Beetles steal the show at Hong Kong Disneyland - Reuters, 7/14/05
Walt Disney Co. is busy replacing furniture at its hotel at the brand new Hong Kong Disneyland after many rooms became infested with beetles, a newspaper reported on Thursday.
The Oriental Daily quoted unidentified sources as saying that the pests had gobbled their way into brand new beds and coffee tables in about 100 rooms at the hotel at Disney's first theme park in China.
"We can't confirm the report. But we constantly keep up with our quality standards," said a Disney spokeswoman.
She added that the park and hotel would throw open their doors to the public as scheduled on Sept. 12.
The reported bugs are the latest in a string of unwelcome publicity that has blighted the park, which the local government hopes will inject new life into the tourism trade.
Environmentalists say Disney's plan to stage fireworks every evening would add to air pollution and it was forced to take shark's fin soup off the menu after pressure from conservation groups.