September 12, 2005 – Hong Kong Disneyland Opens
“Enter a magical kingdom inspired by fairy-tale dreams and explore 7 lands…filled with beauty, excitement, and Disney Characters.”
On September 12, 2005, Hong Kong Disneyland opened after the initial groundbreaking ceremony on January 12, 2003. It took six years to create the park, as the ground it stands on required a special agreement between Disney and the government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, as well as some reclamation work on the property. The park is the eleventh Disney park in the world, and incorporates the familiarity of the American Disney parks with the Chinese culture prevalent in Hong Kong; some of these cultural aspects include the removal of the number 4 through the parks and hotels (as the number in Chinese sounds like the word for death), and use of a feng shui master to help position the buildings and attractions. The park consists of seven separate lands, with Grizzly Gulch, Mystic Point, and Toy Story Land being exclusive to this park. President and CEO of the Walt Disney Company Bob Iger was on hand to welcome the park to the Disney family, alongside Vice President Zeng Qinghong of China. The castle of the park is Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, based on the original castle in Disneyland Park, California.