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Disneyland Australia?

Disneyland in Australia?

From Daniel Smith
Posted September 25, 2006 at 2:12 PM
Just seeing if anyone has heard about a Disneyland being built in Australia?


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From Adriel Tjokrosaputro
Posted September 27, 2006 at 2:59 AM
There's a wild rumor about this, yes! But I think it won't happen for now. I believe it will be years away. Australia already has MovieWorld.

From Steven moffat
Posted September 27, 2006 at 9:19 AM
this was a rumor in 2002 it almost got to the planning stage but because of problems with euro disney it never made it good idea tho.

From Pete Brecht
Posted September 27, 2006 at 9:26 AM
The entire country of Australia has 20 million people. 15 million people visited Disneyland in California last year. I have a hard time seeing how the math works for Disneyland to be successful in Australia. Presumably, they'd be counting on a heavy influx of tourists from Asia, but why would they trek all the way to Oz when they could just visit Disney in Hong Kong or Tokyo? Australia is just too remote and unpopulated to warrant its own Disneyland.

From Darrell Shimel
Posted September 27, 2006 at 9:27 AM
Australia just doesn't have the population to support a Disneyland. 20 million people in the nation. 4 million in the largest city.

Compare this to 17 million in Los Angeles metro, 30 million in CA.

Or for WDW, 16 million in the state of Florida, but 300 million in the U.S.A to draw people from for vacations.

12 million in Tokyo, 120 million in Japan.

Okay, Hong Kong has only 7 million. But it is much more centrally located and traveled to than Australia... not to mention the 1 billion main-lander Chinease they hope to draw from.


I think this talk of an Australia Disneyland is nothing more than wishful thnking of people that live there.

From James Thrombley
Posted October 11, 2006 at 12:14 PM
Doesnt Australia already have Dreamworld? I could See Disney Buying Dreamworld and rebranding it, but not building an entirely new park.

From Scott Seal
Posted October 11, 2006 at 2:54 PM
Disney wouldn't buy an existing park and rebrand it. Or, at least, they wouldn't have in the past.

Disney parks across the world are clones (more or less) of each other, and are different, in almost every way, from the other theme parks of the world.

Disney might build in Australia (having one theme park on an entire continent certainly doesn't proclude others from being built) but they certainly won't adopt an existing one.

From Daniel Smith
Posted October 12, 2006 at 6:10 AM
According to various Australian newspapers, Disney have been here over the last few months surveying sites in Sydney and Melbourne (near Avalon Airport) :)

From Anthony Murphy
Posted October 12, 2006 at 7:08 PM
Hmmmm, intersting.....


However, is Australia kind of out of the way from everybody else in the world? Would it be a success?

Nothing against Australians because I would love to visit, but it isn't much of a crossroads area like Tokyo, Hong Kong, and France

Maybe its just me

From Daniel Smith
Posted October 12, 2006 at 7:27 PM
I guess the main issue for a Disneyland in Australia would be population. Currently, Australia's population is 21mil and New Zealand's is 5mil. This is where the main base of clients would have to come from. Now that China has confirmed Disneyland in Shanghai, Hong Kong may not get so many tourists for Disney from China once it is built. There for at 7mil population, Australia/New Zealand is 25mil so theoretically compared with Hong Kong, it is possible. Also, factors such as climate, etc. favours in Sydney, heck it hardly ever rains here. I think Melbourne would be too cold for a theme park to run all year. Distance is also an issue, the closest theme park to me is a 20 hour drive away! Unfortunately, Australia's current theme parks do not compare to any of the Disney/Universal/Six Flags types. The reason Australia's Wonderland failed was clearly because it was crap. I live 25mins from where is was and rarely went. It was boring and no theming on any rides. It was doomed as soon as they were taken over and stopped investing in the park. From what I have heard however, Disney is looking at a possible 2 parks for Australia. A magic kingdom and a completely Australian themed disney park unlike no other in the world. I'm sure this would help with the "tourist" thing :P I think Australian's would appreciate that as well (as long as every ride didn't take the mickey out of us Aussies! :P)

From naomi hassett
Posted February 23, 2009 at 5:20 PM
Just so everyone knows all the theme parks on the gold coast were notified 2 weeks ago that disneyland oz is a go pasted planning approval and is comming.

From Daniel Smith
Posted May 8, 2009 at 4:48 AM
really? was there any more information about where or do you know what they were notified?

From Ronaldo Lourenço
Posted May 8, 2009 at 8:57 PM
Really? We are waiting for details.

From steve lee
Posted May 8, 2009 at 10:13 PM
Yeah, after three months I'm pretty sure someone else would have heard about this...

Lots of old threads getting resurrected lately. We need to remember to shoot them in the heads from now on. It's the only way to be sure (yes, I mixed my zombie movie quote with a half quote from Aliens. I don't care)

From Tim W
Posted May 9, 2009 at 8:26 AM
yea im confused as well with all these ressurected threads. some of these things are pretty old news that has or will never happen.

