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Old March 14th, 2011, 11:40 AM   #81
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The Ocean Park redevelopment master plan also includes a proposal for the development of three hotels to neighbour the park.
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The Ocean Park redevelopment master plan also includes a proposal for the development of three hotels to neighbour the park.
Again, copying phrases out of Ocean Park's March 2005 press release?? Seriously, if you are quoting, please do say where you are copying that from!

http://www.oceanpark.com.hk/html/en/...ess.php?id=108
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Theme parks act to ease the queues for visitors
5 April 2011

For theme park visitors as much as their owners, the queue is the enemy. Long waits reduce the fun for customers, and they may not come back for more.

But with combined visitor numbers exceeding 10 million for the first time last year, Disneyland and Ocean Park are fighting an uphill battle.

To tackle the problem, Ocean Park launched a multimillion-dollar hi-tech command and control room, the nerve centre from which every corner of the park is monitored through a network of more than a thousand closed-circuit cameras.

The centre's operators work to spot queues and take steps to ease the waiting. But anticipating queues before they formed was a better approach, said Todd Hougland, the park's operations and entertainment executive director.

"We decided to invest in something more robust," he said, comparing it with an older control room. "You never want to make guests wait to park, pay or pee. These are the three Ps of theme parks," he said. "When they are standing in lines they're not spending money or enjoying themselves."

The control centre, located in an office building with a commanding view of the attractions, went live in January and was part of the redevelopment project which saw the opening of Aqua City, billed as Asia's largest aquarium.

If gridlock begins to form at the Abyss Turbo Drop - a vertical rapid descent thrill ride - technicians in the control room will respond by alerting managers who will ensure the ride runs quicker, so long as safety allows. Meanwhile, managers will use the time to entertain people waiting in the line, for example, by playing live music, sending musicians, magicians, clowns and/or mascots there to hold people's attention.

One of the control room's most important tasks is to ease queues most likely to form at Aqua City, Hougland said. It is highly popular as it is new and also very close to the park's entrance.

Individual visitors usually arrive early in the day and tourists in groups in the afternoon. That means the park has the most people from 3pm to 4pm. The Waterfront - the lowland part where Aqua City is located - is usually more crowded than the Summit - the higher area - because most individual visitors finish touring the Summit and return to the Waterfront as group tourists flock in.

"This is a challenge we face," Hougland said. "I'd love to be able to assign different people to different places so we can have a perfect distribution of guests. But we never have a perfect distribution."

Hougland says the new facility enables park visitors to enjoy at least two rides or attractions in an hour.

Park management has been studying visitors' movements to prepare for more attractions in coming years. A fast-queuing system, similar to Disneyland's Fastpass, is being looked at.

Disneyland does not have a control centre like Ocean Park. This is ironic, given that it was Disney's famed theme parks, among them Walt Disney World in Orlando, that pioneered a top-down, hi-tech control and command centre. At Hong Kong Disneyland, managers and staff on the ground call and send text messages to each other when they see an influx of visitors. To keep people entertained, they send performers.

Disneyland parades, which can draw up to 16,000 people, are a way to help crowd control. Held twice a day at times when the park has its most people, they divert visitors' attention so queues at attractions are eased, says Noble Coker, vice-president for park operations.

"We observe how people behave and figure out how to improve their experience. What we don't try to do is to change their behaviour," he said.

Most people, after going along Main Street, turn right to Tomorrowland "because they see this big thing spinning", he said. From there they go left to Fantasyland and Adventureland, and back to Main Street.

This makes attractions in Tomorrowland, such as the Space Mountain and Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, prone to long queues. "We can't fight behaviour. But people, especially those who are educated, will opt out if they see a long queue. And they will get a Fastpass," he said.

Autopia, where people drive cars on enclosed tracks, has been more popular than expected. "When we built it, we assumed that most people would want to go on to Buzz than Autopia," he said.

But it takes about 45 minutes for a ride at Autopia. "We've asked ourselves many times, 'What is it that draws people to Autopia?' What I'm guessing is that it is because driving is not as common in Hong Kong as the US or Canada," he said.

An expansion due to be completed in 2014, is designed to entice people in the direction of Adventureland to balance crowd distribution.

Coker said his team was continually studying ways to ease queues, including installing Fastpass systems. "If you can put one more person in each ride or show, then that person is a little bit happier. If you get to go on six rides, rather than five, then it's a better day."
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Old May 10th, 2011, 06:34 PM   #84
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Good staff common theme at parks
The Standard
Tuesday, May 03, 2011

With a combined 10.6 million visitors coming through their turnstiles last year, it practically takes an army to run the territory's two theme parks.

Which is why at both Disneyland and Ocean Park, staff are only allowed to work on the frontline after having undergone intensive training.

Andy Law Ho-tim, a veteran performer at Ocean Park, said he was put through a series of lessons and preparations for at least three months before he was allowed to entertain guests.

Meanwhile, Carmen Wong Ka-man, a trainer at Disney University, said the theme park mainly gives on-the-job training so staff may learn how to deal with various situations.

"No one comes into a theme park wanting to be angry. Most of them are just excited about seeing their favorite characters, and might just get slightly agitated but they have good intentions," Wong said.

