Things are not going too well for Hong Kong Disneyland, financially speaking, as Hong Kong Disneyland Resort has announced a financial deficit of HK$345 million for the most recent fiscal year.

HKDL is located on Lantau Island and is owned at 53% by the government and the rest of the shares by The Walt Disney Company. HKDL has been losing money for three years in a row, up until the fiscal year ending last September 30. HKDL has lost HK$148 million and HK$171 million in 2015 and 2016 respectively.

More from HKFP: “Samuel Lau, managing director of the resort, said the loss was owing to a depreciation of assets, the opening of new facilities last year, and the park’s expansion. New facilities included the Iron Man Experience, and the resort’s third hotel – the 750-room Disney Explorers Lodge. General hotel occupancy at the park was close to 70 per cent during the fiscal year.

The resort’s castle also stopped its daily fireworks display on January 1, as expansion works are set to continue until 2019. Despite the loss, the park saw a 3 per cent year-over-year rise in attendance to 6.2 million people for 2017. It included a five per cent increase in international attendance to reach a record high of around 1.6 million international guests.

Locals made up the largest group of visitors at 41 per cent, while mainland and international guests accounted for 34 per cent and 25 per cent respectively. Local attendance grew six per cent to its second highest level ever. The rise in attendance contributed to an eight per cent rise in revenue year-on-year to HK$5.1 billion. The resort employed more than 5,000 full-time and 2,000 part-time cast members on average during the year.

The Hong Kong Disneyland is the smallest of Disney’s international theme parks. It faces a challenge from Shanghai Disneyland, opened in June 2016, which attracted more than 10 million visitors in its first year. Lau said the resort will form a working group to look into attracting visitors as the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge and the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link will be operational soon.

The resort was opened in 2005 but only turned a profit in 2012. The trend continued for two years until it began making a loss again in 2015. The resort increased its entrance fee at the beginning of 2018, the fifth year in a row since 2013. The standard ticket was increased five per cent to HK$619, and the children ticket was increased nine per cent to HK$458.”

That said, “HKDL is confident of the market outlook and new guest offerings to be launched in 2018 and that the park is back on a trajectory of growth”, the company said in a statement. New activities are helping launch a stronger first quarter of the current financial year.

In 2018, new attractions will include:
– An 8-minute “We love Mickey!” projection show on Main Street U.S.A. (in March)
– The launch of the African-themed “Karibuni Marketplace” in Adventureland (in March)
– A new stage show “Moana: A Homecoming Celebration” in Adventureland (in May)
– A Summer special event with new Disney-Pixar themed “Water Play Street Party!” (in June)

The great aerial pictures of HKDL that you can see on the top and above were shot by Xavier Mourgue, faithful D&M reader whom i thanks a lot,  as well as the video below.  The land you see on the left of the park is kept for HKDL second gate which might take some years to be build and open, considering the park financial results.

Below, an official Hong Kong Disneyland 2018 calendar video for the park upcoming events all along the year

Photos: copyright Xavier Mourgue

Videos: copyright Xavier Mourgue, Disney

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