Rumors of a possible Disneyland Australia have been doing the rounds online, prompting a hype among Aussies hopeful that they can enjoy the Disney experience without having to travel elsewhere.
The clamor for a Disney-inspired theme park in any part of the world is not a surprise, considering the millions of people who grew up watching Disney films. Australians are not exceptions to this hype as the country is home to millions of potential market.
According to a report from child-oriented website Kids Spot, China’s richest man, Wang Jianlin of Wanda Group, has been in holding talks with Queensland State Government for the possibility of having the first Disneyland Australia. It was reported that the initial site of the park would be in Coomera.
But the report seemed questionable, especially since Wanda Group has recently declared a theme park war in China, as previously reported by Morning News USA. Earlier, Wanda, which runs several theme parks in China, recently announced it would make Disney’s life in China a hard one.
During the launch of Disneyland Shanghai earlier this month, Jianlin said his company would be hard on Disney. But the competition between the two theme park giants is getting messier, with Wanda allegedly using Disney’s famous characters in its park, which could mean a potential violation of IPR, Fortune reported.
A quick search on the official website of the Queensland government yields no result of anything connected to Disney’s talks or application for the permit as of posting. In March, a similar rumor broke out about having a Disneyland Philippines, but the rumor was later dismissed by Disney in a report by Morning News USA, saying the theme park giant park has no plans building a new Disneyland in the country.