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OCEAN PARK
Hong Kong

 

 

 

 

 

Park News - (9/5/21) According to a post from RCDB, the Wild West Mine Train coaster at Ocean Park closed forever at the end of August 31, 2021. The custom layout coaster from Zamperla has been running since 1999 and offered fantastic views from the hillside location.
    According to RCDB, this is actually the second roller coaster closed at the park in 2021, as earlier this year they also closed The Dragon, the park’s Arrow looping coaster that has been running since 1984.
 
    (3/24/21) BlooLoop reports that Ocean Park’s new makeover plans have now been formally approved by the Hong Kong Government who will provide the park with HK$361million ($46 million) in extra funding to keep the park running.
 
    (1/19/21) According to an update posted by TheCoasterKings, Ocean Park has now received 5.4 billion Yuan ($361 million) from the government to “revitalize” and “stabilize” the theme park and as a result will be making some big changes to how they operate. Perhaps the biggest change will be a move away from a traditional theme park business model and into a park where admission is free but the attractions will require their own fees to experience.
    In a business model like that, the popular attractions survive and the unpopular will find themselves phased out rather quickly. As such, new and more traditional upcharge style attractions like ziplining will be added, while seven older rides with high maintenance costs are already planned for removal. They are eyeballing a number of attractions for retirement in Ocean World and Rapid Stream World, and have already confirmed that the Ferris Wheel and Dragon roller coaster will be removed. The Dragon is the oldest coaster in the park, an Arrow custom looper added in 1984 that sits on a hillside that has been repainted in a number of different colors over the years. According to the article the majority of attractions in Dynamic World, Tropical Rainforest World and Ice Polar World will remain.
    The rides to be retired however may continue to operate for up to three years from now, as the new business model of the park will seek out “new vendors and operators” to lease out sites in the park to redevelop and run their own attractions instead. The concept sounds a little out there on the surface, but is not one that hasn’t been used elsewhere with success. While I’ve never been myself, I believe that the popular Wiener Prater park in Vienna, Austria runs itself in a similar fashion, with various groups installing and running their own attractions in competition with the other attractions in the park run by other groups and families. (If I misunderstood, someone please correct me…) I’m not sure what other locations may operate this way, though it sounds more like the style of operations you might find on the European fair circuit as well.
    Another article on the topic from BlooLoop also mentions that the focus of the park may also be a shift towards being a resort destination rather than a regional theme park as a way to stabilize the attraction which has been operating at a loss for the past four years. Instead the lower sections of the park that will be free to visit will be transformed more into a ‘retailtainment zone’ with more food & beverage locations run by third parties that will generate income for Ocean Park. There are also plans to build a new show venue at the park that can be used for concerts and other show performances.

 

2022 - Nothing is known at this time...

 

2023 to 2027 - Parkwide Renovation Plans - (1/14/20) Ocean Park has announced another set of huge expansion plans for the theme park to take place between 2023 and 2027. As part of a 10.6 billion yuan investment in the park, it will add seven new “scenic spots” loaded with new attractions.
    Spots 1 and 2 will be: Ocean Plaza and Azure Bay, where the current waterfront park will be divided into these two new themed areas. Ocean Plaza will actually be open to the public for free and include restaurants and retail stores and the park’s new entrance. From here guests will entire Azure Bay, themed all about water and include a new deep water pier as well as new adventure rides and a monorail to move guests around.
    Spot 3 will be Jungle Adventure - One of five new areas that the current “peak park” on the mountain will be divided into. Jungle themed, it will offer an assortment of new exciting rides as well as a new indoor coaster that will use multimedia to allow guests to experience an underwater world.
    Spot 4 will be themed to the Pacific Ocean, with special restaurants along the cliffs overlooking the sea.
    Spot 5 will be Cape Paradise, adding new new coasters experiences. Based on the concept art one will be an Alpine Coaster while the other appears to be pair of Maurer Spike powered racing coaster tracks.
    Spot 6 - Adventure Valley that will feature some kind of gravity powered car ride with different tracks suitable for different age groups.
    Spot 7 - Explorer Coast, the new home for marine mammals, with new environments created to allow for multiple species to live together. The Ocean Theater will be turned into a new multi-purpose venue.
    Lots of concept art was released, which includes views of a ton of new coaster rides for the different zones of the park. This also includes what appears to be a B&M Dive Machine, some kind of inverted coaster in a jungle, a cool looking sit-down coaster that slides back and forth half-pipe style over a rocky waterfall landscape and more.
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Newest Attractions:
2021 - Ocean World waterpark

2014 - Shark Mystique / Adventures in Australia

2012 - Polar Adventure w/
Arctic Blast coaster and
Old Hong Kong

2011 - Aqua City, Rainforest
Thrill Mountain w/ Hair Raiser
 

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