September 2, 1994 |
The Walt Disney Co. said it will open its theme park in Virginia on schedule even if extra freeway lanes and a new interchange needed to serve it are years from completion, although government officials warned that could lead to gridlock for thousands of drivers. Putting 5 million to 6 million annual park guests on western Prince William County's existing narrow roads and four-lane I-66 would create "an enormous problem," said Kathleen K.
September 30, 1994 |
In abandoning its proposed Virginia site for a bitterly opposed $650-million theme park, Walt Disney Co. scored points on Wall Street and among its critics in the academic and environmental communities, protecting an image as a responsible and savvy company. But some observers said Thursday that its sudden about-face may have damaged its credibility and demonstrated that it can be whipped, raising questions about its prospects for reviving the project at another location.
September 18, 1994 |
Thousands of people opposing a theme park to be built near the historic battlegrounds of Virginia marched on Washington on Saturday to raise national awareness of their fight. Close to 3,000 opponents, including activist Ralph Nader, came from as far away as Florida, California and New York and as close as various counties in Virginia to have their say about Disney's America. Disney's America is the Walt Disney Co.'
March 9, 1994 |
Walt Disney Co. is moving away from organizing its proposed park in Prince William County, Va., around nine history-themed "territories," such as the Civil War and slavery, prompted in part by historians' concern that the familiar Disney theme park concept could oversimplify the past.
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June 27, 1994 |
James McPherson was leading the way through the Huntington Library on Sunday, pointing out some of his favorite things among the mementos of his old friend, Abraham Lincoln. There was the Emancipation Proclamation, of course, and the bills (one for $5) that Lincoln sent out as a young Illinois lawyer, and letters written about whether he should run for the presidency. McPherson knows them all, for he was one of the organizers of the much-praised Lincoln exhibit at the San Marino library.
June 14, 1994 |
The Walt Disney Co. is more determined than ever to build its theme park in Prince William County, Va., the company's chairman, Michael D. Eisner, said Monday, expressing outrage at critics who question whether Disney's America is a good idea for the region. Eisner said that if he had foreseen that opposition would be so fierce, he would have delayed the project by a year and taken more time to prepare a public-relations campaign.