its gates Sept. 12, 2005, making Disney history as the first Disney theme park to open in China.

Mickey Mouse at Hong Kong Disneyland

The park, which was built on reclaimed land in Penny’s Bay, consists of four lands – a Main Street, U.S.A., Fantasyland, Adventureland and Tomorrowland.

Chinese New Year Celebration at Hong Kond Disneyland

The park features classic Disney attractions like “it’s a small world” and Jungle Cruise, as well as popular new guest favorites, such as Festival of the Lion King and Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters. Hong Kong Disneyland also regularly incorporates Chinese customs and holidays into its event schedule, with special celebrations held for Chinese New Year (see above photo), in addition to Halloween and Christmas.

Toy Soldier Parachute Drop Coming to Toy Story Land at Hong Kong Disneyland

Expansion plans are already underway at the park to add a Toy Story Land, Grizzly Gulch and Mystic Point, which are set to open in late 2011, 2012 and 2013, respectively. Toy Story Land will feature three main attractions themed after characters in the popular film franchise: the RC Racer, Slinky Dog Spin and Toy Soldier Parachute Drop.

The resort’s two hotels, Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Hollywood Hotel, also celebrate their anniversaries Sept. 12, 2005.