Disneyland Australia: Libertarian MP reveals three locations for possible theme park in Melbourne

The dream of an Australian version of Disneyland may not be so far-fetched after all, with a Victorian MP outlining three locations in Melbourne for a possible theme park in his appeal to tourism heavyweights to support the vision.

South East Metro Libertarian MP David Limbrick spoke about his vision for an Australian version of the beloved resort on Channel 10’s The Project on Tuesday night, saying he had narrowed down three “potential exceptional locations” to make it a reality.

He told guests the park could be located in the suburbs of Dandenong, Cranbourne or Frankston, all in his electorate.

“They’re so good I can’t share them easily. To show that the world is small after all, it turns out that the best positions are in my electorate,” she said.

“Unlike other parts of Melbourne, Disney would be welcomed with open arms in Melbourne’s south-east.

“We have tens of thousands of families with children looking for things to do and a large workforce who would like to live and work close to home.”

The move follows the American-based Walt Disney Company’s announcement that it is developing $60 billion in plans to “accelerate and expand investment” in its parks and experiences division.

It is understood that this also includes investment in international parks.

There are currently six Disneyland locations in California, Paris, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Shanghai, along with the Florida version known as Magic Kingdom.

During his appearance on The Project, Limbrick called on Victoria’s tourism minister, Steve Dimopoulos, to say the Melbourne company was open for business.

He urged the minister to tell the Walt Disney Company that “all assistance” would be given if they wanted to establish a park in Victoria, which would be “welcomed by the people of Melbourne’s south-east”.

“This is the only logical place for the happiest place on earth. We need to get Disney’s attention,” she said of the project.

“What I asked the government, the tourism minister, last Thursday, to have a meeting with Disney and tell them that Melbourne is open for business and we would like them to invest.

“There are things the government could do that won’t cost taxpayers money.

“(They can) provide assurances that they can streamline planning applications, which could even give them a tax exemption when they start up.

“This kind of thing could be really attractive to a foreign investor like Disney.”

Since raising the issue in parliament, Limbrick said he has “had a great response”.

“I think before we have a Disney, one of the things we need to do is build the movement of people who really want it,” he said.

“People in Melbourne’s south-east would be very interested in this.”

Although the dream may come true, co-host Kate Langbroek doubted whether this wish could actually come true.

“David, you’re great but we’re not getting Disneyland,” he told Mr. Limbrick.

The congressman remained optimistic and told her: “You have to dream.”

Fellow presenter Sarah Harris was quick to remind everyone how successful the Wonderland theme park in western Sydney has been.

“You remember Australia’s Wonderland has done very, very well in western Sydney for years. All the jobs he had…he ended up dying, but you know,” she said.

Despite Limbrick’s appeal, Frankston City Council mayor Nathan Conroy has remained largely silent on the issue.

Limbrick’s desire for an Australian Disneyland came after Melbourne Mayor Sally Capp AO proposed Werribee as a potential location.

The suburb – 32km south-west of Melbourne’s CBD – was previously a potential location for a $220 million adventure park.

The plans were withdrawn in 2008 by the state government due to high costs to taxpayers.

The magical expansion of Disneyland

The first place to have the “happiest place on earth” was the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California.

It was the first theme park opened by creator Walt Disney and the only one designed and built under his direct supervision. The park was officially inaugurated on July 17, 1955.

The idea for the park came from watching his daughters Sharon and Diane spin on a carousel. From there was born her desire to create a place where adults and children could have fun.

Over half a century later, the dream became a reality and expanded to two more continents with seven parks in total.

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