Former Disney Imagineer Bob Baranick has plans to create a theme park in North Carolina. A resident of Raleigh, he has purchased 21 acres near Highway 87 in Saxapahaw for what will be known as Whirligig Woods. Like the Disney Parks, this one will start slow, with just a train, and grow in phases to possibly include a treehouse resort and haunted land. Baranick said the park is a private endeavor, independent of the Walt Disney Company, and he is not telling how much he plans to invest in it. Baranick’s resume includes helping design parks like Epcot and Disneyland Paris and attractions including Pirates of the Caribbean, Splash Mountain, and the Haunted Mansion. Outside work with Disney, he participated in the design of Paramount Parks, Warner Studios, Six Flags, Everland, Busch Entertainment, Hershey’s, and Universal Studios. He further served as a consultant for theme parks in Turkey, China, Abu Dhabi, and Korea. Whirligig is slated to open sometime in 2019, and Baranick suggests he wants to build two more parks in the state.