Disneyland Resort Line
The Disneyland Resort Line is a heavy rail MTR line connecting Sunny Bay to the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, coloured pink on the network diagram. It is the seventh line of the former MTR network before the merger of MTR and KCR, and the world's first metro line designed to service a Disney theme park, and also the world's first driverless heavy transit line. There are only two stations on this line, Sunny Bay and Disneyland Resort. Sunny Bay station is an interchange station with the Tung Chung Line between Tsing Yi and Tung Chung stations.
The rail link was completed in April 2005. In preparation for the opening of Hong Kong Disneyland theme park on September 12, the line started operating on August 1, 2005. The rolling stock is distinctive (see also below) on account of its Mickey Mouse windows, interior couch seating, and Disneyland figurines displayed in the carriages.
On September 4, 2005, Disneyland Resort Line served nearly 40,000 passengers and peak patronage occurs around 0800-1000 and 2100–2300 hours.
The Disneyland Resort Line is 3.5 kilometers long, and has a travel time of three and a half minutes. The MTR designed a new driverless train and produced it by refitting existing M-Trains for the line which is designed with a Disney theme in mind. Bronze statues of well-known Disney characters are included inside of the trains, such as Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, and the windows are shaped not like squares but like Mickey Mouse's head.
Some of the M-Train cars used in the Disneyland Resort Line were originally ordered from 1994-1998 as subtype H-Stock train (Phase 3 EMU, A/C 270-291, B/C 486-496). MTR contracted Alstom for these trains, but they were made in England (as compared to the Phase 1 and 2 trains ordered from 1979–1989 and made by Metro-Cammell (also in England) which was acquired by GEC Alsthom (now Alstom) in 1989). Units A/C274 A/C281 A/C284 A/C289 A/C291 and B/C490 are now used on the Disneyland Resort Line.
The handrails resemble Mickey Mouse.
The platforms of the Disneyland Resort station shows conspicuous Victorian features.
- Inside of Disney MTR.jpg
Inside the Disneyland MTR
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Disneyland MTR, Disneyland Station
This is a list of all the stations on the Disneyland Resort Line. The coloured boxes holding the station names represent the unique colour motif for the station.
|Livery and Name||District||Connection(s)||Date opened|
|Disneyland Resort Line|
|Sunny Bay||Tsuen Wan||Tung Chung Line||June 1, 2005|
|Disneyland Resort||August 1, 2005|
Disneyland Resort station is designed in a Victorian style. On the other hand, Sunny Bay station is designed in a futuristic style. It was intended for passengers travelling along this line to experience a feeling of time travel.
- Environmental reports of the Disneyland Resort Line (Penny's Bay Rail Link) Project
- Disneyland Resort Line Project website
- A brochure of the Penny's Bay Rail Link project (Adobe Systems Acrobat (pdf) format)
- HKDL Source - The Premiere Hong Kong Disneyland Fansite - MTR Page