Article from The Standard- 8/24/05

HK Disneyland 'not delivering' on its green promises


Hong Kong Disneyland will not be quite ``cut off from the rest of Hong Kong,'' environmentalists say.

Mei Ng, former director of Friends of the Earth, said Thursday that Disneyland is promising too much and under-delivering.

She was referring to Disney's promotions saying that visitors will find themselves ``cut off from the rest of the world'' once inside the theme park.

``Disney used such glorified words in the beginning,'' Ng said. ``In 2002, it promised to camouflage unsightly fixtures such as chimneys, and said it would create a natural green buffer zone around the park.''

Chu Hon-keung, of Friends of the Earth, said aircraft are still visible from the park, as are two buildings and even the Penny's Bay CLP Power plant. There is also a construction site next to the park, Chu said.

Hong Kong Disneyland spokeswoman Esther Wong said Disneyland, in principle, is ``a fantasy land.''

``We promise our guests will enter the world of fantasy. Through our entertainment and facilities, we will provide a magical environment and deliver the promise everyday,'' she said.
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