If you’re like me, you are probably one of the millions of guests every year that travel either Anaheim, Orlando, Paris, Tokyo, Hong Kong, or Shanghai to visit one of the 6 Disney Theme Parks that are in these cities. But it seems like a new could be coming soon, and the possible location is a perfect one. Disney’s CEO Bob Iger has admitted that he has discussed the possibility of a Disney park in Saudi Arabia. And this is amazing because just a few years ago this idea would’ve been possible, but with the country’s new Vision 2030 plan, this idea could become a reality.
Now with the Vision 2030 plan, Saudi Arabia will be able to reduce their dependency on oil, diversify their economy and develop public service sectors, which included tourism. And this plans has manifested over the course of the last few weeks, with the Arab Music Ensemble of the Egyptian Opera House performing in Riyadh, Avengers: Infinity War premiering along with the international release, and WWE’s “Greatest Royal Rumble,” which just happened a week ago at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Jeddah.
And construction has already begun on the multi-billion dollar Al-Qiddiya cultural, sports and entertainment destination, which is just 24 miles from the capital city of Riyadh. This destination will reportedly be housing several recreational activities including a safari and a Six Flags Theme Park. The inauguration for the destination will also receive royal patronage, which will be a symbolic gesture showing the support of the Vision 2030 plan.
Now, admist all of this massive reform, Iger has met with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman just this last month, and he then spoke with the Council on Foreign Affairs about the possibility of bringing a Disney park to Saudi Arabia.
“…he made an impassioned plea to me to consider building Disneyland in Saudi Arabia,” Iger said. “And I listened with curiosity and somewhat of an open mind. And I explained that when we make decisions like this, we consider cultural issues, economic issues, and political issues. And this was—and it’s—it may seem simple, but it’s far more complex.” Iger went on to explain he has plans to meet with the crowned prince again in the future.
“I ended up saying that I would visit and see for myself, but that in no way should be interpreted to mean we’re developing a park, but that I would listen—but I’m a fun—I often say to the senior executives of Disney, if you don’t go you can’t grow,” Iger said.
Now, obviously, there are no plans right now for the theme park to open, but it would be very cool for a 7th Disney Theme Park to open, and if this one in Saudi Arabia opens, it would be the 5th overseas Disney Park to open. But let me know what you guys think in the comments, and stay tuned to That Hashtag Show for more Disney news.
Source: Inside The Magic