At a time when Disney is struggling to boost attendance at its Hong Kong park, new measures are set to allow residents who have lived and worked more than a year in Shenzhen, a coastal town in neighbouring Guandong Province, to bypass certain visa restrictions so they can accompany group tours to the resort.

Under the terms of the new deal, Disney could initially get two to three new daily tour groups of as many as 100 people each, the company estimates.