RUMOR: Preparations Underway for New Magic Kingdom Area Hotels

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A permit filed yesterday with the South Florida Water Management District reveals that Disney is seeking to create a 30-acre site for the “temporary stockpiling of earthwork” near the Magic Kingdom area for an as-yet-undisclosed project. The site is referred to in documents as the “STOLPort Site” presumably because it is located adjacent to the old STOLPort that was built in the 1970s parallel to World Drive north of the Magic Kingdom Toll Plaza.

Back in 2016, we told you about rumors for a second DVC tower in the plans at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. When the Bay Lake Tower was under construction, Disney used much of the STOLPort’s paved areas for staging materials for the project and also for personnel trailers; so it certainly is possible that a site adjacent to the STOLPort could be used for stockpiling material to support construction anywhere around the Magic Kingdom area.

There’s also the possibility of the “Volcano Hotel” we reported in 2017, which would be located either to the north of the TTC on the shores of the Seven Seas Lagoon, or directly adjacent to the Magic Kingdom behind Adventureland.

And the third possibility is for something related to the work at the River Country site we told you about a few months ago.

This site would be used for “stockpiling of earthwork” which might be necessary for regrading the land before and after a hotel is built.

Here’s a larger picture to add more context to the location of this “STOLPort Site.”


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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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  • Could they also use this area for putting supplies and things for a possible development at the old River Country site? Didn’t Disney already file a permit there so could the two permits be connected for the same project??

    • This is for the River Country site project. If you dig far enough into the permit document you will see a reference to “Project 89” which is the same project name listed on the permit for the geotechnical borings near River Country.

  • One way to create demand for WDW with it’s declining theme parks that are way too stagnate for the huge number of crowds, add more hotel rooms.

    • Amen!!!

      They’ve needed at least two more parks (gates) for at two decades… It’s hard to even find a slow time of year to visit and avoid the crowds as WDW has found a way to nearly eliminate all “slow seasons”… the week after Labor Day is the only slow time I’m aware of… regardless, the demand versus supply is way out of whack making the experience less enjoyable each time I go, and the costs (which never stop going up) less and less acceptable.

  • Maybe a DVC tower, maybe a Volcano hotel, maybe a brand new River Country……maybe just your imagination running wild in an attempt to create content.

    • I agree. Given that the location isn’t anywhere close to most of the proposed resort sites, this seems like a stretch.

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