Beloved Lai Yuen amusement park will return in summer at Hong Kong’s AsiaWorld-Expo

Weather concerns prompt shift indoors from last year’s Central harbourfront venue

PUBLISHED : Monday, 23 May, 2016, 3:11pm
UPDATED : Monday, 23 May, 2016, 7:07pm

The Lai Yuen amusement park will stage another comeback this summer, but in a mostly indoor setting at AsiaWorld-Expo instead of on the Central harbourfront.

The park will also open for a substantially shorter period, just 24 days, compared to the more than two months last year.

Park chairman Duncan Chiu said the decision to move the event to the exhibition venue on Lantau Island was based on experience gained last summer, when the historic theme park, which was originally based in Lai Chi Kok, was reopened for a temporary period for the first time since it was closed in 1997.

“It was a response to opinions raised last year,” Chiu said. “Hong Kong’s weather in the summer is not very stable. Sometimes there are typhoons and rain, and those are hard to control.

“Many people last year said it was too hot outdoors, and there was no air conditioning.”

Chiu said he was not worried about the current economic ­slowdown or slump in inbound tourist numbers affecting the performance of the park this year because many visitors last year were local residents.

The amusement park will be open from July 15 to August 7.

Admission for adults will be HK$140 from Mondays to Thursdays and between 10am and noon from Fridays to Sundays, and will include 10 game tokens. Entry will cost HK$180 from noon to 8pm on Fridays and at weekends, but will include 12 game tokens.

Children under three years old can enter for free.

Aside from games and rides, the park will feature a 650-metre outdoor go-kart racetrack. Entry will be charged separately at HK$280 per person, and online pre-registration is required.

Chiu said he had not set a target for admission numbers this year. The park attracted over a million people last year, when admission was free and visitors had to buy game tokens separately.

Those working at AsiaWorld-Expo will receive two extra game tokens free when they enter the park this year.

Additional reporting by Raymond Yeung