Amusement rides at Hong Kong Disneyland have ground to a halt more than once a day on average since the park opened. Mechanical failure or guest behaviour halted rides 50 times in the 37 days of the park's operation, a government minister said. Secretary for Economic Development and Labour Stephen Ip Shu-kwan said the suspensions were caused by 'technical reasons or the triggering of the safety protection system due to external interferences or guest behaviour'. In a written reply yesterday to a legislator's question, Mr Ip said there had been three complaints from visitors to the Tourism Board and Tourism Commission about the performance of park staff, ticketing services and arrangements on rehearsal days. The theme park is required to report to the Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Department all incidents of suspended rides. Although no one was injured in the 50 incidents, there have been six cases of passengers suffering minor injuries or feeling ill on rides at the park. Quoting figures provided by Disney, Mr Ip said rides were operating normally about 98 per cent of the time. He said 80 per cent of the visitors surveyed by Disney rated their overall experience at the park either 'good' or 'excellent'. Mr Ip did not respond to a request by Lau Kong-wah, of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, to disclose attendance figures for the first month, saying that, as a listed company, Disney had to observe stock market rules governing the release of business details other than in its reports to shareholders. He said that thus far, the theme park had no plan to issue annual passes for customers because it was still in its initial period of operation. 'The management company will review the visiting patterns of guests from time to time and introduce new ticket products having regard to the market situation,' he said.