Today at Hong Kong Disneyland happened the groundbreaking ceremony for the third hotel of the resort, marking another milestone in the continued development of Hong Kong Disneyland Resort as a world-class travel and entertainment destination. As we know the third hotel is named Disney Explorers Lodge, and it's a 750-room highly themed hotel slated to open early 2017.
Dedicated to the spirit of exploration, Disney Explorers Lodge will invite HKDL guests to leave the everyday world behind and enter into a new world full of discovery, nature and exotic cultures. The hotel will feature four distinct gardens based on exotic cultures from around the globe, along with new themed restaurants, a shop and a large outdoor swimming pool.
Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Gregory So, President and Managing Director, Asia, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Bill Ernest, Financial Secretary John Tsang, and Hong Kong Disneyland Resort Managing Director Andrew Kam officiate at the groundbreaking ceremony with Mickey Mouse.
As you'll see on the picture below the Disney Explorers Lodge will be build on a pretty big piece of land which is in fact located between the two existing hotels, between the HKDL Hotel and the Hollywood Hotel.
As it happen often for Disney's hotels the Disney Explorers' Lodge has a background story and in this case it's an "explorers" background story: in 1920 four explorers built together
the hotel, to show the crafts and collected specimens they've bring back from around the world.
The hotel will be divided into four "regions", which will include the African savannah, the tropical rain forests of South America, the Pacific Islands, and Asia. Each region will also have a link with different Disney characters like the Africa area where there is the story of The Lion King baboon, the South America zone with the Guyun birds, the Pacific Islands with Finding Nemo Turtle, the Jungle Book baby elephant for Asia, etc... Four new renderings showing each of these areas have been released today.
Finally, if some of you find in the hotel design some reminiscences of the Animal Kingdom Lodge it's may be not a coincidence as it seems that this new Disney Explorers Lodge will borrow part of his architecture to Animal Kingdom's beloved hotel, and probably also a bit to the Hawaii Aulani Resort. And why not? The HKDL Disney Explorers Lodge looks promising and should have an exciting theming, and i can't wait for his opening in 2017!
Pictures: copyright Disney : HKDL