HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong Disneyland opened its first Frozen-themed attraction Monday, drawing thousands of visitors eager to experience the new ride and an early start. Some people waited in line for hours.
Based on Disney’s hugely popular animated film Frozen, the new section of the park features scenery and characters from the movie, as well as two new rides, a roller coaster and a boat, for visitors to enjoy. viewers can tour various scenes from the movie.
“Over the past decade, this film has grown into one of the most successful franchises in Disney history,” said Josh D’Amaro, chairman of the Disney Experience. “The World of Frozen represents Hong Kong Disneyland’s biggest and boldest expansion since the park opened in 2005.”
The opening comes after Disney announced in September a $60 billion expansion of its parks and cruises over about 10 years. The new attraction could be a game-changer for the theme park, which has been in the red for years, as Chinese tourists begin to travel abroad again following the coronavirus pandemic. is.
Hundreds of Disney fans had lined up for hours, some dressed like Frozen characters.
Brian Darmanic, a Disney enthusiast who was traveling from California with his wife and daughter, was one of the first visitors to the Frozen-themed roller coaster and bought a limited edition to commemorate the experience. I received a souvenir.
“The world of Frozen is really well designed and beautiful,” said Dermanic, who was visiting the Hong Kong theme park with her family for the first time.
Winnie Yip, a tourist from Macau, said she arrived at 9 a.m. ahead of the start of the “Frozen” section.
The Frozen attraction was “amazing,” Yip said.
Hong Kong is enhancing its parks to attract more tourists. June 2022 saw the debut of the Momentous multimedia and fireworks show, which is performed at the castle most nights.
In other news, Disney will open a Zootopia-themed area at Shanghai Disneyland in December, Fantasy Springs Port at Tokyo DisneySea next spring, and Disneyland Paris, scheduled to open in 2024 or 2025. They plan to open a Frozen-themed Kingdom of Arendelle in 2020.