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New Theater to be built at the Magic Kingdom

Discussion in 'WDW Parks News, Rumors and Current Events' started by wdwmagic, Jul 15, 2017.

  1. MisterPenguin

    MisterPenguin Premium Member

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    Yeah, they made that bypass guest-ready because they use that as a special entrance for the ticketed events. You can get your first bag of Halloween candy or Christmas cookies there.

    Which gets me thinking... this bypass is so that guests coming in for the ticketed party aren't crashing into the guests leaving. But if this bypass gets closed down in order to construct the new theater and add better facades all around, then what is WDW to do?

    Push out the day-guests an hour earlier. Which is what they'll do starting with the Christmas parties.
     
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  2. trojanjustin

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    This is largely incorrect. That bypass is occasionally used for what you describe but more often than not it is used as a way to do what's called a "blow out," by allowing guests to leave the park in a more expedited fashion, especially during parades, fireworks or at other peak times when Main Street may be clogged with people or blocked due to an event.

    It has been paved, painted and landscaped for quite some time (at least since New Years eve).

    Previous to this bypass, they would do the same thing, just with temporary planters. This required far more cast members to staff though, as they had to ensure guests followed the correct path. It was also bad show. The bypass allowed for a smoother, easier exit experience for guests - while not completely breaking the show.
     
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  3. MisterPenguin

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    Chyahh... it was used as I described for the 2016 Halloween and Christmas parties. I was there for both. So... largely correct.
     
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  4. MansionButler84

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    I have not found this to be accurate as recently as February. During the afternoon parade or around fireworks time, Main Street would be jam packed but the bypass closed off. I'm unsure of why that is. If you got it, use it.

    It is certainly used as the entrance for party guests.
     
  5. rael ramone

    rael ramone Well-Known Member

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    I've only read 'bits and pieces' of this thread (so what I say may have been said by others), so...

    1. There is NO QUESTION (IMHO) that this is meant to attract people to visit. This isn't just to give people something to do. In their minds there is already something for you to do.... buy food, beverages, and plush. They wouldn't spend $$$ on a long show in a nice looking theatre that uses precious executive parking unless it was meant to attract visits.

    2. This seems like the best thing to have been announced at D23 (and this is coming from someone who doesn't find these kind of shows interesting). A quality offering that provides a genuine need that doesn't displace another attraction. If they follow through with this*, it makes you feel good even if you don't personally enjoy it. It's very presence adds class & quality.

    3. My guess is that the bypass from Center St to Tony's will become permanently open, where the theatre will end up. I'm guessing the north part will remain a bypass.

    4. I'm guessing as well that 'New Street' won't simply house the theatre. If they can fit retail back there (even if it's kiosks) it will be there.

    * - Wall Street (unlike in the past) wants stuff added in the parks, so it makes the D23 stuff much more likely to happen then stuff that ended up in coffee table books. Worst case scenario would be if *new research* tells them that it won't drive additional attendance and in fact gives people less store time (which might cause them to 'Hyperian Wharf' the project).
     
  6. RSoxNo1

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    Nobody asked to meet me. I gotta start wearing pants.
     
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  7. mm121

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    it probably just depends on the buildings placement, if its set back a bit from the bypass most likely the bypass would be able to continue to be used throughout most of the construction

    its most likely going where the cars are parked now, so even with the bypass open they would have access to the site on 3 sides

    its like building in a big city, they build buildings all the time without disrupting the buildings right next door. its a bit of a challenge and a different mindset but definitely doable

    they also have the crappy un themed bypass that they sometimes use on the west side of mainstreet through the backstage and parking lot, just means rolling out the planters again

    so theres definitely options
     
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  8. Mike S

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    Yes I did. You never answered :p
     
  9. NearTheEars

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    I think what they meant to say is that it wasn't built specifically for the Halloween and Christmas parties. That's just among its uses.

    I've never been to a party, but I've enjoyed several expedited jaunts down the bypass.
     
  10. TheGuyThatMakesSwords

    TheGuyThatMakesSwords Well-Known Member

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    So - if the bypass sort of becomes "Main Street 2", requiring a new bypass....
    Would this then be a double-bypass? :). Credit to my dear wife for the horrible pun :).
     
  11. Kman101

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    LOL

    You think people are going to flock to the park because they built a new theater space? It's very much needed and will help a lot with capacity.
     
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  12. trojanjustin

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    That is certainly a secondary benefit of the built-out. However, Disney has had a bypass in that route for peak nights for decades - it was previous unthemed with some potted plants and shrubbery to obstruct the backstage views. It required a good amount of labor to build/take-down each time they wanted to use it. That was the largely purpose for this - to have the option available whenever it was necessary at a moment's notice.
     
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    Thanks for both of those tips. :)
     
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  14. mm121

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    They could just use the west side unthemed bypass like they sometimes do now, maybe one day it will become themed too

    it was horrible show, the way the west side one is when they use it, heck the west side one they dont even bother with planters sometimes

    its really too bad they never just finished the original vision of making main street an actual neighborhood with multiple streets
     
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  15. Goob

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    Isn't Tokyo Disneyland's "Main Street" like that? With multiple streets? I know it's covered. Correct?

    TDL is high on my bucket list, so one day I hope to see for myself.
     
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  16. Mike730

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    I'm also in the camp that expects the south side and center street to be open to the theater, while the north gate remains closed for bypass use only.
     
  17. Cesar R M

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    That means building new utilitors. dont they?
     
  18. Cesar R M

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    It all depends on how important and/or popular the area is.
    They use mostly planes now for updating the maps (mostly commercial planes with cameras on their bellies).
    Thats why certain cities and countries get way more updates.

    Solution, make yet another bypass ;)

    also, building a new theatre would really block the bypass?
     
  19. SpectroBro

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    The utilidors cut off before that plot of land. They run down Main Street but don't extend under the backstage parking lot
     
  20. lazyboy97o

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    Yes, World Bazaar is covered. It has a Main Street that runs from the entrance to the Central Plaza and Center Street which cuts across connecting Adventureland and Tomorrowland.
     
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