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Reports suggest that Hong Kong Disneyland is preparing to increase ticket prices by as much as 10 percent, as the park nears completion of the first phase of its ambitious expansion plan.

The Standard reports that the price rises will come into effect from August 1, 2011, although Hong Kong Disneyland is yet to confirm this. The cost of a one-day adult tickets is expected to increase from HK$350 to just under HK$400, although the park is said to be planning to offer "sweeteners" to encourage continued attendance.

According to the report, the price rise will not apply to local residents or group tickets booked by tour operators until the the end of this year. Non-residents buying tickets at the park's gates will be the first to pay extra.

Hong Kong Disneyland is aiming to complete its expansion project by 2013. The resort will open three new lands - one each in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Toy Story Playland will be the first new land to open, later in 2011. Inspired by the Pixar movie trilogy, its design will closely match that of the identically-named area that opened at the Disneyland Paris Resort's Walt Disney Studios in 2010. It will feature three new attractions themed around Toy Story Characters - RC Racer, Slinky Dog Zigzag Spin and Toy Soldiers Parachute drop. Details of the existing versions of these attractions at the French resort can be found in Theme Park Tourist's review of Toy Story Playland.

The other two lands will be Grizzly Gulch (due to open in 2012) and Mystic Point (due to open in 2013). Grizzly Gulch will feature a major new rollercoaster dubbed Big Grizzly Mountain, while Mystic Point will feature a new dark ride known as Mystic Manor.

You can keep up to date with the latest confirmed and rumored opening dates for new attractions through Theme Park Tourist's "New Attraction Watch" section, and by signing up for our weekly newsletter.

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