New Theater Inspired By Kansas City's Willis Wood Theater to be built at the Magic Kingdom

Jul 15, 2017 in "Main Street, U.S.A."

Posted: Sunday July 16, 2017 7:53pm EDT by WDWMAGIC Staff

Theater is about to get serious at the Magic Kingdom with the addition of a brand new theater off Main Street U.S.A.

The new entertainment venue will be based on the iconic Willis Wood theater in 1920s Kansas City, where Walt lived after he left Marceline.

“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.”

Plans call for the new theater to be built in what is currently backstage areas between Main Street U.S.A. and Tomorrowland.

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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.