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Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and Hong Kong Children’s Hospital Team Up to Launch “Dress Well” Project

Young patients at Hong Kong Children’s Hospital (HKCH) will experience some new Disney magic during their time at the hospital through the new “Dress Well” project, which brings a series of custom-designed Disney-themed clothing to HKCH for patients to wear during their stay. The Walt Disney Company has donated HK$4.1 million to support this first-of-its-kind project, which was designed through a collaboration between Hong Kong Disneyland Resort (HKDL) and the hospital and launched today at a special ceremony at HKCH.

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“Last March, The Walt Disney Company announced its US$100 million global commitment to help reinvent the patient and family experience in children’s hospitals around the world. Here in Hong Kong, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort also fully supports the first specialist hospital for children in Hong Kong and its pediatric patients, bringing them happiness and empowerment,” said HKDL Resort Managing Director Samuel Lau. “Combining the expertise of both Hong Kong Children’s Hospital and Disney, we have created clothing for child patients that embraces practicality and fun elements, encouraging them with Disney’s magic and power.”

“The new patient clothing is one of HKCH’s children-friendly initiatives to enhance the patient journey. The cheerful design, alongside the home-like environment of the hospital, should help reduce anxiety and add some joy to uplift the healing experience of our pediatric patients,” said Hospital Authority Chairman Professor John Leong Chi-yan at today’s ceremony.

The clothing has been created with pediatric patients’ special needs in mind and is intended to be visually appealing, comfortable and functional. The “Dress Well” project spans three categories—regular pajamas, jackets and pajama tops for intravenous therapy—with different patterns and designs for both young children and teenagers. With silhouettes of familiar Disney characters hidden within the colorful, nature-inspired patterns, every item provides young patients with opportunities for treasure-hunting fun. The apparel is made from a soft fabric that features a higher cotton content for a gentle touch and reduced irritation, and side openings on the pajama top provide more body coverage and privacy for patients undergoing intravenous therapy while still facilitating their clinical care.

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The Walt Disney Company’s commitment to HKCH’s “Dress Well” project is part of Disney’s Team of Heroes philanthropic initiative and outreach program, which launched in March 2018 to reimagine and improve the children’s hospital experience around the globe.

Limited-Time Celebrations Planned for the 90th Anniversary of Mickey Mouse

Mickey Mouse is preparing to celebrate his 90th birthday with a huge celebration which will span across the globe with a series of events at all Disney Parks sites around the world, including the previously announced World’s Biggest Mouse Party – a limited-time, global celebration of Mickey and Minnie – as well as ‘Mickey: The True Original Exhibition’ in New York City.

Take a look at all of the celebrations planned below:

  • Walt Disney World Resort in Florida will celebrate Mickey’s birthday from November 16-18 with special merchandise and food & beverage items as well as the chance for guests to celebrate at Magic Kingdom Park during the “Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It!” Street Party, sing “Happy Birthday” along with the Dapper Dans on Main Street, U.S.A., and join in a special birthday dance party at Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland. Then in 2019, Walt Disney World will continue celebrating when World’s Biggest Mouse Party comes to the resort.
  • Disneyland Resort in California will host a celebration cavalcade for Mickey Mouse on November 18, featuring some of his special friends and the Disneyland Band, starting at “it’s a small world” and pausing for a special moment at Sleeping Beauty Castle before continuing down Main Street, U.S.A., to Town Square. The party continues when World’s Biggest Mouse Party begins at Disneyland Resort in 2019.
  • Disney Cruise Line will join the celebration when World’s Biggest Mouse Party takes to the seas in 2019.
  • Shanghai Disney Resort will be the first to kick off World’s Biggest Mouse Party with a brand-new Mickey-themed float at the opening ceremony of the Shanghai Tourism Festival on September 15 to commemorate the Shanghai launch of World’s Biggest Mouse Party. At Shanghai Disneyland, a giant birthday card will be installed next to “Storytellers” statue, featuring birthday wishes from Mickey’s pals. From November 16-18, guests will enjoy themed food and merchandise offerings as well as the opportunity to sing “Happy Birthday” to Mickey just before the nighttime spectacular show each evening, all culminating with a special nighttime birthday spectacular at Enchanted Storybook Castle on November 18.
  • Hong Kong Disneyland will begin its World’s Biggest Mouse Party activations on Mickey’s birthday, November 18, with commemorative park tickets, special food & beverage and merchandise, a hotel room overlay and “We Love Mickey” projection show through February 2019. And Hong Kong Disneyland guests will receive special birthday stickers, available only on November 18.
  • Tokyo Disney Resort will join the celebration this fall with special decorations and merchandise.
    Disneyland Paris will celebrate the World’s Biggest Mouse Party this fall and into winter with new holiday season entertainment and special surprises.

