Ocean Park has been touted as a textbook case of theme park success. Its magical transformation from a drab, old playground into a glittering recreational area has amazed overseas theme park operators. When Hong Kong Disneyland opened in 2005, many people predicted that the demise of the then 28-year-old park would only be a matter of time. And figures supported that view. Ocean Park had recorded annual deficits since 1998 as locals became bored with its attractions. In 2004, the government hired Allan Zeman (right), a successful Jewish businessman and the founder of Lan Kwai Fong, to bring the ailing park out of the doldrums. Under its new chairman, Ocean Park promoted its unique focus on wildlife conservation and spent a huge amount on renovation. With its thematic events like the annual Halloween Bash becoming a huge hit, the park registered a whopping four million visitor arrivals in the 2004/05 financial year. And the park is certain to remain a must-see attraction for visitors in future. It will introduce exciting attractions and three hotels are due to be completed in 2010. With Disney also set to expand, it's going to be a wonderful ride for theme park fans.