Call of theme parks with discounts, pass without queuing

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Wallis Wang

Ocean Park is offering a 30% discount on tickets and Disneyland has launched a skip-the-line pass for HK$329 to attract visitors when the theme parks reopen on Thursday.

The announcements came yesterday as authorities also signaled the reopening of other premises and facilities, including sports venues, gyms and beauty salons.

Director of Recreation and Cultural Services Vincent Liu Ming-kwong said people can start booking venues, including indoor sports centers, tennis courts and basketball courts, from tomorrow.

But beaches, swimming pools and barbecue areas will remain closed, Liu said, although the hope is that they can be reopened next month in the second phase of an easing of social distancing measures.

Public libraries, museums and performance halls will also be allowed to reopen at half capacity.

But the mask mandate will remain in place – even when people are engaged in outdoor sporting activities.

Local tours of no more than 30 people can also resume as long as all workers have received three Covid shots and tested negative on the day of a tour. And people on tour must also comply with the rules for passing vaccines.

The number of people attending local tours can be increased to 100 if tourists and workers test negative on the day of a tour.

Ocean Park welcomed the decision to reopen theme parks and discussed discount offers for visitors.

“In anticipation of the return of visitors, the park has prepared the all-day reopening package at HK$360 for adults and HK$216 for children, including a HK$30 e-voucher, which will be available from April 21 to June 30,” an announcement read.

But the park’s Water World will remain closed until there is a further announcement on the easing of pandemic measures.

The park is also taking strict hygiene and social distancing measures to protect the health and safety of all park visitors, workers, and creatures. This includes all workers required to undergo a rapid antigen test before starting each day.

At Disneyland, there’s the launch of Disney Premier Access, which offers priority entry to popular attractions after reopening.

Visitors can buy access for one, three or eight attractions.

The cheapest entry for one attraction is HK$79 per person and the skip-the-line pass for eight attractions and one show costs HK$329.

Disneyland noted that visitors must also comply with the vaccine pass requirement. This means having a vaccination record or a medical exemption certificate and presenting it for inspection when required.

Visitors must also use the LeaveHomeSafe app when entering the park and its restaurants.

Ngong Ping 360 said its cable car service will resume at 10 a.m. Thursday. Indoor attractions in Ngong Ping Village, including the Cable Car Discovery Center and Motion 360, will also reopen.

Visitors can enjoy a 50% discount on round-trip cable car tickets and pick up a free HK$20 snack voucher for Po Lin Monastery by May 10.

Discounted adult and senior tickets are HK$118 and children’s tickets are HK$55.

Ngong Ping 360 also points out that the cable car cabins and related facilities are constantly cleaned and disinfected between trips.

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