A prominent Australian winemaker and businessman has shared his vision that a Disneyland could open downstairs.
Warren Randall — who runs Seppeltsfield and Penny’s Hill wineries — has called on business owners and government officials to join his effort to bring the famously “happiest place on earth” to his home state.
Speak with the advertiser, he said he was willing to offer part of his 1,200-acre McLaren Vale land portfolio to see the project come to life.
“I would like to make land available for the location to kick-start it. Surely. Either you sell the land to a consortium or you rent it or you donate it – you find a way,” he said.
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“I think because we’re so close to the beach, the hills and the city, especially with the two-way Southern Expressway, that makes all the difference.”
If successful, the Australian destination would become the seventh Disneyland resort to also operate in Anaheim and Orlando in the US, as well as Paris, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Tokyo.
Randall said the “statement” Disneylend venture had the potential to bring international and domestic tourism, jobs and revenue to the area.
“I think in tourism we are all a little sick and tired that Adelaide is the place you fly to when you go from Sydney to Perth. It’s time we made a statement, a few statements, in our state,” he said.
Despite this, the advertiser confirmed that no formal proposal has yet been submitted to the state government.
Third bid to bring Disneyland to Aus
A renewed push for a seventh Disneyland isn’t the first time the idea has popped up.
In the late 1990s, negotiations between the state government, Star Land Company and the Walt Disney company could have opened the theme park on the Gold Coast.
After years of speculation and communication between stakeholders, Disney eventually pulled the pin out of the project, calling “insufficient” confidence that the state government would fund the hefty development.
There were similar ambitions to create a Disney Wharf concept around Sydney’s waterfront areas around White Bay and Glebe Island. According to the Sydney Morning HeraldThe large-scale plan would include themed hotels, a marina and ferry quay, two new light rail stations, a retail space, an entertainment district and a residential area.
However, when Disney presented the proposal to the state government around 2007 to 2008, ministers feared infrastructure costs would have been exorbitant.
Mr Randall’s plan comes after toothe advertiser revealed that South Australian economic advisers had toyed with the idea of opening the large-scale amusement park as part of discussions with South Australia’s Economic Development Board (EDB).
However, the ‘thought bubble’ was abandoned with the shutdown of the state’s Economic Development Board (EDB) after Liberal Prime Minister Steven Marshall won the 2018 state election.