Crowds set to head for HK Disneyland

PUBLISHED : Friday, 02 September, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 02 September, 2005, 12:00am

Hong Kong Disneyland will face its biggest challenge ever on Sunday as an expected 29,000 visitors - the largest crowd so far - will be there for the theme park's Charity Day to raise funds for the Community Chest.

With all proceeds from ticket sales going to charity, the Community Chest says it believes its goal of raising $7 million will be reached.

Dennis Sun, campaign committee chairman of the charity group, thanked Disneyland and those who purchased the tickets for their support.

'Proceeds . . . will be put to the best use towards our ongoing community projects, helping those in need, without any deductions for campaign and administrative expenses,' he said.

The Transport Department said yesterday that they were prepared for the expected crowds and would activate the emergency traffic co-ordination centre from 8am to 11pm on Sunday. The main traffic intersections will be monitored. About 15,000 tickets for Sunday's tickets went on sale on June 28 and they were sold out in three hours after the box office opened at 6am.

The rest were sold through Community Chest. The ticket prices were $350 for adults, $250 for children and $200 for the elderly.

Disneyland's managing director, Don Robinson, was delighted. 'The response from the public to the ticket sales has been overwhelming and demonstrates tremendous support for both the local community and for Hong Kong Disneyland,' he said earlier.

Guests can enjoy all the facilities at the park as it is also a full rehearsal day before its grand opening on September 12. With the number of visitors almost reaching the park's maximum capacity of 30,000 on Sunday, long queues are likely.

To alleviate the problem, the theme park has provided guests with an alternative to waiting in queues - the FASTPASS system. Every guest can insert their ticket into a FASTPASS machine at selected attractions to get a designated time slot.

They will not need to queue up when they show up at the designated time and can get straight in to the attractions. The system is free. Disneyland announced earlier that those who have purchased tickets for Sunday can now redeem their tickets with their credit cards and confirmation numbers at the theme park's Ticket Express at the Hong Kong MTR station or at the ticket booths outside the park's entrance.

They can also redeem the tickets on Sunday from the eight AutoMagic Ticket Machines at the entrance.