HONG KONG -- Groundbreaking for the first Disney theme park in
China -- Hong Kong Disneyland -- was held Jan 11, signaling a new
era in tourism for Hong Kong and a key move in Disney's worldwide
Located on 310 acres on North Lantau Island, the theme park will
include two hotels as well as retail, dining and entertainment
"This project represents another important step forward as the
company brings our classic Disney stories and characters to the
most populous nation in the world," said Michael Eisner, Disney
chairman and CEO.
As part of the project, the Hong Kong government must create new
infrastructure, roads and other support systems in the early stages
to accommodate thousands of workers and vehicles at the remote
Up to 5,000 cast members, or Disney employees, are slated to be
hired by the end of 2004.