CONFIRMED: New Permit Reveals Main Street Theater Project is Completely Cancelled

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A new permit filed today with the South Florida Water Management District confirms that the Main Street Theater Project for the Magic Kingdom has been fully cancelled. We first told you about the rumors of the project being delayed or cancelled back in February, and then Disney removed mention of it from the “What’s New” web page for Walt Disney World in April.

Now we have evidence that the project is not going forward anytime in the near future. The new permit removes the “MK1” area from the previously-filed permit, which had combined the MK1 theater area with the MK2 area for the Tron coaster. Compare the project limits from the previous permit with those from the revised permit, and it is evident that the Main Street Theater project is not moving forward.

Previous permit project limits:

Revised permit project limits:

Of course, as we all know, good ideas never die at the Walt Disney Company, so it is possible that the theater project will come back at some point in the future. But it certainly will not be open in time for Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary as originally planned.

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Jason has been a lifelong fan of the Disney parks since his first visit at age 2. His biennial pilgrimages during his childhood accelerated into semi-annual visits by the year 2000, when he also Joined the Disney Vacation Club. Luckily, Jason’s bride-to-be was also a Disney fan, which allowed his infatuation with the Disney parks to continue, and ultimately culminated in their wedding at Disney's Wedding Pavilion in September 2003. Early in 2007, Jason began his involvement with the planning for what became Celebration 25, the unofficial fan gathering to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Epcot®. Soon thereafter, Jason met Tom Corless at a pin trading meet in New Jersey, and became part of the WDW News Today podcast starting with Episode 17. Jason has been involved with the WDWNT Network ever since, and can't seem to escape no matter how hard he tries.
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  • Do we know what’s happening at the south end? Is the retention pond just getting bigger?

    • I don’t believe the South Pond is getting any bigger, but they do have to re-route the canals that connect it with the North Pond to accommodate Tron construction and buildings. So that’s why the South Pond is included in the project limits.

  • Why put in something just for entertainment, when Disney can put in a store, or something to make money off the hoards of people there?

    • 1) Main Street has plenty of shopping.
      2) Disney Springs is now a shopping mecca.
      3) Disney is a little tied on financial/personnel resources at the moment.
      4) The theater might still happen in the distant future. Why build something when it will just get replaced?

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