New Orleans’ ‘Welcome’ theme park opens in new location
New Orleans is about to get a brand new theme park as part of a $5 billion plan to build a major regional tourism hub in New Orleans, a development that could create thousands of new jobs and generate $10 billion in economic activity over 20 years.
The park will open in 2020, as part in a deal between the city and Walt Disney World, and will be the centerpiece of the $1.5 billion $10.8 billion plan announced Monday by Mayor Mitch Landrieu.
It will be called The Walt Disney Park and will span a swath of land between New Orleans and Lake Pontchartrain, the city’s westernmost point.
Landrieu said the new park would be a “homecoming” for the city, as it will be home to the nation’s largest amusement park, and be a hub for visitors from around the world to enjoy its attractions, including its theme park and indoor and outdoor events.
“New Orleans will continue to grow and prosper under this new vision for the future of the city,” Landrieo said in a statement.
“I am excited to partner with Walt Disney to bring this world-class park to New Orleans.”
Landrieo added that Disney is “fortunate to be a part of the new vision and a part that will deliver lasting benefits to the city.”
Landieu added that The Walt Walt Disney Parks and Resorts will be among the largest theme parks in the world, and that it would be “unparalleled” to see the Disney parks in New York, Paris, Berlin, Milan, Tokyo, Singapore and Seoul.
Landieo also said The Walt, along with Disney’s theme parks, will add thousands of jobs.
The project will be funded through a $10 million grant from the New Orleans Economic Development Corp. to the City of New Orleans.
It is the first major tourism project of its kind in the country.
Landeeu said Disney will also create more than 3,000 new jobs, create over 1,100 construction jobs and bring millions of dollars in tax revenue to the local economy.
The New Orleans-based Walt Disney Company owns and operates parks in Shanghai, Tokyo and Los Angeles, among other countries.
Lando said that Disney will continue its long-standing commitment to promoting local jobs and the city of New Paris.
The Walt Disney Theme Parks are one of the most popular tourist attractions in the U.S. and attract more than 40 million visitors annually.
They include the Fantasyland, which opened in 2010, and the Animal Kingdom, which debuted in 2014.