Hong Kong Disneyland has confirmed that it will increase ticket prices from August 1, 2011, as the park prepares to complete the first phase of its ambitious expansion plan.
The price increases, which had been widely expected, will see the cost of some ticket options increase by as much as 14 percent. Single-day adult tickets will rise from HK$350 to HK$399 (US$51), while child tickets will now cost HK$285 (up from HK$250). Prices for local residents will be frozen at the old rates until December, while annual pass rates will remain unchanged.
The park is currently pursuing the expansion project, which will see it open three new lands - one each in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Hong Kong Disneyland had not previously pushed up prices since it opened in 2005, and has blamed the impact of high inflation and increased operating costs for the move. As a consolation, it has reduced the price of tickets for visitors aged 65 or over by 40 percent to HK$100.
Toy Story Playland will be the first new land to open as part of Hong Kong Disneyland's expansion, 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.
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