WALT Disney World's fourth Orlando theme park, which could open as early as 1997, will mix wild animals with nature walks and elaborate thrill rides, the Orlando Sentinel reported Saturday, citing a confidential marketing video.
Disney sources cautioned that although the basic concepts will remain the same, the park's design is constantly being revised, the newspaper said.
The Sentinel's report, based on viewings of the marketing video, said the 500-acre animal park will have a strong conservation theme. It will provide competition for other animal theme parks and rides in central Florida, including Tampa's Busch Gardens and the Jurassic Park attraction planned for Universal Studios Florida in Orlando.
``It's got more of that fun for the younger adults and older kids than Universal has,'' Alan Gould, a theme park analyst at Kidder, Peabody & Co. told the Sentinel.
``And I would have to think this is going to be huge competition for Busch Gardens.''
Like the Magic Kingdom, the newest park is divided into several lands connected by a central hub, according to the video, which has been shown to tourists as part of a marketing study.