RUMOR: 5th Walt Disney World Theme Park To Be Built Before 2021, Located Near Flamingo Crossings?

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A 5th Walt Disney World theme park has been a dream for many since Disney’s Animal Kingdom opened in 1998. We are currently living through the longest drought without a new theme park at Walt Disney World in the resort’s history: 16.5 years. As Walt Disney World reached its 40th anniversary in 2011, a new ten year plan for the growth of the resort was laid out, culminating in the 50th anniversary in 2021, which is sure to be viewed as the pinnacle theme park celebration in the company’s history. Sure, Disneyland is the original and Walt’s baby, but Walt Disney World was his last dream and has always been favored by management in the company for being the resort destination with the highest profits. This reasoning made it easy to believe rumors that a 5th theme park was one of the end goals of the ten year plan management devised for Orlando.

So, just a few days ago we told you about the groundbreaking finally taking place at Flamingo Crossings and why that seems to be important and indicative of larger plans for Walt Disney World in the next 8-10 years. Well, it seems it might be a good sign that a 5th park is coming, especially with some recent land purchases made by Disney in the surrounding area (hat tip to Screamscape to putting together some pieces of the story).

Disney owns 3000 total acres of land that are put aside for Flamingo Crossings project, located just outside of the colorful character borders of the Walt Disney World Resort on Western Way. 300 acres of this land seem to be getting some special attentions, a plot just behind the largest development pads for Flamingo Crossings. This plot may be home to Walt Disney World’s 5th theme park.

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Why does this plot make sense? A lot of the reasons are those we presented for Flamingo Crossings: 429 is empty and the other side of WDW property is overburdened. Also, building the 5th park here would entice more companies to get involved in Flamingo Crossings. Disney has had trouble selling the plots until recently, but maybe the recent hotel development deal with Marriott was struck because they know something we don’t. One would assume Marriott was privy to this information before finally agreeing to build two hotels that will be the first tenants for the project. If Disney is telling possible investors that there will be a 5th park that their business can be steps away from, they are probably going to be much more likely to open up shop between Western Way and 429.

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A lot of this is speculation at this point, but any big projects getting underway currently at Disney’s Hollywood Studios would be completed by 2017-18 and we know that all of the additions to Disney Springs, Epcot (Frozen attraction), and Animal Kingdom will be opening between 2016 and 2017, so the Disney World construction calendar is pretty wide open for the 3 years leading up to the 50th anniversary.

Does all of this mean a 5th gate? Will the park be located in Flamingo Crossings? Will the borders of the Walt Disney World Resort expand west? There are certainly a lot of questions to answer… and we’re not even getting into what the 5th park would be yet…

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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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joy
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joy

We need a park between California and Florida in New Orleans at the old six flags

David Gordon
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David Gordon

Too risky to invest that much money in that location. Even Six Flags struggled to maintain that property, because the profits were too low. That region would be ideal, but not that actual location. It’s also in the wrong part of town…

Kacey Docherty
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Kacey Docherty

give them 2p

Scott
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Scott

It’s not New Orleans, but they could resurrect the old Disney Riverfront Square project in St. Louis: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walt_Disney's_Riverfront_Square

Travis
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Travis

I know a 5th gate is a dream, and has been talked about by fans for some time. However, I do not see why Disney would do so, why not just continue to expand the current parks and provide updates/new attractions. Also since Marvel is out due to the contract with Universal, and I cannot see a Star Wars park going there either, we have to realize that any 5th gate needs to follow Disney’s ideas of a story. Each park as a strong story involved with it, what story would they tell that would benefit from a whole park?… Read more »

CJ
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CJ

I truly agree with you – each park has a particular story that makes it so unique.

Fabio M
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Fabio M

but why would they build in new land they don’t already own, other than using the huge areas still unused on their own land?

Steve
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Steve

When Walt Disney World was 1st build, there was an agreement that only one third of the land could be built on. The other two thirds had to be kept as natural habitat. So if you add up all the roads,hotels, parks and backstage maintenance and storage they are running out of land.
So they have to buy more land to expand in the future.

Norm the Skull (@normtheskull)
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Norm the Skull (@normtheskull)

This has Star Wars & Marvel all over it. They could take out the Star Wars ride at Disney Studios and put more Pixar in its place.
This will happen sooner or later.

bizzy1mediagroup
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bizzy1mediagroup

Star Wars theme park

Charles
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Charles

I keep hearing the rumor that it will be a villains-themed thrill ride park, so I’m going to make that my guess too. Seems like a great idea.

Ximagineer
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Ximagineer

The “villains” theme park rumor has been going around for at least 20 years, I doubt if Disney can or will build a 5th gate for one main reason: staffing. They can barely staff the parks they have now.

I remember a long time ago when this land was cleared, it was going to be a Downtown Disney kind-of area. Maybe that is the plan…

Dennis
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Dennis

WIth all the cash Disney is currently spending on Downtown I highly doubt this will be another Downtown disney idea.

