Disney World Reopening

Disney+ is about to get a whole lot more magical. A whole franchise based on the beloved Magic Kingdom theme park at Walt Disney World is in the works for the streamer from For All Mankind and Battlestar Galactica creator Ron Moore, bringing characters from its theme parks and classic films to new life.

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Disney buys more land

Even though The Walt Disney Company is laying off construction workers and keeping its theme parks closed in the short term due to the coronavirus crisis, the Mouse House is still playing the long game when it comes to the theme park business. A new report says that an entity related to Disney has bought more than two dozen acres of land near the western edge of the Magic Kingdom for a little over one million dollars. But what exactly will the company use its new land for? Read More »

Tron Ride

Tron is coming to the Magic Kingdom.

Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek announced at D23 that the popular Tron Lightcycle Power Run attraction that debuted at Shanghai Disneyland last year will be making its way to the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. It won’t be replacing an old ride, but will sit in a new space carved out of Tomorrowland.

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jon favreau

Director Jon Favreau has been attached to direct Magic Kingdom for almost six years now. Since then, he’s made Cowboys & AliensChef, and the upcoming reimagining of The Jungle Book. For whatever reason, this Disney project continues to sit on the sidelines.

Favreau is still attached to the project, and according to him, if all goes well for The Jungle Book, we might finally see it happen. Read his brief but promising Magic Kingdom update below.

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Iron Man 2 Jon Favreau

Disney fans everywhere were excited when news broke Jon Favreau was making a film called Magic Kingdom. Described as “Night at the Museum at Disneyland,” the film would tell a story where all the characters inside the Happiest Place on Earth come to life at night.

The last update on the film was in mid 2012. Since then, Favreau went off an to make Chef and will follow that up with a live-action version of The Jungle Book. Finally, at SXSW, Favreau offered an update on Magic Kingdom. The writer/director/producer/actor said he thinks he’s got a strong story to go along with the concept and it might come to fruition after The Jungle Book is done. He said films like The Lego Movie and The Avengers, which combine dozens of franchise characters like this would, have helped the cause. Read his quotes below. Read More »

One of the unfortunate side effects of Jon Favreau‘s recent decision to direct a big-screen adaptation of Jersey Boys was the delay of Magic Kingdom, the theme park fantasy he’s been attached to for the past couple of years. But according to Favreau, that longer wait is actually a blessing.

In a new interview, the filmmaker assures fans that he’s still working on Magic Kingdom, and in fact has been collaborating with Pixar to develop the story. He also very reasonably points out that his last three movies were all done under pressure from deadlines — and as we know, that rushed timetable wasn’t always to the films’ benefit. Read his comments after the jump.

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Michael Chabon has now officially been tasked with bringing Disneyland to life in the upcoming Jon Favreaudirected film Magic Kingdom. A few months ago, it was rumored that Chabon, the author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay and screenwriter of Spider-Man 2 and the upcoming John Carter, would be writing the film, described as Night at the Museum set at Disneyland. Now those rumors have proven to be true. Chabon will write, Favreau will direct and work is already well underway. After the jump, read more about Magic Kingdom including Favreau’s thoughts on the responsibility of dramatizing the Disney characters, the film’s tone and some late night trips he’s been taking in preparation. Read More »

Last year, Jon Favreau walked away from the Iron Man franchise, allowing Marvel to pass that torch to Shane Black, and took up instead with Disney. At the Mouse House, Mr. Favreau will direct the big-budget film Magic Kingdom, which has been described in basic terms as essentially Night at the Museum in Disneyland.

The original script for the film was written by Ron Moore (Battlestar Galactica), but now rewrite chores may pass to Pulitzer-winning author/screenwriter Michael Chabon (The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, Spider-Man 2). Read More »

Tuesday’s most polarizing piece of news was the fact that Jon Favreau would not be directing Iron Man 3. On his Twitter, Favreau said “It’s true, I’m directing Magic Kingdom, not Iron Man 3. I’ve had a great run with Marvel and wish them the best.”

But Twitter can only say so much. The man behind the first two Iron Man films, Elf, the upcoming Cowboys & Aliens and my favorite movie of all time, Swingers, sat down with the Los Angeles Times to explain in more than 140 characters why he’s leaving Tony Stark behind and what his plans are for Magic Kingdom. Read More »

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The last time we heard about Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Night at the Museum-style film in which the Disneyworld theme park comes to life, it was called a ‘low-level development project.’ That was barely more than a month ago. Something changed, and fast, because now Jon Favreau is in talks to direct Magic Kingdom. Read More »