In 2017’s D23, Bob Chapek announced a 2,000 seat theatre located in Main Street U.S.A., in a new area that is backstage. There was no word on which show would be shown on stage, but it sure would be of the same quality as Frozen and Aladdin in Disney’s California Adventure. This theatre that was just announced a few months ago may never see the green light.
There have been many rumors surrounding the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World, with some of them confirmed in D23. The new theatre was a surprise for many, but it was well received as the park needs offerings that could handle the crowds that just get bigger every year in the Magic Kingdom.
This is why the rumor of this project been canceled appears to be odd, as it seems such a great addition to the park. This would expand Main Street U.S.A. and add some live entertainment that has been missing from the park surrounding Cinderella’s Castle. Maybe there’s a better reason to cancel the project or even postpone it. As many attractions are still being shuffled at Walt Disney Imagineering, we can expect more changes coming to the parks.
Better Cancel It When There’s No Commitment To Theming
Even though the theatre could be great to bring new life to Main Street U.S.A., many people were worried at how generic it looked. If you see the concept art, it just looks like a big building. Not only that, but the theatre would have been added to a completely new street, with its own challenges to theme it just as charming as Main Street U.S.A. is. Even though the backstage areas that would house the theater have been used as a way to handle crowds during peak season, it is nowhere near themed to any area of the actual Main Street U.S.A.
Maybe Disney figured out that in order to make the project valuable they had to commit fully to theme a whole new street. That could be a challenge in itself. Depending on how many showings they could get of a live show, the commitment could be worth it.
A Tomorrowland Expansion Could Be Closer Than Ever
Many insiders noticed how much space the theater needed from Tomorrowland in order to be accommodated in the already odd location. With the neglect of Tomorrowland, they might be reconsidering that decision.
There are many attractions on the table. Some suggest that the Tron coaster could dictate the redesign of most of Tomorrowland’s exterior, updating it to a similar look introduced to the Magic Kingdom in 1971. As Stitch’s Great Escape draws to its extinction, a future attraction should be in the works. Here comes the long-rumored Wreck-It Ralph attraction, themed to a racing simulation within the work of Vanellope and friends. As the sequel to this character relates to the internet, it isn’t far-fetched to see this intellectual property in Tomorrowland.
Another rumor relates to an updated Carrousel Of Progress, with a whole new final act. This may require new animatronics, which Disney seems to be less interested in. To complete the rumor circuit, it is now been said that the Tomorrowland Speedway could get a Tron facelift as it could blend well with the coaster.
During the 60th anniversary of Disneyland, some Fantasyland attractions got newly updated special effects and scenes. With the ongoing popularity of many rides in Walt Disney World, the focus on updates could be a reason to get rid of the Main Street Theatre for a while.
Peter Pan’s Flight could be the easiest to update, as they already did in California, but there could be also some focus on It’s A Small World or even Pooh. Both of these rides deserve some updates. It’s A Small World could include new Disney characters within the different themed scenes and Pooh can get Audio-Animatronics or even projected effects (or just tearing it up because we all want the Tokyo Disneyland version).
It’s Too Early To Speculate
Even if the Main Street Theater cancellation becomes true, it is way too far from the 50th anniversary of the park to be speculating. What probably is more concrete of a project is the Tomorrowland redesign, as a facelift to this area could go a long way for the upcoming years. With the Tron coaster coming to the land, its architecture could dictate where the aesthetics go.
Even though live entertainment is still needed in the park, maybe its better, for now, to focus on a newer attraction or just updating. Then, eventually, the Main Street Theatre could come over to bring new life to Main Street. Unless Disney forgets it altogether and moves on to the future projects of Epcot and Disney’s Cinemagine Park (let’s get used to it).