‘Nothing agreed’ says Disney
After years of speculation, Disney executives have confirmed that a report has been submitted to the Shanghai government regarding a possible theme park project in Mainland China. Park World has since learned, however, that “no deal has been agreed to, no project has been approved.”
“Discussions have been ongoing about the feasibility of a theme park project in China,” we are told by Leslie Goodman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts’ executive vice-president for worldwide public affairs. “As part of this lengthy process, we worked on a joint application report with the Shanghai government which will be submitted to the Central Government for review. No deal has been agreed to, no project has been approved.”
Newspaper reports, of which there are many, suggest a Disneyland park may be constructed on the outskirts of Shanghai to open by 2013/2014. Pictured here is a view from Hong Kong Disneyland, which opened in the Special Administrative Region of China in September 2005.