Chinese capital may be next up to host Disneyland park
HONG KONG — The Chinese capital Beijing could be the next city in Asia to host a Disneyland theme park.Previously Walt Disney and managers in Hong Kong, where a park opened in September, had indicated that the next Chinese development would likely be in Shanghai. However, proposals for a Beijing Disneyland were presented at this week’s city planning congress, according to the South China Morning Post. The park will be one of ten facilities set up by entertainment companies in the Daxing district’s “New Media Base.” Shanghai has long been talking to Disney about a theme park and city officials were among guests invited to tour the Hong Kong park before it opened. But so far they have not drawn up detailed plans of the kind now proposed for the Chinese capital. At the time, execs from Seoul, South Korea said Disney had also discussed opening a theme park in the region, but that was not confirmed by Disney. In September, Disney said it aimed to open another park in Asia, but not before 2010. It will continue to develop and expand the Hong Kong park. A Beijing Disneyland would complement efforts to sustain the tourist trade after the 2008 Olympic Games, and is likely to have the blessing of the central government. Disney issued the following comment: “Media reports that claim Disney is building a park in Beijing are inaccurate and not based on fact. Disney has no plans to build a park in Beijing at this time.” The company made a similar statement in September following media reports of its plans in Shanghai. However, Disney prexy Bob Iger and parks chief Jay Rasulo both have since referred to the possibility of opening a park in the city.