Hong Kong Disneyland Resort (HKDL) crosses an important milestone this week as Cast Members will move into Disney Explorers Lodge to prepare for its opening on April 30.
Cast Members will start training at the resort hotel and chefs will be on site at the three restaurants to begin testing the preparation of their signature dishes in new kitchens.
“We couldn’t be more excited about the opening of Disney Explorers Lodge and can’t wait to welcome our first official guests as we showcase a resort hotel unlike anything else in Hong Kong,” said Samuel Lau, executive vice-president and managing director of Hong Kong Disneyland Resort.
“With our handover to operations, Disney Explorers Lodge will open on time and on budget. This project continues our good track record in delivering major offerings within the timeframe and budget planned. The project team has executed and managed a robust program to see to the completion of works in the short time since groundbreaking in January 2015. It has also demonstrated our optimism about the future of tourism in the region and commitment to giving guests new reasons to visit Hong Kong, like the recent opening of the extremely popular Iron Man Experience, which has exceeded every one of our expectations.”
The upcoming grand opening of Disney Explorers Lodge follows the highly successful launch of Iron Man Experience in January. HKDL is pleased to report that according to HKDL guest research, Iron Man Experience is now the most popular attraction at Hong Kong Disneyland and the number one reason local, mainland Chinese and international guests chose to visit Hong Kong Disneyland Resort so far this year, delivering a tremendous benefit to the entire Hong Kong region.
Gearing up for the grand opening
As of this week, more than half of the 750-room hotel have been fully outfitted and handed over to the HKDL Hotel Operations team. This includes rooms in all four distinctly-themed areas — each comprising an outdoor garden and entire hotel wing. Very soon, guests will be able to explore these adventurous settings based on South America, Oceania, Asia and Africa.
The adventure continues inside the hotel rooms themselves, the theming of which features exotic cultural elements and beloved Disney elements combined. Disney Explores Lodge provides hotel stays like no other in Hong Kong!
Test-runs have also begun this week for the hotel’s F&B operations, ensuring all three new restaurants are ready to provide the Disney difference in dining on day one. Meals at Disney Explorers Lodge are sure to be as epic as exploring the hotel grounds. Guests can choose signature Chinese delights at Dragon Wind, international cuisine at the World of Color Restaurant or laid-back dining at Chart Room Cafe.
Disney is synonymous with unparalleled guest service and courtesy, and Cast Members at HKDL take particular pride in welcoming guests from all around the world with a warm smile and helping hand. As of this week, newly hired hotel Cast Members have begun their on-the-job training.
Explore and dream at HKDL
At Disney Explorers Lodge, guests are inspired to explore and dream as they are immersed in the adventures of intrepid explorers, with the motto “ad explorare et somniare” (to explore and dream). The hotel celebrates the golden age of exploration, transporting guests to some of the most exotic corners of the world. The lodge displays artifacts and memorabilia — collected by the explorers over a lifetime of travel — in the hotel’s lobby, guest rooms, dining venues and outdoor themed gardens.
With the addition of this new 750-room hotel, HKDL now has a grand total of 1,750 hotel rooms. The new hotel and all the amazing entertainment in the park make Hong Kong Disneyland Resort an even more enriched and complete getaway destination in the region.
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