From Gareth H
Posted May 9, 2009 at 9:27 PM
Hmm, Mickey Mouse, going "G'day Mate" as you enter.

Thats worth the trip alone

From Brad Mullins
Posted October 8, 2009 at 2:28 AM
Know its been a few months but i signed up just to answer these questions (Im a Gold Coaster xD)

I love theme parks and have been studying the new Disneyland meant to be here and what is happening is they have been looking at sites and the projected site is on the Gold Coast right next to Dreamworld where the Coomera Mall WAS going... appareantly.

I will love it but now me going to the original wont be as special xD

From Rob P
Posted October 8, 2009 at 2:49 AM
Just in case Disney does open a Park in Oz shall we rename a few rides ?

Big Chunder Mountain Railroad

Ned Kelly's Great Escape

and after the Ashes...........Muppets 3D.
( now that was a bit harsh ! )

Any more ?


From Joseph Madrid
Posted October 13, 2009 at 7:14 AM
The population of Australia is 22 million. The population of NSW is about 6.8 million. The population of Sydney is about 3.6 million. The city of Sydney, as of June 2009, received 2.6 million international visitors in the previous 12 months. Those 2.6 million international visitors spent 5.2 billion dollars in Sydney. You would think that these numbers would be sufficient enough to support Disney building a mid-sized theme park here in Australia. It makes sense. It can happen. They just need to do it.

From Tim W
Posted October 13, 2009 at 12:21 PM
Anybody catch the logo or article posted on disneyandmore.blogspot.com about this?

From Alex Tason
Posted October 14, 2009 at 1:06 AM
http://disneyandmore.blogspot.com/2009/09/disneyland-australia-finally-proof-that.html

This would be so cool!

From Daniel Smith
Posted October 14, 2009 at 10:01 PM
Very interesting article. I'm from Sydney, so can't respond to the locations in Queensland. In answer to someone's question, the Sydney site that Disney did investigate last year was called "White Bay". It looks over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House and part of it used to be an old container wharf used to import cars into Australia. Alas, that has been demolished and would be the perfect place for a cruise dock.

From Daniel Smith
Posted October 14, 2009 at 10:01 PM
Very interesting article. I'm from Sydney, so can't respond to the locations in Queensland. In answer to someone's question, the Sydney site that Disney did investigate last year was called "White Bay". It looks over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House and part of it used to be an old container wharf used to import cars into Australia. Alas, that has been demolished and would be the perfect place for a cruise dock.

From Eugene McMahon
Posted February 20, 2010 at 9:32 AM
Anyone who says that DisneyLand Aus wouldn't work is mad. People come from all over the world just to take a train ride in Aus. The Ghan and Indian Pacific's main market is overseas, and yet Americans have epic Train rides just over the border in Canada, there are so many trains people can take in Europe it is just not funny and Japan. However, they still come here. It is not about the population that is in the country/city. People will come just for the experience to tell there friends and family back home. "Yea we went to Disneyland Aus, it was a great experience to see the Australian interpretation."

From Anthony Murphy
Posted February 20, 2010 at 9:45 AM
I think its too far away from everything else to have it there. Plus, if you really really want to go to a Disney Park in that general area, why not go to Japan or China?

From Eugene McMahon
Posted February 21, 2010 at 6:42 PM
Well there are two reasons. One, I have been to Disneyland Tokyo. I have to still had to learn some Japanese so that i could understand most of the signs at the park. All the major signs have English subtitles however, things like the toilets and information didn't have English signs. This made the only downfall to the park and hence why I was the only Westerner that I could see. The second reason theme parks like Dreamworld, Movie World and Sea World are still making hugh money, and yet they are all within about 50km's of each other (and in the case of Movie World and Dream World about 2km's). Most people that visit these parks in the last year were Australian and more that half said that they had been coming for that past 10years. So even if Aus has a "low" (yes, because 21.6 million is a very small number) population it is not like people will only go the park once and that will be it people will still go again and again and again. I myself have been to Dream World 8 times, Movie World 6 times and Sea World 20 times and I have only just turned 19. (Please note that this is a only an average. On the whole Sea World has most overseas visitors. The park says this is because it is the only one with a Resort attached. (This remind anyone of a certain theme park which is the discussion at the moment.)) One could also say that America is a long way from anywere. It and Canada being the only two first world countries in the area area. And if you take a look at a rail map of Europe you will see the Brussels is the cross road in Europe not Paris. Paris just has better attractions.

From natasha ti
Posted July 24, 2010 at 4:22 AM
I think it would be great. I have always wanted to go to disneyland.. It sucks that you have to pay so much money to go to another county and stay somewhere. Too expensive. I think they should build a disneyland here.

From Flavio de Souza
Posted July 26, 2010 at 6:28 AM
Disney has been looking for sites to build new resorts (just resorts, not theme parks)all around the world. Like the one they are building in Hawai. This is probabily the origin of these rumors about Disney's parks in Australia, Peru and other locations.

Oceania, South America and Africa don't have markets that justifies a Disney Theme Park.

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