AT D23 EXPO 2017, DISNEY PARKS CHAIRMAN BOB CHAPEK SHARES PLANS FOR A NEW ENTERTAINMENT VENUE COMING TO MAGIC KINGDOM PARK -- 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.
It seems that the project is at least delayed, if not cancelled, due to some unforeseen circumstances. Despite blueprints and permits already being finalized and filed, the theater will likely not open in 2020 as originally announced.
It is very possible that the project is simply delayed. The current construction timeline would allow Disney to halt construction for 12-15 months, but still be able to open the venue by the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World in October 2021.