Year of the rat takes the Mickey

Local | Phoebe Lee 10 Jan 2020

Ocean Park will offer free admission for children aged 11 or below starting today until the end of March.

That came as the theme park launched a new night-time show Gala of Lights yesterday and as rival Hong Kong Disneyland announced plans for Mickey Mouse to lead Year of the Rat celebrations.

Both theme parks are trying to attract more visitors as the ongoing social unrest took its toll on tourists.

The nightly extravaganza in Ocean Park boasts two new multimedia shows at the Grand Aquarium and Aqua City Lagoon from 6.30pm to 10pm.

The show comprises projection mapping, original music, and special effects like flaming jets, mist and dancing water fountains, as well as performances by 20 artists on stage.

"The launch also represents an important milestone of Ocean Park's transformation into a diversified world-class resort destination," park chairman Leo Kung Lin-cheng said.

"Guests can now extend their stay from day to night, and indulge in gourmet food and drinks as they take in the breathtaking shows and entertainment."

To mark the launch, a discount of up to 33 percent on packages, including admission tickets and food offerings for bookings, were unveiled on its website.

Hong Kong Disneyland announced a "Mickey's Lucky Trail" from January 25 to 27.

"The year of the mouse is finally upon us after 12 years. We call it the year of Mickey . . . You will get to see a lot of adorable Mickeys hidden around the park," said vice president of communications and public affairs Anita Lai Pui-shan.

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