The Sleeping Beauty Castle. Disneyland, Hong Kong. (2) 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.

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

    wow, this is beautiful, and the write super, you are going so wrlll my good man, Magnificent and marvelous. all my love from my heart ……Norma

  • Thanks so much Norma for such a wonderful comment and support.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeabout 3 years ago

  • Thanks Audrey.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderabout 3 years ago

    So lovely

  • Thank you Kala.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • virginian
    virginianabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful place – great night shot.

  • Thanks so much Judy for the comment and fav. I bet Disneyland in the States woud be even better.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Rachel Williams
    Rachel Williamsabout 3 years ago

    Great shot and info. It’s a really cool looking castle. :)

  • Thank you Rachel for the terrific comment.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...about 3 years ago

    fantasric work!

  • Many thanks Charmiene.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • mom23girls
    mom23girlsabout 3 years ago


  • Thanks very much.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderabout 3 years ago

  • Thank you so much Kala, that’s very kind of you.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • BlueMoonRose
    BlueMoonRosealmost 3 years ago

    An excellent night shot! I hope that the inside was as captivating as the outside?

  • Thanks Kathryn, I don’t think we were allowed to inside the castle.

    – Ralph de Zilva

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