Date
23 November 2017
The free tickets are part of a HK$5.45 billion expansion project approved by the Legislative Council finance committee in May. Photo: Hong Kong Disneyland
The free tickets are part of a HK$5.45 billion expansion project approved by the Legislative Council finance committee in May. Photo: Hong Kong Disneyland

Taxpayers paying for Disneyland’s free tickets, Tien says

Hong Kong Disneyland has launched an online draw, offering 50,000 complimentary tickets to local residents.

The draw is exclusively for Hong Kong residents who either hold a Hong Kong identity card or Hong Kong birth certificate, a recent school handbook issued by a Hong Kong school, or other legal documents with photo identification, hk01.com reports.

More than 70,000 people have enrolled for the campaign, dubbed “More Disney Fun for Everyone in HK”, in hopes of winning free whole-day passes to the amusement park.

The free tickets are part of a HK$5.45 billion expansion project approved by the Legislative Council finance committee in May.  

The project includes a Frozen-themed castle and other new character attractions costing a total of HK$10.9 billion.

Other terms of the expansion project include exempting the government from variable management fees in the coming two years, sponsoring 100,000 underprivileged to enter the park for free and giving away 50,000 tickets for Hong Kong residents.

Legislator Michael Tien Puk-sun said half of the 50,000 tickets were paid for with taxpayers’ money under the expansion program.

Fellow lawmaker Yiu Si-wing said Disneyland is giving out the tickets only to fulfill the terms of the expansion project.

It is not the first time that the agreement has been criticized as unfair. Some legislators said Hong Kong Disneyland is an all-win business for the US theme park operator.

According to the terms of its contract, the government has to pay Disney hefty licensing fees which make up 5-10 percent of Disneyland’s income.

Tien said that each year, the government pays up to HK$200 million for the licensing fees. The amount does not include management fees.

The lucky draw will be held on Nov. 22.

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