Hong Kong Disneyland: FIRST Frozen Themed Land, Two New Attractions
Hong Kong Disneyland will be the first Disney park to feature an entire land dedicated to the popular Disney animated film “Frozen” opening later this year. World of Frozen is the biggest expansion to the Hong Kong theme park and highly anticipated as this land will also bring a new restaurant, merchandise locations along with two attractions.
Keep reading for everything we know so far about World of Frozen at Hong Kong Disneyland plus NEW footage from Disney Imagineers!
Hong Kong Disneyland
Hong Kong Disneyland made its debut in 2005 as the largest theme park in Hong Kong. Disney took great care to incorporate Chinese culture, customs and traditions into the design of this theme park which included following the rules of feng shui. This is most notable with the bend that was put the entrance walkway so good qi energy wouldn't flow into the South China Sea. All these details about the creation of Hong Kong Disneyland are shared in The Imagineer Story which is a great watch for anyone interested in the creativity behind the magic! You can watch The Imagineering Story on Disney+ which just might be my favorite docuseries the app has done so far,
Cast members at Hong Kong Disneyland speak Cantonese, English and Mandarin. Guide maps are available in Chinese along with English. This theme park is known for having the lowest crowd levels out of all the Disney Parks around the world which makes it a popular choice for international Disney fans!
Hong Kong Disneyland has seven themed lands with a few similar to our own Disneyland in the United States: Main Street, U.S.A., Fantasyland, Adventureland, Tomorrowland, Grizzly Gulch, Mystic Point, and Toy Story Land. The addition of World of Frozen will bring that total to eight themed areas in the park.
World of Frozen
World of Frozen, the new “Frozen” themed land at Hong Kong Disneyland, is planing to debut later this year. Disney Imagineering shared this new land will debut in the second half of 2023. This will be the largest expansion to Hong Kong Disneyland adding two attractions, a new restaurant plus merchandise outlets. World of Frozen is essentially a version of Arendelle village which will include the clock tower, Elsa’s Ice Palace sitting atop the North Mountain, and Arendelle Castle.
Frozen Ever After is the dark ride debuting in World of Frozen that will be familiar to USA Disney fans. A version of Frozen Ever After is situated in EPCOT and is one of the most popular attractions in the park. This traditional dark ride follows the story of Elsa and Anna including a momentous scene to Elsa singing “Let It Go.” It's one of my favorite rides at EPCOT- much to the dismay of my 12 year old son who would rather repeatedly ride Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmind Rewind instead.
Disney Imagineers have shared a first look at the Elsa audio-animatronic created for this ride and it's perfection! Watch the video below:
This differs from the audio-animatronics in the Frozen Ever After at EPCOT as those feature projection style faces instead of the version pictured above. This is my only critique of the Frozen Ever After attraction and I hope that Disney Imagineers consider swapping out the audio-animatronics in Walt Disney World's attraction for the better version!
Wandering Oaken's Sliding Sleighs is the BRAND NEW family friendly roller coaster debuting at World of Frozen. Guests will take a ride on fast moving sleighs built by Oaken to travel through the forest neighboring Arendelle. Based on the concept art featured above, this attraction seems reminiscent of the same style as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in Walt Disney World. One of the things I love about that attraction is how the ride incorporates both thrill elements while also taking time to slow down to show dark ride scenes featuring audio-animatronic characters. We'll have to see if Wandering Oaken's Sliding Sleighs takes a similar approach!
I have high hopes for this attraction as the Wandering Oaken character is hilarious and nearly every child giggles when he graces the screen. He's one of my favorites from the “Frozen” film and this attraction sounds like a perfect family oriented roller coaster.
World of Frozen will also feature a brand new quick-service restaurant along with merchandise outlets. My speculation is we will see merchandise outlets styled like outside storefronts to match the setting of Arendelle but this purely a guess!
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Frozen Land Drone Footage
Check out the NEW footage of Hong Kong Disneyland's progress towards this Frozen themed land in the video below:
Take a look at the transition of the land from day to night in our Instagram post embedded below (and be sure to follow us on Instagram if you haven't yet). Swipe through for the transition view.
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This new addition to Hong Kong Disneyland looks amazing and I can't help but feel a bit envious! After all, we've been hoping for a long time for Disneyland to receive its own Frozen attraction. I just might have to book a trip out to Hong Kong Disneyland to visit Arendelle myself!
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