Could a New Disney Villains’ Land Be a Possibility?

Could a New Disney Villains' Land Be a Possibility? Chris Beatty Jennifer M Lee Chief Creative Officer Walt Disney Animation Studios Walt Disney Studios Josh DAmaro Chairman Disney Parks Experiences and Products Chris Beatty on VIllain's Land Chris Beatty on VIllain's Land

At the D23 convention in 2022, The Walt Disney Company threw a few “blue sky” ideas into the crowd, and a couple of them were met with a level of cheering that caught the attention of the Disney powers that be. According to Imagineer Chris Beatty, the concept of a Villain’s-themed area might have the possibility to grow into more than just a Disney guest’s dream. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Beatty touched on the idea of Villains’ Land gaining substantial applause that created some interest at The Walt Disney Company.

“We’re dreaming every day about what could be next at Walt Disney World. We just wanted to give you a peek at some of the amazing things that could be coming. It’s changing every day. It’s exciting. I think Josh was really trying to get across that spirit of creativity, of what could be next, of innovation, of the possibility of what could be is still alive and well at Disney and Imagineering,” he says of the D23 presentation, which he stresses was not intended to highlight concrete plans for the parks, but rather his team “dreaming about what could be” ahead.

“[The villains concept] got pretty good applause,” he admits. “We took note of how loud the applause was when we announced that.”

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Zoë Wood is a travel writer from Sydney, Australia. Since her first visit to Disneyland at the age of 6, she has spent her years frequently visiting Disney Parks and traveling around the world.

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