Magic Kingdom cites commercial reasons for trying to stop people viewing its HK theme park plans Disney has taken the rare step of trying to have the blueprints for the construction of its recently-opened Hong Kong theme park kept from the public. Permission from park bosses would be needed to see them. Despite the fact that Hong Kong Disneyland's Phase I was funded with nearly $14 billion in taxpayers' money, the US company has asked the Building Department to restrict public access to its park blueprints. The unusual application has prompted officials to seek legal advice before making a final decision. One lawmaker criticised Disney's move as lacking transparency, and compared it with incidents last month in which food inspectors were barred from the park unless they dressed down. The special request is being made to safeguard the unique copyrighted designs of Hong Kong Disneyland's rides and facilities from the prying eyes of commercial rivals and copycats, a Disney spokeswoman said. It would require anyone seeking to see the plans for rides such as the Space Mountain roller coaster to obtain Disney's written permission. Under the law, building plans submitted by developers to the government become public record upon completion of construction work. People with legitimate reasons for viewing the blueprints - for maintenance work, or potential buyers - can normally see them and make copies without written permission from the owners. A Disney spokeswoman said: 'We made a request to the Buildings Department that the public's viewing and copying of any plans and documents related to Hong Kong Disneyland should get written authorisation from us. 'This proposed measure is to safeguard the proprietary and copyright considerations of the Hong Kong Disneyland project. Disney values its intellectual property. Protection of intellectual property rights is of paramount importance to any creative company and is vital to our business.' Democrat lawmaker Fred Li Wah-ming said it was Hong Kong people's right to view Disneyland's blueprint at will. '[Disney] is not a transparent organisation and it's not very accountable to the public even though at least half of the whole [Disney] project is being funded by taxpayers' money,' he added. A Buildings Department spokesman said it was considering Disney's request. It has asked for additional information to justify the application, including any further reasons for restricting access. He said the department had received only a 'few' similar requests in the past. Disney's request comes after protests in July and earlier this month, when former workers claiming unfair dismissal defied park security to climb onto the top of the Space Mountain tower. Security around the tower has since been stepped up, a park official said. There are no special restrictions to viewing blueprints for Ocean Park, Hong Kong's other main theme park attraction.