On November 19, 2013, TPI's Robert Niles sat down for a one-on-one interview with Disney Legend Tony Baxter. One of the most interesting moments in the conversation was this exchange:
Robert: We've talked about threads and making connections with people. What are some of the threads out there in the theme park business that you hope the next generation, that you've been bringing along, will develop in the future?
Tony: Well, the biggest misstep — well, we've got to be careful how we say this one — I won't say a word, but it looks a lot like this.
[Note from Robert: At this point, Tony goes to his desk and picks up a large booklet labeled "Walt Disney Imagineering: Harry Potter Plans," with an illustration of a Hogsmeade-like land on the front.]
This flash of a moment is an affirmation that at one time WDI and its parent company were in the hunt to develop attractions for a Harry Potter footprint at the Disney parks.
I have read plenty of theories and rumors, but very little substance (defined as genuinely credible sourced information).
Even larger, I don't know of anyone ever publishing a timeline of how these events unfolded.
So I thought I'd set up a thread that would allow TPI sleuths to post content previously published on the Internet to piece together how it all went down.Tweet
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