'Beyond Big Thunder Mountain' Blue Sky concept revealed for Magic Kingdom

13 days ago in "Magic Kingdom"

Beyond Big Thunder Mountain Blue Sky concept art
Posted: Sunday September 11, 2022 3:07pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

In the final moments of the Disney Parks D23 panel, Chairman Josh D'Amaro revealed plans for a new "Beyond Big Thunder Mountain" Blue Sky concept.

The new land, behind Big Thunder Mountain at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, would include Disney animation IPs including Coco, Encanto and villains.

Here is a look at the art.

"Blue Sky" concepts refer to projects that are being considered with preliminary design ideas, but have not reached the stage of being green-lit for actual construction. Disney has a long history of Blue Sky concepts that have never made it to reality, so it remains unclear if the "Beyond Big Thunder Mountain" project will proceed, and what may be included in a final version. What is clear though, is that Magic Kingdom needs additional capacity, and Disney looks to be marking the area behind Big Thunder Mountain as the next expansion pad.

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DonniePeverley2 hours ago

Essentially it was a 18-24 month break.

lazyboy97o7 hours ago

Epic Universe was paused for about a year. Summer 2025, about 18 months behind the Christmas 2023 plan.

Rich Brownn9 hours ago

The did say no later that summer 2025. That means it could open earlier (and I suspect it will)

Magicart8710 hours ago

A walk-thru attraction would be a serviceable option so long as it's a people-eater with enough activations. Maybe a maze? Ideally, I'd prefer a combo of the two - or is it three? A walk-thru attraction doubling as a queue which ends at either an M & G experience or a ride depending on which door of Casa De Encanto the guest(s) take. It would allow for all age types to get their Encanto on. As for the ride type, maybe a Vekoma Mad House allowing for a retelling of the story with the house cracking and falling apart before ultimately being restored through the magic of familia.

ToTBellHop11 hours ago

Absolutely but Encanto may not be a ride at all.

EPCOT-O.G.11 hours ago

This is the most cost effective and proven tech (reliability and customer approved) out there. Makes complete sense.

FigmentFan8213 hours ago

I’m just going to keep repeating until it comes to fruition. Make Coco flight of passage Make Encanto mystic manor Use Shanghai pirates for whatever villians is

JoeCamel13 hours ago

I admit I was drinking and it clouded my judgement - I fed the troll...

FigmentFan8213 hours ago

Well said

bhg46914 hours ago

And I heard 2025 as the date but haven't heard a month or season. Based on coaster track being on site and some actually installed, I think it's gonna be early.

JoeCamel1 day ago

They took a six month break..... Tron quit for how long?

DonniePeverley1 day ago

My complaint on Epic Universe was that Universal dithered for so many years. I was not wrong - the CEO himself admitted it was a mistake that they halted construction on the project.

ToTBellHop1 day ago

Well, I think he is right that it won’t be open in four years and that this will hit 300 pages. Whatever is built is meant to open in phases in the 2025-2030 window. Along with the DAK projects. I certainly wouldn’t be surprised if “all” we get is Moana, Encanto, and Coco. Don’t really care about Zoo but I’ll be sad if Villain land still isn’t built.

MisterPenguin1 day ago

You thought Epic Universe wouldn't be built. So, you're no expert on this.