Mystic Manor concept art

Hong Kong Disneyland has released a new video that includes a sneak peek inside Mystic Manor, a new dark ride that is due to open at the park in spring 2013.

Mystic Manor will anchor the Mystic Point area, the third of three new lands to open as part of an ambitious expansion of Hong Kong Disneyland. It will be similar in style to the Haunted Mansion rides at other Disney parks, but is set to utilise the "trackless" ride system employed by Pooh's Hunny Hunt at Tokyo Disneyland, rather the more traditional Omnimover system.

The video was released to coincide with the official opening of Grizzy Gulch, the second phase of the expansion. It includes extensive footage of Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars, the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad-style roller coaster that dominates the area.

The final section of the video, embedded below, focuses on Mystic Manor, which will feature a backstory based around explorer Lord Henry Mystic and his pet monkey, Albert. The monkey will open a magical music box, which brings Lord Henry's extensive collection of artifacts to life.

The expansion is designed to boost attendance at Hong Kong Disneyland, which has struggled since its 2005 debut. The park did succeed in increasing attendance by 13 percent during 2011, and will expect further improvements following the debuts of Toy Story Playland and Grizzly Gulch.

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