The Disney Explorers Lodge will join the Disneyland Hotel and Disney's Hollywood Hotel at the resort, which recently completed a major expansion project, adding Toy Story Playland, Grizzly Gulch, and the Theme Park Insider Award-winning Mystic Manor to the Magic Kingdom-style park.
The new hotel will add another 750 guest rooms to the 1,000 rooms now available between the resort's existing two hotels. The Disney Explorers Lodge will open in 2017. In the meantime, Hong Kong Disneyland is working on a new Iron Man-themed attraction, which is on track to open in 2016.
I have only been once, but I can tell you it was "dead" the first week of December. Seriously, Mystic Manor was a 5 minute wait.
I think a third hotel will be great! At the moment, I can't imagine there is enough demand for 1000 more rooms, but that's a great sign for me, because it tells me they are anticipating more visitors in the future. Perhaps there are plans for additional expansions after Iron Man that give them this optimism.
I live in Hong Kong, but so far I've only been once. I went in early December, and it was dead. Mystic Manor at 3 in the afternoon was a 5 minute wait, for instance. The park is definitely on the small side, even after the three new land additions. However, looking at drawings and maps, there is still a LOT of room for expansion. To me, it seems clear that they purposely built it in a way to allow for new lands in the future, plus Google Maps makes it look equally as obvious that down the road, there's easily enough space for a sister park. I think its future is bright, and it had better be, because Shanghai will certainly steal a lot of Chinese customers when it opens.
I'm excited to say that the plan is to stay a night at one of the two existing HKDL hotels in late February for my birthday! I am not all that good at writing reviews, but I will post in the Community about my stay, as I posted about my initial trip to the park itself. Stay tuned!
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