Hong Kong Disneyland: May 24, 2004
After the first official announcement of the new Disneyland theme park to be built in Hong Kong, an 18-month publicity campaign for the newest Disney theme park is begun. The park will be closely modeled after the original Anaheim location, including using an identical copy of the more Midwestern-style Main Street, U.S.A. (vs. the more Victorian-style found in Orlando, Tokyo and Paris), as well as the more intimate Sleeping Beauty Castle (vs. the larger and more imposing Cinderella Castle). The park is slated to open during the second half of 2005 and the worldwide celebration of Disneyland’s 50th anniversary. Once opened, Hong Kong Disneyland will become the 11th Disney theme park around the globe.
Disneyland: May 23, 1997
After a highly touted year-long retirement campaign for the venerable, world-famous Main Street Electrical Parade throughout 1996, the highly anticipated (and marketed) replacement “nighttime streetacular” Light Magic premieres. The floats are all covered with fiber optics, and move along the famed parade route, stopping in two “performance corridors” – one along Main Street, U.S.A., the other in the “Small World Promenade”. The music is celtic-inspired. The films depicted in the streetacular include: “Bambi”, “Beauty & the Beast”, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”, “Mary Poppins”, “Cinderella”, “Pinocchio”, and “The Little Mermaid.” (It opened to extremely poor reviews, and was quickly removed from the park a mere four months later, never to be seen again).
The Walt Disney Travel Co. is incorporated in Florida. The company will work with travel agents and individuals planning vacations to the yet-to-be-open Walt Disney World Resort. (Four years later the company will expand their services to California and Disneyland vacations as well).
Fantasia Gardens opens. It is located between the Walt Disney World Dolphin and Walt Disney World Swan hotels, and is a 36-hole minature golf adventure. Fantasia Gardens features two distinct golfing adventures – Fantasia Gardens – an 18-hole course themed to Walt Disney’s 1940 classic animated film, “Fantasia”, and Fantasia Fairways – an 18-hole “challenge” course designed with strategically placed bunkers and hazards