Disney World Confirms Plans to Build a Fifth Theme Park

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The dream of a fifth Walt Disney World Resort theme park may finally be coming true!

Disney Park fans have been waiting for the day when they’d see a fifth gate added to Walt Disney World Resort. Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios are all fantastic and immersive theme parks that bring in millions of Disney World Guests each and every year. But, with as many Guests visiting Disney each year, it should come as no surprise that crowds aren’t easily controlled.

This is one primary reason that fans have long hoped for a fifth theme park to be built.

In addition to the intellectual properties (IPs) that Disney could bring to another theme park, crowds would be more easily controlled as they are spread out through another Park. With Universal Orlando Resort making strides and building its third theme park, many fans have wondered if Disney might answer.

In the latest battle between The Walt Disney Company and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis— over the Reedy Creek Improvement District— it seems we got a glimpse into what’s next for Disney World.

The Reedy Creek Improvement District-Disney developer’s agreement shows that there are plans in the work to add an additional theme park by 2032. As you can see in the chart, there are currently four theme addition, and one additional is approved through 2032. In addition, Disney has approved 14,000 new keys to be added through 2032 and two new minor theme parks.

The RCID/Disney developer’s agreement that stripped the new board of power appears to confirm construction a 5th gate by 2023 (!!!)
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Of course, it should be noted that just because these developments are in the plans, this does not mean that they will happen. Though this agreement seemingly confirms that Disney has plans to build a fifth theme park, it may still come to fruition.

Disney Park fans who have been around the company long enough know that plans have been released before just for them to be canceled or changed. Concept art for certain new attractions never came to fruition even after being announced– like the Mary Poppins attraction— and the fifth theme park has yet to be officially announced.

Of course, we’re all hopeful, and this development agreement confirms that Disney is considering plans for a fifth gate, but we’ll all have to wait until it becomes official.

About Brittni Ward

Brittni is a Disney and Universal fan; one of her favorite things at both parks is collecting popcorn buckets. While at Disney World Resort, Brittni meets the princesses and rides Kilimanjaro Safaris. At Universal, Brittni enjoys the Minions and watching Animal Actors on Location! When not at Disney World Resort or Universal Orlando, Brittni spends time with her family and pets.