Though the past year has brought some interesting changes to the Magic Kingdom in the form of new upcharge experiences, dining changes, and extensive refurbishments, on the whole this park has remained remarkably consistent in an era where construction walls seem to be the new normal at Disney Parks. However, a number of rumors have popped up over the past few weeks that seem to imply that some interesting shakeups could be on their way to this park. Now while it is important to remember that none of these rumors have been confirmed, many of them do sound plausible given the current climate at Disney theme parks. For instance...
1. Could the era of the nightly parade be over at the Magic Kingdom?
It might be hard to believe, but the Main Street Electrical Parade has now been gone from the Magic Kingdom for nearly three months. And while west coast fans are no doubt delighting in one last homecoming for this dazzling parade at Disneyland, over on the east coast, Walt Disney World fans have been left wondering what the future is for nighttime entertainment at this park.
While Disney did introduce the new Once Upon a Time projection show a few weeks after the Main Street Electrical Parade rolled down Main Street one final time, this replacement for Celebrate the Magic hardly felt like a worthy substitute for the Magic Kingdom’s nightly parade, which has been a park tradition for over 40 years.
In the weeks since, there has been no announcement made at all about the potential future of a nighttime parade at the Magic Kingdom, leading some to speculate that the Magic Kingdom simply isn’t going to have a regular nighttime parade any more, or might opt to start running a later Festival of Fantasy parade instead.
While it was rumored last year that Disneyland’s version of Paint the Night might come to Walt Disney World, that is looking like that development is looking like less and less of a possibility, as Disneyland has already announced that this parade is coming back to the park later this year, which means if Walt Disney World ever did get Paint the Night, it would have to be built from the ground up.
And with so much cost-cutting happening at the resort (and other big-ticket projects already underway at Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom), it seems unlikely that Disney would undertake this kind of project right now, given the current climate at the resort. Then again, we’ve been surprised before, which is why this is still just a rumor, and not fact.