Mulan still an opportunity for NZ tourism as 5.9 billion log in

The story of Mulan – a girl who single-handedly repels a Mongol invasion after taking her father’s place in the Chinese army – was a huge hit for Disney in 1998.

However, the Waitaki District Council is more ambivalent towards a potential army of visitors. After being chosen as the filming location for Disney’s live-action remake of Mulan, they were aware the film might bring huge numbers of tourists to the Whitestone geopark.

The area is used to visiting film crews. It appears as a backdrop in the Narnia and the Lord of the Rings film franchises. However, early indications showed that the Disney-backed blockbuster had the potential to “blow the Lord of the Rings out of the water”.

So said Fergus Power, chief executive of Waitaki District Council.

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