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New Walt Disney theme park in Brazil?

Walt Disney World: Have anybody heard Walt Disney Co is planning to open a new themepark, now in Brazil, specifically in a city called Curitiba? Would anybody confirm it or does it sound like just speculation? Thank you, Cid

From Cid Fasano
Posted October 19, 2010 at 7:10 PM
Have anybody heard Walt Disney Co is planning to open a new themepark, now in Brazil, specifically in a city called Curitiba? I`ve heard this is true due to the fact that Brazil has granted the next Football Worldcup (2014) and Olympics Games (2016) and is getting huge international attention and economical growth. Brazilians are the third most popular visitors (behind US and Japanese) at Walt Disney World in Orlando. Would anybody confirm it or does it sound like just speculation? Thank you, Cid


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From Robert Niles
Posted October 19, 2010 at 7:09 PM
Don't get your hopes up.

Disney's always researching markets around the world (being a global company and all), but just because someone from Disney's asking questions about or talking to people in a market doesn't signal that Disney's close to building a theme park there.

Long term, I could see a Disney park in South America, but certainly not in time for the Olympics.

From Nick Markham
Posted October 19, 2010 at 8:23 PM
Nothing against Brazil, I am sure it is a nice place to visit, but I have heard about and seen so many bad things in Brazil. I would guess it is in better condition than another South American country, but still, I would be a bit hesitant to put that large of a theme park there for now at least. If the World Cup and Olympics go well, I could see it put into consideration for sure!

From Flavio de Souza
Posted October 20, 2010 at 9:25 AM
Curitiba is the coldest state capital in Brazil. Its airport closes about every morning due to fog during the winter. There are no international flights, not even for other south american countries, from there.

The very few theme parks that exist in Brazil are losing money, or making a very small profit, even in the booming economy that Brazil faces today.

Disney is doing some research for new resorts (without theme parks) around the world, like the one it is building in Hawaii. This may the the orign of these rumors. Or some smart person is doing a lot of money in real state with it.

If Disney plans to build a theme park in Brazil, it should be in Sao Paulo State, where most of the wealth are, or in Amazon, if it plans to attract international (outside south amercica)visitors.

From TH Creative
Posted October 21, 2010 at 7:16 PM
If Disney built a theme park in Brazil it would dramatically reduce business at Walt Disney World in Orlando.

From Tim W
Posted October 21, 2010 at 7:31 PM
Maybe that could be a good idea...

From Brad G.
Posted October 24, 2010 at 8:35 PM
I've read that they are planning a Disneyland for Rio. It will not be within the next 10 years. It should be open within the next 20 years.

From Flavio de Souza
Posted October 26, 2010 at 8:46 AM
When you have beautiful beaches to go for free, or astonishing views for a very low price, it is difficult to justify paying US$ 85.00 to have fun. Perhaps that is the reason all theme parks failed in Rio.
Besides that, there is no land available for a big project like a Disney theme park + resort in the wealth side of Rio, and believe me, you would not appreciate going to the poor side.

From Manny Barron
Posted October 26, 2010 at 7:51 PM
I would go. It is a lot closer than Paris,Hong Kong, or Tokyo.

From Tiffany J. L. Alfonso
Posted October 29, 2010 at 12:09 PM
I've never heard about the news. But I wonder if it would affect the number of visitors from the nation coming to Orlando in the winter and summer. I also wonder if a new Disney park has any effect on travel groups filled with those turning 15 and their youthful kin as well.

I think that there will be some Brazilians visiting WDW even after Disney erected that park. Most of us as frequent Central Florida visitors (and, like me, residents) are either tolerant of or annoyed by Brazil's lion's share of turismos (which many of us call them the Brazilian tour groups). But even with that park built, they'll still visit WDW.

That's my 2 cents on this.

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