Ocean Park Hong Kong has unveiled its upcoming seasonal attraction for this year’s all-day-and-night Ocean Park Halloween Fest, its much-awaited annual Halloween celebration, and gave a peek into the Park’s exciting line-up of activities.
Guests visiting Ocean Park this Halloween season may look forward to experiencing the first ever reservation-only haunted attraction, H14, presented by Modern Education, which is a customized haunting experience based on each guest’s deepest fears. During the first round of online registration, all 1,000 time-slots available on each registration day were filled within 5 minutes. The dates of the second round of registration will be announced in due course.
Catering to the needs of families and kids, Ocean Park is introducing the Doraemon Halloween Party, Asia’s first-ever Doraemon-themed Halloween attraction. Guests will be able to visit the Doraemon House of Gadgets, featuring his favorite gadgets such as the “Time Machine” and “Anywhere Door”, and take photos with various Doraemon decorations and meet the gang of adorable characters.
Other upcoming Halloween attractions include Rigor Mortis LIVE, which takes guests to the dilapidated public estate scenes in Hong Kong from the award-winning movie Rigor Mortis, and Phantom Studios, a transforming attraction. At 5pm on each event day, the music and lighting at the Park will change, marking the start of the frightful evening. Night-time ghouls will also appear throughout the Park to intensify the terrifying atmosphere. Guests will also be able to witness the hottest song and dance show from Ocean Park, the Scaremonies presented by Blue Girl Beer, which remains to be the all-time favorite showof Halloween Fest fans.
Mr. Tom Mehrmann, Chief Executive of Ocean Park, said, “We are delighted to introduce our Halloween attractions to Filipino travelers, especially to those already making plans to visit the vibrant city of Hong Kong in October, as we hope to give our Filipino friends a memorable theme park experience through our stellar Halloween attractions”.
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Raising awareness on animal conservation Aside from these seasonal attractions, guests can also look forward to Ocean Park Hong Kong’s world-class attractions, which include the newly-launched Shark Mystique, one of Southeast Asia’s largest shark exhibits, featuring over a hundred sharks and rays. Guests may also explore Polar Adventure, Asia’s first themed area which integrates immersive presentations of Antarctic animals and a family coaster ride; Thrill Mountain, home to Hong Kong’s first and only floorless roller coaster and other exciting rides; The Rainforest, the first theme zone integrating water ride and walk-through rainforest exhibit in Southeast Asia; and the Grand Aquarium, which boasts a collection of over 5,000 fish.
Explained Mehrmann, “Apart from our seasonal offerings, Ocean Park aims to entertain and educate its guests through our variety of world-class attractions, educational exhibits and interactive animal encounters. As Asia’s first ever recipient of the Applause Award, we strive to live up to the standards being upheld by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions(IAAPA) by differentiating ourselves as an animal facility with strong wildlife conservation values.
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"Our attractions aim to give guests more than just an enjoyable time, but to also serve as an educational platform to convey conservation messages. Every guest visiting our Park is directly supporting its conservation initiatives, as $1.0 of every paid admission is donated to the Ocean Park Conservation Foundation, Hong Kong (OPCFHK) which is actively involved in various wildlife conservation and scientific projects in Asia,” Mehrmann added.
Ocean Park’s new development plans unveiled Ocean Park executives also revealed the upcoming attractions that are expected to be launched between 2014 and 2017 as the Park embarks on a new phase of development.
Following the opening of Shark Mystique in June this year, Adventures in Australia, which is set to open in March 2015, will showcase koalas and other iconic animals from South Australia.
In 2016, a dedicated subway line catering to Ocean Park guests will open, making it more convenient for them to travel to and from the city center of Hong Kong.
In addition, the new Ocean Hotel is scheduled to open in 2017, as well as the exciting launch of Asia’s first and only year-round, indoor and outdoor waterfront waterpark.
“The Global Attractions Attendance Report 2013 released by TEA (Themed Entertainment Association) and consultancy firm AECOM Economics ranked Ocean Park Hong Kong as the world’s 12th most visited theme park as it welcomed close to 7.5 million guests in 2013,” said Mehrmann. Numbers also show a 10% year-on-year increase in attendance by Filipino guests in 2013-2014.
“With theme park experiences consistently ranking as the number one reason for Filipino tourists choosing to visit Hong Kong according to recent surveys, Ocean Park is unmistakably the must-see attraction for all Filipino visitors. Make your trip to Hong Kong a memorable one with Ocean Park,” concluded Mehrmann.
Special promo tie-up with Philippine Airlines Ocean Park Hong Kong also revealed a special promotional offer in partnership with flag carrier, Philippine Airlines. From now until December 31, passengers presenting valid boarding passes may enjoy a 12% discount on Ocean Park admission tickets within seven days of arrival in Hong Kong. Additional discounts on the Park’s food and beverage, retail products, and animal encounter programmes valued at over HKD 400 also await guests who purchase Ocean Park Halloween Fest packages from local travel agents in the Philippines. Furthermore, guests of the Park can also enjoy up to 10 to 15% discount on admission to 21 theme parks worldwide, including the Philippines’ own Enchanted Kingdom.
Also in attendance during the said event were Ocean Park’s Paul Pei, Executive Director of Hotel and Hospitality; Vivian Lee, Executive Director of Sales & Marketing; Rosalind Siu, Sales Director; and Una Lau, Public Affairs Director. Enchanted Kingdom Chief Executive Officer, Mario Mamon, together with wife and Chief Operating Officer, Cynthia Mamon, were also present.