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Disney spans the globe

Things have had a bit of an historical flavor lately here in Progress City, but like any good city of the future we must always keep looking forward at what’s just over the horizon. This means a trip to the Rumor Mill, which just so happens to be currently bursting at the seams with buzz about new Disney theme park projects. We’ve mentioned before that the Mill is a fickle and unpredictable thing; long spans can pass when it seems like nothing will happen, and then all of a sudden there’s a conflagration of speculation. Well, the worm has turned once more and gossip is rife with news about dozens of new projects for Disney parks worldwide. So much, in fact, that it’s almost becoming hard to track all the projects both real and speculative.

So, keeping in mind the caveats in my recent post, let’s look at what’s coming to the Disney parks over the next five years or so. Much ado has been made online about the years 2011 & 2012; as Walt Disney World’s 40th anniversary year and the culmination of California Adventure’s first five-year refurbishment, they will allegedly mark the arrival of many new experiences. Looking into the next decade, we’ll see new construction in Florida and Japan, the near-complete rebuilding of California Adventure and Disney Studios Paris, and a series of massive additions to the anemic Hong Kong Disneyland. Finally, it’s looking more and more like we’ll also be seeing an entirely new Disneyland in Shanghai.

Check in over the next few days as we take a look at the future.

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