ORLANDO, Fla. — Newly filed development permits hint at changes coming to the entrance area at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

  • Permits show "project area" by Disney's Animal Kingdom entrance
  • Another permit appears to show tram drop-off area in different location

The documents filed Monday call for "the construction of a shade structure and hardscape at entrance."

Although the permits don't list Disney's exact plans, diagrams show a designated "project area" at the current tram drop-off area by the entrance.

The area highlighted in turquoise is listed as a "proposed building." It's likely this building is the previously-mentioned shade structure.

It's unclear, however, what exactly the new structure would be used for.

Another map included with the permits titled "guest flow phase 2" appears to show the tram drop-off location being moved from its current location and shifted closer to the parking lot.

Most recently, Disney made adjustments to Disney's Hollywood Studios by opening a new parking lot entrance last November. New bus loops will also be located near the Disney Skyliner station, which is set to debut in time for the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.

Just last week, Disney announced plans to redesign the entrance at Epcot, which will include new pathways, a redesigned fountain, and the relocation of the Leave a Legacy monoliths.

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