BANGKOK — The Walt Disney Co. today dispelled rumors the Magic Kingdom is coming to the neighboring Communist Republic.
Responding to false reports on social media and the domestic news media that the world’s seventh Disneyland theme park was coming to the Marxist mountain nation, a representative from the U.S.-based Walt Disney Parks and Resorts said that is not the case.
“We continually look for ways to grow our business and as part of that process, we have conversations with many different entities,” spokeswoman Christi Erwin Donnan said by email. “While Laos is an attractive market, we have no plans for the region at this time.”
Disney’s refutation of the claim comes after a number of media agencies, including Nation TV and Voice TV, reported that a Disney theme park was to be built in Laos, one of the poorest countries in the world.
The reports appeared to have sprung from a misinterpretation of an article – since moved behind a paywall – on the Vientiane Times news site, which quoted a real estate developer’s claim to be building “Disney Laos” near the border city of Thakhek.
In fact, Disney Laos was only a nickname for the project, the Thakhek Dream World City, which is unrelated to the multinational Disney entertainment empire.
Additional reporting Simon Duncan