Disneyland Hong Kong is located on reclaimed land in Penny’s Bay, Lantau Island. It is the first the first theme park located inside the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and is owned and managed by the Hong Kong International Theme Parks. It is Disney’s 11th and smallest theme park, but the first to be built in China, and the second Disney resort attraction in Asia.
The official opening of Disneyland Hong Kong took place on September 12, 2005. The ceremony was attended by the vice president of The People’s Republic of China, Zeng Qinghong, and a host of other VIP guests.
Disney and the Hong Kong region announced the Park in 1998, and construction began in 2003. The Park had one of the shortest construction periods in Disney history, and Disney actually announced that the opening of the Park would be brought forward, from 2006 to September 2005.
Disneyland Hong Kong currently occupies 22.4 hectares, it will be expanded to 27.4 hectares 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.
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 Disneyland Hong Kong Resort entrance so good “qi” (chi) energy wouldn’t flow into the South China Sea.