Vice president for human resources Christine Wong Siu-ping said the training Disney provides creates enthusiastic staff, which definitely helps in managing guests.

"We have an excellent basic training program in issues such as Disney's traditions and our way of serving customers," she said.

Disney had a turnover rate of 16 percent in the last year, compared to 12 percent at Ocean Park. The parks have 4,500 and 1,518 employees respectively.

Ocean Park director of human resources Brian Ho Min-yee said: "When you have good staff welfare and staff who are enthusiastic about their work, everyone would be willing to put in that extra effort."
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LCQ9: Keeping of animals in Ocean Park
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Government Press Release

Following is a written reply by the Acting Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Mr Gregory So, to a question by the Hon Chan Hak-kan in the Legislative Council meeting today (May 25):

Question:

In the past few years, the Ocean Park has continued to develop new attractions and introduce animals from different places for husbandry in the Park, but incidents of death of those animals, including Chinese sturgeon, bluefin tuna, coral reel fish and penguins, etc. occurred one after another. Concerns have been raised by animal and conservation groups about issues such as the standard of the husbandry staff of the Ocean Park and adequacy of supporting facilities. Some groups have also pointed out that the weather in Hong Kong is hot and queried whether it is suitable to introduce animals which live in cold places. In this connection, will the Government inform this Council:

(a) whether it knows the number of deaths and death rates of animals kept in the Ocean Park in the past five years and the animal species involved;

(b) whether it knows the respective numbers, average length of service and turnover rates of the husbandry staff and veterinarians of the Ocean Park in the past five years;

(c) whether the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) and other government departments have taken the initiative to find out more about and investigate the aforesaid cases of deaths of animals; if they have, of the details; if not, the reasons for that;

(d) whether, according to the existing practice, the Ocean Park needs to notify AFCD and other government departments of the deaths of animals in the Park; if so, of the details; whether the Park needs to report the causes of death of animals and whether AFCD may conduct reviews in this respect; if not, of the reasons for that;

(e) whether it knows if the new animal species introduced by the Ocean Park in the past five years are wild or artificially bred; whether the Ocean Park will consult AFCD or other government departments before it decides to keep animals of new species; if it will, of the consultation procedure; if not, the reasons for that; and

(f) how the authorities assess the impact on the environment when the Ocean Park develops new attractions and introduces new animal species, including the impact during transportation, implementation of works and various stages of operation; whether it knows if the Ocean Park has implemented mitigation measures; if it has, of the details; if not, the reasons for that?

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President,

We have collated information from the Food and Health Bureau, Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD), Environmental Protection Department (EPD) and the Ocean Park Corporation (OPC) with regard to the keeping of animals in the Ocean Park. My reply to the question is as follows:

(a) The number of deaths and death rates of animals kept in the Ocean Park in the past five years are tabulated in Annex I.

There are over 6 700 animals in the Ocean Park, with up to 394 species. Owing to the relatively short life span of most animals, the majority of animal death cases within the Park are natural. There were other causes of deaths, such as illness, accidents, and attack between animals etc. However, these only account for about 10% to 20% of the overall death cases.

(b) The respective numbers, average length of service and turnover rates of the husbandry staff and veterinarian/technician of the Ocean Park in the past five years are tabulated in Annex II.

The veterinary team of the Ocean Park has extensive experience working in zoos or aquaria. Their experience includes working with existing animal species in the Park, as well as species newly introduced under the Master Redevelopment Plan (MRP), such as the primates in the Amazon Rainforest, and the penguins, walruses and seals to be introduced to the Polar Adventure.

(c) and (d) AFCD inspects the Ocean Park at least once a month to ensure that the animals' health and welfare are properly taken care of. The scope of the inspections includes whether the temperature and humidity of the accommodation are suitable for the relevant species of animals, whether the feed materials are properly stored and whether other facilities, such as transportation vehicles, meet animal welfare requirement, etc.

According to the licensing conditions imposed by AFCD, the Ocean Park should report to AFCD cases of death of animal(s) (mammal and reptile) and bird(s), and investigate the cause of animal death. The death certificate or post-mortem report issued by a registered veterinary surgeon should be submitted to AFCD as soon as practicable. Should abnormal animal deaths occur (e.g. massive numbers of deaths), AFCD will proactively carry out investigation, with a view to determining the cause and working out preventive measures. No such abnormal cases of death of animals in the Ocean Park were discovered by AFCD.

(e) In order to prevent infectious diseases being brought into Hong Kong through imported animals, AFCD inspects the quarantine facilities of the Ocean Park to ensure that the requirements are met prior to the introduction of new animals. AFCD will also specify the conditions under the relevant health certificates according to the species to be imported. The Ocean Park has to comply with the relevant conditions when the animals are introduced. As stated above, AFCD will also conduct inspections to determine if the accommodation and other facilities are suitable for that particular species to protect animal health and welfare. According to the information kept in AFCD, the Ocean Park introduced 24 species of animals in the past five years (with a total number of 84), 23 of which were of captive bred origin, and only one was from the wild (one in number).

If the animals introduced are listed in the Appendices of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the Ocean Park will report the latest development on the introduction of new animals to the Endangered Species Advisory Committee periodically.

