NO champagne bottles will be popping open in Victoria Park to celebrate the arrival of 1994, but the Urban Council has promised that its New Year's Eve party will still be a corker. In a bid to avoid a tragedy on the scale of last year's Lan Kwai Fong disaster in which 21 people were crushed to death, a programme of pop concerts, dancing, games and quizzes has been organised in Victoria Park for up to 50,000 New Year's revellers. There will be more than 200 security guards, a large number of civil aids service volunteers and many roving police patrols to ensure that nobody gets hurt in the $9 million CountDown '94 event. And while the organisers are desperately hoping that they will get their alcohol licence on time, there will be no hard liquor on sale and no bottles or cans allowed in the park. Beer will be sold in paper cups only. ''We are all aware of the incidents at Lan Kwai Fong, which has made us recognise the importance of thinking out every detail, every eventuality, to ensure the safety of the crowd and the success of the event,'' said organising committee member, Dick Kaufman. He said the decision to sell only 50,000 tickets at $20 each had probably been very cautious. ''We'll see how it goes this year with 50,000. Maybe next year, if it goes well, there'll be more tickets available,'' Mr Kaufman said. The midnight show on the main stage is still a secret, but the organisers have revealed that the British all-women pop group Bananarama will be a star attraction. There will be dozens of fortune tellers, giving free predictions of what 1994 will bring, and all seven local broadcasters - TVB, ATV, STAR TV, Wharf Cable, RTHK, Commercial Radio and Metro - will be lining up their entertainers and presenters to provideconstant entertainment through the evening. ''We hope that this event will become at least the equal of other New Year celebrations in Times Square in New York and Trafalgar Square in London,'' said Urban Council chairman, Dr Ronald Leung Ding-bong. Lan Kwai Fong residents' association chairman, Richard Feldman, said there were no special New Year's Eve street events arranged in that area. He said the security would be very similar to what happened at Halloween, when there were many very visible, uniformed police officers lining the streets throughout the weekend. He said that although there had been less than half the number of people in Lan Kwai Fong for Halloween than there had been the previous year, business for most bars had actually improved. ''People could actually get into the bars to buy themselves a drink this year,'' Mr Feldman said. Divisional Commander of Central District, Chief Inspector Chow Yin-wo, said he was planning to put more than 100 officers on duty in Lan Kwai Fong. ''Most of them would be on reserve in the police station, although we would make sure that there is a noticeable presence in the streets,'' he said. Tickets for CountDown '94 are available from URBTIX from today.