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Ocean Park to raise entry price, citing swine flu and cost of new attractions
24 June 2009
South China Morning Post

Ocean Park plans to raise its ticket price "shortly" in light of the drop in tourism due to swine flu and an increase in expenses arising from new attractions, the park's chairman said yesterday.

But Allan Zeman did not say by how much ticket prices would increase, only that admission had suffered a "serious hit" over the past two months despite robust growth up to April. He said the opening of new attractions, such as Amazing Asian Animals, was also behind the need for the increase.

"At some point this year, quite shortly, we will have to raise the price to meet our budget," Mr Zeman said.

"It would be after June, for sure. We're just waiting to see how the month finishes. When the price rise comes, it'll be value for money. It'll still be a lot cheaper than Disney."

The park yesterday gave the media a preview of its Summer Splash event, which debuts next Wednesday.

The park last raised ticket prices in October 2007, when the adult price was increased by 12 per cent to HK$208.

An adult ticket at Disney is HK$350. It raised its fares by 20 per cent in February.

Mr Zeman said Ocean Park attendance in May and June had fallen by up to one-third, and the number of local visitors had fallen by about 10 per cent. He anticipated that overall attendance this year would shrink by 5 per cent, though it would still possibly be the park's third-best year.

Figures released by the Tourism Board showed a 13.4 per cent drop in visitor arrivals last month. The decrease for the first five months was about 1.4 per cent.

Simon Hau Suk-kei, chairman of the Inbound Tour Operators Association, questioned whether this was the right time for the park to increase prices. He urged it to announce the details of the increase, including the time and extent, as soon as possible.

"If there are fewer visitors now, is this a good time to increase the ticket fares?" he said. "I fear this is a move only welcomed by the rival Disneyland."

He said that unlike Disney, which aims to make a profit, Ocean Park, as a non-profit-making statutory body, should have less pressure and urgency to increase its prices.

But an Ocean Park spokeswoman said it had to pay its operating expenses and be managed prudently because it did not rely on taxpayers' support. She said the park also had to repay the HK$5.5 billon syndicated loan for its redevelopment plans.
 

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海洋公園新機動遊戲表演曝光

3年內陸續建成 延長開放時間





【明報專訊】迪士尼樂園擴建計劃剛獲通過,另邊廂的海洋公園,翻新工程亦屆尾聲,第二個項目「海洋列車」下月7日將啟用;海洋公園主席盛智文更向本報逐一披露未來3年相繼建成的新景點,包括「5環吊腳過山車」等七大機動遊戲,另有極光表演及每晚在湖上上演名為「幻海奇觀」的水與火表演,公園因此會延長開放時間至晚上9、10時。


海洋列車下月7日啟用


海洋公園的55.5億元翻新工程,計劃將現時的35個景點增至70個。除已建成的亞洲動物天地等外,盛智文首次披露未來3年陸續建成的各個景點詳情(見圖),頭炮是下月試行、連接山上及山下的海洋列車。


盛智文說,雖然旅程只有3分鐘,但車廂頂部會播放一段有關海洋的片段,乘客儼如置身海底。列車預計9月7日正式投入服務,每小時可載客1萬人次,大大紓緩每小時載客3500人次的纜車壓力,旅客亦有更多時間在園內遊玩。


明年中起,旅客可由全新的海濱廣場進入樂園,廣場日後會設有「香港街」,兩旁都是舊式建築及商店,另有以海洋生物為題材的旋轉木馬。


最近廣場的主題區「夢幻水都」則於2010年啟用;盛智文說,旅客在全新水族館內沿螺旋形通道走,像置身海底世界,看各種深海魚在頭上暢泳;外面則有個大湖,每晚會上演10至12分鐘的幻海奇觀表演,湖上將有360度水幕,會出現噴水及噴火等效果。


幻海奇觀表演 水火交融


現時海洋公園開放時間為早上10時至晚上8時。不過,盛智文表示,翻新後公園會延長營業時間至晚上9至10時,幻海奇觀表演將成為公園每晚的壓軸活動。事實上,美國奧蘭多迪士尼世界每晚亦有類似表演。


