Disneyland Philippines: Truth About The $350 Million Deal

Disneyland Philippines: Truth About The $350 Million Deal
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Over the past days an article about the supposed plan to build the Disneyland Philippines circulated around the social media. As it turned out, the report was a hoax.


As expected, the news spread and generated mixed reactions. A careful look at the article’s source website would give readers an idea about the legitimacy of the article, as reported by the Buzz Pinas, an online resource on anything viral in the Philippines.

The original source of the article, which became viral in the Philippines earlier this month, was the website OKD2.com. According to the hoax article, Disney has already confirmed that a contract for $350 million was already signed and inked.

A quick check conducted by Morning News USA found that the website is known for articles that are meant for social media experiments. “This site built to measure the gullibility of most netizens who don’t know and/or refuse to use Google and other search engines in order to search the truth,” a disclaimer found in the website stated.

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Now, since it’s all been settled that the article was nothing but a hoax, it would be best to ask why such a lucrative project is not being considered by Disney. The Philippines is home to around 100 million people. According to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), the country’s current household population has ballooned to around 92,097,978 in 2010 from 76.3 million household population in 2000. The PSA data also showed that the median age of Filipinos was pegged at 23, which means a typical working class individual. This, according to some studies, is a good indicator that a country is ready for industries such as amusement parks.

Today, numerous Walt Disney theme parks can be found all over the world. The Walt Disney News reported that in Asia, Disneyland parks can be found in Hong-Kong and Japan. Currently, the company is constructing its sixth Disneyland in Shanghai, China. Disneyland Shanghai is set to open its door to amusement park goers in June this year, the South China Morning Post reported.


  • Martin Lewison, PhD

    I visited the Philippines about a year ago and went to most of the amusement and theme park facilities on Luzon island. The most expensive theme parks in the Philippines are Enchanted Kingdom and Star City. EK was P600 pesos for admission, and Star City was P420 for ride-all-you-can. Maybe the prices have risen in the last year, but I’m guessing not by too much. Now, if I convert the one-day one-park admission price of Hong Kong Disneyland to PHP, I get P3259! Tokyo Disneyland: P2851! For WDW’s Magic Kingdom in Florida? P5177! Even with the amazing things Disney brings, are the Philippine people going to pay 5 to 6 times the EK price? I don’t think that there are enough Philippine people willing to pay those prices, and Disney simply wouldn’t bother. There is nothing lucrative about investing in the Philippines for Disney. Average Philippine incomes are still too low. If people were willing to spend that much to go to a theme park, EK and Star City would be bigger and better than they are. And It was obvious that the story was a fake. When Disney builds a new park, the cost is in the billions, with a “B”. A $350 million dollar investment would buy maybe 2-3 rides for Disney. This hoax was obvious.

  • breed7

    This article is almost as idiotic as the hoax article. The Philippines is home to “around 100,000 million people”? 100,000 million is 100 billion. The entire population of Earth is only 8 billion.

    Maybe you shouldn’t be writing “news” articles until you finish the third grade, when you learn simple multiplication.

    • lolokaysir

      Sorry, sir, but where in the article does it state “100,000 million”? Maybe you should go back to the first grade and learn to read.

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      • breed7

        Honey, I know you’re not bright, but the article was edited after the author (who apparently has the same lack of intelligence as you) saw the comment. Or after the highly embarrassed editor saw the comment.

        It must be sad to know that literally everyone on the planet possesses better critical-thinking skills than you do. Although I suppose you’ve never thought about it; people as unintelligent as you’ve just proven yourself to be never think about such things.

        • lolokaysir

          Ah. Indeed. Well, I do stand corrected, and I apologize for throwing your insult to the author back to you. Thank you for bringing up the possibility that he had edited the article. I admit that I didn’t think it through. However, it was most definitely unnecessary to question my intelligence based solely on a two-sentence comment. In my own opinion, it absolutely does not showcase that your intelligence is greater than mine, nor does it prove that “literally everyone in the entire planet” has better critical-thinking skills than I. Like yourself, I’m human as well, I can also make mistakes. Good day. 🙂

  • Ramon Zamora

    Over 90 million Pinoys but 85 million are poor. If they can’t afford 500 Pesos at Enchanted Kingdom, how in the hell can they afford 3,200 Pesos to get in at Disney Park???? That is the price to get in at the smallest Disney Park in Hong Kong. Infrastructure is another reason.Can you imagine riding the rollercoaster & you’re at the very top & all of a sudden there’s a blackout. You’ll be stuck up there for hours….lol

  • Riko Mambo

    Dream on Filipinos. Eh ugali ng mga pinoy na puro BIGOTRY and DARK AGES di bagay pang DISNEYLAND.

    Dun na lang kayo magpaloko sa mga PARI.