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    TDL's 25th Anniversary, New Asia Leadership Fuels Talk of Disney Far East Expansion

    Comments from Oriental Land chairman Toshio Kagami during Tokyo Disneyland's 25th anniversary this week plus Disney's appointment of a new parks boss in Asia have many speculating that a new Asia park may be in the offing sooner than later. Disney is denying any immediate plans for a new Far East resort but did acknowledge previously reported talks with officials in Shanghai.

    Disney gives Ernest thought to Asian expansion
    Written by Patrick Frater and Mark Schilling
    Thursday, 17 April 2008

    Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Wednesday announced elevation of Bill Ernest to President and Managing Director, Asia. But it denied plans for imminent theme park expansion.

    Company said that the newly created position indicates that WDPR is putting new emphasis on Asia, including South East Asia. Ernest is currently head of the Hong Kong Disneyland park which was launched in September 2005.

    "This promotion is a testament to Bill’s leadership, his instrumental role in opening Hong Kong Disneyland, and also underscores the company’s commitment to international growth, especially in this region," Jay Rasulo, chairman of WDPR, said.

    WDPR played down any connection with statements made Tuesday about expansion into South East Asia by the boss of Tokyo Disneyland.

    Speaking at celebrations for the Tokyo park's 25th anniversary Toshio Kagami, chairman of Oriental Land, which operates the park as a franchise, said that the company wanted to operate a park outside Japan – and added that SE Asia was its top priority. Kagami did not specify that he wanted to open a Disney-themed park.

    "We're celebrating our 25th anniversary and Mr. Kagami was speaking about new challenges for our next 25 years," the spokesman explained Wednesday. "A park outside Japan is one possible challenge, though nothing has been decided yet."
    Full Story: Variety Asia

    Discuss Asia expansion rumors here: http://micechat.com/forums/showthrea...sia-94909.html
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    Re: TDL's 25th Anniversary, New Asia Leadership Fueling Talk of Disney Far East Expan

    I was at Tokyo Disneyland for the 25th anniversary, I had the even more fortunate opportunity to meet Toshio Kagami while in Japan. He spoke in Japanese with a translator, he did not say anything about another Disney Park for Oriental Land Company at the time, though one of the Japan Imagineers did say that another park was in the planning stages, if it gets built, well that's another story. Lets all hope that another park will get built by Oriental Land Company, they REALLY know how to build and operate a Disney Theme Park!
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