Disneyland critic Richard Foglesong's lectures at the University of Hong Kong make provoking reading for anyone following the saga of the SAR's flirtation with Mickey Mouse. Warning of the US corporation's hard-boiled political strategies, its faith in opaque deals and its ruthlessness in sucking-up public subsidies, Professor Foglesong may well have struck a timely chord with those fearful of the net impact of the Hong Kong project at Penny's Bay. Not surprisingly, both Hong Kong Disneyland and the Hong Kong government were quick to play down his remarks. They both latched on to a comparison Professor Foglesong made between Hong Kong and the Disneyland in Orlando, Florida - a site he warns has become a self-governing 'Vatican with mouse ears'. Certainly, on the surface, there is little to compare the former homely Florida retirement settlement with a great international city such as Hong Kong. Yet they may risk missing the point, all rather conveniently, too. There are many more points to Professor Foglesong's remarks that demand wide debate and consideration by all those involved with the Hong Kong project. It is far from transparent, whether in terms of the profit-to-equity deal hashed out between Disney and the SAR or the government's exploitation of a loophole to ram through a $798 million subsidy to the MTRC to build a rail link to the park. Then there are the very real fears of a Disney 'trap'. This involves a wildly successful park that pulls in visitors in their droves, who only then largely ignore the rest of Hong Kong and southern China, staying in Disney hotels. The mouse, he warns, may out-do the dragon. That particular point is highly compelling and perhaps where the government must look most hard. Anyone who has passed the massive reclamation at Penny's Bay knows the project is rapidly becoming reality. The question will be how Hong Kong manages that reality. Hong Kong has always struggled to keep visitors staying a little longer. Disney is going to add a new dimension to that effort. On a good day, few cities can offer such a condensed, exotic and international experience as Hong Kong. This latest informed criticism is a reminder that soon, more than ever, Hong Kong will have to better promote itself. This is no time to be selling itself short.