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    Disney in birthday gift to SAR, HK Standard News, 2006-8-8

    Disney is planning to bring its special brand of magic to the city next month as part of the theme park's first anniversary celebrations.

    Wendy Leung

    Tuesday, August 08, 2006

    Disney is planning to bring its special brand of magic to the city next month as part of the theme park's first anniversary celebrations.


    Susan Chan Shou-shan, publicity director of Hong Kong Disneyland, said that instead of only holding programs and events inside the theme park, Disney is considering a series of celebrations, such as carnivals and lucky draws, in some busy spots in the city.

    "Victoria Park in Causeway Bay is one of our options," Chan said, noting that it will be a celebration throughout the month, not just one day.
    Unlike the grand opening ceremony last year, which dignitaries including Vice President Zeng Qinghong and Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam- kuen attended, Chan said the theme park will not invite political figures for the birthday celebrations.

    "These events are aimed at thanking local residents for their support. We are still considering many options and working out the details," Chan said.
    Hong Kong Disneyland opened on September 12 last year. The theme park had been expecting 5.6 million visitors to have attended by the time of its first anniversary. However, Disney managing director Bill Ernest said earlier that attendances were lagging behind the projected figures.

    Chan said visitor numbers have been increasing by up to 30 percent since this summer started, but there is still a challenge to hit the projection.
    An unlimited visitor summer pass introduced last month has helped contribute to the rise, Chan said, noting "the summer pass has been well- received."

    Summer pass holders are now able to take advantage of extended operating hours and meet with Disney characters in Fantasyland exclusively, Chan said.

    The theme park is considering introducing annual passes ranging in price from HK$375-HK$1,600.

    Democratic party lawmaker Fred Li Wah-ming does not expect Disney to reach its first year attendance target. "It really needs to attract more tourists by expanding and adding more attractions as soon as possible," he said.

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    Re: Disney in birthday gift to SAR, HK Standard News, 2006-8-8

    ORGOCH: Instead a wastin' all that money on special events, what they oughtta do is save it fer buildin' more rides 'n stuff fer INSIDE the park! Dang them fools!! Don't none of 'em know nothin' 'bout how ta run a theme park?!

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    Re: Disney in birthday gift to SAR, HK Standard News, 2006-8-8

    Orgoch, I think even the politicians in HK agree with you...

    . . .Democratic party lawmaker Fred Li Wah-ming does not expect Disney to reach its first year attendance target. "It really needs to attract more tourists by expanding and adding more attractions as soon as possible," he said.
    He just said it a bit more diplomatically. :-)

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    Re: Disney in birthday gift to SAR, HK Standard News, 2006-8-8

    Well, at least it will give me something else to look at in the first half of my September trip.

    Couldn't agree more with Orgoch and Fred Li Wah-ming though
    I don't mean to sound bitter, cold, or cruel, but I am, so that's how it comes out. - Bill Hicks


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