Visitors to Hong Kong Disneyland will soon be able to munch on egg puffs, cheesecake on a stick and other new treats as the theme park's dining options expand to meet the increasingly diverse tastes of its guests.
"We're trying to do egg puffs, but we need to change some of the kitchen equipment. If it's successful, we'll look at doing egg puffs in a Mickey Mouse shape," Paul Chandler, who oversees Hong Kong Disneyland's food and beverage operations, said.
At the Main Street coffee cart, we're working on cheesecake on a stick."
The additional food offerings are expected to help boost the park's food and beverage income, which has grown 12 per cent in the five years since it opened. There are between 250 and 300 different food products on offer, from Cantonese cuisine and cotton candy to hot dogs and pizza.
The park has hired three or four Indian chefs and is looking to recruit some Thai chefs, Chandler said. Food will be an integral part of the park's fifth anniversary celebrations. Visitors may be allowed to buy some of the dinnerware they have their meals on, Chandler said, and dining promotions aimed at children aged five and local visitors with the number five on their identity cards are among options being considered.
Although there will be events to mark the fifth anniversary on September 12, year-long celebrations will be held from January 1 to December 31 next year. More and different dining venues will also be added as the park expands, beginning with a food kiosk in Toy Story Land, which is due to open next year. Chandler said the standing-room-only kiosk would mainly offer health food options, as the attraction was expected to draw many families. Grizzly Gulch will open next, with a food kiosk and seating available, while a 400-seat restaurant, similar to the Royal Banquet Hall in Fantasyland, will be included in Mystic Manor.
About 85 per cent of the park's visitors eat at its restaurants, while between 40 per cent and 50 per cent buy food at various outdoor vending carts, far more than the 12 per cent to 15 per cent estimated when the park opened in 2005.