Disney denies theme park plan for Beijing
Updated: 2006-01-18 08:41
The Walt Disney Co. denied a news report yesterday that said Beijing hopes to
build a Disney theme park by 2010.
A young guest
smiles at Hong Kong Disneyland September 11, 2005, a day before its
official opening. [Reuters]
that claim Disney is building a park in Beijing are inaccurate and not based on
fact. Disney has no plans to build a park in Beijing at this time," Disney said
in a statement.
The South China Morning Post, an English-language daily in Hong Kong,
reported Tuesday that the Beijing city government unveiled a plan to create the
second Disney theme park in China in its development road mapí¬a move that could
pose competition to the recently opened Hong Kong Disneyland.
The report said the city's development and reform commission proposed the
theme park be built in Beijing's National New Media Base in the city's southern
Disney spokeswoman Alannah Goss said the company is still talking to Shanghai
authorities about building a Disney theme park in the financial hub, but no
agreement has been reached.
Hong Kong opened its Disney theme park in September and has counted on
mainland Chinese tourists as a major source of visitors for the park.
Hong Kong Disneyland is a joint venture between The Walt Disney Co. and the
local government, which shouldered the bulk of the park's construction