(f) The Ocean Park's MRP involves reconstruction/modification of existing facilities and expansion of the Park. As it is a Designated Project subject to statutory control under the Environmental Impact Assessment Ordinance (EIAO), the potential environmental impacts arising from the construction and reconstruction of various new and existing attractions/venues, and the operation of installed amusement rides and new open-air laser/night show venue have been assessed in an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Report before the commencement of the project. The EIA Report concluded that, with mitigation measures in place, the Ocean Park's MRP could comply with relevant EIAO Technical Memorandum environmental standards and criteria. The EIA Report was approved by the Director of Environmental Protection on July 12, 2006, and the Environmental Permit (EP) for the construction and operation of the MRP was issued to OPC on July 28, 2006.

In accordance with the EP, the OPC is required to implement various mitigation measures as recommended in the EIA Report, including the use of silt removal facilities for the treatment of construction wastewater, dust suppression measures, quiet construction plant and movable noise barriers and compensation of lost shrubland, etc. during the construction stage. During the operation of the redeveloped Park, the OPC is also required to implement specific control measures on noise and air quality impacts arising from the new open-air laser/night show venue, such as adhering to the restrictions on the sound power levels of loud speakers and carrying out air quality monitoring. Furthermore, the OPC is required to comply with other relevant pollution control legislation.

The Ocean Park has also considered whether the weather of Hong Kong is suitable for introducing polar animals. For example, there will be real snow, icebergs and aurora borealis in the new attraction Polar Adventure which help create an environment suitable for polar animals. The attraction will help the public learn about global warming, actions at home affecting the polar region, and the plight of polar species and their habitats, etc. In order to minimise the environmental impact of Polar Adventure, OPC has designed the exhibit as a fully enclosed insulated space to minimise heat exchange and energy loss. An energy efficient water-cooled chiller system, which consumes 30% less power than a conventional air-cooled system, will be used. LED lighting will also be used throughout the facility to lower energy consumption and minimise heat production.
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Old June 27th, 2011, 06:29 PM   #86
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Fun parks go for same theme - price hikes
21 June 2011
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Visitors to Hong Kong's two theme parks face ticket price hikes of about 10 percent after the summer holidays.

The increases have been approved by the boards of Ocean Park and Hong Kong Disneyland almost simultaneously.

Ocean Park said ticket prices will rise from September 1 but will come with sweeteners. Disneyland said it has no plan to announce fee increases for now but a source said a price hike is coming in two months.

Ocean Park chairman Allan Zeman last week said the park would not raise ticket prices for now _ but he changed his tone yesterday. ``We don't want to raise the price, but if we open new attractions and take loans from the bank, we have to pay back the loans,'' he said.

``If we don't raise the price and we lose money, the government will have to put in more money. The taxpayers will have to pay for it.''

The park will raise ticket prices by 12 percent, from HK$250 to HK$280 for adults, and from HK$125 to HK$140 for children aged three to 11. Annual passes will rise by between 11.3 and 13 percent. At HK$305, the SmartFun Silver Pass for children _ which sells for HK$270 now _ will see the highest percentage increase. The park last raised admission fees in 2009. It borrowed HK$5.55 billion of loans for redevelopment.

Since 2006, Hong Kong residents have been able to visit Ocean Park for free on their birthdays. From September 1 to August 31 next year, one friend will enjoy half price. Other special offers launched include night tickets for locals from 6pm to 10pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout July, August and the first two weekends of September at HK$150 for adults and HK$75 for children.

Meanwhile, a source said Disneyland's one-day adult tickets will cost 8.6 to 12.9 percent more _ from HK$350 to around HK$380 to HK$395 _ in two months, partly due to its expansion project.

The Lantau park last increased prices of annual passes - by up to 40 percent - in March.

Lawmaker Ronny Tong Ka-wah said: ``I hope the park will offer concessions to locals.''

Ocean Park saw its surplus drop 17 percent to HK$82 million despite increases in both attendance and revenue for the fiscal year ending last June. Disneyland's net loss fell 45 percent year-on-year to HK$718 million for the 12 months to October 2.
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August 15, 2011, 6:00 am
Hong Kong’s Ocean Park Adds New Attractions
http://intransit.blogs.nytimes.com/2...w-attractions/



Aqua Park, one of the newest attractions at Ocean Park in Hong Kong.
Alex Frew McMillan


A scalloped hammerhead cruises the reef above a leopard shark and a huge grouper. A school of yellow-fin tuna rush through their daily circular rounds. The faces of visitors glow with the reflections of digital screens, as they snap photos of each other standing in front of a floor-to-ceiling wall of water.

Welcome to Aqua City, home to one of the newest attractions at Ocean Park. Hong Kong’s homegrown theme park has embarked on a sprawling expansion, costing 5.55 billion Hong Kong dollars (about $710 million), in part to fend off competition from Hong Kong Disneyland, as well as new theme parks on the mainland. Faded portions of Ocean Park, which opened in 1977, have been given a major face lift, and the park now functions as an amusement park and aquarium wrapped into one.

The park has added two new zones this year: Aqua City opened at the end of January and an Amazon-themed Rainforest section opened in June.

At Aqua City, guests arrive via a new entrance, and, at the end of each day, can view a laser and fire show around its fountain park. In the Rainforest section, there’s a water ride, called the Rapids, that wends its way through the heart of the walk-through exhibit overhead. (“You will get wet. You may get soaked!” warns a sign before you board.) When done with that, children can visit a green anaconda, which recently gave birth to 30 young.

