Park News - (6/3/13) BlooLoop reports that Ocean Park (Hong Kong) has broken their annual attendance record for the 9th time in the past decade, this time surpassing last year’s 7.1 million on May 30th, with still one month left to go before the fiscal year ends on June 30th.
(4/17/13) Ocean Park in Hong Kong has launched a new unique experience in the park called The Grand Aqruarum Scuba Diving Experience. You’ll dive into the 5.2 million litre aquarium to encounter 5,000 species of fish, Manta Rays, Hammerhead sharks and more. The 3 hour experience is divided into two parts: a behind the scenes tour of the park’s animal facilities and a 30-minute dive experience to a maximum depth of 12 meters. You must be 15 or over and have at least an Open Water diver certification.
(11/19/12) Congratulations goes out to Ocean Park who was announced as the winner of the 2012 Applause Award from Liseberg. The Applause Award is only given out every two years, and a group of three parks are nominated as finalist during the odd years. To date only 16 parks have been awarded the Applause Award.
(8/15/12) Aerial pictures of Ocean Park have been posted to The Theme Park Guy this week, showing off this unique park’s mountainside layout.
(6/29/12) The local news reports that eight people at Ocean Park plunged about 60 meters to the ground when the park’s SkyStar helium balloon ride sprung a leak. There were five injuries from the accident, four balloon passengers who were not hurt very seriously and the most seriously injured person was a guest on the ground who was struck by the aircraft. The SkyStar has been in operation since 2007 and can hold up to 30 passengers.
(6/20/12) Dejiki takes us for an extensive look around the new ‘Old Hong Kong’ themed area at Ocean Park. There was a lot of great detail put into making this new themed area, which you will have to pass through to get to the parks infamous Cable Car tram ride.
(6/15/12) TheThemeParkGuy is back from a trip to Ocean Park where he takes an up close look at the park’s latest expansions since his last visit in 2009, including a look at the soon to open Polar area.
2013 - Nothing is known at this point in time...
2014 - Shark Mystique / Adventures in Australia - Confirmed - (6/3/13) Ocean Park mentioned details about a few more attractions set to open in 2014. In mid-2014 the park will open the new Shark Mystique animal attraction, five times larger than the previous shark exhibit, that will feature 100 sharks from 15 different species. In late 2014 the park will open Adventures in Australia, a new exhibit that will feature Koalas and other Australian wildlife.
(1/10/13) In Fall 2014 Ocean Park will open their new Shark Aquarium, created from the former Atoll Reef, and will follow this up with a new Koala exhibit in Late 2014.
(4/19/11) Ocean Park announced plans for a new Koala Exhibit. Construction is expected to begin in late 2012 and sounds like it could be ready to open in 2014.
2016 - Ocean Hotel - Planned - (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 - (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”.