I think one of the reasons these rumors keep surfacing in Texas is by unscrupulous real estate agents and property owners to inflate prices. If Disney did come then property values in that area would sky rocket. That's probably why there have been so many rumors in so many different places in Texas. Just another sad commentary on greed and/or unrealistic wishful thinking.
I would put money on something happening near Washington DC before Texas. There is a minor obsession with that area going back to the early 1960s when Walt had Buzz Price conduct a study for a new park. Of course, there was the whole Disney's America project as well. The key is to tap into a market that has a critical mass of visitors. That is not Texas.
I, for one, would love such a thing to actually happen. It looks like it probably won't, at least not for a long while if ever, but if it did, that might be incentive enough for me to move back to Texas. Part of the reason I haven't moved back, in all honesty, is because I'm down the street from Disneyland. But if I had one in my own backyard, I'd consider going back to San Antonio, which is a beautiful city. There's already Six Flags Fiesta Texas and Sea World Over Texas there. A large Disney Resort just outside the city would be a real dream.
I can actually shed quite a bid of light on why there's an ongoing Disney Park-in-Texas rumor:
A large theme park and entertainment resort is on the boards for an as-of-yet undeveloped plot of land north of Houston, in the small town of New Caney. Ex-Disney Imagineers, who now work at Contour Entertainment, are at the helm of the creative design and master-planning, which is why the Disney name keeps weaseling its way into discussions.
(I'm a private/individual donor to the non-profit EarthQuest Institute component of the resort, and have been following the development of the project very closely since it was first proposed as a minor "dinosaur park"... ...all the way back in 2006.)
I think the weather that Texas is experiencing this week is one more reason there will never be a Disney park there. Even in Houston, there are freezing temps and ice and snow. I know the parks in Tokyo and Paris are open 365, but Americans don't go to theme parks in the winter. It's just not in our nature.
Everyone is entitled to an informed opinion. Harlan Ellison
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Texan by birth, Californian by choice.
There should be a sticky thread called "This Day in Disney History." The company has a long history and this would be a good way to acknowledge it. Walt was born 112 years ago; that's quite a chunk of American history and culture.