BREAKING: New Details, Opening Timeframe Revealed for Magic Kingdom’s Broadway-Style Theater

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At the 2017 D23 Expo, Bob Chapek announced a new broadway-style theater was coming to the Magic Kingdom. The theater, inspired by the Willis Theater as it looked in 1920’s Kansas City, is expected to host broadway-style shows once it opens. It will be located just behind Main Street U.S.A. in an area that was cast member parking. Today, we here at WDWNT are revealing some new details on the project internally known as “MK-1”.

Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek unveiled plans to build a new entertainment venue, inspired by the iconic Willis Theater as it looked in 1920s Kansas City, at Magic Kingdom Park. The theater is set to bring world-class entertainment to the Walt Disney World Resort.

The theater will hold around 2000 guests, with 1500 of them seated on the main floor, and another roughly 500 on a mezzanine level. It will be very similar in size to the Hyperion Theater at Disney California Adventure, but not nearly as tall and steep. To accommodate all of these guests, two new sets of restrooms will be a part of the structure, with one set located outside and another within (meaning guests won’t have to leave the building if they have to use the facilities while a show is taking place). The entrance to one of the outside restrooms is visible in the concept art above, located all the way to the left by the popcorn cart.

Sadly, we still don’t know what production the theater will house when it opens, but that’s probably because the opening is still very far away. Should all go according to plan, the theater will be completed by May 2020, with a show debuting inside of it around that time, if not slightly later.


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  • When will they do a new lobby and facade for the DCA’s Hyperion Theater? DCA endured a half-baked theater for at least 16 years. No restrooms and waiting outside in sweltering weather. They should take the Frozen show to Orlando. Not as popular as Aladdin. DCA should get a replacement show. How about Guardians of the Galaxy The Musical with many top hits from the 70s and 80s.

  • Two plus years to build this is a long time…but I will bet that WDW misses the mark by 4-8 months. They cannot build anything to schedule (just look at how long it took to build a simple margarita stand in EPCOT)!

  • It will be great once it’s done. At the moment, they let guests take that route when the parade or fireworks are going and they need a way of moving traffic on a heavy day. However, it’s still cast parking and super backstage. Letting guests take a route that looks like that back in the day was a privilege usually only given to those under ride evac or tour, and otherwise seen as a big no-no, but now it dosen’t seem that big a deal anymore. They’ve certainly needed the extra room for a while, I’m happy they chose to do this.

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