Hong Kong Disneyland opens on Lantau Island

HONG KONG -- The Walt Disney Co. opened Hong Kong Disneyland on Lantau Island Sept. 12 with a grand opening celebration attended by CEO Michael Eisner and his successor-to-be Robert A. Iger, now president and COO, as well as Zeng Oinghong, the vice president of the Peoples Republic of China and Donald Tsang, chief executive of the government of Hong Kong.

A joint venture of the Walt Disney Co. and the Hong Kong government, the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort features two hotels, the 400-room Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel and the 600-room Disneys Hollywood Hotel.

The park includes many of Disneys familiar rides and attractions, such as the Jungle River Cruise, the Mad Hatter Tea Cups and Space Mountain, and also features Broadway-style performances and souvenir shops.

The park is projected to generate $19 billion in benefits to Hong Kong over the next 40 years.

To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to David Cogswell at [email protected].

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