Date
25 September 2017
Hong Kong Disneyland has raised its park admission fee for the second time in two years without giving a satisfactory explanation. Photo: HKEJ
Hong Kong Disneyland has raised its park admission fee for the second time in two years without giving a satisfactory explanation. Photo: HKEJ

Hong Kong Disneyland raises ticket prices again

Hong Kong Disneyland has raised its park admission fee for the second year in a row, with a regular one-day adult ticket now costing HK$499 (US$64.35).

The admission fee had been HK$450 earlier, which means the theme park operator has hiked the price by 10.8 percent, the Hong Kong Economic Journal noted. 

The entry fee for children has been hiked to HK$355 from HK$320. 

The new prices came into effect Tuesday.

However, there has been no change in the rate for senior citizens, who will continue to be charged HK$100 per visit.

Also, local residents are being given a concessionary rate at the old price levels for two months. During the previous hike last year, locals were given a grace period of three months.

The theme park’s management hasn’t explained the rationale for the second fee hike in two years.

But it said it will continue to invest in the facilities to make the park a value-for-money proposition.

Some lawmakers and tourism experts are concerned that the price hike may affect visitor numbers to the city which has already felt some adverse impact from the Occupy movement.

Disneyland Hong Kong has raised its ticket prices three times since it opened in 2005. In August 2011, it raised the adult entry fee to HK$399 from HK$350. Last March, it was hiked further to HK$450. 

The first price hike partly contributed to a break-even in the theme park as it had made losses for six consecutive years since its opening. In 2012, the park booked a profit – HK$876 million –for the first time. 

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