There are two phases of the expansion still to come. Thrill Mountain, a roller-coaster ride, is due this December and Polar Adventure is scheduled to open in mid-2012.
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Crash closes train ride at Ocean Park
The Standard
Monday, September 12, 2011

A popular ride at Ocean Park has been suspended indefinitely following a collision between two trains.

None of the 23 passengers was hurt. Police said they received no calls for assistance and no ambulances were dispatched.

According to reports, 23 people enjoying the Mine Train ride were approaching the landing platform at 12.25pm yesterday when their train ran into an empty one that was about to be loaded.

As the platform is two stories high, staff had to use ladders to evacuate passengers.

"It took about six minutes to evacuate everyone," an Ocean Park spokesman said.

The park has launched an investigation into the collision, and notified the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department.

"The ride has been in operation for 11 years, and this is the first time this has happened," the spokesman said.

He said while staff are present at the ride, the trains are run by an automatic electronic system with various safety measures.

Ocean Park said it is "very concerned" about the incident, even though there were no casualties.

It said the ride will remain closed until the investigation is complete.

Most visitors were unaware of what happened as the park only displayed signs saying the Mine Train service was suspended for "regular maintenance."

The spokesman said the ride is thoroughly checked and tested each day, and received clearance to operate yesterday.

But some visitors expressed disappointment at the suspension of the attraction. A father from Hubei said his family had been looking forward to the ride.

He said there were no signs at the entrance relating to the suspension and they only got to know about it when they arrived at the ride. Nevertheless, he said Ocean Park is worth visiting.

The spokesman said the Mine Train is manufactured in Italy and there are no other facilities in the park from the same company.

All mechanical rides are examined routinely to ensure maximum comfort and safety for guests, he said.
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Jolly tug-of-war heats up at parks
The Standard
Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The game's on between Hong Kong's two theme parks to lure Christmas visitors.

After Disney launched Toy Story Land, it's now Ocean Park's turn to lay out its treats.

It has opened the Thrill Mountain zone that features five rides and - addressing a concern shared by guests at both parks - promises to bring in many types of food, including Indian spicy roast chicken with naan bread and wasabi pork cutlet ciabatta.

Other attractions include a do-it- yourself cake workshop, a light show and a spectacle at the lagoon.

New merchandise will, of course, also be sold.
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ill be going here... one of these days.. im so excited
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Seals the deal at park polar attraction
The Standard
Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Ocean Park visitors will soon get closer to nature while learning about global warming and its effects on wildlife in the polar regions.

The park yesterday welcomed into its new Polar Adventure attraction three spotted seals, also known as largha seals, and five Chinese giant salamanders that are listed under the second category of the State Key Protected Wildlife List.

Ocean Park chairman Allan Zeman said as a key ecological theme zone in the park's Master Redevelopment Plan, the new attraction can convey conservation messages about creatures threatened by global warming.

The three seals - two females and a male - are about a year old and weigh 50 to 60 kilograms.

"We are honored to be entrusted by the National Aquatic Wildlife Conservation Association and the Dalian Laohutan Ocean Park to care for these seals," Zeman said.

The seals will be featured in the North Pole Encounter in Polar Adventure, slated to open next year, and guests will be allowed to feed them.

The giant salamanders are a gift by the Beijing Aquarium and will join the existing collection of species at the Amazing Asian Animals.

"Due to various anthropogenic factors, coastal and inland river habitats have experienced drastic changes in recent years, putting rare species under serious threat," said Chen Yi-de, deputy director general of China's Bureau of Fisheries.

The park also unveiled the latest design of the planned Penguin Exhibit and Tuxedo Restaurant at Polar Adventure. The South Polar Spectacular pavilion will be home to three different species of penguins and will feature indoor temperature controls and special sound effects that mimic conditions at the South Pole.

The restaurant features a glass ceiling that will give guests the impression of dining under the ice- covered Arctic region.
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Big jump in visitors thrills park
The Standard
Friday, December 09, 2011

Ocean Park is confident of seeing revenue growth of up to 30 percent this Christmas over last year.

Speaking at the launch of Thrill Mountain yesterday, Ocean Park chairman Allan Zeman said there has already been a 30 to 40 percent increase in visitors.

"We expect more tourists to celebrate Christmas with family and friends, while half of all mainlanders will come from the South China region."

Visitor numbers in August hit a 34-year record of 900,000.

"In the past five months, the number of visitors grew by 30 percent," Zeman said.

October earnings from food, beverage and retail sales also soared 80 percent.

Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Gregory So Kam-leung said the park recorded a total of 5.9 million visitors from July 2010 to June.

"Hong Kong's economy has benefited significantly from the Ocean Park redevelopment project, from tourist spending to new employment positions," So said. Zeman ruled out raising ticket prices.

When asked about the competition from rival Disneyland, Zeman replied: "I am an adult and I don't play with toys."

The new Thrill Mountain zone takes heart-pounding entertainment to new heights, offering visitors a panoramic view that stretches from a verdant hilltop to the vast expanse of the South China Sea.

The new zone occupies 222,800 square feet - from the east side of the park all the way to the west.

