What Will Be New in 2022?

As much as Disney fans bemoan change, can you honestly imagine a year without ANYTHING new? Theme parks aren’t monuments. New stuff is why we go back again and again, right?

While nothing is the Disney-verse is guaranteed, here are a few BIG THINGS Walt Disney World hopes to debut 2022.

Splash Mountain Reimagined at the Magic Kingdom

Rumored Opening Date: February 11, 2022

Concept art for Splash Mountain. Image courtesy of Disney.

Take one of the most popular rides currently at the Magic Kingdom (Splash Mountain) and combine it with one of the hippest Princesses (Tiana) and what do you get? An ultimate Mardi Gras Party-themed, The Princess and the Frog attraction and thrill ride. 

The water-ride itself – a log-flume with three dips and a five-story drop – won’t change, but the décor and music definitely will! This will be the biggest update the attraction has had since it opened in Frontierland on July 17, 1992.

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser near Hollywood Studios

Opening Date: March 1, (Reservations Are NOW Being Accepted)

Concept rendering of the entrance to Disney’s Galactic Starcruiser. Image courtesy of Disney.

Galactic Starcruiser is everything Disney does best in one big package – storytelling, a VIP theme park experience, a virtual world, a deluxe resort, fine dining, and a cruise ship. (It’ll cost a pretty penny but never fear, there will be endless influencer videos available on YouTube come March and April.)

The adventure starts at the terminal. Guests will ride a launch pod into space and board the Halcyon starcruiser. Once inside, those aboard will settle in for a two-night stay in a cabin or suite with a view of space. While cruising, guests will dine at the Crown of Corellia Dining Room, meet and role-play with characters from other galaxies, and take a transport to Batuu for a special mission. 

Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind at EPCOT

Opening Summer 2022 (exact date not released yet)

Promo art for Cosmic Rewind. Image courtesy of Disney.

When school’s out, the kids will be ready for Cosmic Rewind, a new rollercoaster coming to EPCOT this summer. The ride is said to be one of the longest fully enclosed coasters in the world. It will also feature ride vehicles that can rotate 360 degrees and will be Disney’s first ever reverse launch coaster. 

Glenn Close will reprise her role of Nova Prime and be one of the characters featured when the attraction opens at the newly renamed World Discovery neighborhood in EPCOT. 

The Completion of World Celebration, World Discovery, and World Nature

Maybe 2022 

Map of EPCOT’s four world concept. Image courtesy of Disney.

EPCOT had a major revamp planned before the pandemic hit. The entire area known as Future World became World Discovery, World Celebration, and World Nature with lots of new stuff promised in time for the Magic Kingdom’s 50th Anniversary. Unfortunately, not all of it happened. We did get a new entrance and a fabulously lit Spaceship Earth. but lots of the World Celebration area (smack dab in the middle) is still surrounded in construction walls.

Here’s hoping the dust will settle soon and in 2022 we’ll get to see:  

  • Dreamers Point, a new area dedicated to Walt Disney that will include a statue of Walt, a wishing tree, and a story fountain.
  • Moana: Journey of Water, a walking trail with gardens and interactive water features.
  • PLAY! Pavilion, a city with interactive experiences and characters.

TRON Lightcycle Run

Rumors are circulating that this one may not debut until 2023, but for now, we’re keeping our fingers crossed that it’s still a go for the fall of 2022 (Maybe Oct. 1, 2022 – the Magic Kingdom’s official 51st birthday)

TRON Lightcycle Power Run in Shanghai Disney. Image courtesy of Disney.

Tron Lightcycle Run is a high-speed rollercoaster with steep turns and drops. It’s being added to Tomorrowland in the Magic Kingdom, right next to Space Mountain. From what we’ve been reading, it WILL NOT go upside down, but its track stands pretty high off the ground. Its expected top speed will be about 59 mph, making it the fastest rollercoaster at Walt Disney World. (Yes, Test Track vehicles do reach about 65 mph, but Test Track isn’t considered a rollercoaster.)

Will Lightcycle Run give Space Mountain a “run” for its money in 2022? We hope the answer is, “YES!”

At this time there are a few other odds and ends expected to arrive at Walt Disney World in 2022. They include: 

  • Connections Café and Eatery, a quick service restaurant to be opened in EPCOT’s World Celebration. No menu or official opening date is available at this time. 
  • Salt & Straw a unique ice cream chain, hopes to open in Disney Springs in March of 2022. Salt & Straw makes an ever-changing menu of small batch ice cream flavors like, pear and blue cheese, chocolate gooey brownie, and salted caramel Thanksgiving Turkey. 

We’ll keep updating this page as we collect more announcements and exact dates. Keep checking back!

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