Denial follows reports of talks with Oriental Land execs

SINGAPORE — The Walt Disney Co. has denied that discussions are under way for a Mouse-branded theme park in Malaysia’s southern state of Johor.

A rep for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts told Reuters, “There are no existing discussions in Malaysia, and we currently have no plans for a Disney-branded resort development in that country.”

Denial follows weekend reports that Malaysian government officials had held talks with execs from Oriental Land Co., the Japanese company behind Tokyo Disneyland.

The Disney rep said Oriental Land Co. has no role in evaluating or negotiating other opportunities for Disney outside of Japan.

Malaysian officials were being interviewed for reaction to Singapore Tourism Board’s selection of Las Vegas Sands to develop the new Marina Bay Integrated Resort project.

Two new IRs, incorporating casinos, are set for Singapore in pursuit of the tourist dollar.

The new theme park for Malaysia’s southern state of Johor, just over the causeway from Singapore, was suggested as a means to compete with Singapore’s Marina Sands and Sentosa IRs.

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