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September 05, 2005

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It begins... Hong Kong's Disneyland has started dress rehearsals, Little Cart Noodles takes an advanced look. (via Caleb): Chris at Ordinary Gweillo looks at an SCMP report on the park.: Hongkongers can't get enough of taking photographs. But they don't [Read More]

» short monday links from asiapundit
It begins... Hong Kong's Disneyland has started dress rehearsals, Little Cart Noodles takes an advanced look. (via Caleb): Chris at Ordinary Gweillo looks at an SCMP report on the park.: Hongkongers can't get enough of taking photographs. But they don't [Read More]

» Daily linklets 7th September from Simon World
They're back: Gays in China live a difficult life under social bias - it's heartening that such articles are hitting the mainstream Chinese press. If you're a dissident, don't use Yahoo email. China's six challenges in the 21st Century. In short they a... [Read More]

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Marx said the history repeats twice: the first time as tragedy, the second as farce. More proof he was right (for once):The opening day crowds, expected to number up to half a million visitors, failed to materialise, however, and at close of the first ... [Read More]

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zhaunjia

The article just about sums up everything I loathed about HK people's selfish habits. It's unlinkable so I've done a cut and past for you:

Few can match the ingenuity of thrifty Hong Kong people when it comes to finding ways of getting the most bangs for their buck at a Disney theme park, according to experiences drawn by Disney managers after a series of rehearsals.

At any of the popular Mickey Mouse entertainment venues around the world, visitors enjoying the rollercoaster rides can often be seen observing the action afterwards on a monitor and snapping up professional photographs of all the fun.

Not for local fans of Hong Kong Disneyland, however. They have found a way to get the pictures for free: they use their own cameras to photograph the monitor image.

A popular free photo opportunity also exists by the balloon stand. Local fans have no problem sending their loved ones and children to stand by the balloon seller for a quick snapshot but have a big problem when it comes to buying a balloon.

They also have no qualms about capturing important moments on film, even if it means interrupting a ride. At Space Mountain, just before the ride begins, people get out of their barricaded seats to take pictures. The breach automatically halts the ride.

The same happens at the spinning Mad Hatter Tea Cups, where passengers disembark from their individual cups to take snaps, only to set off the safety mechanism. To prevent the situation from escalating, the park will place a stationary cup by the queue in the hope passengers will satisfy their camera cravings before going for a spin.

"Taking photographs is just phenomenal in Hong Kong," said group managing director Don Robinson.

Meal times are largely dictated by the parades, which occur at 1.30pm and 3.30pm. This means the roughly two-hour period in between is crunch time for the theme park's catering staff, who can only churn out 10,000 meals an hour. The park can accommodate a maximum of 30,000 people.

"Everybody eats at the same time and this puts a lot of stress on our operations," Mr Robinson said.

He said one possible solution was to extend the period between the parade times.

The lunch crowd often hangs around in the restaurant after their meal and some customers continue to occupy their tables, which they use as their base camp for the day.

On average, Hong Kong visitors spend 9.3 hours at the park, with many arriving early and leaving late. The average in the US is eight hours.

Mr Robinson is considering extending the park's operating hours and this has already been planned for the busy Mid-Autumn Festival.

He said bookings were coming in and that two firms had inquired about taking over the park for a day of staff activities.

gunlaw

The original execution chamber at Stanley Prison has been relocated to the entrance, spruced up and is now on display. It is free for all to see.

Allowing for the minibus fare from Causeway Bay to the prison gates, the execution chamber is superior, educationally-speaking, to anything Disneyland has to offer. For instance it is not based on fantasy.

Another spot on the must-see list is "the Zoo" in Pokfulam on Victoria Road. That was where the Brits kept the animals (communists). The tortue rooms and execution chambers are pleasantly juxtaposed to stunning views of the seaside. This too is all educationally free but only if one unauthorisedly creeps in unnannounced.

A fortune awaits a concessionaire of "Anti-disneyland in HK: torture and capital punishment". Children would be welcome. And there would be little trouble with parking because there is none.

vicky

I don't see the point tof Disney managers complaining about tourists in HK disneyland. Good strategy to piss off your customers. Sure HK ppl are annoying and have different habits but Disney should cater to their clients and make arrangements to fit their customers' need instead of mocking them. They're paying a lot to get into that park.
As to the mentioned problems. The Main Street is crammed? Maybe that lane is too narrow in the first place and they should have longer parade times and route. Ppl occupy tables? Introduce rules and aske them to leave or have a open seating area with benches where they cans spend the day.
The communication between Disney and HK doesn't seem to be great right now. Ppl are mad for Disnyey's recent capacity test and even HK celebs say negative things about Disney. If the HK gov didn't invest do much in that project I wouldn't care if it goes down like Euro Disney. Disney is making a lot of cash out of mainland tourist and HK ppl so they should check their PR before damaging their image.

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