Disney is looking at Great Yarmouth in Norfolk as the perfect location for a new theme park to rival its operations in Paris, the Suffolk Gazette can reveal.
Executives at the leisure giant want to expand European reach and see Yarmouth, which is Britain’s premier upmarket holiday destination, as ideal.
Key to Disney’s final choice is the availability of a quality local workforce. Recruitment specialists scoured Norfolk to find potential candidates and returned with positive reports:
– Many locals appear familiar with Disney characters, with 2014 Norfolk birth records showing 750 babies were named Goofy, while another 429 were called Dumbo
– Norfolk residents with webbed feet are closely related to ducks (as revealed in the Suffolk Gazette last month), so would be able to act out Donald’s character with ease
– There are plenty of local big-eared rodents capable of playing Mickey Mouse (although these men currently work in nearby turkey factories)
– Hundreds of other men closely resembling the Disney character Shrek were spotted working on farms north of Yarmouth
A Norfolk farmworker celebrates news that Disney might open in Yarmouth
The Suffolk Gazette understands a report is now on the desk of senior Disney management who are expected to make a decision by the end of the year.
A Yarmouth council insider said: “Our seaside resort is the perfect place for a new Disney theme park. Why go to France, Florida or California when you can come to Norfolk?
“It’s the perfect place for weird and wacky characters.”