This week, the resort broke ground on the Disney Explorers Lodge – a new 750-room hotel which is scheduled to open in 2017.
Based on an exploration theme, the new hotel will feature four gardens based on Asian, South American, Polynesian and African themes, along with a series of themed restaurants, a shop and a large outdoor swimming pool.
The ground-breaking ceremony was attended by John Tsang, the Hong Kong government’s Financial Secretary, Gregory So, Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development, Bill Ernest, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts’ president & managing director for Asia, and Andrew Kam, managing director of Hong Kong Disneyland Resort.
“This groundbreaking is another exciting milestone in Hong Kong Disneyland Resort’s almost 10-year history,” said Ernest. “This expansion is key to continuing the resort’s growth and momentum, and it underscores the Walt Disney Company’s commitment to Hong Kong.
“This project, along with other upcoming expansion projects and new offerings, will continue to add to the appeal of Hong Kong Disneyland.”
The new hotel continues the rapid expansion of Hong Kong Disneyland that has taken place over recent years. Having opened in 2005, the park added three new zones, Toy Story Land, Grizzly Gulch and Mystic Point, between 2011 and 2013.
A new Iron Man-themed area is expected to launch in late 2016, before the opening of the Disney Explorers Lodge in early 2017.
The third hotel will increase the park’s total inventory by 75% to 1,750 rooms.