As many as 150 million people live within a 300-mile （482-kilometer） radius of Disneyland, and Disney is counting on them to visit this park, which sits on reclaimed land between the mountains and the South China Sea.
In a show of support for the special administrative territory perched on its southern coast, China's Vice President Zeng Qinghong attended the opening at the 129-hectare （318-acre） park, flanked by Hong Kong's leader Donald Tsang and Disney's top executives.
As many as 16,000 people flocked to Penny Bay on Lantau Island on Monday, a half-hour train ride from this congested city's central business area, in what was likely the biggest media event since the former British colony was handed over to China in 1997.
Where are the children?
The opening comes six years after Hong Kong's government and the California-based Disney agreed to jointly develop the $3.5 billion project.