Kat C.
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Kat C.

I’d love to see them move EPCOT’s Future World to another location and expand the World Showcase. EPCOT already seems like two completely different parks. As a kid, I HATED “touring” the countries, but enjoyed Future World. As an adult, I love the World Showcase, but FW does nothing for me. I’m sure my vision will never come to fruition, but a girl can dream. : )

Adri L.F.
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Adri L.F.

At first I thought that to be a wonderful option too, making a whole park of EPCOT´s Future World and MK´s Tomorrow Land and uniting them in a futuristic park. However, I came to the conclusion that those parts of the parks are still enjoyable because we think of them as kind of classic and know that most of the rides have many years and may be a little out of date now, but we are ok with it. Making a new park out of it would seem a little too out of a date, i guess… does that make… Read more »

CJ
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CJ

Does WDW really need another park? Maybe a different type of park that can eleviate some of the congestion at other parks and maybe something a little less expensive type? True, it has been over 17 years since AKP opened last but what about all the expansions that have happened since and are to come. There is available land at most of the other parks still for expansion purposes so I am not sure why another park would be necessary. But Disney Imagineers seem to always have interesting and awesome ideas up their sleeves. I wish I was an Imagineer… Read more »

Andrew
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Andrew

A villains park seems to be the best bet though I would love a TokyoSEA kinda park.

Marc
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Marc

Project Steel

keith
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keith

My hope is Marvel Universe. New York, Savage Land, The Moon, Negative Zone, Atlantis Star Wars seems locked into a big expansion at Hollywood and with the big investment in updating Star Tours it feels unlikely they would rip it out. But that is 6 years away. The character rights now at Universal Orlando could probably be bought back (they have been renegotiated in the past) or traded for, like Disney did for Oswald. Especially in 6 years when the life of anything, ride wise, Marvel at Universal has reached it’s useful life. Art of Animation would be my second… Read more »

Tom
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Tom

Why not the idea of a Florida Adventure like California Adventure in Anaheim? Wouldn’t that be a logical choice and keep within Disney Theme?

Karen
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Karen

I’m thinking the new park will be based on the movie “Avatar”. I read that somewhere while my family and I were visiting the park this year.

Jim
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Jim

The orlando sentinel seems to think the Marriott properties are to cater to teams playing at the sports complexes at Wide World of Sports.

Kacey-Anna Docherty
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Kacey-Anna Docherty

YOU MAKE NO SENCE JUST STOP ITS NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS WHAT DISNEY ARE DOING !!!!!!!

Matt
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Matt

DisneyAir? They already have land and sea ^_^

tBran
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tBran

Can’t do Marvel because of the Universal deal that preceded the purchase. Star Wars is probably going to be taking up the American Idol, Indiana Jones, Great Movie Ride area to tie it into Star Tours. So, either Villians or some type of thrill park is the only options.

I personally don’t think there will be a 5th gate, but that’s only my opinion.

camden
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camden

they are doing a hero park it will prob. be all there hero. fanchise like incredibles hulk spiderman bh6 bolt ecc. in 2019 disney will have a chance to buy the rights to universals marvel land so universal will keep the rides but retheme them so most likely in 2025 this will become th 5th wdw park

Caitie
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Caitie

Possibly a park based on the disney villains and has rides geared more toward the older kids?

Lucy
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Lucy

It’ll never happen… If you actually drive back there, many of the plots have “for sale” on them… Unfortunately… :(

Paul
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Paul

On the service road between Avalon and 429, there is a sign for a housing development being built soon. They also repaved that road so it is better to travel on. Could it be the beginning of a housing area?

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Zhinflig
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Zhinflig

Am I seeing this correctly that this area is currently outside of the property? If so, then why would Disney build there when the current resort property can hold (and has reserved) four more parks… Yes, the master plan for WDW is 8 parks… Seems a little silly to go outside of the boarders if they have land set aside for four other parks… But maybe I’m reading this map wrong?

Dennis
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Dennis

Walt Disney World no longer has space for more parks without tearing something up. Before you say yes they do they have all these square miles of property its all about space and location. If you do an overhead over the property you will see everything is spaced as to not conflict with another parks scenery. There is NO PLACE on the property left to do this because of #1 all the new hotels that Disney has built and #2 the 3 golf couses they have. If they are willing to tear up a golf course there is property, without… Read more »

danlb_2000
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danlb_2000

If you look at the RCID Master Plan (http://rcid.org/) you can see that there is definitely space or more parks, the plan even makes allowances for one more major and two minor parks. There is a large plot of land east of the speedway, another north of WWS, some land west of DHS that could hold a small park, and one of Western Way behind Animal Kingdom. This is just the suitable locations, if you take into consideration the areas that are combination of suitable and marginally suitable there is even more land available.