December 5th, 2013 (InsideCostaRica.com) Disney spokespeople are denying claims made by the mayor of Liberia, Guanacaste yesterday that the company plans to build a theme park in the country.
Mayor of Liberia, Luis Gerardo Castañeda, announced to several local media outlets, as well as a local television station, that Disney planned to build a large theme park near the Liberia airport.
“While Costa Rica is an attractive market, we have no plans for the region at this time,” Disney spokeswoman Angela Bliss told local media in an email.
Castañeda, speaking by telephone to morning television show Buen Dia, told viewers that the municipality was days away from the completing the permitting process and expected that ground could be broken on the project early next year, on a 7,000 hectare property adjacent to the Liberia Airport.
Castañeda called his statements a “misunderstanding.”
Castañeda’s announcement even came as a surprise to the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT) and the Coalition for Development Initiatives (Cinde), two of the primary institutions responsible for attracting this sort of investment.
ICT head, Hermes Navarro, said the institute has never been approached by Disney officials.