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Disney In Coomera?

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I find an interesting topic on oz coaster, sayin that there might be A Disneyland going in Coomera. Look's like extra compettion for Dreamworld. Its from the bulletin, so coming from a newspaper it may not be true!!! I've often heard Disney's going here and Disney's going there, but nothing ever happens. Who knows though maybe this time the papers right, I sure hope so!!! I think its the right location where all the other theme parks are, there's plenty of room and the train station there!!! Fingers Crossed!!! Here's the link http://ozcoaster.net/boards/viewtopic.php?t=502

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ash.1111    88

Yeah, It's another media "beat-up". It's not going to happen anytime soon. Don't believe anything until Disney release the information officially.

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Ethan    0

Hi guys, 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: http://hk-imail.singtao.com/news_detail.as...;d_str=20050916

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 w
anted 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: Disneylandcoomera.jpg Since then: 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;)

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ash.1111    88

I've heard from people that there's talk of a new park, though it's not Disney. I'd watch out for a different US company thinking of setting up here.

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Ethan    0
I've heard from people that there's talk of a new park, though it's not Disney. I'd watch out for a different US company thinking of setting up here.
That's interesting, any hints who it could be? Would love to see something like Universal Studios!

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ash.1111    88

I'm not real sure though got the idea that it was a large US group. It can't see Disney setting up in Australia in the near future. Sorry, I just can't...

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Ethan    0

Well sounds intriguing all the same. I'd love SEQ to get a big new park, preferably Universal but I wouldn't say no to Disney or any other big operator. With the Disney rumours, well they are rumours for a reason, so could be true, could be not. I will say this though, the Bizzy Bits column in the Bulletin is surprisingly good at picking up some property industry gossip that is meant to be below the radar, so I would say there is truth to the talk of Disney at least being interested, but interested, whether that amounts to more... guess we'll see, it would certainly be nice.

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I've heard from people that there's talk of a new park, though it's not Disney. I'd watch out for a different US company thinking of setting up here.
I'm not real sure though got the idea that it was a large US group. It can't see Disney setting up in Australia in the near future. Sorry, I just can't...
Which one is it? Or am i reading it wrong? Edited by dreamworld_rulz

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ash.1111    88

I was told not to say parks, though it wasn't Disney. And I'm not saying what I heard was correct, but what the person told me was that Disney was not going into Australia within 5-10 years.

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Ethan    0

Well it will be interesting to see what comes from that. I am curious also why 'www worker', brought up the 2 year old SEQ Disneyland thread below recently with this comment:

i totally agree with u i live in the gold coast and work at white water world there is already enough competition up here with theme parks and luna park down in sydney is not much of a theme park and if disney build at the gold coast all the other theme parks will lose thier buisness well not lose it but will be down on numbers for a while
is that based on goss or just a random post? The timing stuck me as interesting. Site Prediction: DisneylandSEQcopy.jpg Edited by Ethan

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ash.1111    88

Disney's train has ALWAYS been a loop around the park. Not a GOVT. owned train that would go straight thru the park?The Queensland Govt. would have to have access to the line 24/7 and I can't see disney having a 10 metre gap on both sides of the track, along with enough head room to support power lines. Also, don't forgot, big cranes need to go in to build the upgrade that's headed for the GC line, and Disney would need to have nothing on the top of the line.Also, who the hell is SoulVision? I did a Google search and nothing came up. EDIT: Also, I found it funny that you managed to understand WWW_WORKER's post...haha you're very smart. It takes me about 5min mostly to work out when one sentence ends and begins.

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Gazza    1,080

^Well, it could always be set up so that the main road leading into the park would be on that easement. If there was a downtown disney type area it could occupy the western side of line. car parks would also be suitable to go there (that way all your transport related infrastructure would be together) The eastern side of the line would probably be entirely for the theme park/hotels. There would be no way you would build the park over the line, but separate stuff either side would work. That is of course if any of this actually came to fruition -_- On an unrelated note, building stuff over train lines is entirely feasible, you don't need huge overhead clearances, and you don't need 10m gaps either side. Federation square is pretty much built entirely over the railway lines leading into Flinders St Station in Melbourne. 800px-Fed_Square_August_2007.jpg

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T-bone    136

Well I would assume ash that whoever drew up that image imagined that the train line could go underground, and by the time this thing was actually built, the dual line would have already been done. And basically, all the stuff above has come from here: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?p=15929977 which easily shows that SoulVision is a member of that site.

