Park News - (9/20/17) According to this news report Ocean Park in Hong Kong has been forced to close a new haunted house attraction after a guest had died shortly after being struck and knocked unconscious by a moving mechanical coffin. The exact details don't seem to be known, as he was found unconscious in a backstage area of the haunted house and rushed to a hospital where he later died.
The attraction is called Buried Alive and apparently it involves putting guests alone into a mechanical coffin, which is part of a moving vehicle portion of the attraction, which simulates the idea of being buried alive and then alone fighting their way back out of a "dark and eerie grave".
Have any of our readers had the chance to try this attraction or willing to tell us more about it? For now, it remains closed while the nature of the accident is being determined, though at this time the investigation does not suggest that it was any kind of mechanical failure.
(12/19/16) An article that mentions a downward turn in tourism to theme parks in Hong Kong mentions that in addition to attendance woes that struck Disney over the past year, Hong Kong's popular Ocean Park also reported an overall loss for the year as well, the first such loss reported for Ocean Park since the outbreak of SARS back in 2003. The loss in 2016 comes on the heels of a profitable 2015 that saw the park bring in HK$45 million. According to their research, they have seen a loss in visitors to the Hong Kong region from both mainland China as well as overseas tourists, which combined typically make up for 60% of the park's visitors each year.
(8/17/16) A brand new Ghostbusters themed attraction has been announced for Ocean Park to be added for the park's Halloween Fest celebration. They are calling it "Ghostbusters Live!"
This is part of a new partnership the park has with Sony Pictures, though the article here doesn't have much to say about just what kind of attraction this will be. I suspect it will simply be a temporary walk-through attraction with an attempt to re-create highlight moments and spooks from the films.
2017 - Hong Kong Ocean Park Marriott Hotel - Confirmed - (12/23/14) BlooLoop reports that Ocean Park has signed an agreement with a development company and Marriott International to build and open the Hong Kong Ocean Park Marriott Hotel, a six story, 495-room hotel to be located at the park’s main entrance. This project should time out well with other developments around Ocean Park including the projected opening of the MTR South Island Line rail link to the park in 2016 and the opening of their new waterpark in 2017 that will give guests good reason to extend their stay in the area.
(10/12/13) Ocean Park has signed a deal with Lai Sun Development to build the first hotel in front of Ocean Park. The HK$4.1 billion investment will see six-story 4-Star Hotel built on the site which will be operated by Marriott International and named, “Hong Kong Ocean Park Marriott Hotel”. They expect to break ground in the first half of 2014 and as part of the deal Ocean Park will recieve 1.75% of the hotel’s annual revenue.
(1/10/13) According to this news article Ocean Park has a new development plan for the next few years that will include the proposed 495-room Ocean Hotel to be built just in front of Ocean Park’s entrance and ready to open by 2016. Transportation will soon be easier to get to and from the park with the opening of the MTR South Island Line in 2015, just beyond the new hotel site.
2017 - Water World - Planning - (1/27/14) New details about what we can expect to see from Ocean Park’s new waterpark set to open in Summer 2017 can be found here. The new, yet to be named waterpark, will be built on a hillside and include a matt racer, stationary surf wave, two wave pools and more.
(6/3/13) Water World, set to open in 2017, will be the first and only waterfront water park in Asia. It will feature the world’s longest lazy river as just one of 25 attractions which will include 13 water slides, two wave pools and much more in a facility with both indoor and outdoor attractions allowing it to remain open year-round.
(3/4/13) The local news reports that Ocean Kingdom will be given a HK$2.3 billion loan to build Water World, an “all-weather attraction”. No more details were given, but previously this was mentioned to be an indoor / outdoor water park attraction, along with new dining and retail options.
(1/10/13) No timeline was given, but the park is still also planning on redeveloping the now-closed Tai Shue Wan area into a new indoor/outdoor water park area, possibly with retail and dining areas as well.
(10/14/11) According to The Standard, a spokesperson for Ocean Park mentioned that they were looking into building yet another themed zone in the park… an indoor “water world with an ice-skating rink”.