Tag: disneyland

David versus Goliath: Ocean Park Hong Kong’s Experience

July 3rd, 2011   •   4 comments   


Ocean Park Hong Kong (Photo Copyright © Marion Udall)

Thanks to my colleagues from the Association of Singapore Attractions (ASA), I had the privilege to learn how Hong Kong’s Ocean Park managed to hold its ground against HK Disneyland. Speaking at the Tourism Masterclass co-organised by ASA and the Workforce Development Agency (WDA), Tom Mehrmann, its Chief Executive, shared fascinating insights on their rags to riches story.

Attracting more than 5 million visitors a year (2010/11 is likely to be its best year ever with 5.8 million visitors), Ocean Park started way back in 1977 attracting only 1.3 million annual visitors. The sprawling attraction covering some 870,000 square metres was ranked the number one theme park in China, and the seventh most popular amusement park in the world by Forbes magazine.

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The Importance of Imagineering

May 28th, 2010   •   no comments   

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Widely popularised by Disney, the concept of “imagineering” comes from its two words of origin:

Imagination, which is the act of dreaming and visualising a desired end-state;

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The Happiest Places on Earth

January 4th, 2009   •   6 comments   

What makes Disneyland theme parks so memorable? Why are they considered the “Happiest Places on Earth”?

To find out, my family and I visited both Disneyland Park and its neighbouring Disney’s California Adventure Park at Anaheim, California.
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