Ron Moore, creator of For All Mankind, is set to develop a franchise exploring characters from Disney theme parks and classic films. The potential Disney+ franchise will be set in the legendary Magic Kingdom theme park. The purpose of this franchise is to explore characters everyone loves in a new way.
The first project in development in the Magic Kingdom Universe is The Society of Explorers and Adventurers. It’s set in a world where all the lands and characters of the theme parks and films exist in an alternate reality. Moore will not only write and produce the series but also oversee the entire franchise for Disney+ and 20th Television. Moore is well-known for being the genius behind the 2004 Battlestar Galactica reboot. Moore chose to work with Disney because his childhood was centered around it. His goal is to expand the Magic Kingdom Universe in a similar way that Marvel is achieving for Disney+.
Hollywood Reporter stated that Moore is working hand in hand with the Disney Imagineering Team, which consists of developers responsible for designing all of Disney’s theme parks around the world. Disney+ previously developed a docuseries focusing on Disney’s Imagineering Team and gave insight into how they create the magic one experiences inside the parks. His team will have an endless number of stories and characters to explore. Every land is unique and will bring a different story to the screen to pertain to all of the audience’s tastes. Underrepresented characters and rides will get the recognition they deserve.
This isn’t the first attempt Disney has made at combining their theme parks and characters. Filmmaker Kevin Smith was in the process of developing an adaptation of The Kingdom Keepers, a television series of young adult fantasy novels that occur inside Magic Kingdom. Disney+ executives then discontinued the project. Additionally, Jon Favreau was hired to direct a film titled The Magic Kingdom, which would include numerous attractions and worlds of the theme park coming to life. The original script was written by Moore before it got put to an end. Sources say Moore could possibly be using some of his original ideas for his new series.
Disney has proved they are no stranger to interconnected universes as they own two of the biggest: Marvel and Star Wars. This new franchise could mark a monumental brand integration for Disney+. Variety revealed that Moore hopes to revisit the Star Wars franchise in the multiple future series to come. The Magic Kingdom Universe aims to further enlarge the enchanted worlds of the theme parks and naturally complement the extensive list of Disney films that stream only on Disney+. Theme park attractions look to films for inspiration, such as Pirates of the Caribbean. On the other hand, theme park attractions are often looked at for film inspiration, such as The Jungle Cruise and Tomorrowland.
Disney+ has released a great deal of content in 2021 and is planning many more projects for years to come. The 1-year-old streaming service has recently revealed plans to expand the universes of Star Wars and Marvel with about a dozen live-action series in the works for both franchises. Since the 1950s, Walt Disney has brought The Walt Disney anthology television series into the homes of millions of families. Now Disney+ can do the same for people all over the world.