Disney hotel set to give boost

Local | Amy Nip and Stella Wong 17 Feb 2017

Hong Kong Disneyland's third hotel, Disney Explorer's Lodge, will open on April 30, with room rates starting from HK$2,200.

The seven-story, 750-room hotel boasts an "adventure" theme and lush gardens. There will also be promotion offers in the initial opening period.

James Tung Pui-chuen, director of travel trade sales, said room rates of the new hotel will be between those at Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel and Hong Kong Disneyland Hollywood Hotel. Each room will have two queen-size beds, enough to house four adults. With the rate at HK$2,200, the cost per person would be HK$550.

A search on Hong Kong Disneyland's website shows a standard room at Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel would cost HK$4,730 on April 30, while Hollywood Hotel would cost HK$1,850.

Until the end of September, guests who book a standard room will enjoy a free upgrade to a deluxe room. Until December 20, those who stay for two consecutive nights or more will get a 20 percent discount.

Asked if the pricing is competitive in the hotel industry, Tung said there is no direct comparison as the hotel is the only themed resort in Hong Kong.

With the launch of the third hotel, the total number of rooms at Hong Kong Disneyland will increase to 1,750. It will enable the theme park to further expand its events business - there were about 600 events at the park last year. Occupancy rate of the two existing hotels was 80 percent in 2015. The company announces its annual results next week.

Tung said there will be four themed gardens named after Disney characters in the new hotel. Kevin Garden, which has a South American theme, is named after the giant bird in Up. The Little Squirt Garden of Oceania celebrates the playful sea turtle from Finding Nemo. Named after the baby elephant from The Jungle Book, the Hathi Jr Garden puts guests in the heart of Asia. The Rafiki Garden, which has an African Savannah theme, is named after the wise mandrill from The Lion King.

Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy, in new explorer costumes, will meet hotel guests during breakfast throughout the week, and during lunch time on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.

There will also be an outdoor pool and three restaurants.

Tourism-sector lawmaker Yiu Si- wing said there was a significant improvement in the second half of last year due to the launch of new attractions. Attendance increased by more than 12 percent compared with the same period last year. Occupancy rate of the two existing hotels also exceeded 80 percent during the period.

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