盛智文指出,以機動遊戲為主題的「動感天地」,會增加5個大型機動遊戲,其中最刺激的肯定要數「5環吊腳過山車」,相信能吸引年輕人,其餘4個分別是天旋地轉、超速旋風、雷霆節拍及碰碰車。


公園行政總裁苗樂文透露,現時的機動遊戲,除越礦飛車於日後興建水療酒店時會被拆走外,其餘暫時會悉數保留。


冰極天地可看極光擲雪球


「熱帶雨林天地」亦設激流機動遊戲,旅客可登上小船在激流中漂浮,與其他遊人進行水槍大戰,激流的盡頭是一間樹屋,內裏會展示各種特色昆蟲。


公園最後一個新增主題區是「冰極天地」,當中除了有一個會穿過冰層底部的過山車外,盛智文說,內裏將分成南北極,「南極」會有企鵝館,遊人除可近距離欣賞企鵝,館內地板還是透明的,讓大家可清楚看到企鵝在水中的泳姿。「北極」則主打極光匯演,並會展示多種極地動物,不過他暫未透露包括哪些動物,而兩極中間則留有地方予遊客擲雪球、打雪仗。


明報記者 張岳弢
 

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吊腳過山車!!!!!! finally!!! I've been waiting for a better roller coaster for years, what took them so long?????

too bad the 越礦飛車 wont survive, i thought its the best 機動遊戲 in Ocean park, the original roller coaster is nothing.
 

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吊腳過山車!!!!!! finally!!! I've been waiting for a better roller coaster for years, what took them so long?????

too bad the 越礦飛車 wont survive, i thought its the best 機動遊戲 in Ocean park, the original roller coaster is nothing.

Yup it's so disappointing that the 越礦飛車 will be demolished very soon, I found it the most exciting game @ Ocean Park and I think the original coaster was mainly designed for primary students.
 

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55.5億擴建 增夢幻水都 冰極天地
海洋公園要變身世界級



2009年08月15日


【本報訊】海洋公園正擴建中,主席盛智文透露今次因擴建加價後,來年暫無再加價壓力,新設食肆商店帶來的收入,也可紓緩加費壓力。海洋列車下月通車後,夢幻水都明年也開放,會有湖上煙火滙演,樂園會延長開放至晚上 10時,或推晚間門票,又會有酒店樂園兩、三天套票;盛智文說想建一個世界級的港人樂園。


耗資 55.5億元的海洋公園擴建計劃,景點由 35個增至 70個,公園要加價付貸款利息,盛智文日前透露,加價雖押後至 10月,但無影響工程進度,並承諾今次加價約兩成,即成人票價 250元、小童 125元後,「未來一年暫看不到再有加價需要。」

他又說將新設逾 10間餐廳、小食亭,及逾 10間商店,如海濱禮品廊將有 7間相連店舖售賣全園精品,會令餐飲商品收入佔總收益比例,由 30%增至 50%,加上新酒店收入,可減低加票價壓力:「今次加價後也較迪士尼平百多元呢。」
擴建計劃中,繼亞洲動物天地後,通過隧道貫穿公園的海洋列車將在下月 7日開放,上下山各只需 3分鐘,較纜車及行人電梯的 15分鐘快,載客量又達 400人,慳時間玩更多新遊戲。列車內會播放 3D海洋影片,並隨節日轉換新裝,變身為萬聖節猛鬼列車或聖誕北極快車。
公園正門明年會變身海洋廣場,放滿七彩雕像,與日後港島南線車站由只有 20米天橋接駁,入園便可踏進夢幻水都,其中海洋奇觀會有鯊魚全接觸,及新的全景海洋館,全玻璃設計讓人如與魚同游。館外偌大人工湖,每晚上演 15分鐘的幻海奇觀,即水上煙火滙演。盛智文透露,屆時公園會由現時開放至下午 6至 8時,延至 8至 10時,更考慮推較平的晚間門票。酒店落成後,又會有酒店公園兩三日套票,延長遊客留港時間。

其他主題區也在 3年內落成,冰極天地除有企鵝,並會讓人鑽進池底探頭出玻璃罩,近距離欣賞海象,極光表演也不可錯過。企鵝餐廳及海龍王餐廳等都設大玻璃,食客邊吃邊欣賞海魚或企鵝,提供海鮮菜餚也會來自養殖場,不會破壞海洋生態。樂園擴建後人手會由現時 1,500人倍增至 3,000人。
盛智文又說,現不時會有入場優惠,故 80%入場人士都非付全票:「加價只是不得已,我們想建世界級的港人樂園。」


