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Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, a Joint Venture of The Walt Disney Company
and the Government of the Hong Kong SAR Opens; Includes the 400 room
Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel and the 600 room Disney’s Hollywood Hotel
HONG KONG, Sept. 9, 2005 - Dumbo gleams. Brass fittings sparkle on the horseless carriages of Main Street, U.S.A.  Mickey Mouse's tux is pressed to perfection.  Even the rocket ships of Space Mountain are poised for the stars.
All is in eager readiness for the dawning of a new frontier in family entertainment in China.  Hong Kong Disneyland Resort is about to open.
Disney's 11th theme park and first-ever in China, Hong Kong Disneyland has its grand opening Monday, bringing Disney's brand of wholesome family fun to an exciting new corner of the world and the fastest growing tourism market anywhere.
Guests will be treated to a theme park of four magical ''lands'' radiating from Sleeping Beauty Castle, a loving re-creation of the original at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif.  Two dramatically themed hotels -- Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel and Disney's Hollywood Hotel -- flank the theme park on Lantau Island, about 30 minutes from Hong Kong by car, bus or the MTR, Hong Kong's sleek, far-flung rail system.
On Friday, just days away from opening, landscapers pruned, musicians tuned and shutters got a final coat of paint as the resort's 5,000 cast members (Disney parlance for employees) readied the resort for its first official guests.
''You can feel the excitement building all across the resort as our cast members add the finishing touches in preparation for our grand opening,'' said Don Robinson, group managing director.
Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, a joint venture of The Walt Disney Company and the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), offers a full day's and evening's entertainment.  ''We are beginning what we hope will be a lifetime relationship with our guests full of memories that will touch the hearts of millions,'' said Jay Rasulo, chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.

Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel features 400 rooms in a lush and relaxing landscape of gardens, offering a choice of park view, sea view or even sea view rooms with balconies. This world-class hotel will offer a variety of dining experiences featuring local and international cuisines, a wedding gazebo where Disney’s Fairytale Weddings will be held, a Victorian Spa and a Mickey-inspired botanical maze.  The Hotel will also boast a sophisticated convention center featuring one of Hong Kong’s largest and most spectacular ballrooms.

Disney’s Hollywood Hotel is designed in the Art Deco style of architecture with whimsical Mickey Mouse-inspired motifs. It includes dining, shopping, a lounge, a piano-shaped swimming pool, and an expansive lawn that unfolds like a map of Los Angeles with popular and well-known Hollywood streets, landmarks and icons. It offers 600 rooms with garden views, park views and sea views. 
'This resort is a great example of how The Walt Disney Company combines cutting-edge technology with fantastic storytelling to create unique entertainment experiences,'' Rasulo added.
Artfully themed Disney hotels continue the magic outside the park. With dramatic views of the park and sea, each is a showplace, from the dramatic facade of the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel to the fun icons of Disney's Hollywood Hotel.
On Monday, dignitaries will join officials of The Walt Disney Company, celebrities and Disney's world-famous characters including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Pluto and Mulan in unwrapping the first true family vacation destination in Hong Kong, ushering in a new era.
Disney's fifth vacation resort (others are in California, Florida, Paris and Tokyo) offers attractions new and classic, exciting live shows, a treasure trove of shopping and cuisine with a focus on the flavors of China.
When Hong Kong Disneyland Park opens Monday, the curtain rises on such classics as Space Mountain (with new and exciting special effects), Jungle River Cruise and Mad Hatter Tea Cups.  Joining the lineup are latest hits such as ''Mickey's PhilharMagic'' (a 3-D magical musical spectacular starring Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and friends), live shows such as ''Festival of the Lion King'' inspired by Disney's smash-hit animated feature film "The Lion King,'' and all-new Fantasy Gardens where guests may meet, take photographs with and get autographs from cherished Disney characters.  It's the most elaborate Disney character meet-and-greet location at any Disney theme park in the world.
Disney magic rooted in creativity and imagination fills the rest of the park -- from the fun-filled, float-filled "Disney On Parade" rolling daily down Main Street, U.S.A. to whimsical ''streetmosphere'' (including a harmonizing barbershop quartet) to a nightly fireworks spectacular painting the skies above Sleeping Beauty Castle with China's ancient mountains for a backdrop.
Thoughout the gala, grand opening weekend festivities, stars won't be just in the skies.  The event has attracted top-name performing acts from all across Asia.  Among those scheduled to perform for invited guests:

Emil Chau Wakin -- Best known as the title singer for the Disney animated feature film hit ''Tarzan,'' Emil's many talents came into play when he recorded the film's score in both Mandarin and Chinese.
Andy Hui -- a well-known pop male vocalist throughout Hong Kong, Andy is known to millions as the voice of Denahi Bear in Disney's award-winning, animated feature film, ''Brother Bear.''  In addition to his voice-talent work, Andy also recorded the title song for the film.
Joey Yung -- an award-winning Hong Kong singer and actress, Joey was named Best Female Singer during the Hong Kong Music Awards in both 2003 and 2004. Joey's ties to Disney date back to the release of a Walt Disney Pictures presentation of the Pixar Animation Studios film ''Toy Story 2,'' where she recorded the theme song for the computer-animated hit movie.  Later Joey recorded the theme song for Disney's animated film ''Atlantis.''
Eason Chan -- This famed actor-singer from Hong Kong was voted ''Best Selling Male Artist'' for 2003.  He has also been the voice of Milo in the full-length, Disney animated feature film, "Atlantis."
CoCo Lee -- This well-known contemporary singer served as the voice of Mulan in the Disney animated feature film of the same name.  Coco also recorded the main title track for Disney's ''Mulan'' -- the song ''Reflections.''
Jacky Cheung -- A multi-talented Hong Kong performer and entertainer, Jacky is the official spokesperson for Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and can be seen as the host of the ''Magical World of Disneyland'' on TVB.  He was named the official spokesperson for Hong Kong Disneyland Resort in July 2004 and became the newest member of the Disney family.


Hong Kong Disneyland Resort

Also See: Following 18 months of Land Reclamation and Road Work by the Hong Kong Government, The Walt Disney Company Commences Construction of Hong Kong Disneyland / Jan 2003
Hong Kong Hotel Occupancy Recovers, Ends 2004 at 83.4%; Tourist Arrivals Up 40% Over 2003 / Deloitte / March 2005

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