“Mickey: The True Original Exhibition,” an interactive art exhibit, will open in New York from November 8, 2018 – February 10, 2019. This immersive, pop-up art exhibition is inspired by Mickey’s status as a ‘true original’ and his global impact on popular culture and art. From his beginning in black and white in Steamboat Willie to the technicolor world of more than 100 cartoon shorts, exhibition guests will step into an unforgettable journey of Mickey moments reimagined.

How will you celebrate Mickey’s birthday?

Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle! Coming to Hong Kong Disneyland in 2019

Hong Kong Disneyland Resort (HKDL) today unveiled the name of its newest Marvel attraction, Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle! The attraction will debut in 2019 as the park continues the multi-year expansion of the resort.

The announcement comes as the sequel to Ant-Man has debuted in theatres around the world to blockbuster results, grossing more than US$160 million worldwide in its first weekend. In Asia, the film opened 49% higher than the first installment and was #1 in numerous territories across the region.

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Movie stars are thrilled to appear in the all-new Marvel attraction

Ant Man and the Wasp: Nano Battle! is especially exciting for Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly, the stars of the Ant-Man and The Wasp films, as they also appear in the all-new, interactive attraction at HKDL.

“I have been a Disneyland fan my whole life”, said Rudd. “To have an attraction as Ant Man at Hong Kong Disneyland is so exciting.”

Lilly is also thrilled for her character to appear in the attraction: “It’s such an exciting moment for a female heroine to be in the title of a Marvel film. For the character to also have her own ride is an incredible honor.”

The epic story of Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle!

An ordinary visit to the S.H.I.E.L.D. Science and Technology Pavilion at Stark Expo at HKDL turns extraordinary as guests are called to action. Riding in S.H.I.E.L.D.’s state-of-the-art vehicle, guests engage in a heroic battle, fighting alongside Ant-Man and The Wasp against Zola and his army of Hydra swarm-bots.

Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle! follows the successful launch of Iron Man Experience at the resort in 2017. Marvel experiences continue to resonate with guests in Asia as Iron Man Experience has been consistently rated as the top attraction at HKDL since its opening. More Marvel experiences will be launched as part of the multi-year expansion of HKDL that extends through 2023, making HKDL an ultimate hub for Super Hero experiences in the region.

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Multi-Year Expansion Continues to Take Shape

Under the expansion project, new attractions and entertainment will bring Disney characters and stories, including Frozen, Marvel and Disney Princesses, to life through amazing, first-of-a-kind experiences. The first of such offerings is a brand-new live atmosphere stage show, “Moana: A Homecoming Celebration” which debuted in Adventureland in May.

The transformation of HKDL castle is already underway. The transformed castle will pay tribute to 13 Disney Princess stories and take the park to new heights with all-new day and nighttime entertainment. The themed hoarding around the castle narrates the scenes of 13 Disney Princess stories, with lyrics from the stories’ classic songs.

Thousands Celebrate International Yoga Day at Disney Parks

Today is International Yoga Day and Disney Parks around the world celebrated this morning with group yoga sessions before the gates opened.  Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland and Shanghai Disney Resort  all participated in the event.  Take a look at the photos below!

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“Moana: A Homecoming Celebration” Opens as the First New Experience of Hong Kong Disneyland’s Multi-year Expansion

Hong Kong Disneyland Resort’s (HKDL) newest live performance has arrived! “Moana: A Homecoming Celebration” will officially open to guests in Adventureland tomorrow, May 25. Today, an unforgettable ceremony with a preview of the brand-new 20-minute atmosphere stage show, marked the celebration of the first exciting entertainment offering under HKDL’s multi-year expansion spanning from 2018 to 2023.

This new show, featuring inspirational visual storytelling, dancing, puppetry and music, recounts the adventures of Moana after she returns to her home village of Motunui. The show is set in an entirely new outdoor venue in Adventureland, Jungle Junction, that echoes the Pacific Islands architecture, décor and designs as seen in the smash-hit animated film.

Officiating the kick-off ceremony were Paul Chan Mo-po, Financial Secretary, the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, and Michael Colglazier, president and managing director, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts – Asia Pacific.

