Disney Cruise Line Gets Preliminary Approval for Port in Bahamas

Water park lovers will find that this Midwestern getaway has it all: plenty of outdoor thrill slides in the summer and an ideal theme park-style escape during cold winter months. Intertwined body slides, multiple funnel slides and tandem tube rides are among the dozens of attractions enticing both hotel guests and day visitors to the 125,000 square foot indoor-outdoor water park. But the highlight comes by way of Master Blaster, an indoor water roller coaster that dips down and shoots back up for a fast-paced thrill. Once you dry off, you can board a six-story Ferris wheel, ride go-karts, or even test your skills on a ropes course or enjoy some upside-down thrill rides fit for kids young and old—all without having to step off-property.

Officials in the Bahamas have issued tentative approval for Disney Cruise Line’s plan to construct and operate a cruise port on the island of Eleuthera.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the project would be developed by a Walt Disney Co. subsidiary and built on a 746-acre piece of land the company already agreed to purchase. The plans call for the building of “a pier, shops, marina, restaurants and walkways through nearby forests and around salt ponds.”

Disney Cruise Line's Disney Fantasy takes a bow: PHOTO: Disney Cruise Line's Disney Fantasy takes a bow. (photo by Jason Leppert)

Members of the Bahamian Cabinet told the LA Times the cruise port project would, “create approximately 150 new jobs and an array of entrepreneurial opportunities for residents of Eleuthera and Bahamians in general.”

While the project will bring more jobs to the island, the plan has met some resistance from the locals in Eleuthera. A rival plan pitched by the One Eleuthera Foundation called for the southern tip of the island to be developed into a park that features a small condo-hotel project, canoe rentals, a dive center and horseback tours.

The Bahamas may have issued a preliminary approval for the Disney project Friday, the island chain’s Parliament must still agree to the plan once terms and conditions are hammered out and the proper safety and environmental testing is conducted.

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