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Disney+ is creating a Magic Kingdom TV universe. What does that even mean?

Disney will be bringing Magic Kingdom characters to life in a new television universe

Crowds line Main Street USA, with Cinderella Castle on the horizon, at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Monday, Dec. 21, 2020. Disney’s Florida parks are currently operating at 35% capacity due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Crowds line Main Street USA, with Cinderella Castle on the horizon, at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., on Monday, Dec. 21, 2020.
Joe Burbank, Orlando Sentinel via Associated Press

Disney+ will be creating a new television universe set within the Magic Kingdom, bringing characters normally seen at Disney theme parks to the television screen, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

What’s going on?

Disney+ will be creating a franchise that is set within the Magic Kingdom. Per Variety, the project would create an interconnected universe, similar to Marvel or “Star Wars.”

  • The first project — which is set in a “universe” of other projects, similar to Marvel or “Star Wars” — will reportedly be called “The Society of Explorers and Adventurers.”
  • The series will feature lands and characters from Disney parks and classic films — only they actually exist in a real-life series. So it’s essentially turning Disneyland into a television universe, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
  • Disney+ will team up with creator Ron Moore for the new universe, which will expand into stories about more characters such as the Jungle Cruise boat captain or the prospector from Big Thunder Mountain. The climbers from the Matterhorn are also under consideration.

Some context

Moore has previously worked on the “Battlestar Galactica” reboot, which had its own form of an expanded universe through books and multimedia projects, according to Collider.

  • Moore has also expressed interest in creating a “Star Wars” project, which would be possible now that he’s working exclusively with Disney, Collider reports.