Disney Sees Anaheim as Potential Orlando Clone

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An article appearing in this week’s Los Angeles Times attempts to shed some light on The Walt Disney Company’s plans for further expansion on the left coast…assuming it can get its way with Anaheim lawmakers.  Quoting Disney website author Jim Hill, the article touts Disney’s dreams of “…changing Anaheim into Orlando—making this into a national and international tourist space.”

Quoting the Times, “[a]mong the first additions to a revamped resort is likely to be the Disney Vacation Club.  ‘We feel confident that there is still room to grow,’ Jay Rasulo, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, said in a recent speech to investors. ‘The time-share industry is huge and expanding, and families will still look to Disney when they think of their vacations.’”

But DVC members can probably hang onto their checkbooks for a little longer as there appear to be a few significant details left to resolve.  Some City Council members are frustrated with Disney for refusing to openly discuss its plans.  In fact, last month Disney sued the city to help prevent rezoning of nearby land that would have been used to build affordable housing. 

Still, when The Mouse sinks its teeth into an idea, one tends to think more in terms of “when” than “if.”

Source:  Los Angeles Times (registration required)