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January 18

January 18, 2011 – The Flights of Fantasy Parade Kicks Off in Hong Kong Disneyland

“Watch and cheer as Disney Characters join this sky-high celebration with music, dancing and excitement ‘in the air.’”

On January 18, 2011, the Flights of Fantasy Parade kicked off its run in Hong Kong Disneyland. The parade was created as part of the celebrations for Hong Kong Disneyland’s 5th anniversary. The parade was a collaboration project with cast members from Disney Parks around the world, and features several floats with themes ranging from Dumbo to Toy Story, accompanied by acrobats and aerialists. The twenty minute parade also features Cantonese and English versions of popular Disney songs, such as “You Can Fly” and “Heffalumps and Woozles.” The parade also features its own song, “Flights of Fantasy,” and a Cantonese version of the Jonas Brothers’ song “Fly With Me.”

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January 11

January 11, 2017 – The Iron Man Experience Opens in Hong Kong Disneyland

“One of the world’s greatest super heroes is among us.”

On January 11, 2017, the Marvel-themed attraction Iron Man Experience opened in Hong Kong Disneyland. The first Marvel-themed attraction to open in a Disney park, the experience gave guests the opportunity to explore the inventions of Tony Stark, along with a chance to meet Iron Man himself and play in the interactive game Become Iron Man. The area is split into four sections: Stark Expo, Take Flight with Iron Man Above Hong Kong, Heroic Encounter with Iron Man, and Become Iron Man at The Stark Expo. Guests are also able to shop for special Iron Man themed merchandise, as well as eat and drink Iron Man themed food and beverages, such as an Iron Man Waffle.

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.

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.