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Mickey's nearby
Updated:2004-11-24 15:18

  Hong Kong's Disneyland theme park will open on September 12, 2005. It is expected to be a driving force for growth in tourism, the city government and Walt Disney Co said on Monday.

  Hong Kong's Disneyland theme park will open on September 12, 2005

  Prices will be cheaper than at Disney's four parks in the United States, France and Japan to attract Asian customers.

  The admission price for adults was set at HK$295 (314 yuan) per head during the week and HK$350 (372 yuan) on weekends and peak periods.

  Peak periods include Hong Kong public holidays, summer school holidays (July and August) and the May and October holidays.

  "After some six to eight months of research, we believe that the ticket prices for Hong Kong Disneyland represent excellent value for our guests. They can enjoy a full day of adventure with an array of attractions and world-class hotel accommodations. There is also special dining and our unique evening firework spectaculars," said Roy Tan Hardy, Hong Kong Disneyland's vice-president for sales and marketing.

  The theme park is located on Lantau Island. It consists of Main street USA and three themed areas-Fantasyland, Tomorrowland and Adventureland. Some of the featured attractions will be the Jungle River Cruise and Festival of the Lion King. The latter has a Broadway-style theatrical spectacle.

  A ticket covers a full day's programme of adventures across Main Street USA and the three themed lands. There is no additional charge for individual attractions or entertainment, the company said.

  There will also be two hotels on the site.

  Mainland target

  Don Robinson, managing director of the park, said it would attract 5.6 million visitors in its first year. Once the park's first phase is completed-at a date yet to be decided-that number could climb to 10 million a year, Robinson said.

  Mainland tourists are likely to be among the main visitors.

  They have flocked to Hong Kong since Beijing relaxed border pass restrictions for several cities in Guangdong and for Beijing and Shanghai in 2003. Previously, mainlanders could only visit Hong Kong by joining a tour group.

  The government estimates that Hong Kong will have more than 21 million tourists this year. That's up 37 per cent from the 2003 figure.

  Finance Secretary Henry Tang said the whole economy would benefit tremendously from the project.

  "In the first 40 years after opening, it is forecast to bring a huge economic benefit of HK$148 billion (US$19 billion) to Hong Kong as a whole," said Tang.


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