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Park News
Empex Watertoys makes
Japanese installation
Empex Watertoys has installed its first Aquadunker attraction as part of a water
playground at the Jozankei View Hotel in Japan. The new feature is a mid-size
‘Nothing agreed’ says Disney
water bucket, the first of its kind in Japan which, when full, tips onto the children
below with dramatic results.
After years of speculation, Disney executives have confirmed that a report The revamped play area, which features several other water toys from Empex,
has been submitted to the Shanghai government regarding a possible was designed in association with architect Taku Higuchi of Wing Productions in
theme park project in Mainland China. Park World has since been Tokyo. Located in the hot spring town of Jyozankei, the Jozankei View Hotel is
informed, however, that “no deal has been agreed to, no project has about an hour from Saporro, the capital of Japan’s Hokkaido island region.
been approved.”
"Discussions have been ongoing about the feasibility of a theme park
project in China,” we are told by Leslie Goodman, Walt Disney Parks and
Resorts’ executive vice-president for worldwide public affairs. “As part of
this lengthy process, we worked on a joint application report with the
Shanghai government which will be submitted to the Central Government
for review. No deal has been agreed to, no project has been approved."
Newspaper reports, of which there are many, suggest a Disneyland park
may be constructed on the outskirts of Shanghai to open by 2013/2014.
Chinese New Year
…Disney style!
Chinese New Year arrived early at Hong Kong Disneyland as the park
launched its Mickey Celebrates the Year of the Ox event on January 15.
Centred around the themes of luck, energy and unity, the celebration is due to
run until February 8. The Chinese year 4047 started officially on January 26.
“To welcome the auspicious Year of the Ox, the resort has combined
Chinese traditions with the creativity, imagination and innovation of Disney to
create a captivating celebration,” reports Maple Lee, vice-president of
marketing for Hong Kong Disneyland Resort.
*The Shenzhen Daily reports that Walt Disney is negotiating with the Hong
Kong government to expand Hong Kong Disneyland by about one-third of its
current size. Since its opening in September 2005, the park has suffered lower
attendance than expected and complaints, quite valid, that it is too small.
It is believed Disney itself would inject the cash needed, which may reduce
slightly the government’s majority share. Construction is estimated at two to
three years.
Recently the park stepped up its marketing effort in major southern Chinese
cities such as Guangzhou and Shenzhen, and this appears to be paying
dividends: “In the past two months, we have seen double-digit increases in
attendance,” reports Hong Kong Disneyland managing director, Andrew Kam.
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