Walt Disney World Teases More Announcements to Come for Frontierland in Magic Kingdom

Brit Tuttle

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Walt Disney World Teases More Announcements to Come for Frontierland in Magic Kingdom

In a new post sharing new details for Country Bear Musical Jamboree and Tiana’s Bayou Adventure coming to Magic Kingdom, Disney teased even more news in store for Frontierland at Walt Disney World.

Walt Disney World Teases More Frontierland Announcements

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in Frontierland, across Rivers of America at Magic Kingdom.

In the post, which announces the closing date for the Country Bear Jamboree as we know it, along with a reminder about the recently installed weathervane at Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, a short paragraph at the end teases more exciting news to come.

But hold your horses, we’re not done yet. We have a lot of growth and investment planned for our theme parks in the coming years and look forward to sharing more announcements about Frontierland… so y’all come back now, ya hear?

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Concept art for the"Beyond Big Thunder Mountain" expansion in Frontierland for Magic Kingdom.

First announced at D23 Expo 2022, an expansion for Magic Kingdom referred to as “Beyond Big Thunder Mountain” has involved many possible Blue Sky additions, including lands themed to Pixar’s “Coco,” “Encanto,” and even an entire area dedicated to Disney Villains.

At Destination D23 in September 2023, Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney Imagineering Bruce Vaughn took to the stage to share some of the Blue Sky updates on this project, describing it as 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. Vaughn also said that this will be the biggest expansion for Magic Kingdom in its history.

“Encanto” could be off the table for the new stories coming to Frontierland, as it is now being considered for DinoLand U.S.A. at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

While the Frontierland news could be connected to that, it’s worth mentioning that what lies beyond Big Thunder Mountain isn’t currently Frontierland, so the. news could relate to Big Thunder itself, Pecos Bill’s Tall Tale Inn & Cafe, Tom Sawyer Island, The Rivers of America, or some other part of the existing land. Only time will tell what Disney is alluding to in their vague tease.

What do you hope is “Beyond Big Thunder Mountain”? Let us know in the comments.

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  • Brit Tuttle

    Brit didn't grow up going to the Disney Parks, but had basically the next best thing: the Phantom Manor ride operations simulator flash game and the Disney Sing-Along Songs Beach Party at Walt Disney World VHS. You can email them at brittani@wdwnt.com.

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