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What’s New at Disney World & What’s Next in 2019

What's New at Disney World & What's Next in 2019

Questioning what new rides, exhibits, eating places, and different current additions have opened at Walt Disney World, and what’s subsequent on the horizon for 2019 and past? On this publish we share temporary information about points of interest and enlargement in the theme parks and across the resort, and the way ‘important’ every of those additions is in phrases of trip planning.

This was info we coated close to the highest of our Walt Disney World Trip Planning Information. Nevertheless, throughout a current replace to that publish, we realized this part was getting longer and longer as a result of all the modifications at Walt Disney World, inflicting the information to balloon to over 7,000 phrases. Since we describe that planning information as “WDW101” providing a crash course in the fundamentals of journey prep, it in all probability shouldn’t be the dimensions of a Tolstoy novel.

Breaking this information out into its personal submit additionally provides us the prospect to additional increase upon every part part, with park by park information on current and upcoming additions. In fact, what’s “new” is in the attention of the beholder. In case you are an Annual Passholder, a lot of what we talk about right here is previous information. Against this, should you’re a first-timer, every little thing about Walt Disney World is model new. We are likely to take a center floor strategy, treating the final a number of years as new-ish, as we’ve discovered lots of our readers are Disney followers that make it to the parks each few years…

Should you’re somebody who visits each few years, you may also be questioning when to go to. As you’ll see in the sections that comply with, there’s a ton of development proper now with some main enlargement tasks debuting between now and Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary in 2021.

We might dedicate a whole publish as to if it is best to go in 2019 or wait, analyzing the professionals and cons of visiting versus delaying. And we’ve! In our Ought to You Go to Walt Disney World Now…Or Wait Till 2020 or 2021? publish, we weigh all pertinent issues, together with worth will increase, probability of heavier crowds, lodge availability, new points of interest, development, and extra.

Talking of which, we do month-to-month updates on the most important development tasks at Walt Disney World, you possibly can see an inventory of our newest updates right here. There’s an unprecedented quantity of development at Walt Disney World proper now, with much more to start out in the theme parks come 2019. The excellent news is that most of the lodge tasks are beginning to wrap up, however you possibly can anticipate a rolling wave of labor between now and 2021.

Right here’s a park by park look at every thing new and coming quickly to Walt Disney World…

Animal Kingdom

Pandora – World of Avatar is the most recent land at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and the most important addition in over a decade at Walt Disney World. We completely liked this new land. We aren’t Avatar followers, however this land could be very spectacular. We might go on and on…and we did, in our Spoiler-Free Pandora – World of Avatar Evaluation.

Regardless that this land is now over a yr previous, Avatar Flight of Passage stays the preferred journey in all of Walt Disney World, with wait occasions that all the time prime an hour, and are sometimes round two hours. For ideas & tips on beating the crowds, learn our Final Information to Pandora – World of Avatar. That covers FastPass+, rope dropping the land, Additional Magic Hours, and all types of different technique and ideas & tips.

Elsewhere at Animal Kingdom, the nighttime spectacular Rivers of Mild is now over a yr previous, and it has not had almost the identical “staying power” as Pandora. Whereas we take pleasure in Rivers of Mild, opinions about it are combined, and also you undoubtedly don’t want a FastPass+ or eating package deal for it.

There are additionally two smaller new choices at Animal Kingdom. The primary is ‘UP! A Great Bird Adventure’ which options a mixture of characters from Up and close-up encounters with fowl species from all over the world. (This changed Flights of Marvel.) Next, Donald’s Dino Bash, a dance celebration and meet & greet alternatives in Dinoland.

Beginning in January 2019, Animal Kingdom will rejoice the Lion King‘s 25th Anniversary with “Hakuna Matata Time Dance Party” on Discovery Island, which can function Timon and Rafiki. At current, nothing else has been introduced for Animal Kingdom.

Magic Kingdom

Next up is Magic Kingdom. New Fantasyland development has been finished for a number of years, with Seven Dwarfs Mine Practice and Be Our Visitor Restaurant being the highlights. Regardless of each being a couple of years previous, each stay extremely in style–among the many hottest FastPass+ and Advance Eating Reservations, respectively, so make sure to guide these early.

Most different new-ish choices at Magic Kingdom are on the leisure entrance. Pageant of Fantasy Parade is the daytime parade, Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire is the stage present, and “Muppets Present…Great Moments in American History”  is a present above Liberty Sq. that’s considered one of Magic Kingdom’s most under-appreciated gems.

“Happily Ever After” is the brand new fireworks present, and it’s implausible! You’ll be able to learn our full Fortunately Ever After Evaluation for more information. Whereas all the aforementioned leisure is new as of the previous few years–and is value seeing–one noteworthy removing is the nighttime parade. We notice this as a result of regardless that it occurred a pair years in the past, friends nonetheless line the Fundamental Road curb at Magic Kingdom every night time for some purpose.

Up subsequent, is the TRON curler coaster in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom, which is one other attraction that may open in time for Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary in 2021. Whereas this attraction is an enlargement to the park outdoors its present berm, its development will trigger closures to the Walt Disney World Railroad and Tomorrowland Speedway for elements of 2019.


At Epcot, Soarin’ Across the World and Frozen Ever After at the moment are every a few years previous. If in case you have Frozen followers in your celebration, learn our Frozen Ever After Evaluate & Ideas submit for technique. Wait occasions for every have dropped in the final yr, however they’re nonetheless common.

