We’ve been seeing big changes in all four of the Disney World parks and if you are wondering what’s been updated since the last time you’ve been, you are going to be surprised at all the additions. There are plenty of new Disney World rides & attractions for you to experience.
New Disney World Rides & Attractions
There are plenty of new things to experience at Disney World and plenty more in the works!
“over the next decade, we’re going to have more projects underway than at any point in our history. Our sole purpose is to give you more and more of what you love about a Disney experience. And then surprise and delight you with things you never dreamed possible.”Josh D’Amaro
NEW at Magic Kingdom
Tron Lightcycle / Run
The newest ride at Magic Kingdom is Tron Lightcycle / Run where guests will board high-speed Lightcycles for a thrilling race through a dark, computerized world, facing off against a fierce group of Programs known as Team Orange.
TRON Lightcycle / Run blends speed, visual effects, music and a one-of-a-kind ride system to create an experience like no other!
Happily Ever After Fireworks
New this year is the “Happily Ever After” fireworks show that showcases the heroism of favorite Disney films, including “The Lion King,” “Aladdin,” Frozen” and “Moana.”
These brand-new projections extend down Main Street U.S.A.
Mirabel from Encanto is featured in the Disney Adventure Friends Cavalcade which winds its way through Magic Kingdom several times each day.
Guests also meet her in a colorful courtyard outside the Casa Madrigal. The new character encounter is available daily in the Fairytale Garden at Magic Kingdom.
There’s a new ghost in town! Hatbox Ghost is now appearing in the Haunted Mansion as you pass the attraction’s Endless Hallway!
Country Bear Jamboree
Country Bear Jamboree is getting new songs and the bears will be performing a new act.
When the show debuts, the bears will be reinterpreting favorite Disney songs in different genres of country music.
Imagineers are working with Nashville musicians to get an authentic honkey-tonk sound.
Pirates of the Caribbean Lounge
A new Pirates of the Caribbean-themed lounge is coming to Adventureland at Magic Kingdom. We don’t know all the details, but it will be based on the popular Pirates of the Caribbean ride.
NEW at Hollywood Studios
Ariel Meet & Greet
For a limited time, guests will be able to meet & greet with the live-action version of Little Mermaid at Hollywood Studios inside Walt Disney Presents.
This Ariel’s meet and greet features Ariel with her sea legs along with artwork inspired by the movie with “thingamabobs,’’ replicas from the film.
Round-Up Rodeo Restaurant BBQ
This new table service restaurant in Toy Story Land allows guests to become Andy’s honorary toys while dining on barbecue-inspired comfort food served family-style.
Ahsoka will soon become part of Star Tours. We aren’t quite sure how she will be featured, but our guess is that she will appear in one of the segments of the ride.
NEW at Animal Kingdom
A new show based on “Zootopia” is being created for the Tree of Life theater at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
The current concept has guests traveling with Judy & Nick and other Zootopia characters as they visit the different biomes seen in the film.
Dino Land Makeover
As we anticipated, Animal Kingdom is going to be dismantling Dino Land and adding a new “Tropical Lands” themed area.
Nothing is set in stone, but both Encanto and Indiana Jones are possibilities.
Figment Meet & Greet
Guests will be happy to know that Figment is now meeting guests inside the Imagination Pavilion! Wait times are quite long so pace yourself!
Journey of Water
Journey of Water is a beautifully landscaped walking trail with fun and surprising ways to engage with water.
Moana is also now meeting guests near the entrance.
Luminous, the Symphony of Us
EPCOT has a new show Luminous, the Symphony of Us.
The new night show will has state-of-the-art lighting, cascading fountains, laser-light shows, and fireworks, all set to music.
Reimagining Test Track
Test Track will soon be going through a reimagining phase. We don’t know a lot about the details, but it is going back to its roots of being part of the World of Motion!
New at Grand Floridian
1900 Park Fare has been closed since the pandemic and now we know that it is reopening this spring and it will have NEW characters!
There will still be two buffets (breakfast and dinner) but the theming will be different.
You can expect to see some new characters like Tiana and Mirabel which is super exciting.
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