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.'
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 1994
Re: Disney's America ("Uncivil War Over Disney Plan," Aug. 17): I am neither a stuffy egghead nor of the NIMBY group and I vigorously oppose Disney's building their park in that area (Haymarket, Va.). Anyone can take a look at the area around Disneyland in Anaheim and say "NITA--Not in That Area," about Disney's America. They should put it somewhere else, such as someplace where the unemployment is high. Watch out for Disney, they always want the local entity to supply half the money to build their establishments.
August 17, 1994 |
There are no cannons exploding this time, no thundering hoofbeats or trumpeted calls-to-arms. But in the quiet country that lies between Washington and the Blue Ridge Mountains, a full-scale battle has been joined. And as was often said about an earlier conflict in these hills and valleys: there ain't nothing civil about it. Today's troops are fighting for economic truth and justice. They are battling about building. Hovering over the whole dispute is this question: Whose history is it, anyway?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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 |
Disney Chief Vows Tenacity on Virginia Park: Walt Disney Co. Chairman Michael D. Eisner said he has been surprised by the strong opposition to the company's proposed theme park in Virginia but said he has no intention of dropping the project. "If the people think we will back off, they are mistaken," Eisner told the Washington Post. Eisner said he wants to make the completion of Disney's America, a $650-million theme park focused on U.S. history, the highlight of his chairmanship.