Even though there is a lot of construction currently taking place at Walt Disney World, there is even more about to begin in Magic Kingdom and it will be huge. Back at the D23 Expo in July, Disney Parks Chairman Bob Chapek announced that a brand new live entertainment theater would be built in the Main Street U.S.A. area of the park. Here it is just three and a half months later and construction is going to begin this very weekend.
As revealed at the D23 Expo, Chapek said that the new theater in Magic Kingdom would be modeled after the iconic Willis Theater in Kansas City as it looked in the 1920s. KC is where Walt Disney lived after leaving Marceline, and as reported by the Disney Parks Blog, it will fit in with the model of Main Street.
“Across Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, we’ve been upping the game in Entertainment with shows like Frozen Live at the Hyperion. It’s been a huge hit at the Disneyland Resort, and I’m sure many of you have seen it. This new theater at Walt Disney World continues that streak by bringing a new venue for world-class entertainment to the world’s biggest park.”
Many have tried to figure out just where the new theater will go off of Main Street, but now, that is exactly known.
According to Orlando Theme Park News, a backstage Magic Kingdom parking lot is going to be closed to cast members to host a filming event. The parking lot is located next to the Main Street U.S.A. bypass that leads from the front of the park to the Tomorrowland Terrace, and it is not scheduled to reopen after the event is filmed.
Once filming is completed, that parking lot will become a construction zone to make way for the new live entertainment theater. By the looks of things, it appears as if the theater could have an entrance leading to it from the alley which is halfway down Main Street U.S.A.
— Orlando Park News (@OrlParkNews) October 24, 2017
It is not yet known when the theater is set to open, but the good thing is that the construction will take place in an out-of-the-way area. This will not bring about any type of closures to attractions or areas that guests frequent and won’t obstruct anything of any kind.
Almost all of the projects announced at the D23 Expo in July have already started or are about to get underway. Walt Disney World has work being done at almost all four parks, Disney Springs, and a number of resorts right now. With construction set to begin on the new live entertainment theater at Magic Kingdom, things are going to start taking on a new look all over the place. It’s only a matter of time until old-school Broadway-style shows return to WDW.
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