Hong Kong Disneyland started as just a budget park when it opened on September 12, 2005. Instead of a Disney level castle, Michael Eisner wanted to put up a cardboard castle. Eisner was throwing together a park as quick as possible living up to the name of a budget park. Of course, Roy E. Disney was not going to let that happen. Eisner stepped down September 30, 2005, as Bob Iger took on the role as Disney’s CEO, allowing the park a Disney level castle. Three new lands opened: Toy Story Land (November 17, 2011), Grizzly Gulch (July 14, 2012) Mystic Point (May 17, 2013) helping this budget park finally make a profit.
Disney announced at D23 significant updates for this small budget park to finally earn the credit it truly does deserve. The castle is currently under refurbishment soon to become the Castle of Magical Dreams. It will stand as a beacon of courage, hope, and possibility. Drawing inspirations from 13 Disney Stories that will feature princess and heroines. This structure will feature adornments such as Snow Whites poison apple, Cinderella’s coach, Belle’s rose and original artwork and sculptures. The Castle of Magical Dreams will be a canvas for new entertainments such as a daytime parade, a nighttime spectacular, and home to Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.