Park running risk of negative publicity from long queues, says lawmaker Hong Kong Disneyland has refused to cut the maximum number of people it will admit to the park and is sticking to its capacity of about 30,000. But group managing director Don Robinson said closing time would probably be extended from 9pm to 10pm over the Mid-Autumn Festival holiday weekend. He said closing the park later would cause problems for Disney workers going home by public transport because the MTR service shut at 12.45am. The extra hour would allow visitors to continue enjoying the rides and shows or do some last-minute shopping after the fireworks display, which traditionally closes the theme park. During peak holiday periods, when public transport runs all night, he said the park could stay open until midnight or 1am. It could also close in the evening and then reopen an hour later for special-event ticket holders. But lawmaker Fred Li Wah-ming, who wants the theme park to reduce its maximum capacity to 20,000, warned that ticket holders would just stay longer if the hours were extended. 'That is the mentality of Hong Kong people and mainlanders. They are paying $350 each to get in so they want to get the most out of it and maximise their experience,' Mr Li said. He felt that the difference of a few thousand visitors was not worth the negative publicity Hong Kong Disneyland would get as a result of complaints about long waiting times and service deterioration. Some of the 29,000 visitors to the charity event on Sunday complained of long queues to enter the park and two-hour waits to get on rides. Mr Robinson said this was a reflection of 'created demand' as ticket holders for the event could only go to the theme park on that day. By 9pm, when the fireworks show was held, more than 95 per cent of visitors were still in the park, compared to Disney's US average of 65 per cent, he added. Sunday's closing time was extended to 10pm. As of Tuesday, the theme park had entertained 260,000 to 270,000 visitors, served about 300,000 meals and used 40 metric tonnes of rice over 16 rehearsal days. But Mr Robinson said the real test would come on Monday, when it officially opened to the public. He also noted that there was still excess capacity on weekdays, despite the adoption of a two-tier pricing schedule that was not used at any other Disney theme park. Weekday tickets for adults cost $295 and rise to $350 at weekends and peak periods. Mr Robinson said he had also discussed the possibility of discounting ticket prices for entry after 5pm or 6pm to boost weekday visitor numbers. This is the arrangement that is used at Tokyo Disneyland, which offers cheaper passes for weekday admission in the late afternoon or early evening.