More permits have been filed for two new building projects in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. At D23 last summer, several new projects were announced in anticipation of the Magic Kingdom’s 50th Anniversary. Now we’re starting to see some progress.
Main Street USA Theater
The as-of-yet unnamed theater on Main Street USA will be built behind Main Street in what was a parking area.
From Theme Park Tourist…
Though preliminary work began on this project several weeks ago, the aforementioned permit for work on the Tron Roller Coaster also includes information about the still unnamed Magic Kingdom performing arts venue, which is labelled as MK1 on the permit paperwork above. As you can see, this structure will be built primarily in backstage areas connecting both Main Street USA and unused portions of Tomorrowland behind the Carousel of Progress that have not taken up by the Tron Roller Coaster. The permits seem to suggest that the bypass area that has been used in the past to help with guest flow out of the park will cease to exist as part of this construction, which is not an entirely unexpected development, but could present the park with some operational challenges beginning next holiday season.
TRON Lightcycle Power Run
Of course, one of the most anticipated new attractions coming to Walt Disney World is a clone of the impressive Shanghai TRON coaster. As revealed at D23, it will be located next to Space Mountain in Tomorrowland.
From Theme Park Tourist…
Because there are so many existing structures inside this land, Disney will be filling in a canal on the outskirts of the park, and constructing the entrance to new structure north of Space Mountain, with much of the actual ride building being constructed around this existing attraction. As you can see from the image above, this new ride (Which is labelled MK2) is much larger than Space Mountain and has a structure that would not be well-hidden by existing buildings, potentially making this one of the only “show” buildings clearly visible at the Magic Kingdom.
All over the property, Disney is hard at work on attractions and expansions that will begin opening in 2019, with several more open by Disney World’s 50th anniversary in 2021. Its certainly an exciting time to be a Disney Parks enthusiast.
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