HongKong Disney beckons mainland visitors 5-24-05

A dancing Mickey Mouse, Snow White and Dumbo the flying elephant were among the Disney characters greeting Beijingers yesterday at an event promoting a new Disney theme park due to open in Hong Kong in September.

Showcasing the Disney fantasy is part of the Hong Kong Special Administration's efforts to realize the "2006 Discover Hong Kong Year" plan.

"Tourism is a key driving force for Hong Kong's economy and a major tie between Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland -- where most of Hong Kong's tourists come from," said Eva Cheng, Hong Kong commissioner for tourism.

Families are being targeted with a list of new attractions.

They include the Hong Kong Disneyland and phase two of "A Symphony of Lights" -- a nightly light and sound show.

The "Ngong Ping 360",a panoramic view of Lantau Island from a cable-car and the Hong Kong Wetland Park are also key venues.