This can be moved to the rumor thread if you like.
I saw this on another board . . . interesting stuff::biggrin:
Today Kris Theiler (VP of operations support for domestic parks and resorts) had the chance to speak to a couple of Disneyland Cast members about her experience with the company. She talked a little bit about the restructuring and how she now does double duty for both DLR and WDW. She mentioned her work on DCA including the expansion and then mentioned she was also working on the expansion in the Magic Kingdom. During a Q&A after her presentation a cm asked if she could elaborate on the Magic Kingdom project, wanting to know if it was for the park or the recent DVC expansion. Kris responded saying it is inside the park but she couldn’t elaborate any further and said [B]there would be an announcement about the project soon[/B].
Also another small tidbit from Kris was that Disney is constantly looking at ways to [B]improve and change Fastpass[/B] including even charging for fastpass (no surprise there.) She did mention that the “father” of fastpass believes that fastpass should [B]always remain free [/B]as it is a service that they owe to the public however a pay system for a “magic pass” is currently being tested in HKDL.
RE: MK Expansion - Is There Enough Room? <MEMBER RESPONSE from disboards.com>
In a word - yes. In two words - yes, absolutely.
There is ample room to expand MK in Florida with some creative thinking and approaches to how to do it…
The map below shows a number of colored areas that could easily be used with bridges or walking paths over the Railroad tracks in some cases … some internal backstage areas might have to be relocated or better ‘hidden’ with fake facades or artful landscaping but there is a huge amount of land that is useable when you look closely…
The ‘yellow’ highlighted areas behind Cindy’s castle would be trickiest because some fireworks are shot from that area for Wishes and other nighttime spectaculars at MK and there needs to be a safety ‘cushion’ so that shell fallout and so forth doesn’t land on guests pending wind direction and so on.
I didn’t highlight it - but the Magic Kingdom lake area below Space Mountain and behind Carousel of Progress could be used for ‘pier like’ area and possibly even hosting a new evening show involving water, fireworks and whatever… kinda like Fantasmic…
All that said - there is enough room for expansion for at least two or three entire ‘lands’ if they think creatively… I suspect they are talking about something much less ambitious however in which case space is the least of their concerns.