Melbourne Australia To Get Disneyland

Monday, September 5, 2005 4:29 AM
Just announced on the nightly new.

Trucking magnate Lindsay Fox is in negotiations to build Disneyland near Avalon airport, just outside Melbourne.

He has put in a $115 billion bid and Disney have been to the site to check it out.

Hope this goes thru!

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Monday, September 5, 2005 4:48 AM
There have been rumours circulating for ages now about a small disney park being built in Oz. but i have heard sydney or the gold coast mentioned as possible locations.

I really dont think the weather is good enough in melbourne- It gets way too cold during winter (compared to sydney- the gold coast has no winter). I would have thought that disney have learnt their lesson about locating parks in cold wet places- Paris 'cough cough'

Lindsay Fox has just bought the Melbourne Luna park and is promising to redevelop that, so has obviously got a new found interest in Theme parks.

I think we will have to wait and see about disney- but i am putting my money on a Sydney location.

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Monday, September 5, 2005 5:03 AM
Lindsay has already forked out money to Disney and officials have been to the site.

Do you know if any other state has got this far?

After Paramount ditched the Docklands themepark idea back in 99.I thought a theme park in Victoria very unlikely too ,but now Mr Fox is interested anything could happen.

Avalon is near Geelong and has better all year round weather and less rain compared to Melbourne City,so it is suitable for a themepark.In fact they have been in drought conditions for the last seven years!

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Monday, September 5, 2005 6:23 AM
gyjdnb, Disneyland Paris gets on average around 9-10 million visitors a year. Over 3 times the amount of people the next most popular theme park in Europe gets (Europa Park). The park doesn't fail to attract the visitors at all its just got really bad debt because of how much they spent of it at the start. No park that attracts 10 million visitors per year should be struggling.

I think an Oz park would be much more on the scale of the new Hong Kong Park. The Paris Disneyland is my favourite park just because it is so different to the others and especially in the xmas period the place really comes alive.

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Monday, September 5, 2005 9:47 AM
Does anybody else besides me think that Disney has been recently exploding out into the world with more parks? Seems that every time I check Screamscape, Disney is in the talks about building a new park.
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Tuesday, September 6, 2005 12:10 AM
I wonder what Walt would think...
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Tuesday, September 6, 2005 12:27 AM
Rooboy- no i dont know of any money being handed over. Thats good news if it is going ahead, the more theme parks the better. I just really think that sydney or the gold coast would be a better location.

Both have better weather, sydney has a larger population and both are a much more popular tourist destination. But what do i know!!! I will be there with bells on wherever it goes.

Adam- To be honest i have no idea why eurodisney is 'struggling'. They must have got some really bad loan advice when they borrowed all that money . The interest repayments must be enormous. Bit like euro tunnel. Sack their accountants!!

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Tuesday, September 6, 2005 4:00 AM
Is that $115 BILLION? That doesn't sound right? Even in Aussie dollars that is as much money or more than what Bill Gates has. Could it have been $115 million instead? If Disney builds a park I hope they have some thrill rides like a steel hyper or a woodie fully loaded with airtime.
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Tuesday, September 6, 2005 4:22 AM
yes sorry it was $115 Million not billion.

The Melbourne HeraldSun had an article today,repeating the previous nights news.I am looking for the link on their site to this.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2005 11:10 AM
http://www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,16517803%255E2862,00.html
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