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  • A New Disney Park in Missouri? The Rumor is Gaining Ground

    The Springfield (Missouri) News-Leader is reporting speculation that the Walt Disney Company could be developing a $1.1 billion theme park in southwest Missouri. Rumors of this kind have been rampant in the Branson area since the mid-90s.

    This rumor, however, is getting some traction following an April 12th Newton County commissioners' meeting. A representative of a Springfield company called ARM Risk made inquiries about roads leading to and from the rumored theme park site and presented early specifications to build "six hotels, 95 shops, 27 rides, 12 stages and 18 restaurants" on 1,000 acres of land.

    Research into ARM Risk revealed one company owner with an address of 500 South Buena Vista Street, Burbank, California (Walt Disney Company headquarters). Another owner's address was listed as Corporate Office, Lake Buena Vista, Florida (the home of the Walt Disney World Resort).

    The Walt Disney Company had no comment on the matter.

    MiceChat Partner site, O-Meon.com has more on this story here

    Source: Springfield News-Leader
    Last edited by Dustysage; 04-24-2007, 02:38 PM.
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    Re: A New Disney Park in Missouri? The Rumor is Gaining Ground

    Missouri Disneyland?

    Disneyland Resort Missouri?

    Disney's Missouri Adventure?

    Missouri Disney River?


    Hmm.. none of them really have that ring to them, do they?

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      Show-Me the Disney?
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        I hope not. If Disney is going to build a bastardized version of Disneyland somewhere, I want them to build it in Washington. :lol:
        Last edited by Melonballer; 04-22-2007, 10:45 PM.

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          Makes sense, the vacation industry in that state has been booming ever since Branson rose to national prominence.

          I wonder what sort of special theme (if any) the park would take due to the fact that Walt was born in Missouri...

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            http://www.micechat.com/forums/showthread.php?t=61755
            Darkbeer already posted this.
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              Don't underestimate the spending power of middle America. Due to distance, many people in the heartland of the U.S. haven't been to either Disneyland or Disney World. It'd be great for the area!
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                Disney's Heartland

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                Main Street USA

                Disney's America

                Disney's Midwest Mania!

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                  Originally posted by disneytim View Post
                  The Springfield (Missouri) Rumors of this kind have been rampant in the Branson area since the mid-90s.
                  Try the 1960's. Walt himself may have started this rumor in order to throw off land speculators in Florida.
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                    Originally posted by Melonballer View Post
                    I hope not. If Disney is going to build a bastardized version of Disneyland somewhere, I want them to build it in Washington. :lol:
                    Hear! Hear!

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                      Originally posted by Melonballer View Post
                      I hope not. If Disney is going to build a bastardized version of Disneyland somewhere, I want them to build it in Washington. :lol:
                      Why would any park Disney builds in the Heartland be bastardized? If you look at WDI's latest attempt to build a Disneyland-style park, namely HKDL, you'd see that it's actually a very nice design, well planned and quite immersive. The only problem it has is that there is not enough to do. Disney has learned from that mistake twice, and now, being under leadership, probably won't make that mistake again. They will know that American audiences want attractions, attractions, and more attractions. Especially after the DCA fiasco, I'm sure Disney would do what they could to make it a true destination resort. Of course, I don't honestly think that the rumor is true, I would like it to be, but it really doesn't make any logical sense right now.
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                        Originally posted by merlinjones View Post
                        Disney's America
                        This one would be more likely, since the other was stopped.
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                          Originally posted by DoppelV View Post
                          Why would any park Disney builds in the Heartland be bastardized?
                          LOL, obviously you missed the reference. I was referring to a joke in the Simpsons' episode "Homie the Clown". Homer gets job as a Krusty the Klown impersonator. On graduation day Lisa says, "If there has to be a bastardized version of Krusty, I'm glad it's you." I'm not trying to say that Disney would build a crummy park in Missouri. What I'm really saying is that if Disney was going to build a park elsewhere, I wish it was here.
                          Sorry for the confusion.

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                            Disney's Missouri Sea?

                            ummm...even though its a river lol !
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                              Dissouri? Missney?

                              Okay, no, those sound more like S.T.D.s or gastro problems.

                              (Back to the drawing board)

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                                http://www.news-leader.com/apps/pbcs...WS01/704240365

                                QuikQuote: After rumors flew last week that Disney was planning to build a $1.1 billion theme park in the area, Presiding Commissioner Jerry Carter got the word Monday that, as he put it, it's "shenanigans."
                                "I just talked to the vice president of public affairs for Disney, and she said there's nothing to it," Carter said.
                                Carter said Disney officials didn't recognize the names of any of the three owners of ARM Risk, the company supposedly working to assemble the 1,000 acres of land. "(Disney) can say absolutely that they're not involved in Newton County or in southwest Missouri," Carter said.
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                                • #17
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                                  Great update DB. Thanks.

                                  I'm curious to see how this plays out now. ARM Risk could be in serious trouble with the Missouri Secretary of State and the AG's office for providing false information.

                                  Assuming it REALLY is false.
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                                    Thank god.

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                                      Disney's Republicanland.

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                                        Some not-allowed-to-be-named site helped to debunk the myth in a story today.
                                        Summary of the logic is: if Disney went through six fictitious-name companies to buy 10000 acres of Florida swamp, why would DIS use the Disney corporate address on this fictitious name application?
                                        Guesses in the comments include Six Flags.

                                        Or, DIS might consider building a theater there to house former Broadway shows. They could run for a year or two there before hitting the circuit. Don't know why they'd need 1000 acres for that.

                                        Best guess: land speculators trying to increase the value of their land in order to sell it to some dupe.

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