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When House Speaker Setya Novanto and Deputy Speaker Fadli Zon got into hot water for meeting with Donald Trump last week, their justification for meeting with the frontrunner for the US Republican presidential nomination was that Trump was also making major investments into Indonesia.
Although not a great defense, it looks like The Donald has bigger plans for Indonesia than the rest of us knew about previously. The real estate mogul had previously announced plans to partner with MNC Group media mogul Hary Tanoesoedibjo to build a resort in Bali. But now, it looks like the two tycoons are teaming up to build a resort in Bogor as well.
There have been multiple media headlines using the phrase “Disneyland Bogor” to describe the project. But nobody from MNC or Trump’s corners actually said they would be partnering up with the Walt Disney Company to bring a licensed Disneyland resort to Indonesia.
What might have gotten everybody excited about House of Mouse coming to Indonesia was something Hary Tanoe said about the project a while ago (as quoted by Aktualita): “We will develop it to be like Disneyland in Orlando in that it will be different from others, not like the residential superblock cities that are usually built by other developers.”
But unfortunately like Disneyland does not equal Disneyland®. So sorry Mouseketeers, you will probably still have to head to Hong Kong Disneyland to get a taste of the Magic Kingdom for the foreseeable future.
Nonetheless, the project sounds interesting. A statement from MNC Group was received by media outlets today, officially announcing the partnership and included some tantalizing, if non-Disney, related details about it.
The statement says it will be a 6-star resort built on a 3000 hectare area of Lido in Cigombong, Bogor, and that yes, it will include a theme park. Construction on the development is planned to begin after the Trump Hotel Collection resort in Bali is completed in 2018.
In order to give people easier access to the resort, the MNC Group is planning on helping to build a toll road connecting Ciawi, Bogor, with Sukabumi.
In the statement, Donald Trump Jr is quoted as saying the “spectacular” development will feature the first Trump golf courses in Asia as well as integrated hotels and residences as well as entertainment, recreation and health facilities.
But what we really want to hear about, of course, is the theme park. In the statement, Hary Tanoe says it will be first theme park in Indonesia built with “international standards” and that its construction will involve companies from Los Angeles.
Oh, and he said the theme park will rival Disneyland. We’ll see…