Ocean Park has proposed to remodel right into a free resort and leisure vacation spot within the subsequent two to 3 years, in line with Ocean Park chairman, Mr. Lau Ming-wai and authorities officers in a press convention held on Monday, January 18. Detailed within the proposal, the park will likely be introducing new leisure, wellness and journey zones along with an all-weather water park, charging for amusement rides and in-park transportation together with the cable automobile and specific practice, plus exhibitions.
Transitioning out of the park’s ticketed mode of operation as a one-day attraction, Ocean Park will likely be specializing in creating its new non-ticketed retail, eating and leisure (RDE) zone, in addition to new conservation and training schemes as a part of the federal government’s “Invigorating Island South” initiative, “offering a leisure expertise that highlights the pure magnificence and native tradition of Hong Kong”.
The RDE zone will likely be created on the decrease park space with public areas for open-air markets and occasions; a children-friendly playground and water play space; present and new conservation and training services such because the Grand Aquarium and the Big Panda Journey may even be part of the RDE zone.
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Different present sights will both be upgraded, re-themed or slowly phased out. These keen on the Mine Practice and Raging Rivers could need to revisit the park when it opens once more as the 2 rides will quickly be eliminated to make room for brand spanking new adventure-themed sights similar to Xraycer and Zipline sooner or later. Different ageing rides may even be demolished within the coming years, making area for wellness-themed actions together with glamping, trekking, meditation and yoga retreats.
The Water World, which will likely be opening this summer time would be the metropolis’s first year-round water park. That includes 27 indoor and out of doors water sights, the water park will embody a man-made seashore, a surf rider, and an eight-lane mat racer water slide.
On prime of all of the thrilling plans Ocean Park has in retailer, Hong Kong’s iconic Jumbo Floating Restaurant, which ceased operations final 12 months, will likely be donated to Ocean Park to protect the restaurant’s historical past and tradition. Whereas no confirmed plans on what the restaurant will likely be used for but, guests can anticipate to see the floating restaurant as a part of the park’s new operations.
In 2020, the park acquired the federal government’s funding help to keep up operations for a 12 months. In hopes to draw extra guests, new millennial and family-friendly initiatives similar to yoga classes and glamping packages have been launched.
To turn into extra financially sustainable in the long term, the park will likely be outsourcing a part of its eating and leisure zones to service suppliers and contemplating a “pay-as-you-go” ticketing technique rather than the present mannequin to spice up customer numbers. Within the meantime, nevertheless, Ocean Park will likely be leaning on monetary help from the federal government to keep up and transfer ahead with operations.
Find out about Ocean Park’s new plans, go to oceanpark.com.hk