Thrill Mountain offers six exhilarating rides, eight booth games and specially designed merchandise.

The highlight is the territory's first and only floorless roller coaster, Hair Raiser, which travels at a maximum speed of 88 kilometers per hour.

Riders may also experience 4G acceleration with their feet dangling in the air.

Zeman assured everyone about the safety of various rides.

"Safety is a top priority in a world-class theme park like ours. We upgraded everything by ensuring a clear set of safety guidelines."
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emory lane for Ocean Park
The Standard
Wednesday, January 11, 2012

How would you like to step back in time, say 60 years? Ocean Park is making this possible, without the aid of a time machine.

A new 3,298-square-meter theme zone, to be opened in March, will zip you back to the Hong Kong of the 1950s - complete with the old dai pai dongs, tenement houses and rickshaws, not to mention a replica of the famous clock tower of the old Star Ferry pier.

Heritage tram No120 will take visitors around the zone where they may view enlarged photographs of the city as it used to be, and other memorabilia.

Visitors will also be able to enjoy traditional snacks in a dai pai dong filled with stalls offering various foods.

"The near seven million attendance in the calendar year just ended is the culmination of 35 years of commitment," said chairman Allan Zeman, who was dressed as the Chinese Longevity Man to celebrate the park's 35th anniversary yesterday.

Revenues from retail sales and restaurants last year were up 50percent on those of 2010.

Zeman said he is not worried about competition from Hong Kong Disneyland's new theme zone, due to open soon, as he estimates a 5 to 10percent growth in visitors to Ocean Park this year.

He said there are no plans to raise ticket prices this year, and the park will soon renew its calls for tenders to develop two new hotels at the site.

The Old Hong Kong zone is the latest attraction and comes ahead of the July opening of the Polar Adventure, which will feature largha or spotted seals, penguins and Chinese giant salamanders, together with a restaurant offering a panoramic view of penguins in an Antarctic setting.

Meanwhile, from today until April 9 - excluding January 23 to 27 - Hong Kong residents whose ID cards have either the digits "3" or "5" will be given a 10 percent discount on a daytime admission ticket.

If "3" and "5" appear consecutively, the holder may enjoy a 35percent discount.
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Ocean Park well satisfied with food sales
The Standard
Friday, January 06, 2012

Ocean Park is not about to rest on its laurels despite a 50 percent growth in its catering and retail business - to HK$475 million - last year.

The park, which launched several new themed zones in 2011 and saw record visitor numbers, is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year.

The Aberdeen theme park already has six restaurants and 26 food kiosks but plans to add another restaurant and 10 more kiosks this year. Various food discounts will be available over the year to celebrate the anniversary.

And with it being the Year of the Dragon, a popular time for weddings and births, new offerings include the Dragon Wedding Banquet, Full Moon Baby's Celebration Menu and the "Lucky as a Dragon CNY Feast."
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Ocean Park Launches Old Hong Kong to Bring Collective Memories to Life First Attraction to Combine Heritage Education, Culinary Enjoyment and Fun Games With Iconic Architecture, Heritage Transport, Classic Delicacies, Star Ferry Clock Toll
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(14 March 2012, Hong Kong) True to its proud heritage as Hong Kong People’s Park, Ocean Park today unveiled Old Hong Kong, a brand new attraction that uniquely combines culture, history, iconic architecture, delicious delicacies and entertainment, offering guests a fun and educational way to make wonderful new memories while celebrating the city of yesteryear. Old Hong Kong brings to life the streetscape and spirit of Hong Kong from half a century ago by creating a friendly old street lined with “tong lau” style apartment buildings and storefronts from a bygone era and presenting a vintage tramcar, a specially preserved heritage bus, classic local delicacies and a dazzling array of nostalgic merchandise. Not only will guests be immersed in the collective memories of Hong Kong people, they will also be invigorated by the enduring spirit that continues to make Hong Kong a world-class city.

Interactive Journey Immerses Guests in Beautiful Memories
Dr. Allan Zeman, Chairman of Ocean Park, said at today’s launch ceremony, “Hong Kong experienced a golden period between the 1950s and 1970s, which saw the city establish itself as an economic miracle and bastion of creativity. Old Hong Kong offers everyone a chance to immerse themselves in the communal pride of that period and the many small joys that enriched the lives of a previous generation.”

Dr. Zeman added, “Old Hong Kong is the first new attraction to open in 2012; it is the culmination of nearly 2 years of in-depth research and a meticulous design process aimed at creating “edutaining” presentations of diverse aspects of life in the old days, from clothing, food, shelter, transportation, culture to entertainment. By bringing these collective memories to life, Old Hong Kong is at once a giant history classroom and a celebration of Hong Kong People’s indefatigable gung-ho spirit.”

Themed after the streetscape and architectural styles of Hong Kong from the 1950s to the 1970s, Old Hong Kong spans nearly 40,000 square feet in an area adjacent to the cable car station in the Waterfront. Mr. Donald Tsang, Chief Executive of the HKSAR, joined Dr. Allan Zeman at today’s launch ceremony, which was styled after the traditional grand opening celebration for local businesses. The Chief Executive said, “Ocean Park is widely recognized for its remarkable achievements in education and animal conservation. Now with the opening of Old Hong Kong, the Park will help young people learn about Hong Kong’s cultural history, the everyday life of an earlier generation and a wonderful bygone era. Millions of visitors to Hong Kong can also travel back in time to personally explore the Hong Kong of old.”

