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Disney doesn't like Hong Kong's air

HONG KONG (AP) - Walt Disney's chairman Michael Eisner has expressed concern about air pollution in Hong Kong, which is building a Disney theme park, Radio Hong Kong reported Tuesday. The government-owned radio quoted Hong Kong's Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa as saying that Eisner made the remark when Tung toured Disney facilities at the company's headquarters in Burbank, Calif., earlier in the day as part of his visit to the United States. Tung was quoted as saying Eisner and his company were very concerned about environmental protection and called on Hong Kong to do better in tackling poor air quality. The Hong Kong government has said it will spend the equivalent of $3.8 billion in the next 10 years to reduce pollution.

The plan is based on the hope that drivers will use cleaner liquefied petroleum gas instead of diesel. But only about 700 taxi drivers, out of a fleet of 19,000, have switched to the cleaner fuel so far. Environmentalists say the government's plan doesn't go far enough. Government officials see the building of Disneyland in Hong Kong as a big attraction that will boost tourism. The $3.55 billion Disneyland is expected to open in 2005.

Disneyland extends adult price

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - It may not be such a small world after all: Disneyland's Magic Kingdom has decided that 10-year-olds should be charged adult admission prices. Disneyland lowered its standard for adulthood on Monday by two years, applying its $41 adult ticket price to visitors ages 10 and older. The price previously started at age 12. Children ages 3 to 9 can still get into the theme park for $31, Disneyland spokesman Ray Gomez said. "We believe our attractions are enjoyed by people 10 years and above, based on height requirements," he said. "So the change was appropriate." Some park visitors said Tuesday the park is already too expensive. "It's a real sacrifice for a family to go there as it is," complained Susan Partridge of San Dimas. "It's ridiculous. This is supposed to be a kids' place."

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