Mineral King (Calif.); Walt Disney Company; Transportation; Railroads; Roads; Automobile parking; Ski resorts; Skiers; Real estate development; Feasibility studies; Marketing research; Economic research; Tourism; Business planning


The National Park Service of the U.S. Department of the Interior requested Walt Disney Productions to submit data on the relative feasibility of two transportation systems to Mineral King, California. The alternatives were a modern all-weather highway, as proposed by the State Division of Highways, or a railroad. The original economic evaluation of Mineral King’s development potentials prepared by Economics Research Associates (ERA) and submitted to the U.S. Forest Service in support of an application for a use permit assumed a new highway. Dependence on rail transportation in lieu of an adequate highway has serious implications for both attendance and economic feasibility of the proposed development, as discovered in a preliminary investigation of access by train (or monorail) prior to the use permit application. Therefore, WDP requested ERA to update its previous analysis to reflect recent economic planning. At the same time, the firm of Voorheis-Trindle-Nelson, Inc. was retained to perform a preliminary engineering study on the alignment and cost of a railroad. This report summarizes the findings of the economic analysis including inputs for the engineering study.


Economics Research Associates


Walt Disney Imagineering Staff Workshop

Date Original


Document Type



1100; DP0004656




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14 pages


Mineral King (Calif.); Walt Disney Company; Transportation; Railroads; Roads; Economic analysis; Ski resorts; Visitors; Skiers; Real estate development; Automobile parking; Feasibility studies; Market research; Economic research; Tourism; Business planning; Tourism


Mineral King (Calif.)



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Electronically reproduced by the Digital Services unit of the University of Central Florida Libraries, Orlando, 2005.

Is Referenced By (University of Central Florida Special Collections Harrison "Buzz" Price Papers finding aid); (University of Central Florida Libraries Online Catalog)


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