The Sleeping Beauty Castle. Disneyland, Hong Kong. by Ralph de Zilva

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Hong Kong Disneyland is located on reclaimed land in Penny’s Bay, Lantau Island. It is the first theme park located inside the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and is owned and managed by the Hong Kong International Theme Parks. The park opened to visitors on 12 September 2005. Disney attempted to avoid problems of cultural backlash by attempting to incorporate Chinese culture, customs, and traditions when designing and building the resort, including adherence to the rules of Feng Shui. For instance, a bend was put in a walkway near the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort entrance so good “qi” (chi) energy wouldn’t flow into the South China Sea.1

The park consists of five themed areas: Main Street, U.S.A., Fantasyland, Adventureland, Tomorrowland and Toy Story Land. The theme park’s cast members speak in Cantonese, English, and Mandarin. Guide maps are printed in traditional and simplified Chinese as well as English, French, and Japanese.

The park has a daily capacity of 34,000 visitors — the least out of all Disneyland parks. It has so far fallen short of its targeted visitorship figures. The park attracted 5.2 million visitors in its first year, below its target of 5.6 million. Visitor numbers fell 20% in the second year to 4 million, inciting criticisms from local legislators. However, the park attendance slightly increased by 8% in the third year, attracting a total of 4.5 million visitors in 2007. In 2009, the park attendance again increased by 2% to 4.8 million visitors. The attendance continued to surge and received 5.23 million guests in the 2009/2010 fiscal year. Since the opening of Hong Kong Disneyland, the theme park has hosted over 25 million guests. According to AECOM and TEA, Hong Kong Disneyland is the 15th most visited theme park in the world in 2010, with 5.2 million visitors.

Hong Kong Disneyland currently occupies 22.4 hectares (55 acres), it will be expanded to 27.4 hectares (68 acres) when three new themed areas are completed. After the expansion, the park is expected to handle 7.92 million to 8.92 million visitors annually. The park capacity will increase to handle up to 10 million visitors annually over a 15 year expansion period.

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I have always had a love of capturing images and in my early teens took many photographs on my little Kodak camera. I loved the wild open spaces and bird life in particular and longed to be able to be an accomplished photographer. It took ill health and a forced early retirement to re-kindle this love of photography. I am a self-taught amateur photographer who has had no formal training. I take great pride and joy in my work and these days have the time to pursue this wonderful hobby.

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Comments

  • Angie66
    Angie66almost 3 years ago

    wow i want to go there beautiful capture

  • My wife and I loved Disneyland. We spent the whole day there and still couldn’t see everything. I am sure you would love it too Angie. Thaks very much for your comment and fav.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Norma-jean Morrison
    Norma-jean Mor...almost 3 years ago

    very beautiful, all done so well with the write also, and so magnificent the capture, all my love Normaje…

  • Thank you so much Norma for your very kind words and fav.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • DeeZ (D L Honeycutt)
    DeeZ (D L Hone...almost 3 years ago

    Truly magical! Great capture Ralph!

  • Many thanks for the terrific comment, Darlene.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Mike  Kinney
    Mike Kinneyalmost 3 years ago

    Nicely done

  • Thank you Mike.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderalmost 3 years ago

    Very neat shot with the different lights and an overall great scene

  • Thanks very much Kala for the really lovely comment.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkealmost 3 years ago

  • Thank you Audrey.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • virginian
    virginianalmost 3 years ago

    Great capture of this beautiful place.

  • Thanks very much for the comment and fav Judy.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkealmost 3 years ago

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  • Thanks so much Audrey, much appreciated.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • CapricornDancer
    CapricornDanceralmost 3 years ago

    Congrats this image has been featured in the world around us, well done.

  • Thank you very much for the feature. Greatly appreciated.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Jenifer  Bunnett
    Jenifer Bunnettalmost 3 years ago

    Very nicely photographed with those spheres in the foreground. I enjoyed the write up too…I had no idea there was a Disney theme park in Hong Kong.

  • Thank you so much Jenifer for your wonderful comments. Disneyland in Hong Kong is a very beautiful place indeed. I didn’t even wanted to go to it thinking it was for the kids but my wife wanted to go, so I went just to please her. I was so happy I did.

    – Ralph de Zilva

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