Hong Kong not likely to fund expansion at Disneyland

Posted Wednesday, October 3, 2007 9:28 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Hong Kong Disneyland is unlikely to receive more money from the local government to fund new attractions because of disappointing attendance at the theme park since it opened two years ago, a local newspaper reported Wednesday. Hong Kong's Apple Daily newspaper reported Wednesday the local government, instead of providing fresh cash, is inclined to give the park more land, or sell down its stake in Hong Kong Disneyland for cash to reinvest in the park. All land in Hong Kong is technically owned by the government and leased to commercial developers on long-term contracts.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2007 10:11 AM
Once again, attendance drives investment, and NOT the other way around. Folks, this is just the way this business works.
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Wednesday, October 3, 2007 12:28 PM
Well the park only invested in the water park... wait... sorry, wrong thread. :)
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Wednesday, October 3, 2007 1:38 PM
Maybe they'll start taking rides out and start sending them to other Disney parks as they work to improve the place and then close it down in another two years.

Seriously, the government seems to be making the right move because they're not abandoning their support of the park. I think the idea of giving more land to Disney would be wise since it won't cost the government anything and would likely make it more appealing for Disney to invest more money in the future. It seems that Hong Kong is more or less forcing Disney's hand.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2007 5:35 PM
Let's be serious now, when is it any government's responsibility to fund a privately owned amusement park. I understand that Hong Konk Disney is put a quasi-government park. Still if attendance is down then the park needs to reinvest in other things besides rides. Let's start at cleaning the park, customer relations and other areas that will improve the park before the government gives away land and helps with more funding.
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Wednesday, October 3, 2007 6:18 PM

Once again, attendance drives investment, and NOT the other way around. Folks, this is just the way this business works.

What a subtle way to infer you were talking about Geauga Lake. :)

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Wednesday, October 3, 2007 11:48 PM
Dude, when I'm being subtle, you'll know. Or, rather, you won't. ;)
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Thursday, October 4, 2007 3:27 PM

.. when is it any government's responsibility to fund a privately owned amusement park.

When it is a communist government?

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Thursday, October 4, 2007 9:00 PM

when is it any government's responsibility to fund a privately owned amusement park

Probably when said government holds a 57 per cent stake in the privately owned amusement park.

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