This is taking “out with the old, in with the new” to an even newer level.
It’ll be strange to say goodbye to Sleeping Beauty’s palace at Hong Kong Disneyland when it is transformed next month, but a new look at the Southeastern China park’s reimagined castle proves it will be historic and much more unique than its predecessor.
The structure set to be built on top of Disneyland’s quintessential centerpiece is far from typical. Not only are its turrets and towers a mash-up of cultures and global designs, but the intriguing colors, domes and details make for a one-of-a-kind castle unlike anything Disney has ever built.
Though most Disneyland centerpieces are dedicated to a singular princess, Hong Kong Disneyland’s new structure will pay homage to favorites spanning across Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar’s film libraries.
It’s not the first castle multiple princesses have called home — Shanghai Disneyland’s Enchanted Storybook Castle, which broke records for being the largest and tallest, holds that title as well — but it’s shaping up to be the most thoughtful.
While Shanghai’s celebrates the heroines of “Frozen, The Princess and the Frog, Brave” and “Tangled” with a walk-through display of murals in its center, Hong Kong’s forthcoming structure will incorporate Disney Princesses within its architecture. Spires atop the domes and towers will reference essential moments from beloved fairy tales and films, including a rose for “Beauty and the Beast,” poisoned apple from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” and a “Cinderella” carriage.
The castle will also host an onsite Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique for princess transformations (the kid-friendly salon is currently located within Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel) and welcome renewed entertainment, including a stage performances and updated nighttime fireworks displays.
A modernized castle is one of the many expansions coming to Hong Kong Disneyland over the next six years. Changes include a Marvel-themed area with a new attraction themed to Ant-Man, The Wasp and S.H.I.E.L.D., a “Frozen” land allowing guests to experience Arendelle in person and a new entertainment venue housing a permanent Moana-helmed show.
The Iron Man Experience, Disney’s first-ever Marvel attraction, opened at the park in January and its newest hotel, Disney Explorers Lodge, also welcomed its first guests earlier this year.
Correction: A previous version of this story said Sleeping Beauty's castle would be demolished. The new structure will instead be an addition.