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I got to experience the new Toy Story Land on my recent version to the Disney Studios in Paris, and honestly I wasn't really a fan. It was essentially three low capacity rides with some Toy Story theming. Sure, it looked nice... but the lines were really long, the attractions themselves were pretty underwhelming, and I don't think it was enough the constitute its own "land".


With that said, Hong Kong still looks like a nice little Disney Park, and I am very excited to see how the rest of their expansions turn out!

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I just went to Disneyland today and got to experience Toy Story Land. It wasn't bad. Rode the new RC Racer, which was pretty fun. I'm realllly out of the loop on all things coaster-related lately, but I'm assuming this is Intamin since it broke down temporarily while I was waiting in line


also, toy story land closes 1.5 hrs before the firework show for some odd reason. i'll post some pictures in my thread soon


and re: the shanghai disneyland land - I sincerely hope HKDL survives the competition. I cannot stand the hordes of mainland visitors in Hong Kong. Sure, they're a good source of revenue but they have absolutely no manners and line jump like crazy. Hong Kongers have a saying: the easiest way to tell if someone is from the mainland is the queue up in front of them - if they try to cut in front of you a dozen times then they're from the mainland.


not gonna lie, I'm interested in a Shanghai Disneyland but I'm kind of horrified that it'll be worse than a jungle

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Hong Kong Disneyland has made a big wish - it's asked the government for four more hotels. Disneyland's proposal includes building one large hotel and three smaller vacation-style hotels to be connected by a mini-tram system, sources told Sing Tao Daily, a sister newspaper of The Standard.


The park, which the sources said saw a record 5.9 million visitors last year - also aims to build an artificial lake.


If the new plans seem too massive for the government, which owns 57 percent of the park, Disneyland is willing to compromise, saying all four hotels do not have to be built at the same time, the sources said.


Disneyland managing director Andrew Kam Min-ho had earlier said the park wanted to build one large and one small hotel. A government source said Disneyland submitted different proposals including the feasibility of expanding within the existing area.


But the source noted that everything is tentative and nothing has been confirmed. It is understood Disneyland wants to expand its rides first before building the hotels.


Disneyland will officially reveal its 2011 performance results this afternoon.


A record 5.9 million people visited the park last year, up more than 10 percent from the 5.2 million in 2010.


Earnings last year before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization has been estimated at HK$400 million to HK$500 million, up from HK$220 million in 2010.


The park's net loss narrowed from HK$718 million in 2009 to HK$200 million in 2010.


Currently, new attractions are being added to Hong Kong Disneyland. The first - Toy Story Land - opened at the end of last year. Visitors to this attraction feel dwarfed by the oversized characters of Slinky Dog, Toy Soldier Parachute Drop and RC Racer - characters from the movie Toy Story. Grizzly Gulch will be completed this year and Mystic Point next year. The expansion will increase the park's area by 23 percent, taking its total offerings - including rides, entertainment facilities and shows - to more than 100.


From last August, Disneyland raised the adult admission fee from HK$350 to HK$399, and admission charges for children from HK$250 to HK$285.


In September, the park announced the recruitment of 1,000 staff, the largest intake since opening its doors in 2005.


Earlier reports put the figure of the park's entire expansion cost at HK$3.6 billion.

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Hong Kong's Disneyland theme park inched closer to profitability last year as higher visitor numbers and hotel occupancy rates helped narrow losses. The theme park reported a net loss Tuesday of 237 million Hong Kong dollars ($30.5 million), down by two-thirds from a HK$718 million loss in 2010. Revenue rose 20 percent to HK$3.6 billion


Some 5.9 million people visited the park last year, 13 percent over the year before, with each guest spending 6 percent more on average. Hotel occupancy rose to 91 percent, 9 percentage points higher than in 2010.


Disney executives said that an expansion area that opened in November based on the "Toy Story" series of movies helped boost attendance. The second phase of the $465 million expansion, "Grizzly Gulch," is scheduled to open this year while the final phase, "Mystic Mountain," will open in 2013.


Set on 311 acres (126 hectares) of reclaimed land on Lantau Island, Hong Kong Disneyland is the smallest of Burbank, California-based Disney's five theme parks worldwide. The Hong Kong government owns a 53 percent stake in the park, which has been criticized for being too small and lacking enough high-profile rides. It did not release attendance figures or financial results until 2009.


Disney executives were hopeful that the park would soon become profitable.


"Our management team is very anxious to turn Hong Kong Disneyland into profitability and I think with such a strong performance as a base and with forthcoming expansions in the pipeline, we're very confident we can achieve that goal," said Andrew Kam, the park's managing director.


Hong Kong Disneyland faces competition from a number of theme parks scheduled to open around Asia in the next few years, including another Disney park in Shanghai.


But Kam said he's not worried about rivalry. "It's not really a competition," he said, adding that for visitors coming from outside Hong Kong, it would be just one stop among the city's other tourist attractions.


Mainland Chinese visitors made up the bulk of Hong Kong Disneyland's visitors and they accounted for 45 percent of total attendance in 2011, up from 42 percent the year before. Attendance by Hong Kong residents and visitors from other countries both dipped slightly.

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^ Thanks! I know this particular guy has been

updating to various Disney sites, with his ongoing

video coverage of the construction.


Great! And enjoy your mid-May visit!

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You all know that one of my dreams is to visit Hong Kong Disneyland, and today I’m happy to present a fun look at Grizzly Gulch, a new area that’s currently under construction at the park.


A spirited Gold Rush town built around the towering Big Grizzly Mountain, Grizzly Gulch will bring a touch of Wild West adventure to the park. In designing this new area, Walt Disney Imagineers looked to the historic Gold Rush towns California and dramatic landscapes of U.S. National Parks for inspiration. More than 30 sculptors and 20 painters have already been brought in from (mainland) China, Hong Kong, Japan, Nepal, Malaysia, Thailand and the United Kingdom, to contribute to the project.


To learn more, check out this video clip, provided by Hong Kong Disneyland, in which Ali Rubinstein, Creative Director, Walt Disney Imagineering Hong Kong, offers a sneak peek inside the area, which is set to open in July.



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