Zimbabwe Outlines Plan for ‘Disneyland in Africa’

Zimbabwe Outlines Plan for 'Disneyland in Africa'
Victoria Falls

AFRICANGLOBE – Zimbabwe plans to build a “Disneyland in Africa” at the world famous Victoria Falls to boost tourism, according to reports confirmed by a government minister.

The government would spend more than $300m on the theme park, said Tourist Minister Walter Mzembi.

Zimbabwe is trying to rebuild its tourism industry after a decade of Western sanctions which caused hyperinflation.

President Robert Mugabe was elected for a seventh term in peaceful elections last month.

Zimbabwe is not leveraging the Victoria Falls enough, Mr Mzembi told reporters on Tuesday, describing it as a “sleeping giant”.

“It’s a wake-up call for us…we must build a new tourism facility with an impact,” he said.

“We think it should be modelled along the size and the kind of vision that is on Disneyland, including hotels, entertainment parks, restaurants, conferencing facilities. This is the vision and we need people who can run with it.”

‘Free Zone’

Mr Mzembi earlier told Zimbabwe’s official news agency New Ziana that the government wanted to create a free zone with a banking centre “where even people who do not necessarily live in Zimbabwe can open bank accounts” .

He announced the plans at the UN World Tourism Organisation general assembly, which Zimbabwe is co-hosting with Zambia.

The government already has plans to expand the Victoria Falls airport, saying it will invest about $150m in the project.

In the first quarter of this year, Zimbabwe’s tourism authority said the country registered a 17% increase in visitors.

If the country remains stable, it says, tourism is set to contribute 15% to the country’s GDP.

Over the past decade, Zimbabwe recorded the world’s highest inflation with its economy in virtual collapse caused by crippling European and american sanctions. However, a power-sharing deal reached after an acrimonious election in 2008 helped to stabilise the economy.

32 COMMENTS

  1. Fred, u need to stop believing every story u read on the internet.

    1. He did not say he is going to seize white companies.

    2. Nobody has said they will build disneyland in Zimbabwe.

    3. They said they ARE building a BLACK OWNED amusement park!!

    They said it will have a similar vision & size of disneyland, which means it will have QUOTE “hotels, entertainment parks, restaurants, conferencing facilities” ALL RUN BY BLACK PEOPLE.

    please do the research brotha!!

  2. I dont know what they are doing ! He says he wants to seikze White companies, do you think Disney is going to go there?? Make a Black amusement park damnit!!!!!

  3. I know walt disney was a racist scumbag and a lot of those disney characters are racist too. Zimbabwe would be last place on Earth to allow that evil bullshit.

  4. Awesome! Thankfully! I definitely want to support that. I was a bit miffed at that proposal, we all know what type of filth Walt Disney perpetrated. Didn’t get a African princess until 2009! You know why that was…smh

  5. Nobody is building disneyland my brother. It is the same ‘vision’ as disney land.
    They are building an black/African centred theme park for black/African people to have fun!

  6. Billions stolen from what people? White people? Mugabe did not steal from the whites. The whites stole land and wealth from blacks.

    All Mugabe did was take the stolen wealth from the white minority and give it to the black majority. This is called fairness.

  7. i don’t approve. disney will be just as bossy as the whites. if you don’t do things their way, they will do a b and c. you need to set up some rules for these people. and who will be frequenting disneyland?

  8. this is a good strategic move…such things would make it more difficult to portray Zimbabwe as some type of failure due to land reform. As if only white people can live in countries with themed parks and paved roads. I approve.

  9. hm. I visited Victoria Falls a couple of months ago. I have to say, the idea of poisoning the place with a Disneyland saddens me. I know bringing money to the country is important however. Spiritually I’m not really feeling this move.