Hong Kong Disneyland Bashing Continues

by Roger on March 25, 2006

by Roger | March 25th, 2006  

Six days until the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens!

As I reported in a recent entry, Disney Bashing Is All the Rage Hong Kong Disneyland keeps getting bashed by the newspapers and in TV news and in the Letters to the Editor columns.

Recently Disney offered a choice of free items for people who book through travel agents. They also offered Hong Kong residents a free pass to be used within 90 days for every ticket purchased. The Hong Kong Inbound Tourist Association Head, Leung Yiu-lam, complained that the new offers were not attractive to travel agents or visitors. Without going into detail, his further remarks made it clear that, in his opinion, Disney is not paying the Travel Agents enough to sell tickets to Disneyland.

The South China Post asked people to respond in their “Talkback column” to the question, “Would you visit Disney again within three months?” Most respondents say, “No they would not” and then proceed to trash the park for reasons that seem to me to be built mostly on unreasonable expectations. For instance, if they read the program and followed its instructions on how to avoid long lines by obtaining reservations for the popular attractions, they wouldn’t have to wait in long queues.

In the same article a legislator, Li Wah-ming, suggested that Disney start offering free or very cheap admission to low-income, disabled and seniors. His reasoning is that Hong Kong has invested in the park. Following this line of reasoning, the MTR, the KCRC, and the Leisure and Cultural Services Department should start offering free rides and free admission to all subsidized events since Hong Kong has invested in all these facilities. Hell, let’s not charge these people tolls for going through the heavily subsidized tunnels.

Thirdly the woman who filed the lawsuit I wrote about in Disney Becomes a Target, is in the news again with banner headlines on the Front Page of the City Section in the South China Morning Post. She alleges a government cover-up because they didn’t ask her for transcripts of a conversation she had with her insurance company. Documents show that Disneyland staff were contacted at 8:43 PM, sent a first aid trained staff member to the room, called the ambulance at 8:55 PM, which arrived at 9:01 PM, tried to resuscitate her and couldn’t, arriving at the hospital at 9:40 PM.

She goes on and on asking, “Why would we have to call our insurance company?” Good point! I guess she wanted to make sure she was fully compensated for all her costs. Transcripts? What did she do, record her conversations? She continues to fire away from the U.S. where I suspect she figures she can get a better settlement. My question is, “Why is this obviously greedy, guilt-ridden person given inside Front Page coverage?”

I can’t believe I’m defending the Disney Corporation but it seems to me that the people and media of Hong Kong just love to complain about Hong Kong Disneyland. I wish I knew why.

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