HONG KONG, July 8 (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co. (DIS.N: Quote, Profile, Research) said on Friday its immediate focus was to open the Hong Kong Disneyland, its first theme park in China, this year and it was unlikely to open a second park in China before 2010.
"If we were to reach an arrangement for a second park in China, in all likelihood it would not open before 2010," the company said in an e-mail response to Reuters.
A local newspaper reported on Friday that the U.S. entertainment giant was planning a joint venture to build and open a theme park in Shanghai's Pudong district before 2010.
Disney said it has a continuing dialogue with China about a variety of Disney initiatives, including television, motion pictures, consumer products and theme parks.
The company said in February that it was considering a theme park in Shanghai, but would first expand the Hong Kong park that is scheduled to open in September.