The Disney Company has set their sites on Asia as the next big untapped consumer market. Hong Kong Disneyland is likely just their first step into the huge Chinese market. I doubt they’ll let let little things like Fire Ants stop them, although the press is making a big story out of it. Memo to Disney: this is what happens in a news vacuum. The littlest things get picked up and blown out of proportion.
This story in the Asia edition of Time Magazine says the Hong Kong resort is still on schedule for a September opening and mentions how close Macau (the gambling destination) is to the Disney themepark’s Lantau Island location.