Wednesday, May 30, 2012
More news about Hong Kong Disneyland Grizzly Trail with a series of interesting making-of pictures and a first video from HKDL! You have the video below but before something new about the July 13 opening date as since last monday something happened that may change the game! Hong Kong Ocean Park, HKDL biggest theme park competitor, has announced today that they will open their new area called Polar Adventure on.... July 13, that is to say the same date that HKDL wishes to do the Grizzly Trail grand opening! In two words: it's war between Hong Kong two theme parks and HKDL might eventually change the opening date as the July 13 opening was not announced yet.
Also, it will be interesting to learn more about this Ocean Park "Polar Adventure". Why? Because, if you remember well HKDL had a similar project called Glacier Bay a theme that Hong Kong Government turned down - didn't accepted for HKDL in 2009 when they were choosing the themes for HKDL new lands! As i had written in my July 2009 article about this Glacier Bay project when we learned it was cancelled and replaced by Toy Story Land: "So, what happened to "Glacier Bay"? What would have been its theming and attractions? From what one of my HK correspondent have heard about it, "Glacier Bay theme had something like a scientists base... You would have take a train to go the laboratory, which goes from the outdoor area to an indoor air-controlled area to simulate the north pole. There will even be real snow flake in some scenes when the train pass by. The "U-shape" TSP half-pipe coaster was still there, but with a theming as skiing... The base of the mountain was very huge and it would have been the very first indoor land that Disney has ever built in a Disney theme park. It seems that one of the other reasons why the HK government banned this theme is that Ocean Park - Hong Kong first theme park - will use a similar theme with a roller coaster..."
More news about all this soon - and specially if HKDL changes Grizzly trail opening date because of Ocean Park Polar Adventure opening, but in the meantime, here is the HKDL video, and below the making-of pictures.
First, two interesting renderings with one showing Grizzly Gulch town and the other the Grizzly Trail map - click on it to see it in larger size - that probably will be soon inside HKDL guide maps.
And now, some pics of the Imagineers at work on the new land during the last weeks.
Another series of pictures which were shot by different HK medias during the site visit event, not long time ago.
Grizzly Trail will also have geysers and Imagineers did something pretty smart to make sure that the water at the bottom of the geyser will look like real one. as you will see on the pics below they've painted the rock with different colors so when the water will be inside the holes it will look like it does in old geological geysers sites.
Don't miss the new HKDL Wallpapers HD App for iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch!
Direct iTunes link HERE!