海洋公園擴建設施
-海濱樂園(低地)-
主題區或建設:海洋列車
景點:上山或下山只需 3分鐘
機動遊戲等:-
最快開放時間: 9月 7日

主題區或建設:夢幻水都
景點:海洋奇觀、大湖每晚表演幻海奇觀
機動遊戲等:環迴水世界
最快開放時間: 2010年

主題區或建設:威威天地
景點:生日會會場、表演場地
機動遊戲等:與動物接觸的兒童遊戲
最快開放時間: 2011年

-高峰樂園(高地)-
主題區或建設:熱帶雨林天地
景點:露天市集、禮品店
機動遊戲等:熱帶激流、熱帶雨林探險徑
最快開放時間: 2010年

主題區或建設:動感天地
景點:動感美食坊、禮品速遞
機動遊戲等:雷霆節拍、動感快車、超速旋風、天旋地轉、瘋狂碰碰車
最快開放時間: 2011年

主題區或建設:冰極天地
景點:北極之旅、南極奇觀、極光表演、雪玩場、企鵝餐廳、北極購物村
機動遊戲等:極地時速
最快開放時間: 2011年
 

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Erm, which roller coaster are you guys talking about?

Source:http://www.chinapicturespub.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/2c020ef2fe623c49342acc67.jpg

versus


Soruce: http://gardkarlsen.com/china/mine_train_ocean_park.jpg

The above one is the original one, and the below one is the latter one.
The first one does look more scary, but if you have ridden both, the latter one is much more intense than the original one. Especially, it's like you were going off the mountain down the sea on the second one.

But the second one has been taken down.
 

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Park hoping price rise won't spook visitors
14 August 2009
South China Morning Post

Improving economic conditions have Ocean Park management in a cheerful mood as the park gears up for its scariest month of the year.

Park chairman Allan Zeman, who dressed up as King of the Underworld yesterday to promote its Halloween attractions, said visitor numbers were expected to rise in October, with the brighter economic outlook more than offsetting any impact from a 20 per cent rise in admission prices, starting from October 5.

"There were 500,000 visitors in October last year, and we are expecting a breakthrough this year," he said. "I understand some people would like to not have a price rise; I wish we could make it free but we cannot."

The 9th Ocean Park Halloween Bash will be held from September 25 to November 1, with adult tickets priced from HK$235 up to HK$825 for special party tickets.

The park is spending a seven-figure sum on this year's Halloween event, and plans to make it the scariest ever.

"There will be eight new haunted houses, 13 new shows and 80 daily performances and 404 wandering ghosts," Mr Zeman said.

New attractions include Hong Kong's first movie-themed haunted house, where visitors could encounter ghoulish characters from horror stories, such as "Ms Single Braid" and the "Vampire Catcher".

The park will also feature a haunted house designed by members of the public for the first time. Winston Li Ho-yin and Michelle Chau Man-yin, from Polytechnic University, beat 70 other competitors in April and will bring their haunted train station "Purgatory Express" to the event.

"We were often told ghost stories about railways when we were young, especially a story about the last train heading to hell," Mr Li said. "I would warn all the visitors not to hold the handrails as you never know what might happen,"

The park had planned to raise admission prices from HK$208 to HK$250 for adults and from HK$103 to HK$125 for children on August 1, but its board postponed the rise.
 

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HK's Ocean Park Eyes Possible Overseas Expansion - Report
11 October 2009

HONG KONG (Dow Jones)--Ocean Park is preparing to argue its case for a more flexible interpretation of a 22-year-old ordinance governing its operations, with an eye on expanding overseas, the Standard reported Monday, citing an unnamed source.

Ocean Park's bid to expand comes in response to invitations over the years from countries including North Korea and India to establish joint ventures with overseas attractions, the newspaper reported.

A local-level official in mainland China has also offered land on which the theme park could duplicate its successful operations in Hong Kong, the newspaper reported.

The report said the ordinance governing the theme park limits the definition of Ocean Park to the 'public recreational and educational park called by the name and situated at Brick Hill.'

