Told in 9 parts, Gennawey explains how Michael Eisner and Disney saw Prince William County as an ideal location for their American history park.
"Everybody's expectation was the property Disney had optioned was going to be developed at some point. After all, it was already zoned for residential uses. Nobody was trying to preserve the land and no land conservancy was trying to purchase the property. Disney knew a lot of wealthy powerful people lived west of the project in Loudoun and Fauquier Counties but the project was located in Prince William County and that county was slow to develop and needed the tax revenues. Disney thought that they would be more than welcome by local officials once they had acquired all of the property they needed."
Of course, things didn't go as planned. More over at Sam's blog.