Apart from the annual festivals that fill a lot of the calendar outdoors from the summer time months, there isn’t a lot being added in the fast future at Epcot. Walt Disney World has introduced that IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth shall be retired and changed at the top of Summer time 2019, however not a lot is understood concerning the new present.

After that, a family-friendly Ratatouille trackless darkish journey will open in an enlargement of World Showcase’s France pavilion, with an inner goal date of Summer time 2020. Following that, the large Guardians of the Galaxy hybrid curler coaster will debut in Future World someday in 2021.

These are the main tasks, however a number of different additions are coming to Epcot. A brand new movie has been introduced for the China pavilion, as has a brand new restaurant in Japan. In Future World, the ‘Space Restaurant’ is being constructed adjoining to Mission: Area. Past these tasks, an aesthetic redesign will happen of Future World that would end result in a sea of development partitions at the entrance of the park.

There are additionally credible rumors that two new nations will probably be added to World Showcase, amongst numerous different rumors. Epcot is the subsequent ‘big’ re-imagining for Walt Disney World after the enlargement at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is completed, with Disney planning to take a position over $1 billion into Epcot. A few of this work is predicted to take till 2023, which means all of it will not be finished in time for Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary in 2021.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Toy Story Land is now open. That is the primary ‘piece of the puzzle’, so to talk, in phrases of the large overhaul of DHS. We share our ideas on this new space in our prolonged Toy Story Land Evaluation. For those who’re simply in search of technique, take a look at our Toy Story Land FastPass+ & Technique publish.

Starting in January 2019, new leisure involves Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The Incredibles will take over the previous Pixar Place, with new meet & greets, a dance celebration, and extra. Later in the spring, Lightning McQueen’s Race Academy, a youngsters’s present, will open.

In the meantime, development for Star Wars Land (formally “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge) and Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway continues, which signifies that there are nonetheless lots of development partitions and closures. These tasks ought to be superior as soon as accomplished, however Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge gained’t open till Late 2019 (we’re anticipating its debut after Thanksgiving), with Mickey & Mickey’s Runaway Railway possible opening earlier than that, probably in Summer time 2019.

From our perspective, Disney’s Hollywood Studios has the weakest attraction lineup and can stay that approach till Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens in Late 2019. When you’re contemplating skipping it till then, have a look at our Common Orlando Resort Journey Planning Information. Common Studios Florida or Islands of Journey–each of which have elaborate ‘Wizarding World of Harry Potter’ lands which are fantastic–are good options to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Disney Springs

Then there’s Disney Springs. That is the leisure and purchasing district beforehand generally known as Downtown Disney. Producing a complete listing of what has opened right here in the final ~5 years can be daunting, as round 75% of this space is new or newly-redone.

The re-imagining of Disney Springs is nearly carried out now, and it has made followers of each of us huge time with strong additions such because the Boathouse, Jock Lindsay’s Hangar Bar, Morimoto Asia, the Edison, four Rivers Cantina, and extra. Learn our Desk Service Restaurant Rankings for Disney Springs and Counter Service Restaurant Rankings for Disney Springs Springs if you need higher perception as to which of the various, many eating choices to decide on.

There are nonetheless a number of ongoing development tasks round Disney Springs, with 2019 openings together with the NBA Expertise, Jaleo by José Andrés, and Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill.


At current, a number of resorts are present process refurbishment, development, and enlargement undertaking. We might advocate consulting our listing of 2018-2019 Development & Refurbishments at Walt Disney World Resorts, which we replace commonly for perception into modifications at present resorts.

When it comes to new tasks, a Star Wars ‘Starship Resort’ has been introduced for Walt Disney World, which can supply an immersive go to that additional enhances what visitors expertise in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. This resort is unlikely to open till 2020, at the earliest.

Disney’s Riviera Resort, new Disney Trip Membership Resort, can also be presently being constructed adjoining to Caribbean Seashore, and is more likely to be accomplished by Summer time 2019.

This new DVC resort, together with Caribbean Seashore, Pop Century, and Artwork of Animation shall be related to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios by way of the brand new Disney Skyliner gondola system. This new gondola transportation is predicted to open round Summer time 2019, however not official date has been introduced.

As you possibly can in all probability inform, there’s a lot that’s coming to Walt Disney World in the subsequent few years. Excess of what has opened in the final a number of. After years of relative stagnation, Disney has kicked enlargement at its Florida properties into excessive gear, ensuing in the most important development growth in many years. With that stated, don’t fret an excessive amount of concerning the development–even with an unprecedented quantity, should of its out-of-the-way of visitor areas, and there are nonetheless a ton of points of interest to do at Walt Disney World regardless of if you go to!

Planning a Walt Disney World journey? Study motels on our Walt Disney World Resorts Evaluations web page. For the place to eat, learn our Walt Disney World Restaurant Evaluations. To economize on tickets or decide which sort to purchase, learn our Ideas for Saving Cash on Walt Disney World Tickets submit. Our What to Pack for Disney Journeys submit takes a singular look at intelligent gadgets to take. For what to do and when to do it, our Walt Disney World Journey Guides will assist. For complete recommendation, the most effective place to start out is our Walt Disney World Journey Planning Information for every thing you could know!

Your Ideas

Which additions at Walt Disney World are you most excited to expertise? Are you delaying your subsequent go to to maximise seeing ‘new stuff’ or shifting it ahead to keep away from the crowds? Any questions we will help you reply? Listening to your suggestions—even whenever you disagree with us—is each fascinating to us and useful to different readers, so please share your ideas under in the feedback!