HONG KONG -- Hong
Kong Disneyland will open on Sept. 12, earlier than previously
expected, Disney officials announced. The theme park was originally
expected to open later in 2005 or in early 2006.
In keeping with
local tradition, Disney officials consulted a feng shui expert in
picking the date. Feng shui is the Chinese art of choosing dates
and arranging the layout of objects to improve fortunes.
Ticket prices were
also announced. Adults will be charged about $38 on weekends and
public holidays, with a lower price on weekdays, the lowest price
among Disney's parks around the world. However, children over age
11 will pay adult prices.
center will be set up in Hong Kong next year. Officials expect
one-third of visitors will be local residents, one third will come
from mainland China and the rest from Southeast Asia.
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