Ocean Park Hong Kong Launches Hong Kong’s First Virtual Reality Rollercoaster At Christmas Sensation
(New Delhi, November 2017)– Ocean Park Hong Kong Christmas Sensation will begin on 11 December 2017 with park-wide festivities. Headlining this year’s celebration will be the first-ever virtual reality (VR) rollercoaster in Hong Kong, as the Park combines the popular Mine Train with cutting edge technology to deliver a brand new and exciting sensory experience to guests. The Park will also partner with Pinkoi.com, Asia’s leading online marketplace for designers, to present Ocean Park x PinkoiFestive Marketplace for the first time. Together with the Park’s signature 40-foot Christmas Tree, Santa’s Cottage, Garden of Romance and artificial snow, the Christmas Market will transform Water front Plaza into a romantic Christmas village.
Christmas Sensation will be held from 11 December 2017 to 1 January 2018. To experience Hong Kong’s first VR roller coaster, Mine Train presented by Samsung Gear VR, guests can put on special VR headsets and feel a surge of multi-sensory excitement during the ride. In the hyper-realistic world of virtual reality, guests can take a breath taking glide through a rainforest canopy, float along wild rivers, dive into the ocean and come face to face with the amazing animals living in the rich biodiversity of the Amazon rain forest, while experiencing the sensations of high speed and centrifugal force as the train rockets over the ups and downs along the tracks. This one and only VR rollercoaster ride in Hong Kong will be a must-try for thrill-seekers. Moreover, several VR game zones will be set up to test the speed and strength of guests in action-packed game challenges.
During Christmas Sensation, Ocean Park is turning Waterfront Plaza into a romantic, festive Christmas village. Ocean Park x Pinkoi Festive Market place will gather all kinds of original accessories and homeware by local designers, allowing guests to look for unique gift inspirations. They can also warm themselves with hot chocolate and feast on traditional Christmas snacks while wandering around the market. As night falls, guests should not miss out on the daily Light Up the Night ceremony at the gigantic 40-foot tall Christmas tree, which will be graced with an angelic choir performance every night for guests and their loved ones to enjoy a romantic moment. The festive Waterfront Plaza will also feature Santa’s Cottage where families can snap a photo with Santa Claus at his magnificent house decorated with colourful mosaics; or take plenty of selfies with the living statue and Christmas-themed topiaries at Garden of Romance next to Santa’s Cottage. At Whiskers Harbour, kids can participate in the fun and interactive Whiskers and Friends Winter Game as well.
Photos 1:(Rendering image) Guests can enjoy a romantic Christmas at the all-new Ocean Park x PinkoiFestiveMarketplace, under the Park’s iconic Christmas Tree and surrounded by many more Christmas attractions.
Photo 2a & 2b: Ocean Park combines the popular Mine Train (photo 2a) with cutting edge technology to launch Hong Kong’s first-ever virtual reality rollercoaster ride, Mine Train presented by Samsung Gear VR(photo 2b, a mockup image), at Christmas Sensation 2017.
During Christmas Sensation, Christmas feasts and treats will also be offered at Neptune’s Restaurant, Tuxedos Restaurant and food kiosks, where guests can celebrate the joyful festival with their loved ones.
About Ocean Park
Ocean Park is Hong Kong’s unique home grown theme park with a heritage of delivering family fun and fond memories. Since its opening in January 1977 as a non-profit organisation, Ocean Park has developed itself to be a world-class attraction connecting people with nature, and gained consistent recognition for its animal husbandry, research and relationship with the community. More than 130 million people have visited Hong Kong’s premier park since its inception, and Ocean Park has remained committed to offering adults and children experiences that blend entertainment with education and conservation. Part of the proceeds from Ocean Park admission tickets and some retail items will go to Ocean Park Conservation Foundation, Hong Kong to support its wildlife conservation projects. Ocean Park is the 2012 recipient of the highly coveted and prestigious APPLAUSE AWARD, presented by Liseberg Amusement Park. Recognised by the attractions industry worldwide, the award is presented at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) Attractions Expo every other year in honour of a theme park for its excellence in management, operations, and creativity. Ocean Park is the first theme park in Asia to win this international award since its inception in 1980.
Ocean Park — Giving Back to the Community
As Hong Kong People’s Park, Ocean Park has launched different community initiatives to enable Hong Kong people from all walks of life to enjoy the Park’s offerings. These initiatives include: 1) concessionary admission for Hong Kong residents on their birthdays, Hong Kong residents aged 65 years and above, and holders of Registration Card for People with Disabilities; and 2) sponsored admission to individuals and members of families receiving assistance from the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance Scheme (CSSA), and Social Welfare Department member organizations. The Park also gives donation-in-kind to charitable organizations, offers special rates for school tours, and spearheads many other community caring projects. During the 2015/16 fiscal year, Ocean Park maintained a total of 14 social care programmes, with over 529,000 beneficiaries and an aggregate value to the community equivalent to over HK$180 million.