Fifth park?

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  1. Oreo

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    RUMOR: 5th Walt Disney World Theme Park To Be Built Before 2021, Located Near Flamingo Crossings?

    A 5th Walt Disney World theme park has been a dream for many since Disney’s Animal Kingdom opened in 1998. We are currently living through the longest drought without a new theme park at Walt Disney World in the resort’s history: 16.5 years. As Walt Disney World reached its 40th anniversary in 2011, a new ten year plan for the growth of the resort was laid out, culminating in the 50th anniversary in 2021, which is sure to be viewed as the pinnacle theme park celebration in the company’s history. Sure, Disneyland is the original and Walt’s baby, but Walt Disney World was his last dream and has always been favored by management in the company for being the resort destination with the highest profits. This reasoning made it easy to believe rumors that a 5th theme park was one of the end goals of the ten year plan management devised for Orlando.

    So, just a few days ago we told you about the groundbreaking finally taking place at Flamingo Crossings and why that seems to be important and indicative of larger plans for Walt Disney World in the next 8-10 years. Well, it seems it might be a good sign that a 5th park is coming, especially with some recent land purchases made by Disney in the surrounding area (hat tip to Screamscape to putting together some pieces of the story).

    Disney owns 3000 total acres of land that are put aside for Flamingo Crossings project, located just outside of the colorful character borders of the Walt Disney World Resort on Western Way. 300 acres of this land seem to be getting some special attentions, a plot just behind the largest development pads for Flamingo Crossings. This plot may be home to Walt Disney World’s 5th theme park.

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    Why does this plot make sense? A lot of the reasons are those we presented for Flamingo Crossings: 429 is empty and the other side of WDW property is overburdened. Also, building the 5th park here would entice more companies to get involved in Flamingo Crossings. Disney has had trouble selling the plots until recently, but maybe the recent hotel development deal with Marriott was struck because they know something we don’t. One would assume Marriott was privy to this information before finally agreeing to build two hotels that will be the first tenants for the project. If Disney is telling possible investors that there will be a 5th park that their business can be steps away from, they are probably going to be much more likely to open up shop between Western Way and 429.

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    A lot of this is speculation at this point, but any big projects getting underway currently at Disney’s Hollywood Studios would be completed by 2017-18 and we know that all of the additions to Disney Springs, Epcot (Frozen attraction), and Animal Kingdom will be opening between 2016 and 2017, so the Disney World construction calendar is pretty wide open for the 3 years leading up to the 50th anniversary.

    Does all of this mean a 5th gate? Will the park be located in Flamingo Crossings? Will the borders of the Walt Disney World Resort expand west? There are certainly a lot of questions to answer… and we’re not even getting into what the 5th park would be yet…

    Source Tom Corless WDWnewstoday
     
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    I have no idea, of course but have heard locally that the area described above is going to be used for apartments, and housing. :unsure:
     
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    I think it makes more sence that it is housing.

    Especially where it is located.

    Although i love the idea of a villains park I suspect were a few years away yet from a fifth park sadly.
     
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    I can't see a 5th park for some years yet.

    Disney have lots of plans for Hollywood Studios and then there is the work that is happening at Animal Kingdom. I doubt they will have the budget for a 5th Park just yet.

    It's very interesting though.
     
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    A 5th park? My head is already spinning to the thoughts of what price increases that might create.
     
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    I think I heard some time ago that there would be some accommodations for guests there, but mostly apartment and condo style living? I wish I could remember where I heard that. :unsure:
     
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    that was my first thought! lol
     
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    My goodness, I'd love a Villains Park - I'd never leave!

    Don't like the idea of residences... That's boring!
     
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    I think someone is having a little fun in the disney community. Lol

    Listening to Jim Hill it appears universal are on the verge of announcing something special which will keep people there for a third day.

    He didn't go as far as to say a third park but maybe it's the rumoured new water park or another extension to Harry Potter.

    He also said that Disney are really concerned which has prompted them to start work on MGM sooner than they wanted,

    It'll be an interesting few months if his predications are correct.
     
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    With the rumored changes to MGM/DHS here are my thoughts. I think Disney should take the new space at the Studios to create both areas for Monstropolis and Cars Land. They could also add a Villians themed area as well. The new 5th park could then be based on Star Wars and the Marvel Universe.
     
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    It has been pretty dull here in Central FL for some time. The theme parks need to shake it up!
     
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    I guess I look at it like this.

    With the Dining plan, countries moving slowly out of recession etc., the existing parks are full. The restaurants are all full most of the time. They've done the obvious thing and built more hotel rooms and that's fine but the most important thing to Disney is that they keep guests on site as long as possible to get those breakfast/lunch/dinner/souveneir $s.

    To do that, I think they need another park or shopping area or something. A few changes at hollywood studios isn't going to cut it, and though the DTD redevelopment may go some way, I'm pretty sure they have to be looking to something more major.

    The last thing they want is for people to start thinking well 3/4 days disney and then we can go to universal where we can get into restaurants, see newer attractions and so on.
     
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