Mickey Mouse to meet Hong Kong

HONG KONG -- Groundbreaking for the first Disney theme park in China -- Hong Kong Disneyland -- was held recently.

Located on 310 acres on North Lantau Island, the theme park will include two hotels as well as retail, dining and entertainment venues.

"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.

Constructing the park is a complex venture because Hong Kong must create new infrastructure, roads and other support systems to accommodate thousands of workers and vehicles at the remote destination, according to Disney.

Disney plans to hire 5,000 employees by the end of 2004.

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