Disney has recently filed a permit with the state for a potentially large-scale project at Magic Kingdom. The permit, titled “MK-1 Enabling Package”, was filed on August 31st and has an expiration date of December 31, 2019. It’s an expiration date that far into the future that is generally a red flag for a large-scale project. Here is the permit in question.
The document doesn’t contain any other details with regards to the actual project that the permit is for, but we believe it is for the Main Street Theater announced at D23 Expo. “MK-1” or “park 1” is the general term used for the parking lot situated behind Main Street USA and the space where the new theater will go. Also, the road that runs backstage in this area is Monorail Way, the road listed on the permit.
We’ve highlighted where the theater will likely go in blue below.
Additionally, the permit lists PCL Construction Services as the contractor for the work. PCL has worked on a variety of projects around both Disney and Universal theme parks including Disney Springs, Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Legoland, and portions of the Disney Skyliner project. Their inclusion in a permit that expires this far into the future is another piece of evidence that points to a large project starting at Magic Kingdom.
Of course, without specific details in the permit, it’s possible that this could is for a different project, such as the Tron roller coaster, but additional land use adjustments would be required for that.
Nothing has been officially announced by Disney, but this permit surely points to some big work ahead!