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Ocean Park 289 © Jeremy Thompson
Ocean Park 289 © Jeremy Thompson

The History Of Ocean Park In 1 Minute

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Updated: 2 December 2016
Located in the south of Hong Kong Island, Ocean Park has been a major attraction for tourists and locals alike for decades. With its beautiful coastal scenery, warm climate, marine mammal and animal attractions, the theme park attracts large numbers of people to its 915,000 square meters of attraction-riddled land.

The park was opened in 1977 by the Governor of Hong Kong, Sir Murray Maclehose, with $150 million of funding. It was constructed as a subsidiary of the Hong Kong Jockey Club, and the land it rests on was provided by the Hong Kong government for free. By 1987, the park was made independent of the Jockey Club and became its own statutory body. To this day, it remains financially independent and has been previously named as one of the ’10 Most Popular Amusement Parks in the World’ by Forbes Traveler.

In 2005, Ocean Park’s rival – Disneyland – opened, prompting a Master Redevelopment Plan to refurbish, rejuvenate and implement new structures and features to the park. This led to the doubling of attractions, from 35 to well over 80. With the rejuvenation of the park came several new areas: The Waterfront, a change in name for The Summit (previously Headland), a refurbished children’s harbor known as Whisker’s Harbor, and finally an area for the now renowned Thrill Mountain featuring Hong Kong’s only floorless rollercoaster that plunges its riders towards the South China Sea at 88 kilometers per hour.

Over the years, increasing amounts of attraction zones were continuously added to provide endless entertainment for their customers. Aqua City features a Grand Aquarium designed by award-winning architect Frank Gehry, which displays around 5,000 fish of over 400 species. The Rainforest is an area that holds over 70 stunningly exotic animal species. Lastly, Old Hong Kong was built to be reminiscent of the streetscapes in Hong Kong from the 1950s and 1970s.

Opening hours: Monday – Friday 10am – 7pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am – 9pm