Is Disneyland coming to Southeast Asia?
A small buzz around Malaysia, Singapore and some say Batam that Disneyland
will officially open its doors in Melaka.
Interestingly, the news was reported in mainstream media, such as The New
Straits Times in Malaysia and was subsequently picked up by local news in Singapore, such
as MS News, Today and the popular Facebook page Singapore Atrium Sales.
To be honest, we were tempted to report the news, but we needed to fact-check
first. This is what we found.
1 Disney City Not Disneyland
Contrary to the reports on Disneyland in Melaka,
The Rakyat Post
shared that the first Disneyland in Melaka is still in the initial planning
stage. An Exco member stated that the 80.9ha park will ‘probably’ be built in
Jasin, Melaka. According to the report, the project was referred to as
Disney City. The latter does not exist in Disney Lore.
In other words, no concrete plans for Disneyland.
2 Minions shown on video screenshot
As far as we know, Universal Pictures own the right to Minions. It is
NOT a part of Disneyland.
3 There is no Mickey Mouse in the press conference
During the press conference, we only saw men in suits. There was no presence
of Mickey Mouse. Neither were there any signs of notable Disney officials.
4 No news from Walt Disney & WESTERN Press
Usually, news of this magnitude will be picked up by the Western press, and
Disney will provide official news. From a quick check, there are no reports of
Melaka Disneyland from any other source except selected Malaysian news
As such, we can be 99.99% certain that Disneyland Melaka is fake news (for
Hopefully, local news channels can verify the news and make the necessary correction so as not to mislead the Disney faithful in SE Asia.