Zone In & Shout Out: Fifth Theme Park

There were high expectations for the recent D23 Expo. One of the most highly-anticipated presentations was Disney Parks and Resorts. The previous D23 Expo where the Magic Kingdom Fantasyland expansion was announced set the bar high. What would be announced next for Walt Disney World? Speculation on the web was rampant; there were even rumors of a new wristband that would contain your theme park tickets, hotel room key, charging privileges, and FastPasses. Would the much-rumored Grand Floridian DVC be announced? What about a new Monsters, Inc. ride in Hollywood Studios? Would the rumor of Brazil or Australia as a new country in Epcot’s World Showcase be confirmed? Orlando Attractions Magazine had a list of what it would like to see announced. Most fans were disappointed at the lack of major announcements regarding Walt Disney World. Couple this with Walt Disney World’s 40th anniversary this October and we thought it was a great time to look to the future and ask Zone readers what they would like to see as a fifth theme park in Walt Disney World.

The theme for a Walt Disney World ‘fifth’ gate should be… All about the Sea. The oceans and the underwater world would be a great theme.. -Diane M, New York

The theme for a Walt Disney World ‘fifth’ gate should be… the characters we love to hate……VILLAINS! Karen, Minnesota

The theme for a Walt Disney World ‘fifth’ gate should be… DISNEYSEA like they have in Japan. Lee, NY

A theme park based on the Marvel characters or one with a global theme similar to World Showcase. Each land would be an immersive “continent” with attractions and pavilions based on countries in the continent. Another cool idea would be a theme park with thrill rides that you could customize the intensity level for. Many of the thrill rides would be mild enough for kids but enjoyable for adults also – kind of like most Disney movies. Paul, NJ

I even asked my 5 year old what he would like to see and this is what he come up with:
“Food Options China Food Germany Food Children’s Food
Atraction Options Flying Attractions Atractions That have bumps”

Now it’s your turn…. What would you like to see as a new Disney World theme park?

For a look at Walt Disney World’s past and its impact on visitors, please visit DisTherapy and the 40 Days to 4 Years series.

Next we ask, “What country should be added to Epcot’s World Showcase?” Let us know.

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Lisa Battista

Lisa M. Battista is the author of Beyond the Attractions: A Guide to Walt Disney World with Preschoolers and the co-creator of WDW Fan Zone. When she’s not chasing after her little ones, you can most likely find her at the beach or in the kitchen trying her hand at a new recipe. You can follow her on Twitter @DisneyExplorer or become a fan of Beyond the Attractions on Facebook.

2 thoughts on “Zone In & Shout Out: Fifth Theme Park

  • September 5, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    My favorite is from the five year-old: “Attractions that have bumps!” I also suspect he was answering this question right before lunch!

    I was rather disappointed that none of the rumors were confirmed at D23, but I have to remind myself that there was an abundance of new things announced in 2009 that the Imagineers are still working on!

  • July 28, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    Lisa, you doll you! I love your style, your Disney perspective, and your kind link to 40 Days to 40 Years. I’m SO glad that WDW Fan Zone continues to bring us together!!


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