Ocean Park in Hong Kong dazzles this Christmas

Christmastime is the best season to travel with family and friends. As Hong Kong remains as one of the top holiday destinations for Filipinos, Ocean Park Hong Kong brings its Christmas Sensation with a kick off on 11 December 2017 with Hong Kong’s first ever virtual reality (VR) rollercoaster, Mine Train presented by Samsung Gear VR, and several exciting VR game zones. A local Christmas market, Ocean Park x Pinkoi Festive Marketplace, will also be available to offer all kinds of accessories and homeware produced by local designers. Together with Santa’s Cottage, Garden of Romance and parkwide festive decorations, guests can experience a complete, exciting and romantic Christmas in Ocean Park. During Christmas Sensation, the Park will offer free night-time admission to Waterfront Plaza and Lakeside Chill from 7p.m. to 11p.m. for 10 days from 23 December 2017 to 1 January 2018, while guests can also indulge in the delicious feasts available at Neptune’s Restaurant.

Leo Kung, Chairman of Ocean Park Hong Kong

Leo Kung, Chairman of Ocean Park, said, “In the past four decades, Ocean Park has always tried to stay ahead in the market by embracing inventiveness to enhance our guests’ experience. We never cease to amuse our guests with innovation and creativity, which has been the cornerstone of our success. This time, we are partnering with Samsung Electronics to introduce the hottest virtual reality technology to our popular Mine Train, transforming the ride into Hong Kong’s first ever virtual reality rollercoaster ride and boosting its excitement level to new heights. At the same time, we are launching free night-time admission to Waterfront Plaza and Lakeside Chill during Christmas Sensation and New Year for the first time, as a token of appreciation for our guests’ support, and to mark the perfect ending of the year-long celebration of our 40th anniversary.”

Flying through a virtual world on a real rollercoaster on enhanced Mine Train

Ocean Park Hong Kong VR roller coaster

Hong Kong’s first-ever VR rollercoaster, Mine Train presented by Samsung Gear VR, will be launched during Christmas Sensation. The amusement ride is upgraded by way of adapting VR technology to a rollercoaster, offering guests a brand new stunning VR experience that synchronises virtual movement to real motion. After putting on special VR headsets with attached Samsung GALAXY smartphones on the Mine Train, guests will begin their ultra-realistic journey in the Amazon rainforest through the vivid screen of GALAXY smartphones. Equipped with a 101-degree field of view, Gear VR allows guests to enjoy the 360-degree video in first person view. Guests can come face to face with amazing animals living in the rich biodiversity of the Amazon rainforest, while experiencing the sensations of the highest speed at 71 kilometers per hour and gravitation forces as the train rockets up and down along the tracks. Guests can also get to know more about the habitats of many unique species and learn about the importance of conservation.

In addition to the VR rollercoaster, more adrenaline-pumping VR experiences will be on offer during Christmas Sensation in two VR game zones. Guests can enter a life-like shootout with friends at the VR Arcade, or challenge their speed and dexterity riding hyper-speed bikes, completing missions in mid-air, and even go boxing at the VR Challenges Zone. Thrill Mountain also houses a seasonal VR cinema where guests can immerse themselves beneath the rainforest canopy in a 360-degree view in the VR Forest Adventure.

Ocean Park Hong Kong Christmas Village

Visit romantic Christmas attractions with free night-time admission

During Christmas Sensation, the Park will partner with Pinkoi.com, Asia’s leading online marketplace for designers, to present Ocean Park x Pinkoi Festive Marketplace for the first time from 16 December 2017 onwards. All kinds of original accessories and homeware by local designers will be available, such as illustrated goods by popular illustrator “PeiChung Illustration”, products that showcase Hong Kong culture designed by “Dogswork”, 3D puzzles of nostalgic Hong Kong-style diners designed by “Sweet Hong Kong”, unique tie dye collections by local brand “Giants Tie Dye”, leather accessories made by “JK Collection” and “Flame”, and more original designs.

If you are in Hong Kong, make sure to drop by Ocean Park and enjoy these sights and sounds to fully get lost in the Holiday feels of Christmas!

Kathy Kenny

EIC

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