Survey Sez HK Disneyland a Waste of Money

31 Dec

Hong Kong’s The Standard reports that a recent survey found Hong Kong Disneyland to be the second most wasteful use of public money since the handover of Hong Kong’s government.

Now, I can’t claim to know much about Hong Kong politics, but if Disney’s gonna be trying to hit up the Hong Kong government for any additional investments to continue to build park capacity, this just can’t help matter much, now can it?

6 Responses to “Survey Sez HK Disneyland a Waste of Money”

  1. Ken in Atlanta December 31, 2007 at 3:03 pm #

    Granted I have never been there, but it seemed like there wasn’t alot of attractions that it opened with.

  2. Kitty-chan December 31, 2007 at 4:29 pm #

    Thanks for stopping by, Ken!

    Yeah, HK Disneyland seems to have under-built, with regards to attraction capacity. And under the circumstances, Disney may have a tough road ahead finding the finances to improve that situation.

  3. Jon January 2, 2008 at 1:40 am #

    Now keep in mind that we’re talking about “government” money, not private sector investment. In this situation, I would agree that the citizens of Hong Kong should not be forced to finance a theme park. Can you imagine if we had to pay taxes towards a Disney park AND pay admission. No wonder the survey has these results. I’d think its a waste too! The government needs to invest in infrastructure and basic services and leave tourism/entertainment ventures for capitalists.

    I know we’re talking about China here, but I have a feeling that it is a waste for government money to be invest in a project that deals with foreign ideas and policies. No matter how much they shape their version of Disneyland, there is still going to be something American about it. Shouldn’t government money be invested into something that will leave a lasting impression of Chinese culture upon its visitors?

  4. Kitty-chan January 2, 2008 at 9:21 am #

    It’s an important point that yes, we’re talking about government money. I’m sure lots of us could come up with lists of private expenditures we consider bigger wastes!

    It’s a fine line though between direct government investments, and tax breaks and other special arrangements Disney makes with local and state governments. I’m no expert on the arrangements made for the Reedy Creek Improvement District, but I’m willing to bet there are some Floridians who feel that in net effect, they’re being asked to both subsidize Disney and pay park admission if they choose to visit.

    Your point stands well though on the question of whether Hong Kong’s government benefits from investing in what some might consider American cultural imperialism.

    I’ll definitely be interested to see how this situation continues to shake out.

  5. JImmy Chan January 30, 2008 at 2:14 am #

    It’s amazing how little information is being released to the public.
    Everybody is talking about new attractions and investing more money. The government are not even aware of the problems underneath. For example, when they built the Jungle River Cruise, the waterproof sealing at the bottom of the rivers of adventure was not done properly and was not dry yet when they filled it with water. The water proof sealing gave way and large pieces started floating to the surface. Since the grand opening was 3 months away, they only patched a portion of the sealing, knowing that the rest of the sealing would just spread and continue leaking throughout the river and a major fix would be scheduled inevitable.
    In tomorrowland, imported trees from Africa (Boabab trees which the operation managers referred to as the “pot belly trees”) which costs a hell of a lot of money (over 1 million) was imported and planted by space mountain. 3 of these trees have now died. The operations management held an urgent meeting to discuss how they would keep this story from catching the media’s attention but most of the management thought it was a pathetic topic and a waste of their time.
    There are loads of problems existing that haven’t been fixed, like Festival of the lion king, how many have experienced a show stop? You can talk about pouring more money on new attractions but I say forget it… What kind of geniuses do you pot bellied managers think you are?… you don’t fool me

  6. Jennifer January 30, 2008 at 9:06 am #

    Thanks for stopping by to comment, Jimmy.

    Sounds remarkably like some of the stories I’ve been reading in “Realityland,” a book about Walt Disney World’s early days.

    I do hope that in the long run, Hong Kong Disneyland’s able to set itself upright. Certainly we saw Euro Disney overcome major issues in the early years, and it’s doing quite well now.

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