Walt Disney World Resort Seeks Permission to Develop More Wetland Areas

The Walt Disney World Resort is seeking permission to develop 575 acres of wetland area, an increase from the original 350 acres it had planned to develop on the resort property over the next 30 years. The development plan has been filed with the South Florida Water Management District.

Wetland areas at the Walt Disney World ResortWetland areas at the Walt Disney World Resort

The 575 acres of wetland that Disney is requesting to build on is roughly the same size as the area it has impacted in the last 20 years, including the development of Celebration and Disney's Animal Kingdom.

The planned development includes parking lots, attraction expansions, and more. The area Disney wants to develop includes wetlands in seven districts throughout the property.

The areas include nearly 285 acres near the Magic Kingdom and 122 acres near Disney's Hollywood Studios and the ESPN Wide World of Sports.

Disney has reportedly told government officials it will attempt to develop as much as it can outside the wetland area.

In 2014 Disney purchased the 3,000 acre Mira Lago property, an area where a residential development had been considered. The plan for Mira Lago was to restore it in exchange for building on the original 350 acres of wetland within Disney property.

What do you think about Disney's development plans and any possible effects on the wetland areas? Let us know in the comments.


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