Other honourable guests at the launch ceremony of Old Hong Kong included Mrs. Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, GBS, JP, Secretary for Development; Ms. Rosanna Law, Acting Commissioner for Tourism; Mr. Kevin Wong, Managing Director of Kee Wah Bakery; Mr. Tom Mehrmann, Chief Executive of Ocean Park; Mr. Matthias Li, Deputy Chief Executive of Ocean Park; and artists Mr. Wu Fung, Mr. Joe Junior, Mr. Eric Tsang, Ms. Jennifer Tse and Ms. Annie Liu. They all helped to celebrate the Hong Kong spirit embodied in Old Hong Kong before enjoying a tour of the new attraction.

Traditional Culture Presented as Hip Entertainment Promises Endless Fun
The nostalgic journey to Old Hong Kong begins with a “Dai Tat Dei”-style garlanded entrance. The design showcases traditional craftsmanship by taking reference from colourful bamboo scaffolds used in Cantonese opera performances. Other highlights in the new attraction include: a “dai pai dong” area offering over 70 classic delicacies; interactive game booths housed inside rows of apartment buildings in the now rare “tong lau” style; a manually retrofitted heritage tramcar (No. 120); a specially preserved vintage KMB bus from the 1960s; a grand cinema where most people in the old days would visit for entertainment; and a nostalgic gift shop inspired by Kee Wah Bakery’s inaugural store in Shanghai in the 1940s.

Savour Nostalgic Delights at Dai Pai Dong
Greeting guests entering Old Hong Kong is a “dai pai dong” area, which fills the air with the smells of nostalgic snacks. With more than 70 types of classic street foods available at one location, guests who cherish variety would save themselves from the hassle of crisscrossing the city. Displayed in front of the “dai pai dong” are a number of iconic objects that best represent Hong Kong from the 1950s to the 1970s: four replica rickshaws, bicycles used for rice delivery, racks for bottled soft drinks, and dried seafood. With tasty treats in hand, guests can leisurely walk down a memory lane of pre-war “tong lau” apartment buildings for more delightful blasts from the past.

Tong Lau Makes Reappearance
The ‘tong lau’ buildings featured in Old Hong Kong are based on an iconic architecture style, commonly found from the 1950s to the 1970s, which fuses eastern and western elements. Residences occupied the upper floors while businesses operated at the ground level, with signage of various dimensions hanging off the side of the buildings. Inside Old Hong Kong, guests will encounter stores that would have been commonly found in every neighbourhood, such as barbershops, rattan ware shops and grocers. These storefronts are used to house different popular booth games, including traditional pinball machines, shooting games, tossing games and more, offering guests a chance to relish in the memory of their carefree childhood days.

The Grand Cinema – Blend of Entertainment and Education
Older guests would not want to miss the Grand Cinema, a place where they can reminisce the golden days of Hong Kong cinema. Old posters displayed on the walls allow guests to look back on the colours and styles of yesteryear. Being an ardent advocate of conservation, Ocean Park has arranged a show about golden monkeys to be launched at the Grand Cinema in early April so guests can learn about this threatened species inside a classic cinema.

Colonial Era Streetscape Stirs Collective Memories
Past the Grand Cinema is an area rich in the styles of colonial era Hong Kong. For instance, guests will encounter a replica of the clock tower of the old Star Ferry Pier, installed with a clock made by the manufacturer of the original Star Ferry clock so that the iconic Star Ferry toll will enliven the city once again.

Another highlight of Old Hong Kong is tramcar No. 201, the one-and-only manually built replica tramcar based on the model used in the 1950s. Not only does it feature rattan seats and camphor wood flooring, many mechanical components are original parts taken from tramcars of that period. To make the experience of Hong Kong from half a century ago more realistic, Old Hong Kong will have on display a vintage double decker bus – one of only three in the world – specially preserved by KMB. Ocean Park has also installed an old British-style red post box and a traffic pagoda, which used to provide shelter for policemen directing the traffic.

Kee Wah Offers Nostalgic Souvenirs to Treat Friends and Family
Guests would not want to end their tour of Old Hong Kong without stopping by Kee Wah Bakery’s nostalgic gift shop – the very first in Hong Kong – where they can take home the tastes of Old Hong Kong. The shop offers four exclusive gift packs, including: Authentic Winter Melon Pastries with fillings made according to an ideal ratio of ingredients; Victoria Harbour Assorted Tea Cookies infused with the fragrances of four different teas; “Dai Tat Dei” Premium Gift Set, a collection of eight styles of classic baked goods, and “I Love HK” Assorted Snacks Suitcase, which comprises eight types of crispy snacks. Kee Wah also offers freshly baked pastries, including century-egg puffs, flaky egg tarts, barbecued pork puffs and crumbly chicken pies, to let Park guests enjoy some of Hong Kong’s signature traditional treats.

