Hong Kong Disneyland celebrates birthday with 'Frozen' update

September 12, 2023, 4:56 PM · It's Hong Kong Disneyland's birthday today. Disney's 11th theme park opened September 12, 2005, but the park's biggest celebration this year won't happen until November.

That's when Hong Kong Disneyland's World of Frozen land opens, on November 20. It's Disney's first-ever theme park land devoted entirely to the popular Frozen franchise, with two rides highlighting the experience.

"Today, on the 18th anniversary of Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, we’re thrilled to be sharing more details on World of Frozen," Hong Kong Disneyland Resort Managing Director Michael Moriarty said. "World of Frozen is an integral part of the park’s latest expansion and growth, and with the launch on November 20, we look forward to welcoming even more guests from around the world."

Here's a video update from Walt Disney Imagineering, including a glimpse of the on-ride experience on the land's new roller coaster.

That coaster is Wandering Oaken's Sliding Sleighs, a custom Vekoma junior coaster that takes riders on an adventure around and through one of the mountains above Arendelle.

Wandering Oaken's Sliding Sleighs
Photos courtesy Hong Kong Disneyland

The land's other attraction will be Frozen Ever After, a new installation of the EPCOT boat ride.

Frozen Ever After

Hong Kong also has released a photo of some of the traditional Nordic cuisine that it will serve in the land's Golden Crocus Inn.

Golden Crocus Inn menu

We also have a look at some of the Frozen-themed merchandise that will be on sale in the land's Tick Tock Toys & Collectibles to celebrate "Summer Snow Day."

Tick Tock Toys & Collectibles merchandise

To help you find your way around Disney's first real-life creation of Arendelle, here is the official map of the World of Frozen land, including the above locations as well as the Playhouse in the Woods character meet area and Northern Delights sweet shop.

Map of Arendelle at Hong Kong Disneyland

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Replies (11)

September 12, 2023 at 5:10 PM

I will be there on November 23! My wife and I will be in Japan that week for our very first trip there (we’ll actually be at Tokyo DisneySea on Frozen’s opening day) and we decided we couldn’t pass up adding a jaunt over to Hong Kong to see the new land. It looks fantastic! I love the animatronics on Frozen Ever After and the integration with the natural mountains is so well done.

September 12, 2023 at 5:14 PM

I spent a day at HK Disneyland in 2019 and it was one of the most enjoyable theme park days ever for me. I'm glad this park is investing and growing. This Frozen stuff seems wonderful.

September 12, 2023 at 7:36 PM

Hong Kong Disneyland has the best rebound of any Disney park, glad they were able to pull through after that disastrous opening.

Disneyland Paris started but by the 2000s they just gave up(Especially after the sorry of an excuse clone dumping ground park known as Walt Disney Studios Park) and Disney California Adventure had a good rebound but after the recent additions since Pixar Pier, they’re taking many steps back.

September 12, 2023 at 8:28 PM

@AgustinMacias,

Maybe California Adventure could look into adding it’s own Frozen Land? It would be a nice addition to the park. I’m not quite sure where they could put it, but…I’d like to see Disneyland add its own Frozen Land down the road.

September 13, 2023 at 12:13 AM

@timbo23

No, keep it exclusive to the oversea parks that are getting it. I don’t want clones like Universal does with Hogsmeade at Orlando, Japan, Hollywood, and Beijing

September 13, 2023 at 4:16 AM

Gorgeous pictures! I love how the mountains merge

September 13, 2023 at 8:39 PM

@AgustinMacias,

I hear what you’re saying. Exclusivity is a great thing. The only thing is it’s a long trip just to see a Frozen Land. I live in New York, and its a 16-hour flight to Hong Kong. Whereas California is a 5-6 hour flight. I’ve been to Disneyland many times. So it’s a lot easier, and more feasible to go to California, as opposed to Hong Kong. But I agree with what you said about exclusivity.

September 13, 2023 at 10:16 PM

@timbo23

If you are flying all the way to Hong Kong, then maybe Frozen land is not the only thing you should see out here. A little bit of online research will tell you that Hong Kong has a lot more to offer than just Disneyland.

Also, maybe you could consider stopping by Tokyo and visit Tokyo Disney Resort as well.

September 14, 2023 at 9:12 AM

@Asa,

I definitely wouldn’t visit Hong Kong just for Disneyland. Even when I go to California or Florida, I go for more than just Disney…especially in California.

I would definitely love to visit Tokyo Disneyland one day. It’s on my bucket list.

September 14, 2023 at 8:12 PM

Theme parks are great excuses to visit somewhere new. Just don’t limit yourself to only the park when you finally get there.

September 15, 2023 at 9:26 AM

@timbo23,if you can wait till 2025 (or so) you could fly to Paris, which is closer and see the clone without the surrounding mountains (unfortunately, in an ugly park) there. And Paris is also a very nice destination.

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