Time FrameJuly 10, 2019
Disney is building a new Northern entrance to the Disney World property. The new entrance is expected to extend Floridian Way directly to Reams Road. A new stop light will be added to this intersection. Construction will also include a direct connection into the Magic Kingdom Cast Member Parking Lot.
The next phase of this project will take place between the fire station to the north and the gas station to the south. This is expected to be complete on July 2, 2019.
The road is expected to be closed during nightly fireworks except in the event where perimeter launched fireworks take place.
Buildings in the area including Property Control will be relocated to the Main Gate Office Complex near the Animal Kingdom.
The Richard Petty Driving Experience closed in June of 2015 to facilitate this work.
July 2, 2019: WDWMagic.com user Ratatouille is reporting that the new North entrance is expected to debut on July 10, 2019.
October 17, 2018: WDWMagic.com user TheVisionarySoul is reporting that the next phase of this project will take place between the fire station to the north and the gas station to the south. The expectation is that this will be especially disruptive to guests staying at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa and guests that are using the Wedding Pavilion. Traffic congestion is expected to increase before roads are widened.
July 19, 2016: WDWMagic.com user danlb_2000 is reporting that a permit has been filed with the South Florida Water Management District related to the project.
April 2, 2015: WDWMagic.com is reporting that additional work on this project is expected to begin shortly.
February 12, 2015: WDWMagic.com has speculated that the transportation changes may be related to a new Northern entrance to Walt Disney World property.
February 11, 2015: The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that the Richard Petty Driving Experience is expected to close in June of this year to make way for transportation improvements. The news was confirmed by Bill Scott, Executive Vice President of Petty Holdings, LLC.
Disney would not provide additional details on the closure.
December 18, 2013: WDWMagic.com user TheVisionarySoul has reported that Disney will begin construction in 2014 on a new Northern entrance to Walt Disney World property. According to the report, "WDW will soon have a brand new larger and more direct North entrance. They will be extending Floridian Way north past the fire station and connecting it directly to Reams Rd. The new entrance will also connect directly to the Cast Member Parking Lot for the Magic Kingdom, and the road will not need to be closed during nightly fireworks (except the enhanced perimeter launched shows). The current buildings in the area (Property Control) will be moved to the Main Gate Office Complex area near Animal Kingdom. A stop light will be added at the intersection of Reams Road and Floridian Way. There are no plans to close the Center Drive Entrance."