Disney-like theme park set to come to Casa Grande

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A Disney-like theme park is coming to the Arizona desert.

The Casa Grande City Council unanimously approved the project this week.

"Dreamport Villages" would bring a new sports park, water park, entertainment venue and hotels to the city.

The recreation and amusement park elements would be part of a larger, 1,500-acre project where Interstate 10 meets with Interstate 8.

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According to documents submitted to the City of Casa Grande, phase one of Dreamport Villages will include “an extreme sports park, the wild animal and rides park, theme based water park, hotels, entertainment and meeting facility, welcome center, RV park, restaurants, retail shops and offices along with other coordinated amenities around a lake and canal system.”

Phase One alone is expected to create more than 5,000 direct and indirect jobs.

Out-of-towners seemed to love the idea of a destination resort in Arizona, but those living near the proposed project are divided on the issue. Some residents say they don't want to deal with extra noise and traffic while others expect it to raise their property values.

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