Walt Disney Company linked to project in Branson
Published: April 22, 2007 at 2:00 PM
Could the Magic Kingdom be coming to southwest Missouri?
Speculation is increasing around Branson after a request for road improvements for a $1.1 billion theme park in Newton County.
Such rumors of the Walt Disney Company opening an attraction in Branson were common about a decade ago. But the recent road improvement request has county commissioners investigating whether Disney is involved in the theme park proposal made earlier this month.
A Springfield company called ARM Risk is behind the project. An early proposal includes the purchase of about a thousand acres of land. A hundred acres would be set aside for the park, and construction would include six hotels, 95 shops, 27 rides, 12 stages and 18 restaurants.
Officials at Disney declined to comment on a possible theme park in Missouri.
The Disney link arose when commissioners noticed that two of the three ARM owners have offices in Burbank, California, and Lake Buena Vista, Florida -- the corporate offices of Walt Disney
Company and Walt Disney World Resort.