Dr. Allan Zeman concluded, “Given the strong public interest in the history and culture of Hong Kong, this latest attraction is set to become a new hotspot for locals and tourists alike. I encourage everyone to plan ahead for a visit to Old Hong Kong for an immersive, fun and inspiring experience of the city’s rich heritage.”
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Ocean Park a splash hit in world rankings
The Standard
Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Ocean Park has become the 12th most popular theme park in the world after recording a 30 percent surge in visitor numbers last year.

The park ranks four places ahead of rival Disneyland Hong Kong, which was placed 16th, according to a report by Themed Entertainment Association and consultancy firm AECOM Economics.

Ocean Park drew 6.95 million visitors last year to become the most visited theme park in the Greater China region and fifth in Asia.

Mickey Mouse and friends, on the other hand, welcomed 5.9 million visitors, enjoying a 13.5 percent rise in annual attendance figures.

"The rise in ranking is a wonderful testimony to our transformation into a world-class marine- based theme park focusing on education, conservation and entertainment," Ocean Park chief executive Tom Mehrmann said.

"Our exceptional attendance last year was spearheaded by the opening of new themed attractions such as Aqua City and the Thrill Mountain, leading to multiple months with record-breaking numbers."

The report said capital expansion boosted the quality of the park in terms of theme, technology and attraction, enabling it to rise two places from the previous year.

Mehrmann said he is confident the attendance figures will continue to impress this year, with the Polar Adventure attraction due to open next month.

Disneyland Hong Kong declined to comment on the report.

The survey assessed various theme parks internationally by attendance, and the world's top five are:

Magic Kingdom in Florida (17.1 million visitors)

Disneyland California (16.1 million)

Tokyo Disneyland (13.9 million)

Tokyo DisneySea (11.9 million)

Disneyland Paris (10.9 million).

"Asia is still adding parks, while North America is not, and the gap will close substantially when Shanghai Disney opens," John Robinett senior vice president of AECOM Economics said. "By adding 5-10 more theme parks, Asia will probably catch up with North America and then surpass it."
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Polar parade set for warm welcome
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Friday, July 13, 2012







Without having to travel to the ends of the Earth, Hongkongers can now enjoy encounters with polar wildlife.

At Ocean Park's new attraction, Polar Adventure, which opens today, visitors can see penguins from the South Pole and arctic foxes, snowy owls, northern sea lions, spotted seals and Pacific walruses from the North Pole.

It is the first themed area integrating Arctic and Antarctic animals in Asia to educate visitors on the importance of conservation of polar wildlife amid global warming.

Green Sense did protest against the park for using large amounts of energy to keep the attraction cold. But park chairman Allan Zeman said the buildings are "built with the latest technology" and can cut annual electricity consumption by 34 percent. He also expects Polar Adventure to draw 5 percent more visitors to the park annually.
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Ocean Park Launches Asia’s First themed Area Integrating Immersive Presentations of Arctic and Antarctic Animals, and a Family Coaster Ride Eco-friendly Attraction Combines Innovative Design and Dining Destination with Penguin Panorama to Raise Awareness of Global Climate Change

(Hong Kong – 12 July 2012) The Honourable Mr. Leung Chun-ying, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), today officiated the launch of Ocean Park’s Polar Adventure, Hong Kong’s first polar-themed attraction with Arctic and Antarctic animal ambassadors. Mr. Leung was joined by Dr. Allan Zeman, Chairman of Ocean Park; Ms. Judy Chen, Chair of Ocean Park Conservation Foundation, Hong Kong (OPCFHK); and Mr. Andy Lau, JP, Conservation Ambassador of OPCFHK.

Spanning over 150,000 square feet and home to over 100 polar animals of diverse species, Polar Adventure is Asia’s first themed area integrating immersive presentations of Arctic and Antarctic animals and a family coaster ride. Offering a total of 9 individual attractions*, Polar Adventure is also Asia’s newest attraction dedicated to raising awareness of the impact of global climate change on polar wildlife and habitats. Starting tomorrow, without having to criss-cross both ends of the world, the public can encounter at South Pole Spectacular three different species of penguins and at North Pole Encounter Pacific walruses, spotted seals, northern sea lions, snowy owls and arctic foxes – on every single visit to Ocean Park.

Both pavilions offer a uniquely open exhibit space as the animal ambassadors are not separated from the guests with floor-to-ceiling partitions. Adding to the sense of realism, the pavilions feature interior lighting specifically adjusted to mimic the seasonal conditions in the Polar Regions, with regular displays of stunning auroras during their respective winter period. The entire family can also enjoy Arctic Blast, a snow sled-inspired roller coaster, and dine at Tuxedos Restaurant for a panoramic view of the penguin pool area. Polar Adventure is the final themed area to open under Ocean Park’s 6-year HK$5.55 billion Master Redevelopment Plan (MRP), which has already transformed Hong Kong’s People’s Park into a leading world-class family travel destination. The previously launched new themed areas helped Ocean Park attract a record high of 7.1 million guests (note: this attendance figure is unaudited) for the fiscal year that ended 30 June 2012.

Also on hand as officiating guests to show their support for the conservation and tourism significance of Polar Adventure are: Mr. Gregory So Kam-leung, JP, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development; Mr. Philip Yung, JP, Commissioner for Tourism; Mr. Adam Koo, Chief Executive Officer of World Wide Fund; Mr. Edwin Lau, Director of Friends of the Earth; and Dr. Rebecca Lee, Founder of the Polar Museum Foundation and renowned arctic explorer.

