Walt Disney Parks and Resorts will be expanding greatly over the next few years. Star Wars Land, Pandora: The World of Avatar, and Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout! are only some of the new additions making their way to the House of Mouse’s trademark theme parks here in the United States. However in other parts of the world, guests should get ready to transport themselves to a world where Earth’s Mightiest Heroes dwell alongside Mickey, Goofy, and the rest of the gang.
According to the Disney Parks Blog, Hong Kong Disneyland will receive new areas based on ‘Frozen’ and the characters of the Marvel Universe as part of a multi-year expansion from 2018-2023. In addition, guests will be able to visit the village of Motanui and take part in a village festival with Disney’s newest princess, Moana.
Back in 2013, it was revealed that the first Marvel-themed ride in a Disney park would be built in Hong Kong Disneyland. But now that the Iron Man Experience is set to open on January 11, 2017, it looks like Tony Stark won’t be the only Avenger taking up residence in Tomorrowland. There are currently two more Marvel rides in the works as part of this expansion, including “a thrilling attraction dedicated to one of the most popular Marvel franchises” that will likely be housed in that Quinjet hanger depicted in the concept art and a reimagined version of Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters. Marvel.com also provided another piece of concept art for the fan favorite ride’s redesign that features Ant-Man as he fights off some robots while guests enter the battle in their S.H.I.E.L.D. vehicles.
In terms of the new ‘Frozen’ land, Walt Disney Imagineering is looking to immerse Hong Kong Disneyland guests in the kingdom of Arendelle with unique shopping, dining, and entertainment. And not only will they recreate the iconic ice castle in the distance, but we’ll also see Anna and Elsa’s familial castle, the surrounding town, and an attraction called Oaken’s Dancing Sleighs (which looks like it could be a ride similar to Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree from Cars Land in Disney’s California Adventure).
Finally, “Moana’ starring Auli’i Cravalho and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson comes to life at Hong Kong Disneyland as part of a brand new daytime stage show and meet and greet in Adventureland. Out of the three new additions to the park, this one is likely to come to fruition first since they probably want to capitalize on the film’s popularity right now. Plus, it looks like it involves the least amount of long-term construction, so they could probably get it up and running relatively quickly.
All three of these new additions look amazing. As a fan of Disney theme parks, I wish that I lived closer to Hong Kong so that I could experience these awesome attractions. Though with a projected completion date of 2023, there’s plenty of time to save up for a little vacation. But what do you think about these plans for Hong Kong Disneyland? Which expansion are you most excited for? Are you jealous that we’re not getting these things in the United States? Sound off in the comments below.