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10 Exciting Things On The Horizon At Walt Disney World

One reason why people keep coming back to Walt Disney World is that things are constantly changing and improving. The recent addition of Pandora – The World of Avatar has many people excited about the next big changes. Walt Disney World will be celebrating its 50th anniversary on October 1, 2021, and Disney has many exciting plans that they want to have up and running by then. Here are ten of them.

10. Space Restaurant

Epcot

A new restaurant is going to open adjacent to RELAUNCHED! Mission: SPACE. It will make guests feel as if they are having an out of this world dining experience. Not much is yet known about the new eatery, except that it will be run by the Patina Restaurant Group. They currently head up several Walt Disney World restaurants, including Via Napoli and Morimoto Asia. It is assumed that it will be a full service restaurant, although that hasn’t yet been confirmed. An opening date has also not been given.

9. Disney Riviera Resort

A new Disney Vacation Club property is on the way. Disney Riviera Resort is expected to open Fall, 2019. It will be located between Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot, and promises to have great views of the nightly fireworks. There will be approximately 300 rooms, and there is going to be a rooftop restaurant.

8. Disney Skyliner

Speaking of the Epcot Resort Area, the long rumored gondola transportation system is set to become a reality as well. It will be called Disney Skyliner. It is set to link Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios with Disney’s BoardWalk, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, and the new Disney Riviera Resort. Favorite Disney characters will be featured in the design. No opening date has yet been announced.

7. Ratatouille Ride

Epcot

Some guests have complained that there aren’t enough rides in World Showcase, but that is about to change. A new ride based on the movie Ratatouille is coming to the France Pavilion. It will be similar to Ratatouille: The Adventure that is found at Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris. That ride is a 4D attraction where guests shrink down to Remy’s size. While the opening date hasn’t been given, it has been announced that the new ride will be up and running by Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary.

6. Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railroad

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Everyone knows that “it was all started by a mouse”. So why aren’t there any rides at Walt Disney World that feature Mickey? That is about to change, with Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railroad. Mickey and Minnie will climb aboard a train where Goofy is the engineer, and you can join in on the fun. It will be located in the former Great Movie Ride location. Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railroad promises to have more Hidden Mickeys than any other ride at Walt Disney World. The ride will be “2 and a half D”, meaning that glasses are not required. No opening date has yet been announced.

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5. Star Wars Themed Resort

A new luxury hotel is planned that will be based on the Star Wars franchise. This will be different from the other hotels on property, because it is meant to be an inclusive experience. You will board a starship and enter a galaxy far, far away. There will be lightsaber training, droids, secret missions, and more. The cost and the opening date have not been announced.

4. Tron Coaster

Magic Kingdom

Tron Lightcycle Power Run is an extremely popular ride at Shanghai Disneyland, and it looks like soon you won’t need to travel that far in order to experience it for yourself. A Tron-based coaster is coming to Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom. It is expected to be the fastest coaster at Walt Disney World. It was rumored for a while that the new coaster would replace Tomorrowland Speedway, but that no longer seems to be the case. It will be located behind Space Mountain. No opening date has been announced.

3. Guardians of the Galaxy Ride

Epcot

Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! replaced Tower of Terror at Disney California Adventure, and the ride has been a huge success. It was only a matter of time until a Guardians of the Galaxy themed attraction was announced for Walt Disney World as well. It will not be taking over Tower of Terror, instead, Disney is building it in the former Ellen’s Energy Adventure location.  Not much information has yet been released about the new ride, except that it will be an E-ticket attraction. No opening date has been announced.

2. Toy Story Land

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios has an opening time frame of this Summer (2018).  There is a good chance that the actual date will be around Memorial Day, similar to the opening of Pandora at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The new land will feature two rides. The first is a family friendly coaster called Slinky Dog Dash. The second ride will be Alien Swirling Saucers, and will feature the Little Green Aliens and The Claw. Toy Story Mania! is also expected to become part of Toy Story Land.

1. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

The much anticipated Star Wars Land will be called Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Like Pandora, the new land will be immersive, letting you leave the outside world (and the rest of the park) behind. The 14 acre land will feature two new rides. In one, you’ll be able to pilot the Millennium Falcon. The other will draw you into a battle between The Resistance and The First Order. There will be a Cantina, and Rex, the pilot of the original Star Tours, will be your DJ. Disney promises that there will be plenty of surprises, and that you will really feel as if you’ve stepped into the Star Wars universe. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is set to open in 2019. Most likely it will be in the second half of the year, since the Disneyland Park version is set to open first, but also in 2019.

About PaulaK

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.