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Disneyland HK announces new castle centrepiece as transformation programme continues

Hong Kong Disneyland Resort (HKDL) has teased an upcoming opening for the Castle of Magical Dreams, a major expansion and part of the park’s ongoing transformation, which has been underway since 2018.

This expansion marks the first time that an existing castle in a Disney park has undergone such a huge transformation.  Scheduled to open in 2020, its new design is inspired by the classic stories behind some of the most iconic Disney Princess tales. The structure is meant to pay tribute to each of these Disney heroines and celebrate the pursuit of their dreams. Architectural elements embrace characteristics of each heroine through interpretations of colours, icons, patterns, and cultural features, with uniquely designed towers, turrets, and spires dedicated to their respective stories.

The castle will also feature a nighttime spectacular and a new daytime show, though the particulars of these shows have yet to be revealed.

Another major instalment for the park’s multi-year expansion will be the launch of a new themed area.  Scheduled to open in 2021, the new Frozen-themed area will follow the release of Frozen 2 later this year. Though it was a gigantic mega-hit worldwide,  Frozen seemed to be an even bigger obsession for Hong Kong youngsters, with merchandise being omnipresent in the city for a time. This may explain why the new area will be the first-ever themed area based on the Frozen movies at any Disney park around the world.

In the last few years, HKDL has made a huge transformation effort in a likely effort to offset the damage done by its incredibly troubled opening. This has recently included the addition of new attractions to increase regular park attendance, such as the opening “Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle!” earlier this year. The resort has confirmed it will include more Marvel offerings in the coming future.

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