Brick Hill is on Hong Kong Island.
 

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The newer coaster isn't there anymore? Why?

Dragon had some pretty intense turns, I felt light-headed after which is rare for me. I agree the newer coaster was more intense.
 

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I think overseas expansion is a bit too ambitious, ocean park is good enough for a small city like HK, but its far from being a world class theme park, at least not until they finished the expansion.
 

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海洋公園將有2隻樹熊



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財政司長曾俊華今日歡迎南澳洲政府送贈兩隻樹熊予香港,將委託海洋公園代為照顧。
南澳洲省省長雷恩今日在阿德萊德香港駐悉尼經濟貿易辦事處舉行的新春酒會上公布這決定。


曾俊華說:「我由衷感謝南澳洲市民和政府送贈兩隻樹熊給香港,以及委託海洋公園照顧這兩隻作為澳洲標誌的動物。今次餽贈是香港與南澳洲友好的見證。」


曾俊華表示,憑藉海洋公園對海洋和陸地生物的豐富經驗和專長,海洋公園定必能提供健康和悉心照料的居住環境,讓樹熊安居於香港。


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We have Pandas and Koala Bears. Who is next?
Polar bear or black?
may be Kangaroo.



樹熊移民海洋公園

兩年內起行 後代永留港





【明報專訊】港人將毋須再到澳洲看樹熊,因為南澳洲政府決定贈送一對年幼、具生育能力的樹熊予香港,牠們兩年內將入住海洋公園。由於兩隻樹熊屬澳洲贈港禮物,故牠們將在港落地生根,日後誕下的愛情結晶品更會永留香港。


澳官08年訪財爺結「樹熊緣」


有樹熊「落戶」香江其實源於2008年,財政司長曾俊華一次南澳訪問行程,認識了南澳的副省長,其後該名副省長應邀來港訪問,還到了財政司長位於南區的官邸作客。當曾俊華帶他逛官邸,看見不遠處的海洋公園時,曾氏便問客人到過沒有,副省長稱去過了,還指那裏有很多動物,卻沒有樹熊,於是反問曾俊華,香港想不想要對樹熊?曾自然說好,於是種下這段「樹熊緣」。


年幼雌雄各一具生育能力


海洋公園發言人表示,初步得悉南澳洲政府將送出雌雄各一、具生育能力的年幼樹熊予香港,預計牠們在2年內抵港,並進駐海洋公園,加入動物保育大使行列。發言人解釋,樹熊要2年內才能抵港,主要是要符合澳洲動物出口的要求,同時公園亦需時為牠們準備合適居所及找充足尤加利葉食糧供應,另一方面,公園亦要派員到當地受訓,學習照顧樹熊。


開枝散葉須克服氣候差異


不過,生長於南半球的樹熊在港能否開枝散葉,要視乎能否克服南北半球不同的氣候,因為樹熊的交配期為每年9月至翌年3月,即澳洲的夏季,但這段時間卻是香港的秋冬氣候,不過雌性樹熊的生殖能力長達12年(見表)。


南澳洲省省長雷恩昨在阿德萊德香港駐悉尼經濟貿易辦事處舉行的新春酒會上公布消息。海洋公園主席盛智文感謝南澳洲政府,會與南澳洲政府及香港特區政府緊密連繫,為迎接一對樹熊做完善準備。海洋公園獲南澳政府相中,獲成為指定樹熊護理單位,源於去年11月底,南澳政府代表曾到訪公園,對其設施、保育教育等留下深刻印象。
 

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Government welcomes koala gift from South Australia
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Government Press Release

The Financial Secretary, Mr John C Tsang, today (February 10) welcomed the gift to Hong Kong of two koalas from the South Australian Government.

The Premier of South Australia, Mr Mike Rann, made the announcement at a Chinese New Year reception hosted by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Sydney) in Adelaide today.

"I wish to express my sincere thanks to the people and Government of South Australia for presenting two koalas to us and entrusting Ocean Park to take care of these animals which are the national icon of Australia. The gift signifies the friendship between Hong Kong and South Australia," Mr Tsang said.

Mr Tsang said that with its extensive experience and expertise in handling both marine and land animals, Ocean Park would be able to provide a healthy habitat and suitable attention for the koalas.
 
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