Hong Kong Disneyland hits the spot for fun-seeking dads One park's gain could be another park's loss. Attendance at Ocean Park surged 14 per cent to top five million in the year to June, while Hong Kong Disneyland was believed to have struggled to match last-year's target of 5.2 million. But Hong Kong Disneyland chief Bill Ernest can still have a laugh after getting an appraisal from his No1 fan - his father. Mr Ernest's father from Chicago visited the theme park in late March, when he greatly enjoyed the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens and a breakfast with Mickey Mouse. Apparently he told his son: 'It is probably not because of you, but Hong Kong is my favourite Disney Park in the world.' Because of his hectic one-week schedule, Mr Ernest Snr chose not to visit Ocean Park. The 86-year-old possibly set a Hong Kong record as the oldest person to take a Space Mountain ride. Talking of Space Mountain, Mr Ernest Jnr had another story to tell. He recently met a father who took his son to Disneyland and told him 'he could do whatever he wants' at the park. So his son took the father to Space Mountain 16 times. 'I'll never make such a promise again,' said dad. Gracious birthday wish It was an unusual birthday for the father of Lan Kwai Fong. On Wednesday, Alan Zeman spent the afternoon giving Legco members some Ocean Park numbers before kick-starting a beer festival at his drinking palace. He received birthday wishes from Legco members, including one from Democrat Lee Wah-ming, who said: 'The success of Ocean Park reflects the failure of Disneyland.' We asked the 59-year-old for his birthday wish. Curiously, it did not include his favourite pandas, Ye Ye and Le Le, now under his care but Mickey Mouse and his chums. 'I wish them [Hong Kong Disney] well, for Hong Kong's sake,' said Mr Zeman. Forbes magazine this year labelled Mr Zeman as 'Hong Kong's Mouse Killer', a name even Walt Disney chief executive Bob Iger liked to joke about. No laughing matter How is Ngong Ping surviving after being without a cable-car service for a month? Attempting to bring more fun to Ngong Ping Valley, the Ngong Ping 360 management company hired some clowns to try to drum up business. The result has been mixed. Reader Keith Russell, who spotted the clowns, said there might have been as many as five people per hour visiting last week. Ngong Ping people say that business has improved. If you are looking for a place to play hide-and-seek, why not try Ngong Ping Village? Lee invests wisely How much is Lee Shau-kee splashing out on his daughter-in-law for giving birth to a daughter? At least HK$100,000 for starters, we reckon. During a 30-minute interview with the town's top entertainment reporters, Mr Lee sent Chinese caterpillar fungus and fish maw to his daughter-in-law Cathy Tsui Chi-kei. The Chinese medicinal soup is considered good for a woman's recovery after giving birth. She is expected to drink it for the next 20 days, with each course costing about HK$5,000. A happy grandfather with big smiles, Mr Lee said he was thrilled to have a granddaughter. Asked if he wants more grandchildren, he said: 'Please print it for Cathy. I know there is a limit to how many babies women can make, but I would like to see her having eight or 10 babies.' That would cost him about a million in soup! IFC mall standing tall Which is the most popular shopping mall in Hong Kong? According to Facility Media and RFP magazine, which interviewed 130 people, International Financial Centre and Festival Walk top the list. The IFC, developed by Henderson Land, Sun Hung Kai Properties and MTR Corp, edged the Swire Properties' mall in Kowloon Tong by having more No1 votes.