The Honourable Mr. Leung said, “By empowering the Hong Kong public and millions of tourists with important conservation messages about the impact of global climate change, Polar Adventure will be a critical public education resource that helps support the HKSAR government’s efforts to foster a greener and more carbon-caring Hong Kong. As a father of three, I am also proud that Hong Kong can offer this and future generations of young people a fun way to connect with these remote but ecologically significant regions of the planet.”

Dr. Zeman said, “With the launch of Polar Adventure, we have fully realised the New Ocean Park experience envisioned in our 6-year Master Redevelopment Plan – on time, on budget and at the expected quality level. On every visit to Ocean Park, people of all ages can now connect with nature from the sea floor to the sea shore, through the canopy of the rainforest to both ends of the world. At Polar Adventure, guests can encounter a variety of unique polar species up-close and from different perspectives in settings that realistically simulate the unique sights and sounds of both Polar Regions. Our immersive presentation will enable the public to better appreciate how the devastating effects of global climate change, from disrupted oceanic circulation to raised sea levels, can impact Hong Kong and the entire world.”

Located high up in the Summit area on Brick Hill, Polar Adventure is comprised of North Pole Encounter, South Pole Spectacular and the Arctic Blast roller coaster ride. The 2-storey, 52,000 square-foot North Pole Encounter features an expansive main exhibit area with separate pools for Pacific walruses, spotted seals and northern sea lions. The first floor of the attraction features an innovative open design with bridges that enable guests to view all three arctic marine mammals from above the water level within the same exhibit space. Guests will have an opportunity to observe these marine mammals’ underwater behaviour upon entering the ground level, which is presented as the interior of a giant glacier, with icy walls and tunnels connecting panoramic displays.

The 23,000 square-foot South Pole Spectacular, on the other hand, is home to three different species of penguins – gentoo, southern rockhopper and king – which are presented in an open exhibit with a 270° viewing chamber, balconies, walkways, and glass-panelled floors that offer an underwater view of swimming penguins. Guests can also enjoy an exclusive opportunity to dine beside dozens of adorable penguins at Tuxedos Restaurant, which offers diners a panoramic view of the penguin pool area and an opportunity to help protect the environment – as 5% of revenue from the restaurant operation will be donated to OPCFHK in support of conservation projects concerning the impact of climate change on wildlife in general and on animals living in icy habitats.

Inside both pavilions, guests will also find numerous interactive educational displays, such as touch-screen panels, animation projections and models. Among the topics presented are the migration and feeding habits of polar animals; the impact of global climate change on humans through the melting of polar ice; the concept of carbon footprint and how to reduce it in everyday life, as well as the culture of native arctic people. Sprawled out in front of the two connected pavilions is the meandering tract of Arctic Blast, Ocean Park’s latest family coaster ride featuring cars shaped like snow sleds that travel at up to 35 km per hour.

True to the message conveyed by Polar Adventure, Ocean Park has adopted a comprehensive green approach to offer a world-class, eco-friendly theme park experience by minimising the attraction’s carbon footprint through state-of-the-art innovations, including a ventilation system that recycles residual cool air to cool down the Life Support System (LSS) and plant room area before being discharged. With all the green features in place, the Park has successfully created a Polar Adventure building which will have savings of at least 34% in annual electricity consumption, as compared to a building without these special features. In terms of energy efficiency, the Polar Adventure exhibits are comparable to a Level 1 energy-labelled refrigerator.
Ms. Judy Chen said, “We are grateful to Ocean Park for creating such a wonderful attraction to raise awareness of how global climate change affects the Polar Regions as well as people all over the world. OPCFHK has also benefited from the increasing size of Ocean Park’s donations as the overwhelming public reception of Ocean Park’s redevelopment has resulted in ever-increasing attendance. In the 2011/12 fiscal year alone, we have received a record high of HK$10 million from Ocean Park, an increase of 10% compared to the previous year. This support will enable us to fund more critically needed conservation work across Asia. For the 2012/13 fiscal year, OPCFHK has already allocated HK$6.34 million to fund 45 projects, including four specifically related to the impact of climate change on wildlife living in icy habitats. Ocean Park guests can all take pride in having indirectly contributed to the protection of wildlife and habitats affected by climate change.”

Mr. Andy Lau said, “As Conservation Ambassador of OPCFHK and a Hong Kong resident, I am proud that Ocean Park has created for our city a world-class attraction dedicated to the important issue of global climate change. With the launch of Polar Adventure, we can learn about the impact of global climate change on polar wildlife and how we can help slow climate change.”

At today’s opening ceremony, Dr. Zeman, Mr. Lau and other officiating guests pushed together two ice sculptures, themed on the penguin and the walrus respectively, symbolising the presence of animals from both poles at Polar Adventure to advocate for the conservation of polar animals and task of slowing climate change.

Dr. Zeman concluded, “Our MRP has transformed Ocean Park into a leading global theme park, taking our signature combination of education, conservation and entertainment to a new level of excellence. I encourage everyone to connect with nature at Polar Adventure this summer, helping us celebrate our 35th anniversary and the conclusion of our redevelopment.”
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