Activity on the most prized piece of land at Walt Disney World sparks renewed interest in the resurgence of another Magic Kingdom area resort

24 days ago in "Walt Disney World Resorts"

Posted: Friday July 9, 2021 10:09am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

A simple barrier and fence installed this week on the edge of the Seven Seas Lagoon has sparked a lot of interest this week with the possibility that Disney may once again be exploring building on perhaps the most valuable piece of unbuilt land at Disney World.


The site is well known to Disney history fans as the location of what was to be the Venetian Resort and then later the Mediterranean Resort.


With its waterside Seven Seas Lagoon position on the monorail line, the site is very close to the Magic Kingdom, complete with the all-important views of the park and its nightly firework shows.

Despite appearing to be an ideal location for a new ultra-deluxe Disney resort, the project has never made it past the planning stage for various reasons.

Economic factors have been suggested as being the hotel's downfall, along with difficulty in building on the area. Disney attempted some trial construction on the site in the past, with disappointing results.

With Disney's upcoming Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser resort set open in 2022, could Disney be eyeing up another premium boutique resort at Walt Disney World?

What we can see so far is clearly not enough to make any predictions, and if Disney is indeed looking at developing this site again, it is in the very early stages. No permits have been filed at this point, which is usually the first indicator of a new significant development, even if it is just for ground test borings. Nevertheless, fans will be watching this area closely over the coming months.

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hosekiller17 days ago

I don’t know speeds of either incident. But after seeing more pictures on Facebook of the I-16 incident, it was a large dump truck, not what you would routinely see around town, and it ended up being loaded with large tires. It was a heck of a hit for sure!

GimpYancIent17 days ago

How fast was the truck estimated to be traveling? Even an unloaded dump truck can be a massive force when at speed.

aladdin200717 days ago

FjordTunnelVenture to replace frozen ever after....:)

homerdance17 days ago

Problem solved. Floating tunnel in the lake. https://www.borntoengineer.com/norway-pioneers-first-floating-underwater-tunnels

hosekiller17 days ago

I’d guess the dump truck was a mechanical failure of some sort, or a failure to lock the dump bed if that’s a thing. Completely different situation than the monorail guard though. For what it’s worth, I’d bet the monorail guard would likely catch MOST issues where it’s set up….a vac boom for example, wouldn’t likely be traveling very fast on a dirt path. On the flip side, the underpass that is hit several times a year where I live had similar “guards”, but they didn’t accomplish a thing. People just plowed right through them before nailing the bridge 🤦🏻‍♂️

EeyoreFan#2417 days ago

I was just sharing because it was semi related to the beam discussion, although a guard probably wouldn’t have helped much there. That’s what got me, I’ve seen some truck vs bridge collisions like this before, but can’t recall the truck winning, as least not this much.

hosekiller17 days ago

We have a low overpass that supports a couple of train tracks, and it’s hit several times a year. Slap a new beam in there and call it a day. We had a bridge over an interstate struck by a dump truck a few years ago where I live, looks like the same thing that happened on I-16. We only had cosmetic damage though, it was a much wider roadway. Crazy how the I-16 bridge shifted after being hit by an unloaded dump truck.

JoeCamel17 days ago

Take it apart and rebuild

hosekiller17 days ago

Lots of things are secured only by the weight of the structural members. Lots of concrete parking garages and bridges for instance.

Joffrey18 days ago

Just lay the overpass up there and let's call it a day. Uh, shouldn't we secure it to the foundation? Nah, it'll be fine.

EeyoreFan#2418 days ago

So, about that beam guard…

Robbiem18 days ago

That was my original question. I wondered how busy the new walkway is with people going from the TTC to Magic Kingdom via the Poly and Grand Flo, or from the Poly to Magic Kingdom? I can’t imagine that many people would walk that route at any one time. I wonder how it compares to people walking from crescent lake to the studios?

danlb_200018 days ago

I think he is talking about going from the TTC to MK the long way which has only been possible for less then a year now.

cranbiz18 days ago

Yes, that was after I left the company. However, that was an abnormality and not an everyday occurrence.