Ocean Park will resume operations on 13 June 2020 with a series of strict precautionary measures to safeguard the health and safety of visitors while they enjoy fresh air and plenty of outdoor space at the Park. An array of local-resident-exclusive offers will also be launched, along with a brand new edutainment experience, titled Redd’s 5 Senses Discovery, to help visitors reconnect with nature and re-energise. Furthermore, an exciting new animal exhibit, Little Meerkat & Giant Tortoise Adventure, is scheduled for unveiling in July. To thank the Park’s fans for their support, the first 100 visitors entering the Park on 13 June will receive a welcome gift.
Local residents who missed out on their complimentary birthday admission offer during the Park’s temporary closure can enjoy free admission from 13 June to 12 July upon presentation of their Hong Kong identity card or birth certificate at the Park’s ticketing office in person.
The Park will operate six days a week, except Tuesdays during the first one and half months of service resumption (13 June-31 July). “As the fight against COVID-19 continues around the world, market conditions will remain extremely difficult in the near future. The Park must continue to adopt prudent cost-saving measures, which include the extension of a pay-cut for the management team and no pay leave arrangements for staff members to optimise resource deployment,” said Matthias Li, Chief Executive of Ocean Park.
Special Promotional Offers for Hong Kong Residents
Exclusive reopening offers await Hong Kong residents from 13 June to 31 July. Children aged 11 or below will enjoy free admission which comes with a“Buy HK$50 Get HK$50 Free” coupon for skill games, while adults will enjoy a 30% discount on admission at a price of HK$350, and receive the equivalent of a full rebate in the form of cash vouchers valued at HK$350 for spending at the Park’s designated food kiosks, restaurants and souvenir shops. Senior citizens aged 65 or above will receive a 30% discount on designated items and priority access to the Cable Car in addition to complimentary admission.
Local residents who missed out on their complimentary birthday admission offer during the Park’s temporary closure can enjoy free admission from 13 June to 12 July upon presentation of their Hong Kong identity card or birth certificate at the Park’s ticketing office in person. For SmartFun Annual Pass holders, membership validity will be automatically extended and an additional one-month membership will be awarded to compensate for Park closures on Tuesdays in June and July.
Ocean Park has also joined hands with Hong Kong Ocean Park Marriott Hotel to launch the Home Kong Amazing Moment Room Package, which offers visitors one-stop enjoyments including one-night deluxe room accommodation at the Hotel, breakfast buffet and Ocean Park admission tickets for two adults and one child, as well as dining vouchers valued at HK$1,000 for use at the Hotel or designated restaurants at the Park.
Strengthened Hygiene Measures and Online Reservation for Entry
The Park will implement various anti-epidemic measures upon reopening. These include additional cleaning and disinfection at rides, attractions and facilities; body temperature screenings and face mask wearing policy (except when eating) for all visitors and staff members; and a reduction of Park-wide capacity to 25% in the first two weeks of reopening, which will then be gradually increased to 50%, while capacities of individual rides and facilities will be reduced by half. Other measures designed to provide a safe social distance between visitors will also be implemented.
To prevent overcrowding and allow for social distancing, all visitors are required to make reservations online with admission tickets for their dates of visit, except children under 3 years old, Hong Kong citizens aged 65 or above who are able to bring along up to two children aged between three and 11 with them. Visitors can book their visits for up to eight persons per group and up to 14 days in advance via the official Ocean Park website (www.oceanpark.com.hk). Upon successful registration, visitors will get instant confirmation with a reservation QR code on-screen, followed by an email copy. Visitors simply need to present the reservation QR code together with their registered tickets or SmartFun Annual Passes for Park admission.
Discover Nature through the Five Senses
Coinciding with Ocean Park’s reopening is the launch of Redd’s 5 Senses Discovery, a free edutainment programme curated to stimulate curiosity and encourage children to discover the wonders of nature through nature play and experimental learning under their parents’ guidance. Visitors will receive a discovery pack for exploring different Discovery Zones located throughout the Park’s Waterfront, with a wide array of recommended activities to help children learn through the five senses of sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch as they interact with the objects, animals, plants and environment en route.
Equally exciting is the brand new Nature Art on Bread Workshop to be introduced in July. A fun baking experience for children that promises to keep both their hands and brains busy, participants will be able to create their own unique bread masterpieces with seasonal vegetables, fruits, herbs and edible flowers – exploring the features, textures, smells and colours of the ingredients and the transformation process while they acquire some baking skills.
New Animal Exhibit – Little Meerkat & Giant Tortoise Adventure
Apart from the adorable animal ambassadors that everyone has been missing, visitors will soon be able to meet new members of the team at the Park’s new African-themed animal exhibit, Little Meerkat & Giant Tortoise Adventure, to be unveiled at the Whiskers Harbour in July. Visitors will get the chance to learn about how meerkats and giant Aldabra tortoises adapt to the environment, as well as how to live in harmony with nature by loving and respecting all living creatures on Earth.
Giant Panda Adventure will be Temporarily Closed
In early April, Ocean Park’s giant pandas, Ying Ying and Le Le, succeeded in natural mating for the first time. To allow husbandry staff to focus on taking great care of the pandas, Giant Panda Adventure will be closed temporarily. The Park’s veterinary team will closely observe Ying Ying’s body condition and behavioural changes. Ying Ying may show signs of pregnancy, including hormonal changes, as early as late June. However, these signs may as well be caused by pseudo-pregnancy. The reopening of Giant Panda Adventure will depend on Ying Ying’s condition and the Park will inform the public of further updates.