Since the 2015 and 2017 D23 announcements, it's clear that there's a lot of content coming to Disney Parks over the next 5-10 years or so. After many years of stagnation, 20+ years since the Magic Kingdom got an E-Ticket, 10+ years since WDW's last E-Ticket, things are finally starting to turn around for us fans. While every decision might not be a home run, or in the location we want, for instance Guardians or Runaway Railway, it's something -- an it's an effort - and after doing some research into what is coming to the parks, I think that even the most egregious placements can still be salvaged.
I've been trying to rack my brain for almost 2 months now after finishing one of our last collaborative projects, the Universal Australia Resort, but there wasn't anything that was peaking my interest. Several of the recent projects I've worked on have dealt in very blue sky ideas, designing completely new resorts in foreign countries, and while it's an awesome creative exercise, I wanted to try something more grounded, but also something that would on the scale of those prior projects.
Since we are now in an age where construction progress extends for years after initial announcements, and there is so much confirmed and rumored to be coming to the Walt Disney World Resort in anticipation of the 50th Anniversary, I wanted to try something different...
Imagineering the final products of the upcoming attractions, restaurants, resort hotels, and more coming to WDW over the next decade. This entire project will involve realistic predictions, spanning over the next several years, and include what is rumored to be 50 'new' things to see and do for the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World.
This will be a collaborative project between @MonorailRed and myself -- though for the next week or so it might be mostly me while Red takes her finals.
First thing's first...we need a celebration slogan for the 50th anniversary!
Follow us on this journey as we tackle new features at all four theme parks, two water parks, Disney Springs, Resort Hotels, Recreation, Transportation, and much more - and in a few years we can see how many of these dreams for the future become a reality!
The next post will be a placeholder for a syllabus with links to various locations around property to organize everything by year of arrival, beginning in 2018 and spanning till 2022. We have some plans to expand beyond and make it a full decade of renovations, ending in 2028 - so stay tuned for that!
Thank you and enjoy!