DISCOVERY BAY residents said yesterday they were thrilled at the prospect of having a Disney theme park on their doorstep, even though it could shatter the peace and quiet. Only one person out of 12 interviewed expressed strong fears that the proposed park in nearby Penny's Bay would harm the environment. No one seemed worried a Disney park would destroy the character of Discovery Bay, which is touted by property agents as a tranquil haven. Shopkeepers were enthusiastic about the plan, saying it could only improve business. Lawrence Lau Kam-wai, owner of Amity Shoes-Care, said: 'Disney will push up property prices here which will help the economy.' Ray Cheng Sek-wa, sales manager of Midland Realty property agents, predicted flat sales would increase by 'up to 10 to 15 per cent' before the final decision on the park was made in the summer. Residents said it would be convenient for their children to have a Disney park on their doorstep. Domestic worker Emma Martinito, 31, said: 'It would be a good environment for all the children here and allow them to have lots of fun.' Flat owner and housewife Kasina Yee-ching, 48, said it would make the area more prosperous and encourage more shops to open, while housewives Nancy Smith and Karen Markham, both 35, welcomed the theme park but feared it could push up their rent. Fritz Kahler, general manager of the Discovery Bay Residents' Club, said the theme park would be a positive move but added: 'There are some slight concerns as it is important to keep the place quiet, and traffic and pollution levels down.' Veterinarian Mark O'Byrne said he feared for the environment, especially for Hong Kong's rare pink dolphins, which have been driven from their natural habitat near Chek Lap Kok airport and have moved to waters near the planned Disney site. 'Where will they go then, if they start reclaiming the land for Disney?' he said.