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China ain't happy with Hong Kong Disneyland

2007-12-05

By Robert Niles: Attendance is down, along with revenue at Hong Kong Disneyland, and officials of the government, which own a majority stake in the park, are not happy.

"The government will continue to urge the park management to formulate cost-effective business strategies and improve the park's operational efficiency," Hong Kong's secretary for commerce was quoted in an Associated Press story.

The AP story reports that Hong Kong Disneyland's attendance has dropped from 5.2 million in its first year, from Sept. 2005-Sept. 2006, to an estimated 4.8 million in its second. Disney reported that the park's income dropped in the first two quarters of this year.

Hong Kong Disneyland opened with the smallest attraction line-up of any Magic Kingdom park. And much like with the similarly under-built California Adventure, potential customers have stayed away.

Readers' Opinions

From claudia maffei on December 6, 2007 at 9:20 AM
I wish I had their troubles.
From David Graham on December 6, 2007 at 10:14 AM
Can Disney say tax write off??? Still going to make more money that most people will every dream of having.. As stated above, wish I had that problem. What does it cost to get in over there compared to pricing in the states or France??
From Anthony Murphy on December 6, 2007 at 11:37 AM
Well then, make more rides!

I mean DLP (or Eurodisney) had similar problems and now its one of Europe's top destinations.

From Ted Heumann on December 6, 2007 at 11:38 AM
The difference with Hong Kong is that it is a BEAUTIFUL park from the pictures I have seen and VERY detailed. Disney will just have to ramp up their building of new attractions.
From Larry Zimmerman on December 6, 2007 at 2:39 PM
I think the Chinese have fallen prey to the Western philosophy of "what have you done for me in the last 5 minutes?"

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