When Walt Disney was scouting land to build his second theme park in the 1960s, there were several rumored sites, but the final two were about as opposite in terms of locales as you could possibly get. The first was the eventual site, a tract of swamp outside of Orlando which would become, through legislative action, the Reedy Creek Improvement District, the first privately owned municipal entity of its kind in Florida. The second, which is far lesser known, was the waterfront of St. Louis, Missouri. Disney himself, according to a 2006 biography by writer Neil Gabler, was in the process of deciding where to build his next big attraction, as Disneyland in Anaheim was already a huge hit. While Orlando was always in play, St. Louis was also considered a very attractive option to the entertainment wizard. According to Gabler’s biography, Disney was prepared to build a waterfront theme park along the Mississippi River, but the city’s movers and shakers simply didn’t want to invest in Disney’s grand vision.