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 one Victorian MP outlining three Melbourne locations for a potential theme park in his calls for tourism bigwigs to back the vision.

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

He told the hosts that the park could be put in the suburbs of Dandenong, Cranbourne or Frankston – all of which are in his electorate.

“They are so good that I cannot easily divide them. To prove that the world is small after all, the best locations turned out to be in my electorate,” he said.

“Unlike other parts of Melbourne, Disney would be welcomed with open arms in South East Melbourne.

“We have tens of thousands of families with kids looking for something to do, and a great workforce that wants to live and work close to home.”

The move follows US company Walt Disney announcing it is developing $60 billion worth of plans to “accelerate and expand investment” in its parks and experiences division.

This is understood to include investment in international parks.

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

During his performance in The Project, Mr. Limbrick called on Victorian Tourism Minister Steve Dimopoulos to tell him their Melbourne company was open for business.

He called on the minister to tell the Walt Disney Company that they would “get all the help” they can get if they want to establish a park in Victoria that would be “welcomed by the people of south-east Melbourne”.

“It’s the only logical place for the happiest place on earth. We have to get Disney’s attention,” he said on the project.

“What I asked the government from the tourism minister last Thursday is to set up a meeting with Disney and tell them Melbourne is open for business and we want them to invest.

“The government can do some things that won’t cost taxpayers money.

“(They can) ensure they can streamline planning applications, maybe even give them a tax holiday when they set up.

“Those kinds of things can be really attractive to a foreign investor like Disney.”

Having brought it up in Parliament, Mr Limbrick said he had “had a great response”.

“I think one of the things we have to do is create a movement of people who actually want it,” he said.

“People in south-east Melbourne would be very interested in that.”

While dreams may come true, co-host Kate Langbroek doubted that wish would actually come true.

“David, you’re amazing, but we’re not going to get Disneyland,” she told Mr Limbrick.

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

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

“Do you remember Australia’s Wonderland in Western Sydney doing very well for years. All the jobs that she had … eventually died, but you know,” she said.

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

Mr Limbrick’s desire for Australia’s Disneyland comes after Melbourne Mayor Sally Capp AO suggested Werribee as a potential site.

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

The plans were withdrawn by the state government in 2008 because of the high cost to taxpayers.

A magical extension of Disneyland

The first ‘happiest city 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 opened on July 17, 1955.

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

More than half a century later, the dream became a reality, expanding to two other continents with a total of seven parks.

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