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Ocean Park Hong Kong opens new Water World waterpark

Ocean Park Hong Kong opens new Water World waterpark
September 21, 2021

Ocean Park has officially opened its new HK$4 billion (US$500 million) Water World water park, with guests now able to enjoy the new aquatic theme park which includes 27 attractions in five themed zones.

Imaginatively squeezed into Ocean Park’s hilly location, the 55,740 metre² waterpark features both indoor and outdoor aquatic attractions - including an infinity pool, lazy rivers, dynamic water slides, a surf rider, and Hong Kong’s first-ever indoor wave pool - allowing year round operations.

First announced in 2013 with an anticipated 2017 opening, the eagerly awaited attraction received its official opening yesterday, officiated by Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, Chief Executive of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region along with a range of dignitaries and stakeholders.

Speaking at the ceremony, Ocean Park Corporation Chairman, Lau Ming-wai stated “the opening of Water World means a lot to Ocean Park as it marks the first step in our transformation into a world-class resort for discovery, learning and fun. It also marks a milestone for the ‘Invigorating Island South’ initiative, where we are playing a key role in bringing new elements and new economic driving forces to the Southern District.

“Everyone has been longing for the opening of Water World Ocean Park to enjoy some new experiences in Hong Kong. It is now here and ready to excite our senses in a new, fun and adventurous setting.”

Water World Ocean Park’s key attractions include Splendid Reef, an expansive open area overlooking the South China Sea; the Torrential River waterslides; Thrill Valley, with extreme slides and freefall experiences; and Adventure Coast, relaxing zone offering food and beverage outlets.

Nearly twice the size of the site’s old water park, which closed in 1999, it also includes Hong Kong’s first-ever indoor wave pool, Horizon Cove.

In initial operations, visitor numbers to Water World will be capped at 4,500 - half of the waterpark's maximum capacity - because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 vaccinations for visitors will be encouraged but are not compulsory, with patrons required to wear masks when they are not on rides or attractions.

Entry fees for the Water World are from HK$320 (US$41) for adults and HK$225 (US$29) for children during the initial opening period.

Subsequent prices will not be fixed, but will be dynamically priced according to "seasonal factors" and vary between weekends and weekdays.

Initial interest in attendance has been significant with Lau noting “we are thrilled to see strong support from the local community with the overwhelming ticket sales that started last month.”

The opening of Water World marks the start of Ocean Park’s revamp, with Lau noting that the waterpark will be the first key project of the theme park’s revamp.

The Hong Kong Government recently agreed to Ocean Park’s HK$6.8 billion (US$876 million) makeover plans which involve relaunching the destination as an adventure-themed resort.

Ocean Park subsequently issued an invitation to bidders to join the first round of the tender process for the overhaul plans, seeking potential partners for the venture.

In July, Ocean Park appointed Ivan Wong Chi-fai as its new Chief Executive, replacing interim postholder Joe Wong Chi-cho.

Ocean Park subsequently issued an invitation to bidders to join the first round of the tender process for the overhaul plans, seeking potential partners for the venture.

Images: The new Water World Ocean Park, with Ocean Park Corporation Chairman, Lau Ming-wai speaking at yesterday's official opening in the lower image. Credit: Ocean Park.

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Nigel Benton is the co-owner and publisher of Australasian Leisure Management, Australia and New Zealand’s only magazine for professionals in all areas of the leisure industry. Having established the magazine in 1997, shortly after his relocation to Australia, he has managed its readership rising to over 11,500 and its acceptance as the industry journal for professionals in aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues.

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