Hong Kong Disneyland, and it gives us our first look at what promises to the be highlight attraction in the park's kingdom of Arendelle.Disney Parks and Resorts today released an updated concept image for its new Frozen-themed land at
Disney announced two years ago that it would invest in a US$1.4 billion expansion of the Hong Kong Disneyland park, which saw a double-digit percentage drop in attendance in 2016, which is when Shanghai Disneyland opened. The Hong Park recovered to post a small gain in attendance last year, but it remains Disney's second-least popular theme park, attracting just one million visitors a year more than Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris.
(Of course, only in Disney's world can one million visitors be modified as "just one million.")
Here is a look at Disney's original concept art for Hong Kong's Frozen-themed land:
And here is today's update:
Notice the difference? Look at the right side of the image. That's right. It's a coaster!
Whether this is a Seven Dwarfs Mine Train-type experience or merely the outdoor section of a powered track ride such as Radiator Springs Racers remains to be seen. Heck, pretty much everything remains to be seen about Disney's plans to bring one of its most lucrative and beloved recent animated franchises to life.
The original announcement included the promise of two new attractions and concept art for a trackless "dancing sleigh" ride — a Frozen version of Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters, if you will. But we didn't know what the second attraction would be... until now. Well, whatever it is.
Disney's original timeline for the expansion had the Frozen land opening in 2020. However, today's announcement includes no mention of opening dates for anything in the project, including the upcoming Ant-Man and the Wasp makeover of the former Buzz Lightyear shooter ride, which had been tipped to open sometime this year, or the rest of the Marvel-themed land that will include what is now part of the park's Tomorrowland. Disney also is expanding the park's Sleeping Beauty Castle, more than doubling its height.
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