Wouldn’t it be great if Disneyland were closer for Texans? Instead of an 11+ hour drive to Anaheim, California, Mickey and all the crew along with the landscaped features and rides being inside the Lone Star state would really save on windshield time and airport queues. An article published in late August 2020 excited this fantasy by claiming Disneyland officials planned to move the park from the Golden State to Texas.
The article likened the decision to those made by thousands of residents and hundreds of companies, who have already made this geographical change. Quotes within the piece note “it makes more financial sense to move to Texas” and that the decision has been under review “for quite some time.” For 12 years, Texas has held first place in attracting California companies. Likely reasons are attributed to our lack of state income tax and corporate income tax. In fact, the Dallas-Fort Worth area is home to the third overall most Fortune 500 headquarters in the United States. New York City and Chicago hold the first and second spots, respectively. In 2018, over 86,000 people moved to Texas from California.
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Unfortunately, the article’s claim of relocation is completely false. The website, called “Uncle Walt’s Insider,” is actually a satire publication which has been generating tongue-in-cheek posts since at least 2018. Their parody stories regularly cause excitement but are debunked by Snopes. Other recent “news” of this vein include SeaWorld San Diego moving to San Antonio (SeaWorld San Antonio opened in 1988). It’s a total letdown for true disneyphiles hoping to minimize their drive times to enchantment, but hopefully it made for a chuckle or two! For now, all the Texas Six Flags, Morgan’s Wonderland, ZDT’s, and the Galveston Island Pleasure Pier will have to do. Enjoy these spots closer to home today!