Haven’t been to Orlando’s Disney parks for a few years? You’ll be surprised when you see all the new and wonderful things in store for you to discover! The past couple years have seen some pretty sweet updates, and there are more to come in the future. Here’s some necessary info on new rides and shows– plus a few words about the updated Disney parks app.
Recent Disney Additions
Both 2016 and 2017 have seen many awesome additions to the Disney parks repertoire, and you won’t want to miss any of them! Here are a few to look out for:
If you didn’t catch the Animal Kingdom’s Kilimanjaro safari during the day, no worries—you can go on one in the evening now! Since 2016, the Animal Kingdom Park has been offering sunset and after-dark safari adventures for the bravest of guests.
Frozen Character Greeting Area
When you visit Epcot, you can go to the park’s special Frozen greeting area for a look at movie-based scenery and a chance to meet the characters. Meet the pair of sisters at their new Royal Sommerhus. Photos with Anna, anyone?
Frozen Ever After
Ever wonder what Else did with her ice powers after the happy ending of the movie “Frozen?” Well, now you can find out. Epcot is home to a new Frozen attraction, which will whisk you from hot summer days to a chilly, magical winterscape, courtesy of Elsa herself. On this ride, you’ll travel to the Ice Palace, North Mountain, and the bay of Arendelle.
Happily Ever After Nighttime Spectacular
Even the most classic Walt Disney World park is getting upgraded in 2017. This new Magic Kingdom event will be held in the evening. It uses projection mapping, fireworks, and Disney stories to create a show in the sky above the Cinderella Castle! This is an incredible display of both old-fashioned Disney charm and modern technology.
Miss Adventure Falls
Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon has a new family ride that you and the kids are sure to love! Miss Adventure Falls is a two-minute adventure through a white-water raft ride. Sail through explorer Captain Mary Oceaneer’s shipwreck in this splash filled adventure. You may even spot some treasure along the way.
Pandora—the World of Avatar
You can find this brand-new area at Disney’s Animal Kingdom! There will be two attractions in Pandora. The first is a ride down a Na’Vi sacred river through a bioluminescent forest. The second is a flight over Pandora—via Banshee, of course.
Rivers of Light
This brand-new 2017 Animal Kingdom attraction is an evening show. This is the first of its kind in Animal Kingdom! Rivers of Light will feature water displays, sound, and lighting to celebrate the beauty of nature.
Star Wars Guided Tour
Love Star Wars? Don’t miss this! The Star Wars tour is an intense tour through Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It lasts a whopping seven hours and takes you through awesome behind-the-scenes adventures! As a plus, you also get VIP seating on Star Wars rides.
Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party
If you haven’t been to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in the last couple of years, you may want to plan a trip pretty soon! In 2016, Disney introduced yet another fun evening event, this time one geared toward Star Wars fanatics. The “Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party” event features fireworks, incredible desserts, specialty drinks, and more. Of course, you’ll be sure to have a visit from your favorite Star Wars characters!
Updates to the My Disney App
If you’ve used the My Disney App in the past, you know that this is an awesome way to plan your Disney vacation, navigate the park, and find the shortest lines for rides. Since March of 2017, it has become even better! Now, the app opens with a map of your Disney park, so you can find your way from place to place much easier. If you’re staying at Disney resort, you’ll be able to use the “My Resort Dashboard,” which gives you everything you need to know about your room (including directions). Best of all, the new version of the app also highlights the most recent park additions, so you can find all the attractions listed above and more!
Coming Disney Additions
As if the last two years haven’t been exciting enough at the Disney parks, the 2018 will also bring some cool new attractions and shows! Check out these amazing upcoming updates. You’ll want to book a 2018 Disney vacation when you see what’s in store for next year!
Toy Story Land
Did you ever wonder what it would be like to be the same size as your toys? Now, when you visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you can experience this childhood dream! This new area will transport you to Andy’s backyard, where you’ll enjoy brand-new rides like Slinky Dog Dash and Alien Swirling Saucers.
Main Street Theater
Step back into Walt Disney’s life when you visit this new theater in Magic Kingdom’s Main Street. The theater will be modeled after Willis Theatre in Kansas City, the very place that Walk Disney frequented when he lived in the Kansas City area. The 1920’s-style theater will host awesome shows ranging from impressive modern masterpieces to classic Disney shows.
The one thing none of us love about Disney World is all the walking. Getting around the parks is just exhausting! However, Disney is tackling this problem with the Disney Skyliner, an overhead transportation system that will take you over the top of all the crowds! It will connect Disney’s Art of Animation, Pop Century, and Caribbean Beach, plus other points of interest in Orlando’s Disney empire.
Tron Lightcycle Power Run
If you’re familiar with international Disney resorts, “Tron” might sound familiar to you. This roller coaster is the most popular ride in Shanghai Disneyland, famous for its high-energy vibe and exciting experience. Guess what? It’s coming to Magic Kingdom Park in Orlando! Are you excited? Me, too! However, we still have some time to wait—this attraction is planned for the Walt Disney World 50th anniversary celebration in 2021.
As you can see, we live in a very exciting time for Disney fans! Walt Disney World is adding many awesome rides, shows, and attractions for you to enjoy this year and next. Be sure to check out all the cool new additions on your next Disney vacation!