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June 14, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
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.
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September 30, 1994 | FAYE FIORE and KATHRYN HARRIS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
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.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 1993
I see that the Virginia Legislature threatens to deny funding for Disney's $30-million highway improvement for their planned facility there. Perhaps they'll find another location for their theme pork. WILLIAM ROBBINS Los Angeles
NEWS
September 29, 1994 | KATHRYN HARRIS and JESUS SANCHEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Walt Disney Co. unexpectedly hoisted a white flag Wednesday on the Civil War battlefields of Virginia, abandoning its preferred site for the $650-million "Disney's America" theme park that had been pilloried as a vulgar commercial assault on a piece of the nation's most hallowed ground. Disney vowed not to scrap the project itself, however, and announced that it will search for a less controversial location for the historical theme park, preferably still in Virginia.
NEWS
September 2, 1994 | From Washington Post
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.
BUSINESS
September 30, 1994 | FAYE FIORE and KATHRYN HARRIS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
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.
NEWS
September 18, 1994 | From Reuters
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.'
BUSINESS
March 9, 1994 | SPENCER S. HSU, WASHINGTON POST
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 1994 | J. MICHAEL KENNEDY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
BUSINESS
June 14, 1994 | WILLIAM F. POWERS, THE WASHINGTON POST
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.
NEWS
September 25, 1994 | FAYE FIORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The upstairs bedroom that belongs to 8-year-old Kelly Urso is a veritable shrine to "101 Dalmatians." She has the bedspread, the pajamas, the notebook, the lunch box. So in love is she with the Walt Disney Co.'s animated spotted dog that her dad plunked down $150 for a real one. But downstairs, in the basement that belongs to Kelly's 39-year-old father, is a bunker recently converted to run the Walt Disney Co. out of the state of Virginia.
NEWS
September 18, 1994 | From Reuters
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.'
NEWS
September 2, 1994 | From Washington Post
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.
NEWS
August 17, 1994 | ELIZABETH MEHREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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 | J. MICHAEL KENNEDY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
September 25, 1994 | FAYE FIORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The upstairs bedroom that belongs to 8-year-old Kelly Urso is a veritable shrine to "101 Dalmatians." She has the bedspread, the pajamas, the notebook, the lunch box. So in love is she with the Walt Disney Co.'s animated spotted dog that her dad plunked down $150 for a real one. But downstairs, in the basement that belongs to Kelly's 39-year-old father, is a bunker recently converted to run the Walt Disney Co. out of the state of Virginia.
NEWS
August 17, 1994 | ELIZABETH MEHREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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?
BUSINESS
June 14, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
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.
BUSINESS
June 14, 1994 | WILLIAM F. POWERS, THE WASHINGTON POST
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.
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