Chan said, “Over the past two years, “Star Wars” and “Iron Man” have turned into resident superheroes, capturing the imagination of our Park visitors.  And I have no doubt that the inspired musical theatre, and visual storytelling, of Moana, will do very much the same.”

“‘Moana: A Homecoming Celebration’ heralds a new era of Hong Kong Disneyland Resort as the first of many new and exciting offerings coming to the resort as part of a multi-year transformation,” said Colglazier. “The new Moana entertainment experience showcases what we do best at Disney, immersing our guests in their favorite stories as only Disney can. We’re excited to see Hong Kong Disneyland Resort continue to grow and create more fun for guests, with new attractions opening through 2023.”

The atmosphere stage show takes place in an all-new outdoor, open-space venue in Adventureland. Guests can join this interactive show with Moana, six performers and two live drummers as they share Moana’s epic adventures with the demigod, Maui, to restore the heart of Te Fiti, the mother island who gives life.

Guests are invited to be a part of the show and interact with performers, from playing drums to joining forces in dramatizing the attack of the Kakamora pirates, to moving like ocean waves to help guide Moana on her journey, to cheering Maui as they encourage him to help Moana. A group of kids from HKDL’s Tung Chung community partner, Hong Kong Outlying Islands Women’s Association, joined at the show preview today, being the first group of guests taking part in this unique interactive experience. HKDL hopes that they will be inspired from Moana’s fearless and environmentality displayed in her adventure.

Throughout the show, performers are playing multiple roles as they re-tell Moana’s adventures, with the use of different voices, acting, choreography and props, inspiring guests’ imaginations and creativity, further immersing them in the show.

“This atmosphere stage show is the first at any of the Disney Parks to feature the beloved and brave heroine Moana,” said Samuel Lau, HKDL managing director. “The addition of the all-new atmosphere stage show once again showcase HKDL’s commitment in continuously bringing some of the most popular Disney characters and stories to life through never-before-seen attractions and experiences for guests from all over the world here in Hong Kong.”

The show features over 30 tailor-made props, specially-created costumes and handcrafted decorations, all based on the animated film, “Moana,” and traditional Polynesian culture. The creative team behind the show spent over a year preparing the costume designs for the performers and drummers, inspired by the styles traditionally worn in parts of the Pacific Islands, including Fiji, Samoa and Tahiti. The music and dances are also designed to celebrate the culture and the film.

As an inspirational Disney Princess, Moana is a truly powerful role model for all ages. She is a vibrant, tenacious, optimistic, determined, and compassionate young girl who is struggling to find her true self and identity. This first-ever atmosphere stage show at HKDL opens a window for guests to learn and further explore Moana’s inner beauty through extraordinary storytelling.

To provide a total experience, guests can also meet Moana in person in Adventureland! Also, a series of offerings themed to the animated heroine will be launched in the summer, including hotel recreation activities, food and beverage, as well as merchandise.

The new Moana atmosphere stage show is just the beginning of the transformation of HKDL. Next year, an all-new attraction featuring Ant-Man and The Wasp – the second Marvel ride-through experience at the resort – will debut as the park continues to expand the Marvel-themed area.

With the incredible popularity of the Iron Man Experience attraction at  HKDL, guests can indulge in epic action adventures alongside Super Heroes and immersing themselves in the ever-growing Marvel universe. In the new thrilling adventure, guests will team up with Ant-Man and The Wasp to fight Arnim Zola and his army of Hydra swarm bots. HKDL has become an ultimate hub for exciting Marvel experiences in Asia.

The transformation of the park’s iconic centerpiece, the castle, has also begun. The newly transformed venue will be home to a new daytime show and nighttime spectacular in 2020.

HKDL will also be welcoming an all-new, immersive Frozen-themed area in 2021. In this time of happily-ever-after, peace and prosperity have returned to the kingdom of Arendelle. Queen Elsa has now embraced her magical ice powers, and she and Princess Anna have created a Summer Snow Day for the merriment of the kingdom. Guests are invited to take part in this joyous occasion and celebrate the day that Anna saved Elsa with an act of true love. Guests can join a musical journey to Elsa’s Ice Palace and also venture across the bridge to explore the neighboring forest. They will enjoy an exciting family thrill ride that traverses the natural landscape, built by Wandering Oaken for this special occasion. Whatever discoveries and experiences guests enjoy, they will find that Arendelle offers countless opportunities for surprise and delight during this kingdom-wide celebration.