The Magic Kingdom's Main Street U.S.A. Theater project cancelled?

Feb 01, 2018 in "Main Street, U.S.A."

Posted: Thursday February 1, 2018 2:35pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

It appears that the Magic Kingdom's new theater to be built off Main Street U.S.A. has now been cancelled, although Disney is yet to officially announce the change of plans.

Construction was about to begin, with various areas cleared backstage to allow the work to get underway behind the existing Town Square Theater and Tomorrowland, but word comes to us from sources familiar with the matter that the construction project has been cancelled with immediate effect.

Originally announced at D23 in 2017, the new entertainment venue was to be based on the iconic Willis Wood theater in 1920s Kansas City, where Walt lived after he left Marceline. 

At the original D23 announcement, it was described as:

“Across Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, we’ve been upping the game in Entertainment with shows like Frozen Live at the Hyperion,” Bob Chapek, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts said. “It’s been a huge hit at the Disneyland Resort, and I’m sure many of you have seen it. This new theater at Walt Disney World continues that streak by bringing a new venue for world-class entertainment to the world’s biggest park.”

It isn't yet clear if plans have changed and a theater will be built elsewhere, or if the idea of a new theater has been completely abandoned.

As always, this information should be treated as speculation until officially announced by Disney.

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ToTBellHopMay 12, 2019

Well SOMEBODY had to fund the dole whip expansion...

Kman101May 11, 2019

No but it was being asked/talked about and MansionButler would rather post funny comments instead of addressing the question, so I asked flat out, lol.

Kman101May 11, 2019

OK. Thanks :)

ToTBellHopMay 11, 2019

No. Only Thor could start that furnace back up and he’s not allowed in a Disney park east of the Mississippi.

HauntedMansionFLAMay 11, 2019

Is it back on the front burner again??

ToTBellHopMay 11, 2019

Matter of perspective. Other projects are getting funded.

Kman101May 11, 2019

So was this a cut or did the money actually go elsewhere?

ToTBellHopMay 10, 2019

Fake news. It was the kindergarten class that painted the Fountain of Nations plaza in pre-k3. Management loved their work. In first grade they’ll paint the Tree of Life.

FlynnwriterMay 10, 2019

The funds were allocated to a local pre-school who were tasked with painting tomorow land with their favorite colors.

mikejs78May 10, 2019

Don't forget that new cupcake they added!

ToTBellHopMay 10, 2019

They used it to develop the new Dole Whip flavors. I'd say it was a fair trade.

BocabearMay 10, 2019

With the amount of money this company rakes in, they can afford to do both...and then a whole lot more...

IMDREWMay 10, 2019

You’d think the funds for the theater would be spend well on a brand new nighttime parade.. :rolleyes:

Old MouseketeerMay 10, 2019

Actually, it's a bit more layered than that. Doing eight shows a week on Broadway (or on tour) might look like it's more challenging than working part-time at Disney. But those part-timers are busting a hump to get outside work. And if they have more than one approval at the resort, they may get pulled from one show to another at a moment's notice. In a professional production outside of Disney, you basically have the same cast and crew eight shows a week, minus substitutions. At Disney it's a different line-up every day and sometimes from show-to-show. If you have a quick change, you likely have a different dresser every time you are in. If you sing a duet, trio, or quartet, it's a different group every day. If you're wearing earbuds, it's a different person mixing and different balances. I know a Disney performer who booked a national tour for a major hit musical and he said the challenge of being a production swing (doing a different role almost every show) was offset by having the same cast and crew every performance. He said that most of the other performers had no concept of the challenges of a theme park show.