When we consider all Disney’s resorts around the world, the one that receives the least attention is Hong Kong Disneyland. It opened in 2005 with a limited number of attractions and has struggled to draw crowds. Disney has added three lands to the park — Grizzly Gulch, Mystic Point, and Toy Story Land. They will also be adding a Frozen land and Stark Expo in the next few years. Andy Sinclair-Harris joined Walt Disney Imagineering in Hong Kong during those updates in 2011. He has a close perspective on the park after working there directly.
Andy is my guest on this episode of The Tomorrow Society Podcast. We begin with his background in theater design and interest in Disney. Andy visited Walt Disney World as a kid and connected with EPCOT Center. Attractions like Horizons and the original Journey Into Imagination left a strong impression on him. Andy pursued theater in school but always had an eye for working at Imagineering. The skills that he developed early on played a key role in his job as a Concept Designer at Disney.