Disney Goes East
You wouldn’t normally expect to see Chinese lion dancers performing in front of pink castle while sharing the stage with Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. Yet that was the scene for thousands of Hong Kong residents and visitors as they watched the spectacular opening ceremony for the newest addition to the global family of Disney theme parks.
Hong Kong Disneyland officially opened on September 12, 2005. The park is expected to provide a boost to the local economy as well as increase the profits of the Walt Disney Company, a company that started out as a humble cartoon studio over eighty years ago. The studio grew out of the man, Walt Disney. He arrived in California in 1923 with very little money, but plenty of ideas and determination.
香港迪士尼在2005年9月12日正式開幕. 該主題公園不僅希望為已成立超過80年、以卡通電影起家的華德迪士尼公司帶來利潤, 也期待能為當地經濟景氣注入活水. 迪士尼影城係由華德迪士尼一手拉拔起來. 他在1923年帶著極少的資金但豐富多樣的想法及決定來到加州
Over the next three decades, Walt Disney Studio achieved worldwide fame. People fell in love with Mickey, Donald, and the other Disney characters. In addition, animated films like Snow White and Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, and Bambi enjoyed spectacular success. Never a man to rest on his laurels, Walt Disney turned his attention to other fields, notably amusement parks.
華德迪士尼影城在之後超過三十年的時間裡便贏得了全世界的聲望. 人們愛上米老鼠, 唐老鴨以及其他迪士尼的角色. 此外, 諸如白雪公主與七矮人, 木偶奇遇記以及小鹿斑比等動畫電影更贏得驚豔的成就. 華德迪士尼並未沉醉於他的成功, 轉而將其心力投注於其它領域, 特別是主題娛樂公園.
Mr. Disney imagined a completely new kind of amusement park, one that children and adults could enjoy together. His ideas took shape with the 1995 opening of Disneyland in Anaheim, California. It was the first amusement park to be divided into separate areas, each with its own theme. The formula worked, drawing millions of visitors to the park. This trend continued after Mr. Disney’s death in 1996. Disneyworld opened in Florida, followed by Disney theme parks in Tokyo, Paris, and now Hong Kong.
迪士尼先生想像描繪一個全新類型的娛樂公園, 那是一個小孩及大人都能一起享有的公園. 他的想法在1995年於加州開幕的迪士尼樂園中呈現. 那是第一個依主題不同而區分不同區域且各自擁有不同主題的娛樂公園. 這樣的規劃確實可行, 也成功的吸引了上百萬的訪客到園. 這個風潮直到迪士尼先生在1996年過世後持續不墜. 迪士尼世界在福羅里達州開幕後, 陸續又在東京、巴黎開幕迪士尼主題公園, 而現在則是在香港開幕.
In many ways, the latest Disneyland resembles the original park in California. Visitors will find four of the same areas─Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, Adventureland, and Main Street, U.S.A.─as well as some familiar attractions such as the Space Mountain ride and famous castle. Although it is currently the smallest of the Disney theme parks, Hong Kong Disneyland is expect to expand in the future. After all, as Walt Disney himself once said, Disneyland will never be completed as long as there is imagination in the world.
近期迪士尼公園與加州原創的園區在許多地方相當類似. 訪客會發現四個區域─夢幻世界、明日世界、探索世界及主街是相同的. 此外像太空山及著名的城堡也是有著一些令訪客熟悉的特色. 雖然香港的迪士尼樂園是目前最小的主題公園, 但未來仍計劃會進行擴充. 畢竟如同華德迪士尼自己曾說過的, 只要世上存在想像, 迪士尼樂園的發展將永無止境.