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Ethan    0

I think the point is, there is a train line nearby and an 8 lane freeway right between two booming cities. This makes it an attractive location (well that's obvious given the parks already in this region).

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AlexB    2,386

The talk of Disney coming to Aus has been bandied around for years. I think one of the main things that has been said, (and I think Richard said it best, though i'm not going to go hunting for the post now) is that the average attendances at all of our GC parks combined doesn't come close to that of a Disney park. Yes it would increase tourism, but I can't see it increasing that much, when most continents in the world have one now, and in some cases two. If someone has the time, can they dig up the post Richard made about attendances at a Disney park?

The train line could go underground? So they think they would rebuild the line? (or the rise the land around it?
Let's not forget that when WDW was built in Florida, all of the infrastructure support and logistics for the park were built on ground level, and the park built on top, and then the land was graded for a few miles around it. So rising the land around it would not be out of the question. When Disney does something, they don't do it half assed. As far as your prediction of 5 or 10 years, that doesn't mean to say that the rumors of talks now aren't out of the question. If we look at the timeline in the post above, we were talking year 2000 or so when they last spoke SE QLD, and they went with HK instead, and HK opened in around 2005, or 5 years later. So talks now would see the park built in 5 years or so from now... I have to say though, If Disney announce a park here, I don't care how much money I'm making when it happens, im quittin, selling up, and moving to the GC.

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mattcrombie    31

Hey Guys. I actually heard about these Disney Staff coming out to Australia not long ago from someone i know who works for the government. They Mentioned they were looking at land at Coomera and all the info that Ethan talks about is actually correct. I also read this article in last weeks paper and thought to myself..... Could this be true...... Well from all the plans in the past and rumors. It may be just another one to add. But in saying that.... I dont know anything else on this and its going to be kept TOP secret until its launched to the media from Disney. Not getting my hopes up.. But thinking positively I do think, that this "Rumor/goss or what ever its called" could be true and a great addition. Im going to keep my eyes peeled for anything in the papers or news in the future.

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mattcrombie    31
I also read this article in last weeks paper and thought to myself..... Could this be true...... Well from all the plans in the past and rumors. It may be just another one to add.
I ment to say I read it a while back, But people were talking about it last week around work and heard from friends.

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Richard    747
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.
You've got to love them playing the "we're the good guys" card. I don't think that they realise that Disney's business strategy isn't to compete, it's to offer a flat-out superior product and then do everything possible to ensure that customers live and breathe Disney for their entire stay. Their entire pricing structure is designed about encouraging longer stays; the longer you're there, the cheaper it becomes (of course you're still paying more). You can guarantee Disney would demand their own transport network such that trains and buses to their property are direct and offer absolutely no chance for . You could, for instance, expect heavily themed buses to meet every incoming and outgoing flight at Coolangatta that take guests direct to their Disney hotel and vice versa at no charge. It seems a lot of you don't seem to realise that the hypothetical location that Ethan posted is a big hill, which is the only reason it is still forested and not redeveloped for farmland or housing. You also have to realise that Disney have been poking around here since the early 1990s. Serious discussions have always ended with governments here not prepared to meet the financial demands of Disney (they're after governments that'll bend over backwards to accommodate Disney -- see Hong Kong Disneyland). Don't think Disney are just looking here either. You'd expect that they are looking in dozens of other places around the world too.

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Churros    0

Parts of that land surrounding the current Coomera station and toward the top end of Dreamworld's land is owned by Westfield anyway. Both Westfield and MLE are putting their heads together to design the integrated town centre that will serve as the basis for future Coomera development. And by the way, I don't think Dreamworld is playing the 'good guy'. Keep in mind that Dreamworld is run by an Australia company that has been operating in that area of the coast for 20 odd years. And Dreamworld aside, MLE holds a pretty big stake in the future development of the Coomera area so they are more than within their rights to make a statement about increased competition within that area. Honestly though, what would expect them to say, "No, Disney should bugger off!" ??? And PS - MLE has based its operations on its own business model, so it would be well aware of what the introduction of a third pary such as Disney would do to the coast. Personally, I would like to see a Disney park in Australia, but if the expectation was that the Queensland Government was to 'bend over backwards' I think that sells the Gold Coast short. I think the best phrase would be 'tell em they're dreaming'. I think if Disney and the QLD Gov saw mutual potential in the development of a Disney resort then that would be ideal. That being said, if they are talking coasters in excess of $20mill, I'll go. And it could spark a development war that could really see our parks boom.

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