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Could Mickey Mouse Move to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina?

Walt Disney World with Moving Truck

He’s been invited! All of Disney, actually.

Goofy at Vero Beach

Credit: Disney

Pixie Dust And Palmettos

Perhaps not to Myrtle Beach exactly, but Disney has been cordially invited to move to South Carolina. Nikki Haley, the Palmetto State’s former governor, and current 2024 presidential candidate, stated during an interview with Fox News on April 26 that she would welcome the significant investment in her home state.

As the battle brews between Iger and DeSantis, Nikki Haley took the opportunity to get involved. “Businesses were my partners. Because if you take care of your businesses, you take care of your economy. Your economy takes care of the people, and everyone wins,” said Haley.

The former governor also added, “South Carolina was a very ‘anti-woke’ State, it still is. And if Disney would like to move their hundreds of thousands of jobs to South Carolina and bring the billions of dollars with them, I’ll let them know I’ll be happy to meet them in South Carolina and introduce them to the Governor and the Legislature that would welcome it.”

Maybe Myrtle Beach

As for where Disney would build a park (if so inclined), one may think of Myrtle Beach. In 2008, Hard Rock tried to open up their music-based theme park at Myrtle Beach. However, it never seemed to catch on. Perhaps a Disney Park in the area would perform better, but who knows?
Hard Rock Theme Park Map

Credit: Theme Park Review

Social Media Backlash

Nikki Haley’s invitation quickly received online backlash, with many attacking her statement and accusing the former governor and 2024 hopeful of being inconsistent in her beliefs and only interested in money.

Never Back Down (@NvrBackDown24), the super PAC supporting a DeSantis presidential run, joined the conversation, accusing Haley of “embracing woke corporations and copying Trump’s lame attack at the same time.” “Someone’s trying really hard to audition for VP!” added the Committee.

Moving the Magic Kingdom?

Disney relocating to other states has been a big topic of conversation over the past year. Many lawmakers and government leaders have extended invitations to Disney. Logistically, packing up all of Walt Disney World Resort’s 27,520 acres, four theme parks, two water parks, and 32 hotels in a U-Haul and moving across the country seems unlikely.

South Carolina is already home to Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort. Although not a theme park, it provides a starting point for a South Carolina and Disney Company partnership.

Either way, I don’t think many people would argue over Disney building another Resort in America…in any state.

About Steven Wilk

Steven has a complicated relationship with Disney. As a child, he visited Walt Disney World every few years with his family. But he never understood why kids his age (and older) were so scared of Snow White or Alien Encounter. He is a former participant of the Disney College Program (left early…long story), and he also previously worked in Children’s publishing, where he adapted multiple Disney movies and TV shows. He has many controversial opinions about Disney…like having a positive view of Michael Eisner, believing Return of the Jedi is superior to The Empire Strikes Back, and that Toy Story Land and Galaxy’s Edge should have never been built (at least not at Hollywood Studios). Every year for the past two decades, Steven has visited either Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Aulani or went on a Disney Cruise. He’s happy to share any and all knowledge of the Disney destinations (and he likes using parenthesis a lot…as well as ellipses…)