NEWS: Disney Plans to File Permits for HUGE Expansion Coming to Magic Kingdom

We’ve got an update on the Disney news you’ve all been waiting for.

Magic Kingdom

No, it’s not a Tiana’s Bayou Adventure or Country Bear Jamboree opening date (hopefully we’ll know soon!). It’s also not additional information about the new Disney Vacation Club tower at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. Nope — we don’t have an official confirmation on which of the new potential lands are actually coming to Disneyland. However, we do have some exciting Magic Kingdom expansion news that means things are moving forward!

Things are HAPPENING, ya’ll! We recently attended an exclusive Disney Imagineering event and got some information on what’s next for Disney. There, they commented on the $60 billion expansion the company has planned for the next decade in its Parks, Experiences, and Products section of the company.

Concept art

At the event, Disney mentioned that they’re about to file a permit for storm drainage and other foundational work. Foundational permits like this are common before a new ride, attraction, or land so this makes sense as a first step. But it’s the first major update we’ve heard about Disney moving forward with this project!

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

It’s been confirmed for some time now that Disney definitely has future expansion plans for Magic Kingdom that are “the largest ever for the park.” Disney keeps using the phrase “Beyond Big Thunder Mountain” and compares the scale to things like Pandora — The World of Avatar and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. This plan is set to add “new attractions, restaurants, shows, and more!”

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

In 2022 during the D23 Expo, Disney exec Josh D’Amaro teased some of the new ideas that could come to this expansion. That included potential Coco, Encanto, and Disney villains lands, but nothing has been officially confirmed by Disney.

Beyond Big Thunder concept art

Back in February, the Reedy Creek Improvement District (which is now called the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District) released its 2023 long-term land use plan. It appeared to show an updated land usage designation for the area just north of Frontierland.


Land that the district once deemed “Unsuitable” is now said to be “Marginally Unsuitable.” Essentially, this means that the land that was once considered unavailable to be developed can now potentially be developed.

However, the area directly next to Big Thunder Mountain has been redesignated from “Suitable” to “Marginally Unsuitable.” Although it can be used for this new project, Disney could have to do extensive development of the land.


This project will likely take years and years before it is complete, but at least we know it’s moving. Stay tuned to AllEars and we’ll keep you updated on everything there is to know about Disney’s expansion plans!

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Disclosure: We were invited by The Walt Disney Company to attend an exclusive Imagineering media event. This did not affect our reporting of the event — our opinions are our own.

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2 Replies to “NEWS: Disney Plans to File Permits for HUGE Expansion Coming to Magic Kingdom”

  1. For the love, many folks have suggested a Haunted Mansion themed restaurant. Can that become a reality??