Will Disney move away from Castle-style parks?

April 15, 2019, 11:21 AM

As the Disney resorts continue to expand across the globe, the castle-style Park (ala Magic kingdom) is at every resort. Do you see Disney moving away from this style and doing more theme-specific parks or will every future Disney resort have a castle park? What parks would you like to see happen?

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April 15, 2019, 11:26 AM

Nope, I think it has become Disney's signature to have a castle park. I don't think it would even feel like Disney without one.

April 15, 2019, 12:30 PM

The Castle park is always the first park at any Disney resort and I cannot imagine Disney building a resort without one.

1955, Disneyland (Castle)
1971, Magic Kingdom (Castle)
1982, Epcot
1983, Tokyo Disneyland (Castle)
1989, Dinsey-MGM Studios
1992, Disneyland Paris (Castle)
1998, Animal Kingdom
2001, California Adventure
2001, Tokyo DisneySea
2002, Walt Disney Studios Park
2005, Hong Kong Disneyland (Castle)
2016, Shanghai Disneyland (Castle)

Non-castle parks only come when Disney wishes to add extra gates to a park. And the second gates for Chinese parks likely will be the DCA/DHS/WDS "studio" model. I don't see Disney doing anything like Epcot, DisneySea, or Animal Kingdom again. (At least not in the foreseeable future.)

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