Alright, so most on these boards have heard about the recent dismissals of Imagineers Tim Delaney and Valerie Edwards from WDI. One of the early whispers about Delaney's departure was that it stemmed from a disagreement with Rasulo over the Hong Kong expansion. Delaney was one of the main creatives championing Port Royal or Tortuga or whatever the location may have been, as seen in the 2006 annual report. But while reading This article over at Progress City, I noticed the proposed budget for this expansion. 750 MILLION!! I understand that budgets don't go as far as they used to these days, but 750! That has to be the entire DCA refurb without Radiator Springs Racers in one single land, with only one (That we know of) major ride. So this leads me to believe, that not only was the Jack Sparrow POTC going to be astounding, but the theming of the land would almost certainly have been immaculate.
Now I'm not one to trash Toy Story Land as having no place in a Magic Kingdom park, or even say that there is lack of Disney quality in it until I experience it for myself, but it just doesn't feel special like I'm hoping Grizzly Gulch and Mystic Point will. This land, if carried out as how Delaney was endorsing it, quite possibly could have capped off this whole expansion for this fledgling park. This could have been the element that would have made those who frequent Tokyo or Anaheim visit Hong Kong for a change in pace. Along with Mystic Manor and Big Grizzly Mountain, this could have been HKDL's crown jewel that they could have put on display to the rest of the Disney world. Mind you, this is simply speculation, based upon rumors of the lands contents and a budget that might not even be accurate, but this really could have been something special. This could have been the third land Hong Kong deserved, rather than the one that's being shoehorned in.