Disneyland could come to South Australia under winemaker’s audacious plan: McLaren Vale

Inside the audacious plan to bring Disneyland to Australia with a consortium of power brokers already selecting a surprising location for the ‘happiest place in the world’

  • Winemaker Warren Randall is calling on the SA government to open a Disneyland
  • He says the potential project makes ‘a lot of sense’ would make a ‘statement’
  • Mr Randall is also offering part of his land holdings as a site for the attraction

A renowned winemaker has revealed his audacious plan to bring Disneyland to South Australia

Warren Randall, the owner of the Seppeltsfield and Penny’s Hill winery, is calling on a consortium of business leaders and governments to look into the creation of the world’s seventh Disneyland in the state. 

He wants them to fund the project and says that it could generate a huge number of jobs and other investment. 

Mr Randall says the potential project makes ‘a lot of sense’ for Adelaide and would make a ‘statement’. 

He is also offering part of his extensive land holdings as a site for the attraction.

Warren Randall, the owner of the Seppeltsfield and Penny's Hill winery, is calling on a consortium of business leaders and governments to bring Disneyland to the state

Warren Randall, the owner of the Seppeltsfield and Penny’s Hill winery, is calling on a consortium of business leaders and governments to bring Disneyland to the state

Mr Randall is also offering part of his extensive winery land holdings as a site for the attraction

Mr Randall is also offering part of his extensive winery land holdings as a site for the attraction

‘I think, in tourism, we’re all a little bit sick and tired of Adelaide being the place you fly over when you go from Sydney to Perth. It is time we made a statement, a few statements, in our state,’ Mr Randall told The Advertiser.

‘McLaren Vale would be my spot – wide, open, flat, next to the beach, next to the ranges – makes a lot of sense.’

Pictured: Warren Randall, the owner of the Seppeltsfield and Penny's Hill winery, SA

Pictured: Warren Randall, the owner of the Seppeltsfield and Penny’s Hill winery, SA

Asked if he would make some of his Randall Wine Group’s land available for a Disneyland, Mr Randall said much of his land was planted to vineyards.

‘But, definitely, I would love to make land available for the location to kickstart it. Definitely. Either you sell the land into a consortium or you lease it or you gift it – you find a way,’ he said.

‘Firstly, you find the right location, on the right area. I think because we are so close to the beach, the hills and the city, particularly with the two-way Southern Expressway, that makes all the difference.

‘Anaheim, the Disneyland in California, has fantastic resources, great infrastructure in terms of traffic, getting there, buses, parking et cetera.

‘But we already have the model. We have the land. We’ve just got to have the will, the desire and the energy to put it together.’

Mr Randall says the potential project makes 'a lot of sense' for Adelaide and would make a 'statement'

Mr Randall says the potential project makes ‘a lot of sense’ for Adelaide and would make a ‘statement’

Asked if he would make some of his Randall Wine Group's land available for a Disneyland, Mr Randall said much of his land was planted to vineyards, but he would offer some

Asked if he would make some of his Randall Wine Group’s land available for a Disneyland, Mr Randall said much of his land was planted to vineyards, but he would offer some 

Mr Randall said there needs to be 'a lot of political shunt' to assess the jobs and income the theme park would generate

Mr Randall said there needs to be ‘a lot of political shunt’ to assess the jobs and income the theme park would generate

However, he said it was essential for a ‘body and strength of commitment from the local region’ for a potential SA Disneyland. 

He also said there needs to be ‘a lot of political shunt’ to assess the jobs and income the theme park – dubbed ‘the happiest place in the world’ – would generate.

Asked if the state government should investigate further, Mr Randall said: ‘Definitely. Absolutely. Why wouldn’t they want to create tourism jobs (and) invite international guests, families, accommodation?

‘It would have a huge knock-on effect for our state and start to grow us again, rather than shrink.’

A spokesman for Premier Peter Malinauskas said the state government had not received ‘any proposal of this nature’ but added: ‘Mr Randall is a bold entrepreneur who has made a significant contribution to the state’.

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