Land allotted for a Disney park

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 09 July, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 09 July, 2005, 12:00am

Shanghai has set aside land for a possible Disney theme park, but the entertainment giant said yesterday it was unlikely to open a new venue before 2010.

Hong Kong's Wen Wei Po newspaper said yesterday Disney and Shanghai hoped to launch a theme park before the city hosted the World Expo that year.

The report said the park would be nearly four times the size of Hong Kong Disneyland, which will open on September 12.

Irene Chan Man-tuen, Hong Kong Disney's vice-president of public affairs, said the company was focused on the Hong Kong venture.

'Our immediate focus right now is to open our first theme park in China - Hong Kong Disneyland,' she said.

'If we were to reach an arrangement for a second park in China, in all likelihood it would not open before 2010.'

Shanghai and Disney have made no secret of their interest in opening a theme park in the city and have had talks on the issue.

An official at the Chuansha Industrial Park said its managers planned to provide land nearby, but it was too early to schedule construction. 'It will be next to our [industrial] park,' he said.

A Pudong district spokeswoman said: 'There should be an official announcement if such a good and big project were to be settled. But we haven't seen any formal document saying the project will be in our district.'

A spokesman for the municipal government said: 'There have been rumours for a few years. But we have no news about this now.'