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Rumors of a Disneyland in the tiny island of Singapore dates back as far as the early 1990s. The myth was popularized by the long stretch between Yio Chu Kang MRT station and Khatib MRT Station where ‘Disneyland MRT Station’ was purported to be built.
Indeed, there is some truth to the myth.
In a Parliment session held on 21 April 2005, then-Minister for Trade and Industry, Lim Hng Kiang, mentioned that the government had “earmarked a piece of land in Seletar” for Disneyland and that it was “a lovely site with the (Seletar) reservoir as the backdrop”
With that said, the plans fell through due to financial and land disagreements It is estimated that 300 hectares of land will be needed to build Disneyland, a size that cannot be justified for land-scarce Singapore. For comparison, Universal Studios SIngapore took up 20 hectares of land in Sentosa. It is also said that Walt Disney also wanted the involvement and funding of the government of Singapore.
Building of the Disneyland eventually went to Hong Kong. Opened in 2005, Hong Kong Disneyland is majority-owned by the Hong Kong Government but managed by Walt Disney.