Mystic Manor soft-opens to guests at Hong Kong Disneyland
April 21, 2013, 1:01 PM ·
Hong Kong Disneyland has soft-opened the final piece in its expansion program, Mystic Manor, the centerpiece of Mystic Point, which is the third new land to open in the park over the two years.
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Mystic Manor is the home of Lord Henry Mystic, a world explorer who's collected many artifacts and curiosities in his life's travels. Among them is a legendary music box, said to have the power to bring inanimate objects to life. But Henry's little monkey assistant, Albert, wouldn't dare open this Pandora's Box, would he?
This is a theme park ride, where something must go terribly wrong, so of course he does. Here's a first-look video of the ride (found on YouTube), including its pre-show set-up:
Mystic Manor employs a trackless ride system, similar to Tokyo Disneyland's Pooh Hunny Hunt and the upcoming Antarctic: Empire of the Penguin at SeaWorld Orlando San Diego. The system allows riders to experience more intimate encounters with the ride's various show scenes and sight gags than is possible with more traditional Omnimover and flume ride systems.
According to the ride's backstory, Mystic is a member of the Society of Explorers and Adventurers -- a fictional group that's featured prominently in Tokyo DisneySea, in both the Fortress Explorations and the Tower of Terror. The DisneySea Tower's builder, Harrison Hightower, also was a member of SEA, and the lushly decorated pre-show area of that ride is filled with similar artifacts, including one that very maliciously comes to life, as well.
Mystic Manor also includes elements that reminded me of Poseidon's Fury at Universal's Islands of Adventure, especially the final scene that transports you to a different place than where you thought you were.
Mystic Point's debut at Hong Kong Disneyland follows last July's opening of Grizzly Gulch, the home of the Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars roller coaster, and the 2011 debut of the Toy Story Playland kiddie area. Mystic Manor opens officially on May 17, so the ride might not be available to all visitors before then.