Hong Kong Disneyland Resort has announced today that it will be closing its doors to all Guests beginning 7 January 2022. The move comes amid a rise in COVID-19 infections across the area with the Disney Park temporarily closing for at least two weeks.
Located near Penney’s Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort — home to Hong Kong Disneyland Park and hotels like Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel, Disney’s Hollywood Hotel, and Disney Explorers Lodge — the Disney Park was the second expansion into Asia after Tokyo Disney Resort opened many years earlier. Hong Kong Disneyland Park was built after Walt Disney’s first theme park location, Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, and features Disney characters, popular rides, and fireworks celebrations. Now, the popular theme park destination will shut down operations for an extended period.
HONG KONG, Jan 5 (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co will shut down its Hong Kong Disneyland park from Jan. 7 to Jan. 20 as coronavirus cases rise in the city, the company said on Wednesday.
Hong Kong’s government announced tightened restrictions on Wednesday including a ban on some incoming flights as authorities feared a fifth wave of infections.
The closure announcement was also shared by DLP Report (@DLPReport) on Twitter. They said:
Due to a resurgence in Covid-19 cases, Hong Kong Disneyland will be closing temporarily on January 7, 2022 for 14 days.
Due to a resurgence in Covid-19 cases, Hong Kong Disneyland will be closing temporarily on January 7, 2022 for 14 days. pic.twitter.com/nvbbr8L0Lm
— DLP Report (@DLPReport) January 5, 2022
While the news currently states the Disney Resort will be closed for 14 days, the current Hong Kong Disneyland Park calendar has blacked out all forthcoming dates, suggesting that the Disney vacation spot will only reopen as and when it is deemed safe to do so.
This extended closure comes just weeks after the Disney Park saw an abrupt shutdown when government officials ordered those visiting, or working at the Park as Cast Members, to take an antigen test upon exit leaving Guests backed up in lines for hours. This one-day closure stretched into multiple days but Hong Kong Disneyland Resort was able to reopen shortly after.
More on Hong Kong Disneyland Park
Similar to other Magic Kingdom theme park areas across the globe like Disneyland Park in California and Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park, Hong Kong Disneyland Park features popular rides like Mystic Manor at Mystic Point — a less spooky iteration of the Haunted Mansion attraction — and Fantasyland’s The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. The latter saw Guests having to evacuate and walk along the track at another Disney Park earlier this year. Hong Kong Disneyland also includes areas like Toy Story Land.
In addition, such as Disneyland Paris has Sleeping Beauty Castle and Disney World Resort has Cinderella Castle, Hong Kong also features an iconic landmark: the Castle of Magical Dreams.
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