Mixed fortunes for Asia's Disneylands

Actors clad as cartoon characters Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort.
Actors clad as cartoon characters Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort.PHOTO: EPA

HONG KONG - As Walt Disney readies to open its first Disneyland resort in mainland China by mid-year, its decade-old theme park in Hong Kong has tumbled back into a loss, portending challenges ahead amid the country's slowing economic growth, Bloomberg reported. 

Hong Kong Disneyland recorded a loss of HK$148 million (S$27 million) in the year ending early October 2015, the first loss in four years after fewer Chinese tourists visited the city. The former British colony has already seen retail sales slump as fewer mainland Chinese tourists visit, hurt by a combination of China's slowdown, political unrest, and a weak yuan relative to the Hong Kong dollar that has dulled the city's attractiveness.

Here's a look at how Asia's other Disney theme parks are faring.

Hong Kong Disneyland

A night view of the Sleeping Beauty castle in Hong Kong Disneyland. PHOTO: EPA

Opened: Sept 12, 2005
Visitor numbers: 6.8 million last year, down 9.3 per cent from the year before
Ticket prices: General adult entry fee is HK$539 (S$98); the park is planning to give discounts
Size: 126ha 

Hong Kong Disneyland website

Shanghai Disneyland

A worker pushes a cart towards the under-construction Cinderella Castle at the Shanghai Disney Resort  PHOTO: AFP

Opening: June 16, 2016
Visitor numbers: 15 million people expected in the first year; projected yearly visitor numbers of 25 million to 30 million 
Ticket prices: Peak period adult ticket costs HK$590 per day; HK$438 at other times
Size: 400ha 

Shanghai Disneyland website

Tokyo Disneyland

Women in Kimonos pose beside the Cinderella Castle during their Coming-of-Age Day celebration at Tokyo Disneyland. PHOTO: AFP

Opened: April 15, 1983


Visitor numbers: Traffic for the entire fiscal year expected to fall
3 per cent to 30.4 million for the fiscal year through next month. Attendance in 2013 and 2014 was up sharply, due to factors such as the park’s 30th anniversary and the launch of large attractions
Ticket prices: Starting from April 1 this year, adults will pay 7,400 yen (S$91) for a single-day ticket,
a 500-yen increase
Size: 200ha

Tokyo Disneyland website