RUMOR: Walt Disney World Looking to Build Volcano-Themed Resort Hotel at the Magic Kingdom

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Over the last week, I have seen a number of rumors circling the internet about a volcano-themed roller coaster possibly being constructed in Adventureland at the Magic Kingdom. I find the rumor strange for a number of reasons, first because it seems likely that a TRON roller coaster is being constructed in the park in the next 4 years (why build 2 roller coasters simultaneously?), but secondly, because we have been hearing for over a year now about Walt Disney World’s plans for a new resort hotel themed around a volcano.

Another Disney Parks Volcano - Mount Prometheus, Tokyo DisneySea
Another Disney Parks Volcano – Mount Prometheus, Tokyo DisneySea

About a year ago, a reliable source informed us that Disney was looking to build a new luxury resort in the Magic Kingdom area, one that would have a large volcano at the very center of it. Around the volcano would be all manners of recreational activities, including pools, slides, a lazy river, live entertainment, dining areas, and more.

Original (and still possible) proposed site for volcano-themed hotel
Original (and still possible) proposed site for volcano-themed hotel

Last I had heard, the project was slated for the land between the Transportation and Ticket Center and Disney’s Contemporary Resort, but the project may have actually moved closer to the Magic Kingdom now. In fact, it might be inside of it, located behind Pirates of the Caribbean and the Jungle Cruise.

The space in the Magic Kingdom rumored for a volcano roller coaster is more likely going to be home to a luxury resort themed around a volcano.
The space in the Magic Kingdom rumored for a volcano roller coaster is more likely going to be home to a luxury resort themed around a volcano.

Now, it is possible that this somehow has morphed into a roller coaster or that is a competing idea for the space, but this resort has been on the table for a while and seems likely to happen one way or another. The project is still in the development phase, so it could be quite a while until we hear anything official from Disney on the fate of the parcels, but the rumor seemed relevant with all the talk of Magic Kingdom volcanoes going on at the moment.

Stay tuned as we will update you on the story as more becomes available on it.

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Tom Corless

Tom has been regularly visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort from the time he was 4 months old. While he has made countless visits in the last 28 years, he did not become a truly active member in the Disney fan community until the summer of 2007, when he decided to launch the WDW News Today website and podcast. Tom has since become an Orlando-local and is a published author on Walt Disney World.

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  • So Universal builds an iconic Volcano in the Orlando area and Disney, in an astounding display of the new management’s creativity, want’s to build an iconic volcano too. With this new management’s track record, I believe it.

  • the First spot shown was supposed to have a Hotel on Day one when the park opened, The ground is unstable and has a High sinkhole probability, this is why there is not a resort there yet, and a for next to the Magic Kingdom it would be to close to the Grand Floridian and it would be seen from Frontierland, the only feasible spot i can see is Pluto park which was also supposed to have a resort the land was cleared and it was supposed to have monorail track with a switch. we shall see

  • Does anybody know whether the Star Wars hotel idea is still a thing, because both the volcano and an innovative hotel might cost a bit too much…..