Grizzly Gulch opens at Hong Kong Disneyland

Written by Rick Wright. Posted in Hong Kong Disneyland, Weekend Update

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Published on July 06, 2012 at 11:05 pm with 7 Comments

Alain Littaye of the Disney And More blog shares more photos of Hong Kong Disneyland’s new land, Grizzly Gulch. Expensive new lands in Disney parks are becoming a trend. It looks like a lot of time and money went into this newest Disney western town.

–Rick

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In part two of our Hong Kong Disneyland Grizzly Gulch report, we’ll have a look at the whole land, and especially the new little western town. This is the first new “Frontierland” built by WDI Imagineers in 20 years. The last one was in Disneyland Paris. This one is a totally different, a new kind of Frontierland, never built before at any Disney theme park.

As you will see, although the buildings have a western style, the town itself is very different from what we’ve come to expect. When I saw the photos, it reminded me of the kind of western town that could have been built at Knott’s Berry Farm. In terms of storyline, this new town was not “in the old west” like Thunder Mesa at DLP Frontierland. It looks more like a small town which was built probably after the mine was discovered.

The only thing which I don’t like too much is that it seems they didn’t do much aging on the buildings. All this looks a little bit too fresh and new. I know that it IS new, and maybe HKDL Imagineers did it consciously, knowing that Hong Kong weather will do the “aging” job. If I meet them one day, I will ask them why they haven’t done more “aging” as I’m curious to know the answer.

You can access Grizzly Gulch either from Adventureland or Toy Story Land as a path has been created through Mystic Point which will open next year. In this report, we access it through Adventureland and below is the entrance to Grizzly Gulch…

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…where guests can find welcome signs like the one above and below.

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On your way to the town you can watch the HKDL railroad passing by – no Grizzly Gulch train station, though.

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Walking toward the town, on the left you’ll see Big Grizzly Mountain as the town and geysers begin to appear.

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Note the metallic bridge over the tracks of the BGM runaway mine cars ride…

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Let’s discover the town!

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Restaurant food.

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Not far from the restaurant above, there is a jail…and guests can take pictures of themselves as outlaws placing their head at the right place on the “wanted” posters.

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Right in front of it – and it’s done on purpose with humor by the imagineers – is displayed a huge gold nugget. No doubt that the thieves in jail had enjoyed the view!

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This BIG golden nugget will be a popular photo location!

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More photos of other buildings in town, beginning at the Big Grizzly Mountain Mine Company, which is the entrance to the ride…`

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Near the entrance of the BGMC ride, guests can find a wagon selling plenty of merchandise – and, of course, plush bears.

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On the walls of the town, some posters relate to the mine.

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There is much more to see in Grizzly Gulch! Don’t miss the next article in which we will discover the “geological” part of the town, its geysers, the water battle, splash areas, and more!

Photos courtesy of Marco or Keith Lee.

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  • Aotphks

    This new land looks really nice. It makes me consider taking a trip to Hong Kong for sure. Thank you for the nice photos in this report. I have some questions… I noticed one of the signs reads “BIG GRIZZLY MOUNTAIN MINE”. So I wonder..is the mine train ride named “Big Grizzly Mountain”? Or is it “Grizzly Gulch”? I do like the similarity to the classic Big Thunder Mountain name.for the ride.

    • http://micechat.com Dusty Sage

      Grizzly Gulch is the name of the land. Big Grizzly Mountain is the name of the ride. Much like Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at the other Magic Kingdom parks.

  • wishyouwell

    It is cool that HKDL finally has something totally unique you can’t find at any other Disney Parks. I can’t wait to see this land myself this Christmas, we have made our reservation already.

  • napeterson18

    I wonder if the lack of aging was intentional? Like, I wonder if it’s supposed to be 1888 in the town. I’ve never really known what time the other Frontierlands took place in compared to when the towns were built.

  • TwilitWings

    I would guess the lack of aging is intentional since the time frame is supposed to be current and a boomtown would have very little aging (since most of the buildings would be fairly new). Alternatively, I know some of my relatives (I’m Chinese American) have expressed distaste at the ‘shabby’ look of Frontierland–I wonder if cultural perceptions about old buildings might be part of it?

  • SirEdge

    From what I understand, it’s supposed to a new town, hence all the signs announcing jobs and what-not.

    I guess the lack of aging is what makes it for some “less impressive.” I, for one, am more easily impressed when I see new things aged. I think it’s part of the fun of themeing.

    But in this case, it makes sense especially for the Asian market – like us, where Westerns may not be so familiar. To be honest, I didn’t grow up watching Westerns. All my ideas of them are strictly limited to my trips to Disneyland and WDW – and some of the Disney films and shows.

    Story-wise, it makes sense to associate a gold-mining town with the potential of prosperity and success instead of a ghost town. It think it’s a wonderful appropriation of a classic Disney Park motif into an Asian-Chinese market. And it makes more sense to have it in Hong Kong as well instead of Shanghai (although who knows if it will show up there as well), since the Southeast Asian market who also frequent HKDL may be more familiar with Frontierland and Westerns than the mainland Chinese.

  • keithlee83

    The reason the GG is not aging , because it’s a new mine town , workers are still working there, people there are rich , the mine company is in operation.