Hong Kong Disneyland Celebrates Its Birthday with New Castle

November 20, 2020, 10:56 PM · Hong Kong Disneyland today officially kicked off its 15th anniversary celebration and debuted its new Castle of Magical Dreams.

One of our long-time Theme Park Insider readers was at the park today and has been tweeting highlights, including a look at the Fantasyland side of the remodeled and expanded castle.

And he has provided a look at the preview of the new projection mapping show coming tonight on the castle, Cherish the Memories.

The new castle honors 13 Disney queens and princesses and includes nods to many other Disney characters, including Albert the monkey from Hong Kong Disneyland's Mystic Manor. Here's a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the new castle, from Disney.

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Replies (8)

November 21, 2020 at 12:22 AM

A fun bit on Disney+ Imagineering series is how HKD had a rough start but soon turning into a good park especially with addition of Mystic Manor.

November 21, 2020 at 1:18 AM

Looks nice. Too bad it will remain unsuccessful. Although I’m sure the Chinese Disney parks are more about keeping a good relationship with the Chinese government than making a profit. COVID aside, I’m sure it would have been a better decision to build this in Texas if it was solely about popularity and profits. Yes it would affect the other U.S. resorts, but not significantly. None of them would have ever become the ghost town Hong Kong Disneyland usually is.

November 21, 2020 at 6:05 AM

/\ If HK Disney was built to have a good relationship with the government of Hong Kong it definitely failed at that lol

November 21, 2020 at 8:08 AM

Everybody pokes fun at this park, but it has so much charm. I secretly love how its empty. You can do all the rides in one day. The new castle is beautiful and much needed. It no longer looks like a cinderella ripoff. The world will recover. HK will recover. People will come around.

November 21, 2020 at 11:54 AM

I agree 110% with the above poster. You will further fall in love with Disney parks after visiting here. Without the crowds the experience is truly fantastic with some signature Disney attractions and charm. I visited about a year ago and it was one if my favorite theme park days ever. Hope to visit once again.

November 21, 2020 at 2:23 PM

I saw the model of this castle at the D23 Expo, I was wondering how they would add onto the existing castle. Basically the original castle is there, but added on up and into the courtyard. Disneyland's castle looks puny compared to the other castles, but there is no way the Imagineers would change Walt's original castle.

November 21, 2020 at 2:47 PM

Looks great! Much better than what was there. With Hong Kong now being directly controlled by Communist China, and the continued suppression of basic freedoms thereof, I would worry that this park may continue to struggle in the future. Hong Kong no longer has the international appeal that it used to have.

November 21, 2020 at 4:33 PM

Wow, this looks amazing it suits the mountain background much better than the original smaller version. It always puzzled me why they chose the original small castle in an environment where the backdrop mountain would dwarf the castle so much. For this park this is an improvement and suits the surroundings much better.

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