Angry parents toss kids over sold-out Hong Kong Disneyland fences

Posted Thursday, February 2, 2006 10:35 PM | Contributed by flickerstick

Angry families stormed fences at Hong Kong Disneyland and tossed their children over gates Thursday after the theme park sold out for an eighth consecutive day.

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Thursday, February 2, 2006 10:44 PM
Hehe that makes me giggle. LMAO, seriously I would hate my parents for doing that.
Thursday, February 2, 2006 10:47 PM
Wow. That's crazy.

I wish my mom would have tossed me into a Disney park... Instead she insisted on coming with me!

Thursday, February 2, 2006 11:36 PM
Doublepost: There's a link to video of this escapade here:
Friday, February 3, 2006 12:41 AM
Does anybody know the maximum guest capacity of Hong Kong Disneyland is? I know it's the smallest out of all of the Disney owned parks (even smaller than California Adventure) -- but it would be nice to have a number to see how that correlates to 8 consecutive days of selling out. Wow.
Friday, February 3, 2006 1:39 AM
Wow! Thanks for the video link, John. That was...interesting.
Friday, February 3, 2006 1:43 AM
The capacity is 30,000 it says in the article. I'm glad it's doing well though obviously bringing in some money.
Friday, February 3, 2006 3:13 AM
There's one way to make sure you get in. Get there early! It's like people who show up to their flights 15 minutes before they take off and find out they're overbooked. "I bought my tickets 6 months ago!" Well, if you had been planning this for 6 month, why not show up a half hour earlier?
Friday, February 3, 2006 9:06 AM
So what are these kids supposed to do once they get in the park with no parents and no money.........
Friday, February 3, 2006 9:33 AM
Disney should have expected sell-outs around the Chinese New Year. If the flexible tickets included blackout periods around major holidays on the Chinese calendar, they would not have this problem.

Of course, if these families were denied entry, they should know to arrive very early the next morning, and join the first 30,000 through the gates. That would be more productive than launching your child over the fence.

Friday, February 3, 2006 10:07 AM
If a get gets injured on the "over the fence ride", can Disney be sued...the kid I guess is technically injured by the landing (on park property), not by the launch mechanism (i.e., insane mom or dad)...

"Put on your safety helmet, it's time for the first ride of the day"...

Good to see insanity reigns supreme OUTSIDE of the US as well...I guess... ;)

Friday, February 3, 2006 10:39 AM
The "Over the fence ride" looks a little too intense for me ... LOL ... especially that new launch Mechanism! I don't know, but I would imagine that Disney should be able to sue or at least press charges on the idiot parent that tossed there kid in the park and the parents themselves for hopping in.
Friday, February 3, 2006 10:49 AM
How are the kids supposed to find their families at the end of the day? And won't the kids get hungry since the parents won't be around to feed them?

Its like going to a movie that you know is supposed to be very popular, yet you go on opening night anyway. If you do, don't complain about crowds. Just wait 2 weeks and the crowds will be down.


Friday, February 3, 2006 10:50 AM
Why do I have the feeling Iger is now pushing the Haunted Mansion, Pirates, and any other left out ride through WDI to get it open ASAP?

Bad publicity Disney, but hey, atleast it's popular. DCA would love to have kids flug over their gates! (inward that is ;) )

Friday, February 3, 2006 12:58 PM
Geeze... when I first saw "Parents tossing kids over the fence", I thought was another "Six Flags acting like a 'baby sitting' service for parents who buy their kids CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP season passes" thread and thought "At least they could stop the car and let them get out at the entrance".... but now I see its about the popularity of the new Disney park. Not nearly as entertaining.
Friday, February 3, 2006 2:14 PM
"There's one way to make sure you get in. Get there early!"

I read somewhere that they sell 90% of their tickets online. Getting there early doesn't mean you're getting in, which leads to drastic measures - Child Chucking (patent pending)

Friday, February 3, 2006 3:06 PM
How does the % of tickets bought online correspond to not getting in if you get there early?

It's like going to Best Buy on black friday.. if you want that deal that amounts to like 90% off the cool electronic gizmo you want, you better get to the store at 3am for a 5am store opening time to get in line so you're in before everyone else so you can get that deal before it's sold out: i.e. "get there early to make sure you get in the park"

Basically what it comes down to is supply and demand. If you want it so much that you're willing to toss your kid over the fence, get off your lazy behind and get there early!

Edit: basically, it doesn't matter if you buy your ticket online or in person. If you're not one of the first x people in line, you don't get in - regardless if you bought the ticket at the gate or online*** This post was edited by dannerman 2/3/2006 3:08:17 PM ***

Friday, February 3, 2006 10:28 PM
I didn't realize they were flex tickets, but that brings about another issue. Basically there could have been about 60000 people standing at the gates with tickets when only 30000 were getting in. At this point it is no longer about who got there first, but who can push their way to the front, or who can get close enough to the fence to throw their kid over. It was a failure on the part of park managment.

Oh, and thanks for the econ 101 ;-)

Friday, February 3, 2006 11:43 PM
Jeez...and what would the parents have said if they threw their kids over the fence into the park....and the kids got kidnapped? Then whose fault would it have been?
Saturday, February 4, 2006 1:35 AM
The real question you think if the 'launch mechanism' in this case breaks his or her arm, will it take Intamin 2 months to make the cast?

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