10 Feb 2017
Everyone loves a theme park. And in Hong Kong, home to two of Asia’s most popular theme parks – Disneyland and Ocean Park – the entertainment keeps getting better.
Latest available fiscal year figures for 2015 show, 6.8 million people visited Hong Kong Disneyland – its third-highest attendance since the park opened in 2005. Hong Kong Disneyland Resort (HKDL) also reported its second-highest annual revenues that year (HK$5.11 billion), and a record in guest spending, marking six consecutive years of per-capita guest spending growth.
Ocean Park, Hong Kong’s home-grown, marine themed educational and amusement park now celebrating its 40th anniversary, received about six million guests in the 2015-2016 fiscal year, generating HK$1.61 billion in revenue.
Announcing the results, Ocean Park Chairman Leo Kung explained how the theme park is responding to challenges facing the tourism industry globally. An increased investment in facilities to continuously improve the guest experience is key to that strategy, he said.
“In addition to the opening of two hotels at the park in near future, we will also attract more guests through enhancing our park portfolio with the addition of the new year-round, all-weather Ocean Park Water World. This will stay open late to offer night attractions for the local community and international tourists,” Mr Kung said.
The first of its kind in Southeast Asia, Water World will incorporate 27 indoor and outdoor attractions designed around water fun, with a variety of dining and retail outlets. The development is targeted for completion in 2019.
“Aside from the development of new attractions, this past year we have launched a free in-park Wi-Fi service, an upgraded mobile app and PFlow, the first-ever guest flow management tool developed by a local theme park in Asia.
“Together, these new developments will play an integral part of our ongoing transformation into an international resort destination offering multiple parks and hotel accommodation.”
Apart from catering to recreational tourists, the upcoming Hong Kong Ocean Park Marriott Hotel and the Hong Kong Ocean Park Fullerton Hotel, due for completion in 2018 and 2020 respectively, will also provide a new venue for Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) event organisers from around the world, Mr Kung said. The recently opened (December 2016) Ocean Park station on the new MTR South Island Line (East) provides quicker and easier access to the park and is likely to boost visitor numbers, he added.
The owners of Hong Kong Disneyland are also planning a multi-year expansion of new world-class attractions and experiences, proposed from 2018-2023. The Walt Disney Company and the Hong Kong Government, which is the park’s majority stakeholder, are currently evaluating the proposal.
“This proposed expansion brings the best of The Walt Disney Company to this wonderful tourist destination, giving guests an experience only Disney can deliver and infusing some of Disney’s most beloved characters and stories into this unique destination,” said Bob Chapek, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.
It starts with one of the most popular super hero franchises in history. The Marvel universe kicked off with the January 2017 opening of Iron Man Experience – Hong Kong Disneyland’s first Marvel-themed ride – and will continue with a re-imagined Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters and a thrilling attraction dedicated to one of the most popular Marvel franchises.
A new Frozen-themed land will come to life, allowing fans to experience the on-screen characters in ways they never have before at a Disney park. Guests will be immersed in the kingdom of Arendelle with uniquely themed dining, shopping and entertainment.
Sleeping Beauty Castle and the surrounding area will be transformed to create the canvas for never-before-seen daytime and nighttime spectaculars and entertainment, including a Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.
Additionally, there’ll be the opportunity to visit Moana’s Village Festival in Adventureland for a brand-new daytime stage show, and to meet Moana from the latest Disney animated film.