More magic at kingdom

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 11 April, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 11 April, 2012, 12:00am


The opening of Grizzly Gulch at Hong Kong Disneyland this summer will give meetings. incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE) event organisers another corporate option.

Sections of the park can be 'bought' for special events and the entire park can be taken over after it closes.

Grizzly Gulch is a themed land set in an abandoned mining town in America's Old West.

It is the second part of a three-stage expansion programme, together with Toy Story Land, which opened late last year, and Mystic Point is set to open next year. The project will increase the park's total area by 23 per cent and bring the number of attractions, entertainment facilities and shows to more than 100.

Toy Story Land, opened in November, was an immediate success. 'Hong Kong was chosen for Toy Story Land because people here 'have a strong emotional connection to Toy Story as demonstrated by the huge success of Toy Story 3 and Toy Story franchises,' says Andrew Kam, managing director of Hong Kong Disneyland Resort.

Inspired by the film in which toys came to life, Toy Story Land makes visitors feel that they have been shrunk to the size of toys by building everything larger than life. There are lots of photo opportunities, including Woody and Jessy, two of the movie's most popular characters, and a collection of green toy soldiers, who go through their boot camp paces.

'With the opening of Toy Story Land and our additional expansion plans to introduce new immersive and interactive experiences and thrilling adventures, we continue our commitment to creating unique experiences for our guests,' Kam says.

In Singapore, Resorts World Sentosa is proving popular with event organisers with new attractions such as the Maritime Experiential Museum and Aquarium, housed in a glass and steel building designed to resemble the hull of a ship.

Highlights include a full-size replica of the bow of a vessel belonging to China's greatest seafaring explorer, Admiral Zheng He, who travelled with a fleet of 300 ships to the Middle East and Africa in the 15th century.