Super Disney summer with heroes and a new hotel

Top News | Stella Wong 17 May 2017

Hong Kong Disneyland's Marvel fun this summer will include a walk-through experience, more superheroes and a Marvel-themed race.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the new resort hotel Disney Explorers Lodge yesterday, Samuel Lau Wing-kee, executive vice president and managing director, said its meetings, incentives, conferences and events business has recorded double-digit growth.

The Pavilion will be turned into Marvel Universe this summer, providing a new walk-through for guests, in which they will need to complete a mission to protect the Portal Nexus with the superheroes who include Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Dr Strange and Starlord in a story set in Hong Kong.

Captain America and Spider-Man will join Iron Man to meet the guests inside the park.

In addition, the park will hold a 10-kilometer run with Marvel as the theme in mid-September.

Lau hoped the park will not only attract families, but also corporations to organize events for employees, especially during non-peak periods.

Lau said the team has been doing preparation work for the expansion.

With the launch of a Frozen-themed attraction in the future, adding to the newly launched Marvel attraction, Lau believes the competitiveness of the park will be enhanced.

Lau said the new hotel has received positive feedback from guests and the occupancy rate is expected to be satisfactory.

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said the expansion project, together with the completion of the major cross- boundary infrastructures in the next few years, will bring in more visitors.

"All these will present enormous opportunities for Disneyland, the tourism sector and Hong Kong as a whole."

Michelle Yu Hoi-yan, landscape designer of Walt Disney imagineering, said guests can find over 700 plant species - 400 types of trees and 300 types of shrubs - in the gardens, which have more than 170,000 plants.

The number of international tourists to the park, including those from India, South Korea, Japan and the Philippines, has increased since October last year.

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