April 16, 2006 at 7:50 pm #51732
From todays Sunday Times:
An article that says Disney is in well advanced discussions to open a theme park on the Costa del Sol in four to five years time.
I have heard talk of this over the last few years but am interested to find out more. Location is the first major question as the article says that the park will be close to the town of Manilva. Does anyone know what the specific location is likely to be, and where the Sevilla motorway is likely to hit the coast?
While you may think that a disney park will boost the local property market I wonder because I would imagine living in the vicinity of such extensive building could be extremely unpleasant for quite a while.
& if you think this may be a good investment opportunity -most of the housing stock on the coast is of such low quality even the new buildings are likely to look tatty by the time the park is open.
Also it strikes me as a strange choice of location for a disney park when tourism isn’t exactly thriving on the costas as much cheaper alternatives in Europe are becoming available.
Any information /thoughts /specualtion would be of interest -for all I know they just had a spare column to fill in the paper and the project is a non starter…
April 16, 2006 at 8:37 pm #61740
If you read it again it doesn’t actually say that, the disney guy says they aren’t even seeking to open a mini-park, they are talking about kids clubs. It sounds a very dubious article, the rumours have been circulating for years….too far from the airport, no trains. Even Selwo is losing money and Tivoli only opens weekends, you can go to Disney Florida for the same price as a decent hotel here.
April 17, 2006 at 11:21 am #61743
😮 Why all the negative thoughts. ? Spain is still far and away the most popular tourist destination for Brits so this will only improve a favoourable situation.
As to the remark about property quality on the coast the writer is clearly not a builder or surveyor.
This is the most important news to emerge from the Sol in recent years and if true and properly handled (I cannot see Disney handling it clumsily) should mean everyone benefits. The short term might mean discomfort for those living very close to the buiding work and afterwards the greatly increased numbers of visitors will adveresely effect some BUT the enormous increase in prosperity and property prices will enable anyone who feels disinclined to live near a theme park to move to somewhere quieter and still be well in pocket.
Lets welcome change and the prosperity it will bring.
April 17, 2006 at 12:18 pm #61744
I agree totally with olly. Spain is a wonderful country with lovely people and culture. As fa as property goes, yes there are probably buildings that are badly constructed, as in many other countries, but also many that are beutifully build with very high quality and finishes. Spain will always be popular. Other places in Europe that we are being encouraged to invest in have not got the infrastructure and also some of them, in my view, unstable politically. Recent warzones etc Just another way for estate agents to make more money.
April 17, 2006 at 5:18 pm #61746
If this is true (I hope it is) then this is excellent news for the coast. It appears that all you read these days about the Costa Del Sol is bad news so something like this could really put this destination back in the limelight which it really needs.
April 17, 2006 at 9:25 pm #61748
Rumours, probably started by estate agents and developers have been circulating here for years. A few years ago it was Elviria (timed with the start of numerous new developments) and a few weeks ago it was Antequera. Estepona area has surfaced before. now manilva, well, it has hundreds of unsold apartments under construction, its a load of bull****
April 18, 2006 at 1:15 pm #61759
Could not agree more, talk of Disneyworld on the CDS has been doing the rounds for many years and is pure hype to promote depressed property markets.
April 18, 2006 at 2:16 pm #61763
I just found a post in a local manilva forum that treats the article with the contempt it deserves
You may find it quite amusing.
Having lived on the CDL for 3+ years I have been hearing the rumours from day 1, and now it seems obvious to me that there is nothing new in the article, and the paper just had a spare column to fill in.
Why all the negativity man???? Well I think that the housing market is overpriced (as does the governor of the bank of Spain) and what worries just as much about buying in Spain is the substandard build quality, even in the so-called prestigeous areas.
Common problems in build quality are especially evident in the winter whan many houses are damp and made colder still by the drafts blowing through poor quality doors and windows -which are easily broken (into).
I need something tangible to be positive about, not the comments of someone that clearly has a vested interest announcing that there will be “enormous increase in prosperity and property prices.”
How is that logically possible and why should it be?
April 23, 2006 at 3:28 pm #61822
Hi, does anyone actually know how much truth there is to this article? As Mark Stucklin also writes for the Times perhaps he could shed some light on the matter?
April 23, 2006 at 4:18 pm #61823
I have no more information. It seems to me that the Sunday Times article (see link in first post) says all there is to know about the situation at present. We will just have to wait and see.
April 23, 2006 at 8:07 pm #61826
From what I’ve read, proposals are for a educational park not a theme park as in Florida. It is being backed by the Junta de Andalucia’s education department
These are only proposals with nothing further than that.
It could even be an excuse to put a Disney shop there with some educational bits added on
August 9, 2006 at 1:04 pm #64523
Well i hope ‘Disney’ choose a good independent Lawyer!!! 😆 😆 😆
August 9, 2006 at 2:12 pm #64528
It seems Disney has bought 200,000 hectares and has had planning permission to build a childrens theme park in the next 3-5 years. I read an article recently in the internet saying the town hall in Manilva are supporting Disneys proposals and everything is in place to start development
August 9, 2006 at 2:56 pm #64531
Can you provide a link? suprised there wasn’t anything in the local paper and also amazed that there is any lnd of that size down there, its full of construction sites!
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