Three new attractions planned for Disneyland

PUBLISHED : Friday, 15 December, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 15 December, 2006, 12:00am

In another attempt to boost attendance, Hong Kong Disneyland announced yesterday it will build three new attractions in the next 18 months.

The expansion plan will include It's a Small World, Animation Academy and Mickey's WaterWorks.

'We are trying to attract more customers,' a Disney spokesman said last night, but he declined to reveal a target or how much the new attractions would cost.

It's a Small World, scheduled to open in the first half of 2008, is a boat ride containing dolls of different nationalities singing the theme song of the same name to celebrate the harmony of nations, peoples and societies. It will take up an area of 7,800 square metres in Fantasy Land.

More than 30 popular characters, including Peter Pan, Aladdin and Mulan, will join the existing dolls with an enhanced section that features the Great Wall of China and the distinctive Hong Kong skyline.

Those with an artistic bent can visit Animation Academy, which will open next summer. The interactive feature will enable guests to learn how to draw Disney characters from the theme park's professional artists.

'The latest generation of Disney experts will demonstrate how to draw their favourite Disney characters,' the spokesman said.

After the demonstration, facilities will be provided for visitors to try their hand at drawing their own Disney characters.

The third addition, Mickey's WaterWorks, is expected to open at the same time as Animation Academy. Essentially a parade, it features Mickey, Minnie, Donald Duck and their crew as they water their garden.

'As tourism continues to strengthen, we will look for more ways to expand Hong Kong Disneyland ... adding entertainment, attractions and spectaculars,' managing director Bill Ernest said.

Disney introduced three attractions this year: Stitch Encounter, UFO Zone and Autopia.