This weekend, the Sunday Times reported that Disney is talking with Spanish officials about building on farmland near the Spanish town of Manilva, on the Costa del Sol, a popular tourist area. Disney said it was investigating various possibilities, from a summer camp for children, to a full-scale theme park.
Other large theme parks in Spain, such as the Warner Bros Park in Madrid, and PortAventura near Barcelona, have proved quite successful. On one hand Disney executive Javier Sansierra denied the entertainment company planned a full-scale theme park like Disneyland Paris in Spain, but officials in Manilva suggested that Disney’s “eventual aim is to open a Euro Disney-type park in four or five years.”
The Walt Disney Company had originally planned to open a Disney theme park on the Costa del Sol in the late 1980s, but the company eventually decided for Paris, largely for its better communication infrastructure.