The Hong Kong Disneyland theme park turns ten on Saturday (Sep 12). However, it seems to be losing some of its sparkle, as the magic kingdom faces slowing tourist numbers and more competition from around the region.
The park, which the government has a majority stake in, opened to much fanfare in 2005. After a shaky start, the park finally broke even seven years into its operations, thanks in part to loyal local Disney fans who bought the multiple-entry passes.
“Disney does provide non-stop attractions. For example, during the upcoming Halloween, I think it will be lots of fun. I have been here twice to their Haunted Halloweens and there is always something new,” said one fan.
However, almost one in every two visitors to Disneyland is from mainland China.
One Chinese visitor commented: “It is my first time to Hong Kong and my friend told me Disneyland is a lot of fun, so that is why I am here with my friends”.
But mainland visitor arrivals to the territory have fallen from a peak last year, with some wondering whether there will be a fairy tale ending to the park’s hard-earned fortunes.
Meanwhile, Shanghai Disneyland is set to open next year and it will three times the size of Hong Kong Disneyland. Other Chinese cities are planning similar attractions. Full Story: Channel News Asia