One of our childhood dreams is to go to Disneyland for a trip into the fantasy worlds. However, the nearest Disneyland is in Hong Kong and flying thousands of kilometres there for a visit to Disneyland is just not something everybody can afford.
Meanwhile, it appears that Malaysians can cross out this long-standing wish from their bucket lists as Malaysia is about to have its very own Disneyland.
On 15 November, the EXCO of Tourism, Heritage and Culture of Melaka, Datuk Muhammad Jailani Khamis revealed that the Disneyland theme park, dubbed Disney City, will be built in Jasin, Melaka.
“After more than 20 years, we will have a new theme park. Even though it is not that big but I feel that it is more than enough to be able to bring in Disney,” he said.
“Disneyland is in the pipeline, as for now, we are planning for it to be in the Jasin district. However, we cannot tell the exact location yet. It will be around 150 to 200 acres (60.7 to 80.9 hectares).”
Meanwhile, Jailani said that the construction of the Disney theme park will start in 2027 and will cost about RM2 billion. In addition, it will also be the first Disney theme park among the ASEAN countries.
In the press conference, the EXCO member said that he wanted to give tourists options while choosing Melaka as a destination for their vacation.
“I want those who come to Melaka to have options, they can go A Famosa, they can go to Disneyland to sleep, relax and have fun,” he said.
Disney project will help spur the state’s income
According to Jailani, this project will help the state government to achieve the targeted 18.7 million tourists that the state recorded in 2019 and increase it to 20 million in the span of 3 years.
Meanwhile, Jailani said the cost of the project not only covers the construction of Disneyland but also the new transportation system called the “Maglev”.
The Maglev will be a brand-new train system that connects all the tourist hotspots across Melaka spanning roughly 22km in length. The train will be a wheel-less rail train that floats with the electromagnetic force which is inline with Melaka’s goal of building a green city.
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After the news broke out, a reporter for Southeast Asia CNN went on for verification with a Disney official, to which he confirmed that Disney will not be building a theme park in Melaka.
In a tweet, Heather Chen quoted the Disney official saying, “Not true. It’s fake news and purely speculative.”
As of the time of writing, the Melaka EXCO, who made the announcement, Datuk Muhammad Jailani Khamis, has yet to make a statement about this issue.
Stay tuned for more updates!
To clarify: My tweet has now been deleted on orders of Disney. But the original clarification I made from reaching out and reporting still stands — There are no official plans for a Disney themed park in Malacca, earlier reports were purely speculative and misinformed.— Heather Chen (@heatherchen_) November 17, 2022