Hong Kong Disneyland to expand
Development to cost up to HK$4 billionHONG KONG -- Disney and the Hong Kong government have agreed a plan to expand the struggling Hong Kong Disneyland theme park.
The new development will expand the number of "lands" from three at present to seven and cost HK$3 billion-$4 billion ($387 million-$515 million).
The deal comes after many months of negotiations and also rejigs the four-year-old park's ownership structure.
While Disney will pay for the new construction, the Hong Kong government will convert some HK$6 billion ($775 million) of its existing loans to the park into equity. Nevertheless, its share stake in the park will drop by a few percentage points from its current 57%, although the government will retain majority ownership.
Details of the new deal are likely to be unveiled more fully next week after the plans are discussed by a special panel of Legco, Hong Kong's parliament.