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Daniel Smith

Snakes, Crocs, Koalas and a Mouse?

Published: March 3, 2008 at 11:25 AM

Summer is finally getting hot in Sydney with the State Government confirming discussions with Disney this week. According to all the major press in Australia, Disney has been in talks with the Department of State and Regional Development about developing "White Bay", currently a large working port up for development opposite the Sydney Harbour Bridge and close to central Sydney including the Sydney Opera House. Whilst the Government confirmed the talks, that's all they're letting out at this moment (until development plans are released to the media soon). The only quote so far from the department.. "[it would be a] wonderful opportunity for Sydney."

Replies (7)

Bradley Robertson

Published: March 3, 2008 at 12:36 PM

I think with all the things they are currently working on this may stretch them too far. Then again, anything is possible with the Mouse.
Erik Yates

Published: March 3, 2008 at 3:42 PM

Correct me if I'm wrong, but arent the international parks just licensed by Disney? Such as the A/B deal, they dont put the money up for the park....only the licensing rights..and of course they get a percentage of the profits.
I'm really surprised they are rumored for this and not Dubai.
Eric Malone

Published: March 3, 2008 at 6:28 PM

Well, Aussies need something to look forward to 'til Super Smash Bros. Brawl comes out, right?
Noel G

Published: March 4, 2008 at 6:59 AM

My question is why there? As would be a small Park in the centre of the city that will be restricted as to what it can do and the size of the development. As there woudl be better areas for such a project heading out toward the West. Ideally if Disney had of been smart enough they should have bought the land that the once Australia Wonderland stood on 300 hectares of land to the West of Sydney would have been an ideal spot for it.
Valanie Bradley

Published: March 4, 2008 at 8:37 AM

Why are we assuming it will be a theme park? My first thought when I read "developing "White Bay", currently a large working port up for development opposite the Sydney Harbour Bridge" was that it would be a possible port for the Disney Cruise line and another DVC resort like they're doing in Hawaii. Like Noel G said, there really isn't enough room to build a theme park there.. But then again, you could have said the same about Tokyo and Hong Kong, so you just never know with the Mouse.
claudia maffei

Published: March 4, 2008 at 8:59 AM

God I hope Disney stays away from Dubai. I think it would be great for Disney to be in Australia.
Rob P

Published: March 5, 2008 at 3:19 AM

Most Australians that are likely to visit are already living abroad so why bother ?

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