Planned Attractions at Disney World that Were Never Made

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Disney World is a magical place for all who visit, parents and children alike. Over the years it has grown and expanded into the park we know and love today. While all the classics are still there: your favorite Disney resorts, the teacups, and Splash Mountain, there have been many planned attractions over the years that never became a reality. Find out what big plans were made for Disney World that did not work out in the end.


Additional Countries in the Epcot World Showcase

The pavilion in Epcot that features 11 countries for you to travel through is one of the park’s most popular attractions. The park currently features Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, the American Adventure, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Morocco, and Japan—but there were almost six more. When World Showcase was being advertised before its official opening there was mention of sections for Israel and Spain. The Spain section was going to have a boat ride similar to the Mexico ride and would have blended the experiences of its two largest cities, Barcelona and Madrid. There also have been, over the years, plans to add Russia, Switzerland, Venezuela, and the United Arab Emirates. There also was talk at a time of adding an Equatorial Africa section to the World Showcase but since the opening of Animal Kingdom these plans have been dropped.

Animal Kingdom

There were plans for a section of Animal Kingdom called “Beastly Kingdom” that would have explored animals of myths and legends. The area would have rounded out the vision for the Animal Kingdom Park which is supposed to focus on animals from today, animals that once existed but are now extinct, and animals from the imagination. The area would have featured rides and attractions involving dragons, unicorns, and other mythical beings. This project was eventually abandoned, citing budget cuts. The area is now Camp Minnie-Mickey and the remaining land will become a part of the planned Avatar Land.

Experience the Wonder That Is There

While you may not be able to visit the places that never worked out when staying at one of the fabulous Disney resorts, there is still so much to see and do. There will also be the added pleasure of the expanded and soon to open Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom that is sure to be a treat. Disney is truly the most magical place on Earth, which is why you should plan your next family vacation to become part of the magic.

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Updated: November 19, 2012 — 8:04 am