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    Disney considers annual pass idea,HK Standard News,2006-7-13

    Disney considers annual pass idea

    Hong Kong Disneyland might issue annual passes later this year after the success of its unlimited entry summer passes, the theme park's chief says.


    Wendy Leung

    Thursday, July 13, 2006

    Hong Kong Disneyland might issue annual passes later this year after the success of its unlimited entry summer passes, the theme park's chief says.
    Disney managing director Bill Ernest said Wednesday the summer passes have been very popular since the their introduction a fortnight ago.
    "We are very pleased. It exceeds our expectation," Ernest added, without saying how many of the special passes had been sold.
    Disneyland will now consider annual passes but this still depends on the overall success of the summer pass program, he said.
    Ernest was speaking at the opening of the theme park's three latest attractions - Autopia, Stitch Encounter and UFO Zone.
    The Autopia attraction employs 60 two-seat cars in a four-minute ride.
    Stitch Encounter is an interactive cartoon show lasting 12 minutes that accommodates 120 participants per show.
    UFO Zone, introduced with summer in mind, features water games.
    Tim Delaney, vice president and executive designer of Walt Disney Imagineering, said the three new attractions took two years to conceive, design and install. "Autopia is suitable for families, even children," he said.
    "It is based on the original Autopia ride that opened at California Disney in 1955."
    One five-year-old boy said he liked the attractions very much.
    "I found Autopia a lot of fun, I can drive here and I love to drive," he said.
    His mother, however, said: "For adults, of course, it's just too slow."
    Delaney said Hong Kong Disneyland plans to introduce more exciting rides in future, although Ernest declined to give a fixed date.
    "We will announce our next expansion in the very near future," he said. "It will be a big surprise."
    Honda Motors, an official sponsor of Autopia, will extend its alliance with Disney in future, Honda public relations division general manager Masaya Nagai said.
    Honda's humanoid robot, ASIMO, was given its own theater at California Disney in June to mark the theme park's 50th birthday, Nagai said. The company will discuss with Disney the possibility of bringing ASIMO to Hong Kong Disneyland, Nagai added.


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    Re: Disney considers annual pass idea,HK Standard News,2006-7-13

    Good for Earnst. Run it like an American park. APs, new attractions, get this park to kick ***.

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