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Hong Kong Disneyland Feng Shui Secrets and Facts
When the Walt Disney Company built Hong Kong Disneyland in China, it consulted experts in Feng Shui (literally, "wind, water"), the traditional Chinese art of building and placing elements to be in harmony with each other and nature to bring the most good luck.
The Walt Disney Company, having been criticized for ignoring French culture when it built Disneyland Paris in the early 1990s, this time paid close attention to Chinese culture, customs, and traditions when building Hong Kong Disneyland. Hong Kong Disneyland was built with great respect for the Chinese culture, and features many interesting features to maximize feng shui and chi.
Even outside observers have noted that the feng shui of Hong Kong Disneyland is excellent, according to news reports when HK Disneyland first opened.
Here are some Hong Kong Disneyland feng shui secrets and facts:
- Disney Imagineers consulted a feng shui master in planning and building Hong Kong Disneyland.
- Various earthly elements such as wood, fire, earth, metal and water important in feng shui have been carefully balanced throughout the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort according to the rules of Feng Shui. For example, projections of a rolling fire in one restaurant bar enhances the fire element at that location, while fire is prohibited in other areas.
- Hong Kong Disneyland's main gate and entrance was positioned in a north/south direction for good luck based on the ancient Chinese art of Feng Shui. Another landscaped area was designed east of the Disney theme park to ensure this north-south positioning, also enhanced by large entry portals to the area.
- Hong Kong Disneyland was carefully positioned on Lantau Island in Penny's Bay among the surrounding hills and sea for the best luck. The lucky feng shui hill formations in the area include "white tiger" and "green dragon."
- The actual Hong Kong Disneyland Park entrance was modified to maximize energy and guest flow. This would help the park's success.
- Individual attraction entrances inside the Disney park have been positioned for good luck as well.
- Large rocks are placed throughout Hong Kong Disneyland park because they represent stability in feng shui. Two boulders have been placed within the park, and each Disney hotel in the resort has a feng shui rock in its entrance and courtyard or pool areas. The boulders also prevent good fortune from flowing away from the theme park or hotels.
- A bend was put in a walkway near the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort entrance so good "chi" energy doesn't flow into the South China Sea.
- According to Disney Imagineer Tom Morris, water features play an important role in the Hong Kong Disneyland landscaping because they are extremely beneficial in Feng Shui. Lakes, ponds, and streams are placed throughout Hong Kong Disneyland to encourage good luck, fortune, and wealth for the resort, and a large fountain featuring classic Disney characters welcomes guests at the entrance to the park and to provide good luck.
- The Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel and the Disney's Hollywood Hotel were built in carefully selected locations with water nearby in a southwest direction to maximize prosperity from feng shui.
- The Hong Kong Disneyland Resort hotels have views of the waterfront onto the ocean and South China Sea. This provides good feng shui.
- 2,238 crystal lotuses decorate the Chinese restaurant at the Disneyland Hotel because the numbers sound like the phrase "easily generate wealth" in Catonese. (CNN.com)
- The main ballroom at the Disneyland Hotel at the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort is 888 square meters, because 888 is a "wealthy" number.
- The elevators at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort do not have the number four, and no building (including the Hong Kong Disneyland hotels) has a fourth floor. The number four is considered unlucky in Chinese culture because it sounds like the Chinese word for death.
- Red is an extremely lucky color in Chinese culture, so it is seen frequently throughout the park, especially on the buildings on Main Street, USA.
- No clocks are sold at the stores in Hong Kong Disneyland because in Chinese the phrase "giving clock" sounds like "going to a funeral."
- No green hats are sold in Hong Kong Disneyland stores because it is said in Chinese culture that a man wearing a green hat is cheating on his wife.
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