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September 12

September 12, 2005 – The Food Court Clopin’s Festival of Foods Opens in Hong Kong Disneyland

“Clopin’s Festival of Foods recreates the fantastic fun of the very special celebration that changed Quasimodo’s life forever – and only a fool would miss the delicious dishes offered at this festive restaurant!”

On September 12, 2005, the quick service food court Clopin’s Festival of Foods opened in Hong Kong Disneyland. Themed around the Festival of Fools from the animated feature film The Hunchback of Notre Dame, this food court provides three different menus, celebrating the “Great Flavors of China:” Regional Noodles, Guangdong BBQ, and Wok Favorites. Dishes include dried shrimp roe noodles, Beijing braised beef and scallions with rice, and prawns with Yangzhou fried rice.

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September 11

September 11, 2014 – The Paint the Night Parade Premieres in Hong Kong Disneyland

“In millions of dazzling lights and astounding musical sounds, it’s the Paint the Night Parade!”

On September 11, 2014, the first LED nighttime parade, called Paint the Night, debuted in Hong Kong Disneyland, with an official opening taking place on October 1. The parade featured characters from both classic Disney films and Pixar films, and featured Cantonese versions of Disney songs, along with an original song in English and Cantonese entitled “Paint the Night.” The parade was also unique in its innovative use of technology, with guests able to purchase special “paintbrushes” that allowed them to interact with the floats and characters, making them change color through RFID technology. A version of the parade was brought to Disneyland to help celebrate the park’s 60th anniversary in 2015.

July 13

July 13, 2006 – The Interactive Attraction UFO Zone Opens in Hong Kong Disneyland

On July 13, 2006, the interactive aquatic attraction opened in Hong Kong Disneyland’s Tomorrowland area. Designed as an alien crash site, guests could shoot water out of giant ray guns to cool themselves off during warmer weather. The area was closed on April 5, 2016, to make way for the Star Wars show Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple.

November 17

November 17, 2011 – Toy Story Land Opens in Hong Kong Disneyland

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“And you can experience the feeling of being shrunk to the size of a toy in Andy’s backyard to play with your favorite Toy Story friends.”

On November 17, 2011, the Toy Story themed area Toy Story Land opened in Hong Kong Disneyland. It was the first of three themed areas of the park, with Grizzly Gulch opening in 2012, and Mystic Point opening in 2013. Based on the hit series from Pixar, the area gives guests the feeling of being one of Andy’s toys. There, guests can meet characters Woody and Jessie, join the Toy Soldiers in a “boot camp,” or ride RC on a fast-paced roller coaster ride.

September 12

September 12, 2005 – Hong Kong Disneyland Opens

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“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.

September 29

September 29, 2006 – Annual Passports are Introduced at Hong Kong Disneyland

Magic Access“Enjoy the magic of Hong Kong Disneyland Resort with a Magic Access Membership Card!”

On September 29, 2006, the Annual Passport for Hong Kong Disneyland was introduced. Known as the Magic Access card, guests can purchase one of three levels: Silver, Gold, or Platinum. Each level includes a different amount of park access, up to 20% off of hotel dining, and up to 10% in-park dining and merchandise discounts, among other perks.

April 10

April 10, 2014 – Disney Parks Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of it’s a small world

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“It’s a world that we share, and it’s time we’re aware, it’s a small world after all!”

On April 10, 2014, celebrations kicked off to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the popular attraction it’s a small world. The attraction, first premiering at the 1964 World’s Fair, has become a staple of any park visit around the world. The celebrations began with a sing-along featured on the ABC morning show Good Morning America, with global awareness through the website SmallWorld50.com. Conversations were also held with Disney Legend Richard Sherman, who wrote the attraction’s catchy song with his brother Robert. Each park had their own way of celebrating: In Walt Disney World, guests joined the sing-along before the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade, with several park performers incorporating the song in their routines; in Disneyland, Richard Sherman appeared in Main Street, leading guests in their own sing-along; Hong Kong Disneyland featured their the Hong Kong Children’s Choir singing the song in Cantonese; Tokyo Disneyland had cast members and guests sing the song in Japanese; Disneyland Paris had a special event with students from the European International School leading guests in a multi-language version of the song.