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Theme park bailout exposes Hong Kong's funhouse mirror economy

Ocean Park's troubles show how city is failing to make fundamental reforms

| Hong Kong, Macao
The park needs fresh leadership more than just new roller coasters.   © LightRocket/Getty Images

As economic gloom pervades Hong Kong, even the attractions at its two city-owned theme parks are less attractive these days.

There is a ghost-town vibe at Hong Kong Disneyland. Between the trade war and epic anti-China protests, monthly tourist arrivals -- mostly from the mainland -- to Hong Kong are down as much as 56%. Disney has warned that the protests will cost its local park $275 million in the year to September 2019.

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