Disney is expecting a surge in visitors over Christmas but remains silent about attendance figures so far. Vice-president of marketing and sales Roy Tan Hardy said yesterday the $50 discount on tickets for Hong Kong residents had been 'welcomed by local people'. 'November is low season, and we choose to offer the discount as a 'thank you' to Hong Kong people. It is not an attempt to bring more visitors,' he said. 'The special offer will end next month when the park begins its first Christmas celebration.' A headcount at entrances by the South China Morning Post found that only 12,972 visitors entered Disneyland on Sunday November 13, and 11,399 entered the park last Wednesday. Mr Tan refused to disclose admission figures. During December the park will be decorated for the Christmas season. A 20-metre Christmas tree will be put up on Main Street, where artificial snowflakes will fall from 6pm until closing. Street performers will sing carols and Disney characters will be dressed up in seasonal outfits. Laurie Jordan, vice-president of entertainment, said they hoped a festive atmosphere would prove a novel sight for Asian guests. 'This may be the very first time for some of the Asian guests to see a snowfall scene,' she said. Opening hours remain unchanged except for New Year's Eve, when the park will close at 1am. Festive souvenirs and cuisine will be offered at the park and its two hotels, which will also offer guests family games and workshops with Christmas themes. Room rates remain unchanged. Peter Lowe, general manager of hotel operations, said bookings at the Hollywood Hotel and Disneyland Hotel were satisfactory. 'There are a few rooms in early December, but for the rest of the month we are very busy,' Mr Lowe said. He would not disclose the occupancy rates of the hotels. Hotel guests were a 'healthy mix' of local, mainland and overseas visitors, he said, and the park had been promoting Christmas at Disneyland across the border.