All my life I had envied the U.S for their amped up Theme Parks and destinations.
From Universal studios to Six flags, to Disneyland - the U.S has got us, and most of the world beat when it comes to stellar theme park experiences.
I did not grow up here in Montreal, and back on the prairies we did not have the luxury of a local theme park like La Ronde, or even the short drive to close parks nearby.
Mike Bostoli, from The Disney Blog, believes that its time for Disney to build its third park in North America, and the only place to do it is in Toronto!
Imagine my excitement when reading that Disneyland Canada could potentially be a reality!
Here is some facts about why this will work and should happen ASAP:
- Toronto has many large municipalities with hundreds of thousands of people nearby
- Over 8 million Canadians live within a few hours drive to Toronto
- 2012 population data reveals that 35% of U.S citizens live within driving distance of Toronto, expected to increase to 141 million by 2050
- Our dollar is currently lower than the U.S dollar, making increased affordability a factor for many.
It's easy to assume the next location should be in New York state, or somewhere along the North East - but Bostoli feels a move to Canada would be a "big, counterintuitive plus."
The issue with this type of theme park opening in Canada is that it could be quite costly to develop new park grounds... but the solution could be right under Disney's nose!
Canada's Wonderland theme park has been struggling for a number of years, but the location remains very popular.
To this day, Canada's Wonderland is still owned by Ohio's Cedar Fair Entertainment. A potential buyout or partnership between to U.S theme park titans is not far from reality. The park could be bought and redeveloped in no time at all, and we all know Disney has the $ to make it happen!
The potential new Disneyland location is approx. 3.5 times bigger than the Magic Kingdom today, and about the same size of Disneyland's Hong Kong Resort. There is plenty of space.
The other thing to consider is dates of operation. Currently, the season for Wonderland is May-October.
As Canadians, we are not afraid of winter. Hell, Montreal has a Ferris Wheel at Place Des Arts right now! There is no reason Disneyland could not find a way to incorporate our winter season into a kick-ass theme park.
Think of the potential Frozen village - ice castles, outdoor activities, it could be the Anna and Elsa experience that, thus far, only dreams are made of!
We could have new rides and Disney classics. The massive grounds could make it pretty easy for the Imagineers to build new experiences surrounding Disney's film roll-outs, including the Marvel Universe!
The photos I've included show just how amazing a Wintery Disneyland could be! Let's be real - the Disneyland Canada Christmas events would put every other Disney resort to shame!
What do you think? Should Disneyland make the jump to Canada? I think we need to get a petition moving and bring this into a reality.