Earlier this week, an announcement published on the government website of Chongqing led many to believe that Disney was planning to open another theme park in mainland China. Disney says dream on.
The announcement issued by the municipality’s foreign trade and economic relations commission, said that Disney’s agenda includes opening another theme park in central or western China, possibly in Chongqing. The commission said it was vying to make Chongqing the location for the next happiest place on Earth by “actively preparing for a project to participate in the bidding,” quotes People’s Daily Online.
Another rumor on social media claims that Disney will open their new theme park further west, in Chengdu. City officials have flatly denied those rumors.
Disney itself has chimed in, calling all of this “groundless speculation and rumor,” according to ECNS. South China Morning Post quotes a Disney spokesperson saying that “the company’s focus is on Shanghai Disneyland’s successful opening, operation and future expansion.”
Later, a Chongqing official said that the construction of a new Disneyland “is just our hopeful wish.” With projections that Disneyland is directly boosting Shanghai’s GDP by 0.8%, it’s not hard to imagine why other cities would want their own Mouse House. And who doesn’t like super-fast rides with amazing views?
But sorry guys. There can be only one.
Don’t worry guys, you can always get a Wanda World.
By Amy Yang