I started that post on Ozcoasters, it's not as farfetched as you think...
Here is a chronology for you that explains the SEQ park a bit...
2000 - Pre-Disneyland Hong Kong - Queensland Park was planned
As some may know, the Beattie government initially said no to Disney around 2000:
If ever there was a succinct definition of a sweet deal, surely this is it. It may be recalled that before Disney signed its contract with the Hong Kong government it attempted to reach agreement with the Queensland state government for an Australian park. Negotiations ended when the government turned down Disney's demands for subsidies, land grants and tax breaks worth just over US$500 million. The Queensland Premier Peter Beattie said, "only Goofy would have picked up such a deal."
2005 - Disney Execs tour Gold Coast, then Sydney and Avalon
Cut to five years later HK Disney is almost done and Disney are back.
Door open to House of Mouse Disney for Coast rumours
24 June 2005 - The Gold Coast Bulletin
THE Gold Coast could be in line for another major theme park after rumours emerged the State Government was negotiating with the global entertainment giant Disney.
While a spokeswomen for the Department of State Development made no comment, it is believed the department has undertaken an assessment of possible sites that would suit a park.
Sites include Boondall near Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
However, a new theme park would not come cheap for the global brand, with top of the line rollercoasters costing up to $26 million.
Dreamworld's recently opened Claw ride is at the lower end of the cost spectrum at $9 million.
It is not the first time Queensland has flirted with the House of Mouse, with Rob Borbidge's coalition government opening negotiations with Disney in 1998 on the possibility of a theme park in the state.
Mr Borbidge said the plan had been to bid for Expo 2002, which would have been based on land at Coomera.
"Mick Veivers was in the US as sports minister and he met with Disney's head officials," he said.
"They indicated they were keen but wanted to complete their new park in Hong Kong first," said Mr Borbidge. <<Now finished! Still keen I bet;)
However, the state missed out on Expo by one vote and the park fell off he map.
"To the extent it is being revisited by the Beattie Government is great news," said Mr Borbidge.
A spokeswoman for Disney said the company was evaluating various markets around the world but it was unlikely anything would be considered before September, when Disney opened an amusement park in Hong Kong.
Dreamworld chief Stephen Gregg said while any new theme park was speculation at the moment, a competitive market was a good market and Dreamworld would welcome Disneyland if it set up on the Gold Coast.
"At the moment I'd say Disney is focusing on their September opening in Hong Kong so whether it happens or not, we're certainly a few years away from Mickey Mouse in the Sunshine State." <<Here we are a few years down the track;)[/
Early 2006 - Avalon drops out
Here is confirmation that Avalon dropped out of the competition in 2006 (IMO never a serious option), from an article titled: "Avalon chief vows to pursue retail hub `Give DFO a go'" from 2006.
"...But don't expect Disneyland to figure in that (Avalon) plan, despite confirmation that Mr Fox held informal talks with key Disney personnel about an Avalon-based theme park. He said there was no commitment from Disney and no current plans for the idea to go ahead."
Late 2006 - South East Queensland firms up as location for park
Out of interest here is an article from a year ago, perhaps it's been in the work for a while. In fact I'm led to believe Disney have probably been keen for some time. Some rumours says they went to HK after some GC negotiations feel through previously, but I guess the idea might live on.
Even this 2006 article post dates the Avalon and Sydney talk by a year even at that stage, so it's clear that SEQ has been the target for the last 2 years whilst the others have gone quiet (in fact I doubt they were ever serious options, especially avalon):
Team Beattie quiet on queuing for Disney ride
19 September 2006
The Gold Coast Bulletin
THE Government is playing its cards close to the chest over renewed speculation Australia's first Disneyland may be heading for the Gold Coast.
The Disney organisation, the world's premier theme-park operator, has been the target of regular speculation about heading for Queensland.
In the mid-90s, the Borbidge Government was schmoozed by the Disney people about the prospect of a suitable Queensland site including Coomera.
Disney sites in the US are backed by others internationally including Eurodisney in France and its latest venture in Hong Kong.
Pre-election there was plenty of industry talk that Disney executives were keen to sit down for a serious chat with Premier
Mid-Late 2007 - Coomera location firms up
In the Bulletin:
Noticed on a Financial Planning site a note about Disney:
Great news about Disneyland coming to town (Coomera) which has sent everyone ballistic. Lucky we have plenty of stock available soon that we have land banked for all these years ...
Just some more rumours, this one from the Disney Blog:
Just for all you who are wondering,it has been known for some months now that Disney have bought a lot of land on the Gold Coast. The new Disney site will be very close to Dreamworld.
Posted by: disney princess | September 23, 2007 at 10:50 PM
And from SkyscraperLife, post by SoulVision:
Looks like our slogan "Brisneyland" might not be a bad saying after all...
This is from a friend who spoke to another guy (who probably got it from another guy) lol. So don't hold me accountable, this is just a rumour.
He said that "Disney" will be releasing something soon, and to buy property in the Coomera area. It's going to create around 5000 jobs. Who knows, it could be anything from Disneyland to a Disney store... lol
but that's what I heard! tell you what though, that would be the icing on the amazing cake in South East Queensland! fantastic stuff.
... so it's all rumours, but bear in mind Disney plays its card very close to its chest, so maybe it all means nothing... or maybe it doesn't;)