Changes are always happening at Walt Disney World. As Disney countdowns to 2021 (WDW’s 50th birthday) the changes are happening almost every day it seems. At the D23 Expo in July a whole bunch of exciting announcements were made about coming attractions including some that have already arrived.
Changes at WDW in 2017
Just this year, Pandora – The World of Avatar opened in Animal Kingdom. It’s one of the most popular additions ever. Flight of Passage is the busiest ride at WDW. Na’vi River Journey is spectacular and has incredible new display technology. You can see the floating mountains of the Valley of Mo’ara. It’s breathtaking. Oh, and if you want some out of this world food try Sa’tuli Canteen.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
In Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the construction at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge (opening in 2019) and Toy Story Land (opening in 2018) is well under way. Baseline Tap House is part of the new Grand Avenue area which will serve as the entrance to Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge. The Great Movie Ride has been closed to make room for Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway. And One Man’s Dream is now called Walt Disney Presents which looks at coming attractions to Walt Disney World. The Slinky Dog Roller Coaster track is complete and the first tests have been completed.
Epcot is going to undergo a major update over the next few years. It kicked off this summer with Ellen’s Energy Adventure closing to make room for a Guardians of the Galaxy attraction. Construction has started on a Ratatouille ride in the France Pavilion. A new “out of this world” restaurant has been announced next to Mission: Space which also has new adventures including one that is very kid friendly.
Changes have been happening at the Magic Kingdom for the last few years. But more are coming with the announcement that a Tron Rollercoaster will be added to Tomorrowland and a new theater will come to Main Street.
Some of the most exciting announcements that came out of the D23 Expo were in the transportation field. Minnie Vans were not only announced, but rolled out the very next week. Now you can get anywhere at WDW in style. Oh, and maybe the most exciting announcement was the Disney Skyliner. A gondola system that will connect Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios with the Pop Century, the Art of Animation and the Caribbean Beach Resort.
Speaking of the Caribbean Beach Resort it was also announced that a new hotel called the Rivera Resort will be located right next door. Also announced was a whole new concept in interactive entertainment. It’s going to be in Star Wars themed hotel that will be a totally immersive experience.
Countdown to 2021
We just kicked off a new section in WDW Magazine called Countdown to 2021. We’ll be detailing all of these amazing changes at WDW right up through the big 50th birthday celebration.
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