Disney in Branson seems to be an annual rumor, and nothing ever materializes out of these rumors...but this story has a little more detail than others.
Interesting to think about.
http://www.ksdk.com/news/watercooler/hot_topics_article.aspx?storyid=117482 *** Edited 4/22/2007 3:55:18 PM UTC by ArmsUp***
Yeah, it's interesting but it still makes me wonder if this isn't another case of "If we say Disney is coming enough times eventually it will come true" kinda thing.
Besides...this "six hotels, 95 shops, 27 rides, 12 stages and 18 restaurants." doesn't sound like a Disney park to me. Especially at the price tag quoted.
I'm not sure I see Disney spending that kind of capital on something that isn't a year-round revenue generator. Branson's pretty quiet a good three months each year.
This is in addition to the other reason why Busch got out in Ohio, the contract with GL that made use of the lake by Sea World conditional on the park not having rides. The other three Sea Worlds were originally all shows and exhibits but started to add rides later on. The Ohio park could not do this.
Again, too many parks of a certain kind can water down a parks appeal as a destination for travelers. Four Sea Worlds were probably one too many. In comparison, the Busch Gardens park in Virginia does not have such an impact on the Florida park because the theming in the two parks is different and much of the appeal of BGE and BGA comes from the theming.
Something else that's strange: Newton County is 30-40 miles away from Branson and the two spots aren't directly connected by a major road (interstate quality).
Actually the 30-40 miles away from Branson is the part that sounds right, it's the lack of major highway there that throws it. *** Edited 4/22/2007 10:54:17 PM UTC by matt.***
Besides...this "six hotels, 95 shops, 27 rides, 12 stages and 18 restaurants." doesn't sound like a Disney park to me.
Actually, it does sound like the modern-day Disney, or at least the Disney that Eisner left to Iger. Look at Hong Kong Disneyland- not too many rides but lots of shops. And even consider Disneyland Paris- a wildly disproportionate number of hotel rooms to actual parks. Less to ride, more places to spend money.
I'm a big Disney fan but I don't want to see another U.S. park. Building them all over the place is going to dillute the brand and give people less reasons to travel to CA and FL. Besides, I'd rather see Disney put more money into their current parks- Animal Kingdom, MGM and DCA could all use some more rides and it's been years since Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom saw a new E-ticket.
If not Disney, I wonder if Dolly is involved. 12 stages brings Dollywood to mind. I'm not sure if they have the financial strength to build a brand new park...but they are doing well in Pigeon Forge.
I think we know Dolly is not involved since SDC and Dollywood are owned and operated by the same family.
Sounds like another Hard Rock Park....
Still, I would be very, very surprised if anything like the proposed park is actually built. I can't see Missouri getting two new parks (read: LegoLand) in the same couple of years. *** Edited 4/23/2007 2:33:20 PM UTC by ArmsUp***
I'm smack in the middle of all of this and I don't see where the demand is coming from. There's got to be some research out there somewhere that we just don't know about yet that's leading all of these developers here.
Maybe Disney is seeing a decrease in traffic from Midwesterners and is taking the experience to them. Maybe long term fuel cost projections are driving it. Maybe they see the amount of visitors that SDC pulls in and wants to siphon off of them.
As it was said before, every part of the country has been rumored to be getting a Disney part at one point or another. Probably more wishful thinking and nothing else.
Never going to happen but it would be cool. They could put it right next to that 50 foot tall laser beam-shooting Michael Jackson robot.
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This could be true but It sounds like somebody who wants to sell their land and is using the disney name to generate interest
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