Hong Kong Disneyland will increase ticket prices by up to 17 percent as it prepares to open Mystic Point, the last of three new lands to open as part of a major expansion programme.
Adult single-day ticket prices will rise by 12.8 percent to HK$450, while the price of an equivalent child ticket will increase by 12.3 percent to HK$320. Two-days tickets will see a bigger increase, with adult prices rising from HK$499 to HK$585 - a 17.2 percent raise. The changes have already gone into effect, although local residents will be able to continue to benefit from the old prices until June 30.
A spokesperson for the park told the South China Morning Post that the expense of the expansion work, as well as increases in salaries and food costs, have forced it to charge guests more.
The expansion has radically improved Hong Kong Disneyland's line-up. While Toy Story Land was little more than a clone of the unambitious area at Walt Disney Studios, Paris, the opening of Grizzly Gulch marked a major turning point. It boasts the Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars roller coaster, which combines elements from several existing Disney attractions to create a unique experience.
The final land to open as part of the expansion will be Mystic Point. This will be headlined by Mystic Manor, another unique creation that is effectively a modern take on Disney's classic Haunted Mansion rides. It is due to open by the end of May 2013.
Facing competition from the under-construction Shanghai Disneyland, Hong Kong Disneyland plans further expansion work in the future. This is set to include the first land at Disney park to be based around the Marvel comic book characters that the company acquired in 2009.