They should put a WestCot!
They should put a WestCot!
What would we do without you Darkbeer? Thanks for the info.
I personally think a disney water park is...not the best way to go. Knotts has one and Magic Mountain has one. We also have raging waters and wild rivers...do we really NEED another waterpark? I think Disney can come up with better ideas then that
Jim Hill (I know, I know, you've got to take everything at JHM with a few huge grains of salt) had an interesting tidbit:
Here's the post: http://jimhillmedia.com/blogs/jim_hi...get-smart.aspxQuote:
Walt Disney Imagineering is a division of the company that's pretty good about keeping its secrets (I mean, how many people outside of WDI upper management know about that super-secret meeting that Disney execs had with members of the Anaheim City Council earlier this month? Where -- after signing a raft of non-disclosure agreements -- these Anaheim officials were then shown Disney's ambitious new expansion plans for the Disneyland Resort?)
If they built a water park, they would dominate the entire So cal theme park market. Why would you go to Hurricane Harbor, Soak City, Raging Waters if there is a high caliber Water park in So cal? I just can't imagine that at least they are thinking about it.
I wish my old age would treat my memory better. Some things I recall like yesterday and others are a bit foggier. This is one of the foggy ones.
Here's what I seem to recall about the Harbor/Fujishige strawberry field:
Disney had tried several times over the decades to purchase the land from the Japanese family that owned it...to no avail. No bad blood...just "We're not interested at any price."
Then the City of Anaheim tried to acquire the land. They weren't so nice. They tried some pretty heavy handed stuff, perhaps even eminent domain. In the middle of all this strife, one of the senior family members died (of a stroke I seem to recall) and the family blamed the City for his death. Lots of bad press at this point. The City lost the case or backed down because of bad publicity or something...and things went back to normal.
Knowing about Japanese culture and family honor and pride...Frank Wells started visiting the family in person to establish a friendly and trusting relationship with them. Nobody denied what Frank was after, but because he went about it the proper and "soft sell" way...the family agreed to sell the property to Disney at some point in the future. I don't recall if the future date was fixed, or tied to some other event (like the death of another family member). But eventually the family did sell it to Disney per the prior Frank Wells understanding/agreement.
My understanding was that Frank kept in close touch with the family right up until his death.
Now some or all of that my be a bit off or wrong. But that's the best I can recall from the time it was happening.
Additionally, Disney would not be able to maximize the use of the land or its profits if they built a water park, as it would only operate on a seasonal basis. I think they are smart and know this. The parcel of land they own is essentially their last "chance" at expanding the resort to its full potential.
I think they'll surprise us with something unexpected.
There is a good topic on this subject and the surrounding anaheim resort in this forum. Some of the post give numbers of the size of diferent plots of land and comparisons to them with already built plots in the resort.
its amazing how easier it is to understand the zize of empty pieces of property that could used used for expansion when compared to other things already built.