Disneyland, ‘the happiest place on earth’, could soon be coming to a surprising Australian location
A prominent businessman is striving to bring ‘the happiest place in the world’ to Australia – in a bid to make his state more attractive.
Famous winery owner Warren Randall has said he wants to launch an ambitious plan to bring Disneyland to South Australia.
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The owner of Seppeltsfield and Penny’s Hill wineries said he would be willing to offer some of his extensive McLaren Vale land holdings for a site.
“It is time for us to make a statement, some statements, in our state.
“McLaren Vale would be my place – wide, open, flat, next to the beach, next to the beaches – (it) makes a lot of sense.”
The state government said it had not received a proposal from Disney to build a park in South Australia.
But if Australia were to become home to the next park, it would be the world’s seventh.
The others are in California, Florida, Shanghai, Tokyo, Paris and Hong Kong.
If a Disneyland were built in Australia, it would be a major boost to the country’s tourism.
According disney, the park in Paris represents 6% of all tourist receipts in France. In June this year, it said it had received more than 375 million visitors since it opened in 1992.
Overall, he said, the park had contributed around 85 billion euros (A$126 billion) to the French economy at that time.
It also says it boosts the local job market, employing around 17,000 people at the park and resorts.
This is not the first time that Australia has pushed for a Disneyland.
In the 1990s, the Gold Coast was reportedly in the final stages of closing a deal before Disney decided to build in Hong Kong instead.
This park opened in 2005 and in its first year attracted over 5 million visitors.
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