PHOTOS: Take a closer look at the makeover at Explorer’s Club restaurant at Hong Kong Disneyland
Explorer’s Club Restaurant recently reopened at Hong Kong Disneyland as a semi-buffet with new details referencing SEA, or the Society of Explorers and Adventurers. Disney has now shared a closer look at some of the changes.
The Explorer’s Club restaurant is inspired by the adventures of the character of Lord Henry Mystic. It includes an exhibition of memorabilia and correspondence between Lord Henry and his international friends.
The Imagineers of the Hong Kong Design & Show Quality (DSQ) team took this opportunity to add new graphics, props and display artwork in an effort to enhance the attraction’s inclusiveness and relevance. With Den Den Tse as Producer and Kendall Elliott as Artistic Director, the new exhibits showcase Lord Henry’s passion for making new friends and appreciating cultures from around the world, as well as strengthening SEA’s goals. to expand human knowledge and cultural awareness.
Lord Henry Mystic is the owner of Mystic Point and a valued member of the SEA, a secret “secret” society linking many characters and stories to Disney attractions around the world. The Explorer’s Club restaurant is the gathering place of Lord Henry and members of the SEA to celebrate their globetrotting adventures.
The display cases and cabinet showcase some of the treasures Lord Henry received during his travels around the world, including China, Russia, Egypt and India. Many of his letters to and from his friends, as well as other gifts he received from his friends, are on display. The objects represent Lord Henry’s research, such as Chinese rice stalks, spices from the Calcutta spice market, natron produced through Egyptian salt extraction, and Russian tea-drinking customs.
Lord Henry received these murals as a gift from his international friends. Illustrated by concept artists Sandra Liang and Dilara Polat, these paintings represent a common thread of food as a subject, each in the unique styles and exotic spirits of the distant lands visited by Lord Henry, including fishing in China, cooking in India, animal husbandry in Russia, and agriculture in Egypt.
Ahead of the restaurant’s reopening, Imagineers donned the costumes of Lord Henry’s staff at the Explorer’s Club and hosted a captivating, all-in-character storytelling training session for the Food & Beverage team. They shared first-hand anecdotes and enhanced storylines with the team so they too could engage guests with those stories.
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