Disney World might be including a fifth theme park quickly

There might be a “Nice Large Stunning Tomorrow” on the horizon for the roughly 50 million visitors who go to Walt Disney World yearly.

In the present day, the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District, which oversees land use and public companies inside the space Disney World owns and operates, unanimously accepted an preliminary studying of a 15-year growth plan that might carry main modifications to Disney World within the coming a long time, together with a potential fifth theme park.

Disney printed a authorized discover detailing the event plan within the Could 29 version of the Orlando Sentinel. It outlined Disney’s deliberate funding of as much as $17 billion over the following 10 to twenty years, with a dedication of $8 billion within the subsequent 10 years.

As outlined within the plan, these funds might be used to develop new workplace area, inns, eating places, retail areas and theme parks. The proposed settlement encompasses roughly 17,370 acres of land below the CFTOD’s jurisdiction, the vast majority of the land they oversee.

Underneath the plan’s phrases, Disney World could be accepted to boost its whole variety of resort rooms from the greater than 36,000 it at present has to 53,467 and improve retail and restaurant area. Most enjoyable for Disney followers, the settlement additionally requires a most of 5 “main theme parks” and 5 “minor theme parks.”

Disney already has 4 theme parks and two water parks, but when the plan is accepted, Disney might doubtlessly construct a fifth theme park and extra water parks or related smaller, extra minor parks.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios. TARAH CHIEFFI/THE POINTS GUY

The settlement additionally requires Disney to “donate land for public infrastructure enhancements essential to assist the brand new growth,” commit not less than $10 million to attainable housing tasks and award not less than 50% of the products and companies associated to design, growth and building below the plan to Florida companies.

In the present day’s information reconfirms The Walt Disney Firm’s $60 billion dedication to “speed up and develop funding” in its world theme parks, cruise line and different trip experiences introduced final September by CEO Bob Iger.

“You may just about conclude that they’re going to be throughout — that means each single considered one of our areas would be the beneficiary of elevated funding and thus elevated capability, together with on the excessive seas, the place we’re at present constructing three extra ships,” Iger mentioned through the firm’s first-quarter earnings name in February.

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Fantasy Springs at Tokyo DisneySea. KATIE GENTER/THE POINTS GUY

For the reason that announcement, the corporate opened the World of Frozen at Hong Kong Disneyland and a Zootopia-themed land at Shanghai Disney Resort. It’s going to additionally open Fantasy Springs at Tokyo Disney Resort on June 6. Moreover, Disney not too long ago acquired approval to construct new lands and points of interest at Disneyland and shared early idea “blue sky” concepts for Disney World enlargement plans.

This growth settlement, which has to this point been supported by each Disney and the CFTOD, solidifies each organizations’ continued dedication to investing in Central Florida. Disney’s funding would carry progress and growth to the world by means of new jobs, extra vacationers and extra state and native income.

Negotiations between Disney and the CFTOD haven’t traditionally been amicable. The contentious relationship started in 2022 when Disney spoke out towards Florida’s so-called “Do not Say Homosexual” invoice that prohibited dialogue of sexual orientation and gender id in Florida lecture rooms, a invoice that Gov. Ron DeSantis championed.

Cinderella Fort at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. TARAH CHIEFFI/THE POINTS GUY

Disney’s criticism drew DeSantis’ ire, main him to take away Disney’s self-governing standing and particular taxation advantages by taking management of the Reedy Creek Enchancment District (now the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District), renaming it and appointing 5 hand-picked representatives to the board that was beforehand wholly managed by Disney.

Earlier than they have been ousted, Disney’s board members tried to push by means of a growth deal, which has stored the 2 in authorized battles ever since. On March 27, Disney and the CFTOD reached a settlement that nullified any earlier growth agreements, with each events agreeing to barter a brand new growth plan.

A second and closing public listening to for consideration of Disney’s growth settlement is scheduled for June 12, although it appears possible the plan will transfer ahead based mostly on Wednesday’s unanimous vote. If it does, Disney World might get an excellent higher makeover within the coming years than Cinderella did earlier than the royal ball.

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