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Niagara Falls Considered as a Possible Location for NEW Disney Theme Park

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This is truly hard to believe!

Niagara Falls, one of the most breathtaking natural wonders in the world, has captivated visitors for centuries with its awe-inspiring beauty. Known for its powerful cascades and mesmerizing mist, this magnificent sight has caught the eyes of millions of tourists.

It also caught the eye of one of the world’s most brilliant visionaries: Walt Disney.

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A Trip That Changed Walt’s Mind

Back in 1963, Walt Disney was fresh off the massive success of Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. After seeing how lucrative and popular the Park was, Walt knew that he wanted to create another Park that was even bigger and better.

The idea for Walt Disney World began to formulate in his mind; there was just one problem. It was difficult, even in 1963, for Walt to find the perfect area for a Park. He needed somewhere with a lot of land, easy access, and good weather all year round.

During a trip around the United States with his wife, Lillian, his brother, Roy, and his sister-in-law, Edna, Walt visited the incredible Niagara Falls.

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Walt Disney World… At Niagara?!

Immediately, Walt loved Niagara Falls. He found the area beautiful and was interested in it, especially due to its already massive tourist appeal. During his visit, Walt began seriously considering it as a location for the future Walt Disney World Resort. By combining the breathtaking beauty of Niagara Falls with the enchantment of Disney, this new location could have really been a magical experience for Guests.

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Unfortunately, this idea never ended up happening because of the harsh winter weather that Niagara Falls has. Walt was sure that he needed the new Resort to be a year-round location like Disneyland Resort. Eventually, Walt found his perfect location in Orlando, Florida. Still, it is so interesting to think about what could have been if he had gone through with Niagara Falls as a location.

About Eva Miller

Eva was born and raised in the beautiful state of Oregon but has since relocated and lives in New York City. Since she was young, Eva has loved to perform in musicals, especially Disney ones! Through performing, Disney’s music became the soundtrack of her childhood. Today, Eva loves to write about all the exciting happenings for the Walt Disney Company. In her free time, Eva loves to travel, spend time in nature, and go to Broadway shows. Her favorite Disney movie is 'Lilo and Stitch,' and her favorite Park is Disney's Animal Kingdom.