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 September 24, 2010
Hong Kong Disneyland: A Unique Offering For MICE Groups

 Just minutes from the heart of one of the world's most exciting cities, MICE professionals will find Hong Kong Disneyland Resort. This lush resort is an urban oasis and a MICE destination unto itself. Located on picturesque Lantau Island and covering 126 hectares, the resort features two hotels, a conference centre, extensive outdoor venues and, of course, the world famous Disneyland theme park.

A fully integrated resort, all of the facilities of Hong Kong Disneyland are easily accessible using the beautifully landscaped walkways and promenades. Bus service adds to the convenience offering quick and easy access to all areas.

"Our facilities are unlike anything else you'll find in Hong Kong or anywhere else in Asia," says Aliana Ho, Vice President, Sales and Distribution Marketing of Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, "but what sets Disney apart is its ability to deliver more than hotel rooms and meeting space. We make event organisers feel like royalty and give them the power to make their events shine. The Disney Business Solutions & Events team is the single source for everything you need to execute your event. It's like having a fairy godmother to help you with all of the details."

The Disney team can also provide professional development content through the Disney Institute, customise fun and engaging teambuilding programmes, and create memorable private events in Disneyland.

Hong Kong Disneyland continues to expand its product portfolio with unique new experiences. This ensures that MICE participants always discover something new, whether it's their first Disney visit or their 50th. In January 2011 the resort will launch its grand 5th Anniversary celebration. The year-long event will introduce a line-up of new entertainment and attractions.

The theme park will also premiere three new lands in the coming years as part of an expansion that will bring the total number of attractions and entertainment experiences to more than 100. The first phase will open at the end of 2011 with Toy Story Land. Guests will seem to shrink to the size of a toy themselves when they're immersed in the popular Disney*Pixar film series.

Following Toy Story Land will be the opening of Grizzly Gulch, an abandoned frontier mining town that will be home to the high-speed Grizzly Mountain coaster. When it opens, the new coaster will be the longest in Asia.

The expansion culminates in 2014 with the opening of Mystic Point, a land that will be exclusive to Hong Kong Disneyland Resort. In a supernatural rainforest participants will discover the mysterious Mystic Manor. They are in for a surprise when a mischievous monkey opens an enchanted music box that sends them on a spellbinding journey through the grand manor.

Nothing says "special" to participants like a private event inside the theme park. Here planners will discover scores of spectacular themed settings that could never be duplicated in a ballroom. Imagine a cocktail reception or dessert party on the terrace of the Main Street Railroad Station while the Disney in the Stars Fireworks Show explodes overhead. Or think of the most elegant dinner imaginable served in the tropical jungles of Adventureland or the storybook setting of Fantasyland. All this and more is possible for opening/closing galas and other networking events. Whether booking a signature Disney attraction, a themed land or the entire park, planners will find that these event-ready venues afford memorable experiences at surprisingly affordable prices.

Hong Kong Disneyland Resort is an inspirational setting for meetings. It can motivate participants and help them see their business challenges in entirely new ways. Businesses can capitalise on this by incorporating Disney Institute professional development programmes as part of their agendas.

Disney Institute is a renowned training organisation that has been offering professional development programmes in the U.S. for 25 years. Its portfolio of keynote presentations, workshops and seminars take participants inside the Disney organisation to discover innovative new ideas in the fields of leadership, creativity, service, brand loyalty and people management.

Each programme explores proven business best practices that are adaptable to any organisation. Entertaining as they are educational, Disney Institute programmes are facilitated by experienced Disney leaders, and many programmes include guided field experiences to onstage and behind-the-scenes operating locations throughout Hong Kong Disneyland Resort.

Ideally suited for meetings and events, the resort's two elaborately themed hotels boast a combined total of 1,000 rooms and suites. The opulent Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel is an ornate Victorian palace on the shores of the South China Sea. It envelops guests in a world of Victorian splendour and offers 400 guest rooms and a stand-alone 1,500-square-metre conference centre. When meetings are over, the Victorian Spa is ready to pamper guests with a full complement of revitalising therapies and treatments.

Dining options at the hotel are extensive and can please any palate. The award-winning Crystal Lotus restaurant offers gourmet cuisine representing regions across China. The Disney dim sum here is not to be missed. The hotel's Grand Salon offers a dramatic setting for all-day dining, while the adjacent Sorcerers Lounge is the perfect get-away for business over cocktails.

A short walk from the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel is the 600-room Disney's Hollywood Hotel. This art deco property embodies the essence of the glamorous Golden Age of Hollywood with California scenery, spacious lawns and an outdoor pool area that can be used for networking events and receptions.