Disney’s Night Kingdom

As always, Disney reporter and blogger Jim Hill has a tasty morsel of theme park gossip to gnosh upon. This Friday morning, it’s a piece detailing the possible fifth theme park at Walt Disney World, an experience-driven high-end environment known as Disney’s Night Kingdom.

Disney World’s next theme park will NOT be Villains themed and/or loaded with lots of coasters. But — rather — it will be an intimate, natural environment that then offers you the chance to have lots of personalized, hands-on, once-in-a-lifetime adventures.

Jim suggests prices as high as $250-300 per person for an evening at this park, open tenatively from 4 p.m. to midnight. Of course, those buying a Disney vacation package would be offered lower pricing. Tickets would include a high-end gourmet meal at a themed restaurant and such experiences as riding a zipline over a pool of crocodiles a la Indiana Jones and spelunking in a cave filled with bats.

(Hell, if Disney’s gonna charge that much for intimate encounters with scary animals, come on over to my place sometime–I’ll let you feed our toddler when she’s had no nap for free.)

So…whaddaya think? Would you pay $250 for a Disney-style high-end encounter experience?

8 Comments so far

  1. Megan Lee (unregistered) on February 15th, 2008 @ 10:25 am

    Not a chance! It sounds like something from fear factor. What ever happened to the rumors of a Harry Potter theme park? I would shell out some cash for that :)

  2. Matt (unregistered) on February 15th, 2008 @ 11:02 am

    There’s a Harry Potter attraction and area going into Universal…so that’s probably the closest we’re gonna get. I think it opens next year?

  3. Terry Howard (unregistered) on February 15th, 2008 @ 2:07 pm

    It sounds like it will be a great experience, that is until the Yule Brenner robots go haywire and kill everyone.

  4. Michelle S. (unregistered) on February 16th, 2008 @ 4:17 pm

    They could have a night theme park with tix at this price or more without building a whole new park.

    Just open up the Magic Kingdom for an overnight, plus put in suites above the Main Street area and charge extra for the rooms. When I was working for WDW in reservations, people were begging for a chance to stay overnight in the park at any price.

    And yes, the Harry Potter world is slated for a 2009 opening, according to Universal PR. I’m much more looking forward to that vs. this possible WDW park.

  5. mb (unregistered) on February 17th, 2008 @ 3:26 pm

    I don’t think I would pay that much money to do this. I’d rather go zip-lining somewhere outside of Disney, or see a real bat cave than see Disney’s overprice created experiences. If someone bought me a ticket or if the price was lower, I would happily go, but not for $250 and up.

    It’s the same reason I haven’t been to Discovery Cove yet. Just too much money in my opinion…

  6. Howard Parks (unregistered) on February 20th, 2008 @ 3:53 pm

    I would not shell out $300 for that! I could get a Park Hopper Pass for the same amount and go to WDW’s other 4 theme parks.

  7. Marcia (unregistered) on February 29th, 2008 @ 4:42 pm

    The themed dinner thing sounds pricey… and who’s paying $300 for Disney tickets? You guys have to do your research and check out http://orlandowelcomecenter.com They have really awesome discounts and are super friendly! They have half price dinner show tickets and can’t get huge discounts on the themeparks. My family just came down for a visit and I saved huge amounts of money thanks to the orlando welcome center. I suggest you guys check it or give them a call at 407-641-5436. They are really very helpful and were able to help my family have the dream vacation they with a budget they can afford!

  8. Marcia (unregistered) on February 29th, 2008 @ 4:55 pm

    LOL! How about they CAN save you money on themeparks and dinner shows… I can’t type!!! :) Honestly I think they’re wonderful and if you or anyone needs to find some legit discount tickets, definitely check them out!

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