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  • News Press Conference on Expansion Reveals new Details!

    Source: Hong Kong News Headlines | Hong Kong's premier newspaper online | SCMP.com




    Toy Story's Slinky Dog is coming to town to bolster the expansion plan of the five-year-old Hong Kong Disneyland. The dog, in the form of an amusement ride in the new Toy Story Land, was already on a ship heading to the city, park chiefs said.

    Almost a year after the resort kick-started a HK$3.63 billion plan to add three new themed areas, one of the three - Toy Story Land - is 15 per cent complete. It was scheduled to open at the end of next year, managing director Andrew Kam Min-ho said.

    The section will feature three attractions: a whirling roller coaster called Slinky Dog Spin in which the toy dog chases his own tail, a Toy Soldier Parachute Drop where visitors plunge from a 25-metre tower, and a ride on a U-shaped race track.

    A bus ride through the construction site revealed that no new Disney characters had arrived yet. Foundations of the infrastructure and some of the rides have been laid, while those rides manufactured overseas are to arrive in the coming weeks.

    A huge figure of Woody - the main character in the Toy Story series - and his companions, all tens of metres tall, would be in place, director Ian Price of The Walt Disney Imagineering Hong Kong said. The human-toy relationship would be reversed: in the face of the giant figures, visitors would appear like toys, Price said.

    The other two themed areas - mining town Grizzly Gulch and centre of mysterious forces Mystic Point - are due to be completed in 2014. At Grizzly Gulch, visitors take a mining train through the town and come face to face with an explosion. The train would then travel downhill and backwards, Price said, with sights such as fountains along the way.

    Workers have dug trenches six metres deep for building the train tunnels. In comparison, the Mystic Point site was quite bare - construction work was just starting, he said.

    Shanghai Disneyland is set to be up and running by the time its Hong Kong counterpart completes its expansion in 2014. Nevertheless, Kam has high hopes for the local resort.

    "Two attractions in Hong Kong are exclusive around the world," he said, referring to Grizzly Gulch and Mystic Point. "Another [Toy Story Land] is exclusive in Asia." The other Toy Story Land is in Paris.

    China was also big enough to host two Disneyland resorts, he said. "One is in the Pearl River Delta and another is in the Yangtze River Delta. They are quite far away from each other and attract different customers."

    Hong Kong Disneyland marked its fifth anniversary in September this year, but major celebrations would not be held until January, when a parade was scheduled.

    The rising yuan was not a big problem for the park, he said, but the city's many infrastructure projects were pushing up demand for construction materials including cement and steel. Costs in other areas would be cut so that the expansion budget would not be exceeded. The park had no plans to raise entry fees, he said.

    Profitability, as measured by ebitda - earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation - was expected to swing back to the black this year after a HK$70 million loss a year ago, park insiders said.
    Notice the foundation for the MM ride track has been laid out.

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    I never thought I'd be so excited about news on tunnel digging! But anyhow, yay!

    I still wish they'd include some ghosts at Mystic point. Still keeping my fingers crossed.

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      The other two themed areas - mining town Grizzly Gulch and centre of mysterious forces Mystic Point - are due to be completed in 2014. At Grizzly Gulch, visitors take a mining train through the town and come face to face with an explosion. The train would then travel downhill and backwards, Price said, with sights such as fountains along the way.
      Interesting the mention of Animatronic Bears seems to be missing from the discription. Hope this doesn't mean the Bears have now been cut from the budget.

      Its also very disapointing to see work continue on Toy Story Land.
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        They should cut all future Toy Story additions to the park and extend Mystic Point into Mysteryland with a second ride.
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          Originally posted by Malin View Post
          Interesting the mention of Animatronic Bears seems to be missing from the discription. Hope this doesn't mean the Bears have now been cut from the budget.

          Its also very disapointing to see work continue on Toy Story Land.
          HK Media has always given smack details on MP and GG. Just like the Pixar loving public in HK, the media has always regarded TSL as a superior addition.

          Originally posted by TimmyTimmyTimmy View Post
          They should cut all future Toy Story additions to the park and extend Mystic Point into Mysteryland with a second ride.
          That is what ive been saying for so long. An Indiana Jones Adventure and a mini roller coaster would fit perfectly into all that space TSL is going to occupy. But hopefully, TSL is something made of cheap materials so im all for it being torn down after a decade or so for a much more solid addition.

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            TSL:



            MM and TSL:



            MM & GT:



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              Interesting that Shanghai will be completed before MM and GP. That hasn't even started yet!
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                That land for the expansion looks huge!

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                  Originally posted by HKDLFAN View Post
                  HK Media has always given smack details on MP and GG. Just like the Pixar loving public in HK, the media has always regarded TSL as a superior addition.
                  For general public, the features and specialness of MP & GG are actually difficult to understand. Local media don't understand and simply skip them. Another possible reason is TDL will open first, so HKDL spend less time and effort to promote the other two. Anyway, I hope these two E tickets can get the attention they deserved eventually.

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                    I'm so sorry for you getting Toy Story Land. It sounds like it will be exactly the same as WDS' only with a giant Woody statue.
                    But congrats to you getting your own verion of the Haunted Mansion and Big Thunder Mountain (which also sounds like a mix of Expedition Everest!).

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                      Disappointed to hear that they're going ahead with Toy Story Land. What a shame...

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                        ORWEN: I'm also wondering how Shanghai Disneyland will be open before Mystic Manor or Grizzly Gulch, since both of those attractions are already starting to be built. I mean, are they just gonna' deliberately drag their feet on those attractions and let Shanghai catch up and then pass them by--just so Shanghai can be opened first? That doesn't make any sense.

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                          Originally posted by Witches of Morva View Post
                          ORWEN: I'm also wondering how Shanghai Disneyland will be open before Mystic Manor or Grizzly Gulch, since both of those attractions are already starting to be built. I mean, are they just gonna' deliberately drag their feet on those attractions and let Shanghai catch up and then pass them by--just so Shanghai can be opened first? That doesn't make any sense.
                          Also makes you nervous about how many attractions it's planning on being opened with...
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                            Originally posted by yoyoflamingo View Post
                            Also makes you nervous about how many attractions it's planning on being opened with...
                            1 for each land. Stitch's Great Escape for Tomorrowland, Great Moments With Mr. Eisner for Main Street, Tiki Room: Under New Management for Adventureland, Pirate's Lair for Frontierland, and DLR's Pooh ride for Fantasyland.

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                              Originally posted by Witches of Morva View Post
                              deliberately drag their feet on those attractions and let Shanghai catch up and then pass them by--just so Shanghai can be opened first? That doesn't make any sense.
                              I think that is again just the Chinese media. Disney themselves has said "5 years to complete Shanghai"...so since it didn't start last year, it won't be open before 2014.

                              Who knows.

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