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Ocean Park’s new HK$4bn Water World opening on September 21

Ocean Park‘s HK$4 billion Water World is set to open to the Hong Kong public on September 21, with COVID-19 vaccinations encouraged.

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Ocean Park is opening its HK$4 billion Water World on September 21 after years of delays. The water park was originally due to launch back in 2017 (via South China Morning Post).

COVID-19 vaccinations will be encouraged but not compulsory, and visitors will be required to wear masks when they are not on rides or attractions.

Water World spans more than 55,740 square metres and is nearly twice the size of the site’s old water park, which closed in 1999. The facility will open at half capacity.

“We are entering the final countdown towards the grand opening of Water World, and readying ourselves to welcome adventurers of all ages and walks of life to splash into adventure with us,” said Paulo Pong Kin-yee, deputy chairman of Ocean Park.

COVID-19 vaccinations encouraged

All 27 of Water World’s attractions will open in September, including an infinity pool, lazy rivers, dynamic water slides, a surf rider, and Hong Kong’s first-ever indoor wave pool.

“In general, what studies show is that aquatic facilities are generally quite safe in terms of COVID-19, said Bryan Fish, executive director of Water World.

“However, we still want to take those extra precautions in being able to allow people to use masks and also follow the government restrictions.”

Water World will boast five zones housing 27 indoor and outdoor attractions. Splendid Reef is an expansive open area overlooking the South China Sea. Torrential River is an area for adrenaline junkies with thrilling slides.

Water World to open at half capacity

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Thrill Valley will include extreme slides and freefall experiences, and Adventure Coast is a relaxing zone offering F&B. The Hidden Village includes Hong Kong’s first-ever indoor wave pool, Horizon Cove.

Hong Kong lawmakers recently agreed to Ocean Park’s HK$6.8bn ($876m) makeover plans. These involve relaunching the destination as an open-air classroom and adventure-themed resort.

Last month, Ocean Park appointed Ivan Wong Chi-fai as its new chief executive, replacing interim chief executive Joe Wong Chi-cho.

Images: Ocean Park

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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