Though work has been underway for some time for the various projects underway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney announced a number of big projects for two of its other parks earlier this year. And now it looks like work may finally be getting started on these exciting new attractions, as several permits have been filed this week, including two at the Magic Kingdom that should be getting started very soon!
One of the most-anticipated new attractions coming to Walt Disney World over the next few years is the Tron roller coaster, modeled after TRON Lightcycle Power Run at Shanghai Disneyland. Though we know that this attraction will be almost identical to its Chinese counterpart, a recently-filed permit shows how this attraction will fit into Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom, which is substantially more crowded than the Tomorrowland at Shanghai Disneyland.
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. Of course, there may be more to the design of this upcoming attraction than this permit lets on, so hopefully we’ll learn more about this project soon.
Unnamed Magic Kingdom Theater on Main Street USA
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.
While we still have no idea what this new venue will be called (or more importantly, what might be performed here), it looks like real work will be starting very soon on this project, which hopefully means an opening could be announced soon!