BREAKING: Magic Kingdom Expansion to Be the ‘Largest Ever’ for the Park, Similar to Pandora, Galaxy’s Edge

Bruce Vaughn, chief creative officer of Walt Disney Imagineering, appeared at Destination D23 today to share some of the Blue Sky updates for Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort.

Magic Kingdom Expansion to Be the ‘Largest Ever’ for the Park

Destination D23 Magic Kingdom Expansion

At this morning’s “A Celebration of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” panel, an update on the Magic Kingdom expansion was shared.

The expansion project will be similar in scope to Pandora — The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and will be the biggest expansion in Magic Kingdom history.

Imagineers are “looking to tell stories ‘Beyond Big Thunder Mountain,'” with many new offerings being considered, like attractions, restaurants, shows, and more.

‘Beyond Big Thunder Mountain’

Magic Kingdom concept art

First announced last year at D23 Expo 2022, many new ideas were being considered for the “Beyond Big Thunder Mountain” project, including lands themed to “Coco,” “Encanto,” and an entire area dedicated to Disney Villains. While still possible, it is plausible that “Encanto” is no longer on the table, with the concept now being proposed for DinoLand U.S.A. at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

More details are expected to come on this project in the future.

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