Is the neighborhood growing? It’s why we are all here, to see if a new Magic Kingdom resort could be added to Seven Seas Lagoon. For years rumors around expanding the Magic Kingdom resort area having been circling, like Dumbo flying around the park. We’ve got new rumor around a potential new Magic Kingdom resort to dive into. Our pie just finished baking, apple of course. Let’s see if we have any new neighbors to share it with!
Since being established in 1971, the Magic Kingdom resort area has been rumored for resort expansion for years. We’re had rumors coming from all directions with last rumor centered on a new monorail resort. Every rumor begins from the same place, Walt’s original plans for more resorts around Seven Seas Lagoon.
Passholder Insights: When heading to the Magic Kingdom from another park, an alternative to taking the Bus to the Magic Kingdom is to take the bus to Disney’s Contemporary Resort and Bay Lake Tower, then walk.
The Mill Is Hopping
With construction underway on the new walking path connecting the Grand Floridian Resort and Polynesian Resort to the Magic Kingdom, rumors are flying on a new resort area. There’s speculation that the addition of the pathway is to not only connect the current resorts to the park, but to also make way for a new Magic Kingdom Resort.
Between the Grand Floridian and the Magic Kingdom, to the left of Seven Seas Lagoon when facing the park, there’s a lot of open land. Reviewing the previous site testing done by Reedy Creek, the land is stable for construction if Walt Disney World would like to add another resort. Helping build the case is the fact that roads are already in place, connecting the area to the main roads.
Passholder Insights: The most relaxing and underrated transportation to the Magic Kingdom is via the resort boats. It’s a great way to avoid the larger crowds heading to the parks.
Where Would It Go?
Let’s get specific on where the potential new Magic Kingdom resort could go. When looking at a map there is a plot of land next to the Grand Floridian, on the opposite side of the waterway used by the Electrical Water Pageant. Any resort in this area would make it the second closest resort to the Magic Kingdom, after the Contemporary Resort. There would still be a slight walk to park, potentially a half of a mile.
What Else Go It Be?
That’s the million-dollar question. According to Jim Hill of Jim Hill Media Disney Weddings has its eye on the area for potential expansion. When the Disney wedding pavilion was originally built there were plans for immediate expansion. The expansion included an area for guests of the wedding to enjoy cocktail hour while the bride and groom were swept away for pictures.
The expansion was put on hold as Walt Disney World decided to use the land to build the Disney Vacation Club addition for Grand Floridian in this area. Fast-forward to today and the plans for a more expansive area for weddings is back on the table following the success of the Wedding Pavilion and the Disney show, Fairy Tale Weddings.
Passholder Insights: A great place to watch Happily Ever After not in the Magic Kingdom is from the Polynesian Resort beach.
A new Magic Kingdom resort would be fantastic to see. It’s the most popular resort area around Walt Disney World. We could see it happening, but more than likely we believe the land will be used for something else for a couple of reasons. With the addition of Disney’s Reflections Resort, another Magic Kingdom resort is already on the horizon. Additionally, the popularity of Disney Weddings has continued to grow year after year, and expanding the options makes a lot of sense.
A lot can change and Disney is known to zig when we all think they’re going to zag. For know well keep the pie warm. Who are we kidding, let’s have a slice!