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Opening Date Set for Disney's Newest Castle

November 2, 2020, 2:06 PM · The Castle of Magical Dreams will open officially on November 21 at Hong Kong Disneyland.

The expansion of the former Sleeping Beauty Castle was designed as the centerpiece for the park's planned US$1.4 billion expansion project. Its towers and spires honor 13 Disney heroines, giving Princess Aurora some company in her old home, as Disney looks to give its Hong Kong park a more impressive visual "weenie" to complement the Enchanted Storybook Castle at Shanghai Disneyland.

Castle of Magical Dreams

Other projects announced for the Hong Kong park's expansion included a new Frozen-themed area, featuring the Wandering Oaken's Sliding Sleighs roller coaster, plus new Marvel themed attractions in Tomorrowland. However, with the pandemic scrambling development timelines, it's unclear when those new attractions might open.

But the park will have a new leader as it moves into 2021. Michael Moriarty will take over as Managing Director of Hong Kong Disneyland Resort on December 27. He replaces Stephanie Young, who will become President, Consumer Products, Games and Publishing for the Disney Parks Experiences and Products segment. Moriarty comes to Disney from Hasbro, through he spent 14 years with Disney before that, including a stint as Chief Financial Officer for Hong Kong Disneyland.

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November 2, 2020 at 3:17 PM

I visited the park during the HK protests last Summer. Attendance was sparce so lines were minimal which made it a great experience. With the new additions I see this park eclipsing its Paris, Tokyo, and Shanghai Disneyland parks. We know Mystic Manor is great but Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars is a wonderfully themed and thrilling ride that is underrated and worthy of the upper echelon in Disney ride-dom. I spent one of my favorite vacation days ever there, I'm glad the park is growing and I hope to visit again.

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