For years, I have been hot on any information leading to a possible Disney Theme Park Project in Australia. On and off, it has become common for a "Disney eyeing Australia as Location for Next Theme Park" Headline in the local news. As the Federal & State Governments will neither confirm nor deny any activity, it becomes pretty frustrating to know if there is ever any truth in such claims, until recently.
This year alone, there has been sparks of news flying around the Australian media that Disney is looking at future Theme Park Locations from outer Sydney, Melbourne to Sth East QLD. More recently, after speaking with a mate that does some contract work for Disney, he has mentioned that Australia & India were amongst the two finalists and that Australia was in fact the preferred choice. The success (or demise) of the HKDL project would cement plans.
My 10 cents on the idea. Australia as a choice for a future Disney Park would be a testiment to the Mantra "If you build it they will come" - Australians account for the 2nd top visitors in DL Park in SoCal (next to Americans & I believe Canadians is the other). Not a bad effort given how far we are away and our relative smaller population! Retail Sales of anything Disney in Australia are amongst the highest in the world (see recent stock reports for justification) and websites like the now defunct SaveDisney.com paying hommage to the idea in recent articles have given the idea more grounds for justification.
Personally I think the best location in Australia for a DL Park is Melbourne. You have a large population of around 4 million people and the 2nd largest International traffic of any capital city in Australia. Sydney is an obvious choice but represents a different demagraphic - of which would appreciate the project on a lesser scale (IMHO)
Anyway, over to you! What are your thoughts on the creation of a Disney Down Under to the ever growing Disney Theme Park Empire? Is it warranted? Justified? I think you would be VERY suprised at just how amazingly successful such a venture would be