What’s Coming in ’22, ’23 & ’24?
Updated on 10/29/2022
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 the things Walt Disney World has added or has announced it will add soon.
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.)
Tiana’s Bayou Adventure
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? Tiana’s Bayou Adventure.
The water-ride itself – a log-flume with three dips and a five-story drop – won’t change, but the décor and music will! This will be the biggest update the attraction has had since it opened in Frontierland on July 17, 1992.
World Celebration, the center neighborhood at EPCOT will open in late 2023 and include:
- Dreamers Point, a new area dedicated to Walt Disney will be home to the new Walt statue.
- CommuniCore Plaza & CommuniCore Hall, an outdoor facility and indoor event spaces surrounded by gardens. This will be the place to go during festivals for demonstrations, exhibits, galleries, music, and shaded seating (no more balancing those tiny festival food plates on a trash can).
The Hatbox Ghost
One of the most famous ghosts at the Disneyland resort will soon be added to Walt Disney World’s Haunted Mansion.
The Ghost Host has been saying for years that, “we have 999 happy haunts here, but there’s room for a thousand.”
Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana
Journey of Water will be an outdoor space inside of EPCOT’s World Nature neighborhood. Here guests will find Te Fiti, a figure who represents life and the balance of nature. According to Disney, “She will be seen protecting water as it voyages around the water cycle.”
2023 or 2024
The PLAY! pavilion (located in the former Wonders of Life pavilion) will soon become part of EPCOT’s World Discovery neighborhood. It is billed as a “digital metropolis”, an indoor spot to play interactive games, be entertained, and meet Disney characters.
Roundup Rodeo BBQ in Hollywood Studios
The final worked is being completed on Toy Story land’s much-needed, second restaurant. It will be called Roundup Rodeo BBQ and will serve American-style grub in two dining rooms. Plus, we hear it will have a “rodeo” put on by Andy.
Summer House on the Lake at Disney Springs (a restaurant)
Summer House on the Lake is coming to Disney Springs in 2023. The restaurant will be located on the site of the former Bongo’s Cafe and will replace the plan to build a Beatrix in the same location.
Currently, Summer House has locations in Chicago and Maryland. Signature menu items include the Malibu Peanut Noodle Salad, JL’s Soft Shell Crab Sandwich, and the Blue Cheese Peppercorn Burger. This may also be a location to brunch. Let’s hope.
End of 2023
EPCOT’s signature character, Figment, is returning to the park and will be available to meet and greet guests in a little over a year!
2022 (in phases)
WDW resort rooms and vacation club villas will be getting Hey Disney!, a digital voice assistant.
With Hey Disney! guests will be able to experience wake up messages from Mickey and pals, check the weather, request more towels, or ask a question. The service will be free and optional.
Opened in August 2022
BoardWalk Deli at Disney’s BoardWalk
Opened on August 15
BoardWalk Bakery has changed into the BoardWalk Deli. That means that in addition to all the yummy stuff served before, BoardWalk Deli has added an awesome deli component (think house-baked bagels, warm Reubens, and veggie Muffaletta).
Opened in July 2022
Jessie’s Trading Post in Hollywood Studios
A new gift shopped themed to the Toy Story films has opened in Hollywood Studios’ Toy Story Land called Jessie’s Trading Post. It’s at the exit to the Toy Story Mania attraction. If you love it when an attraction experience is extended with a stroll through a themed gift shop, then check out this Toy Story Toy Store.
MagicBand+ (starting at $34.99) is now available and includes color-changing lights, haptic vibrations, and gesture recognition.
With MagicBand+ you can:
- Embark on the Disney Fab 50 Quest
- Earn credits through the Star Wars: Batuu Bounty Hunters experience
- Watch your band illuminate with the parks’ nighttime spectaculars.
But will it tell time?
Opened in May 2022
Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind at the new Wonders of Xander Pavilion in EPCOT
Cosmic Rewind opened on May 27. The team calls it indescribable! (But we’ll try anyway.)
Located in the Wonders of Xander Pavilion, Cosmic Rewind features omni-coaster technology, which allows the coaster to launch in reverse and its individual cars to rotate 360 degrees. Scenes inside the pavilion reach the size of a football field and the music comes from a mix tape of 70s and 80s classics. “Jump points” allow the coaster to travel vast distances through the Andromeda Galaxy, a mere 2.5 million light years away from Terra (a.k.a. Earth).
Opened in April 2022
Connections Eatery, a fast casual quick-service restaurant is now open in EPCOT’s World Celebration (It is also be a Starbucks location.) POP IN HERE to see the menu.
Salt & Straw at Disney Springs
Salt & Straw, a unique ice cream chain, opened on April 20 in Disney Springs. 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.
Opened in March 2022
Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser at Hollywood Studios
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 every minute so far has been documented by “someone” via YouTube, Instagram or TikTok.)
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.
New Legacy Lightsaber at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Hollywood Studios
Those who travel to Batuu specifically to build a custom lightsaber now have a new hilt option available. This spring, Disney added a hilt design similar to Cal Kestis’ from Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order. The hilt comes two ways — the broken end design as received by Cal or with a dual-saber adapter to replicate the saber when owned by Cal’s Master, Jaro Tapal. For information on how to register to build your own lightsaber, CLICK HERE.
Local Green Orlando at Disney Springs
Local Green Orlando has opened a new food truck on the West Side Neighborhood of Disney Springs. Local Green Orlando features vegan, vegetarian and pescatarian dishes. For a link to the menu, CLICK HERE
Opened in February 2022
Adventure Friends Cavalcade at the Magic Kingdom
Disney added this “super-sized cavalcade” in February. So, it’s not quite a parade, but it’s a little longer than previous cavalcades.
The new Disney Adventure Friends Cavalcade has nearly 30 Disney and Pixar friends including Nick and Judy from Zootopia, Baloo and King Louie from The Jungle Book, Jose Carioca and Panchito from The Three Caballeros, Merida, Moana, The Incredibles, and Miguel from Coco.
KEEP CHECKING BACK
We’ll keep updating this page as we collect more announcements and exact dates.
What was New in 2021?
If you haven’t been to the parks post-pandemic, here’s a quick and dirty list of the NEW stuff that opened in 2021:
- Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure in Epcot’s France Pavilion
- Space 220 Restaurant and Lounge in Epcot’s World Discover neighborhood
- Harmonious a new EPCOT nighttime show
- Disney Enchantment the new Magic Kingdom nighttime show
- The Fab 50 Character Collection sculptures (50 “golden statues” located in all four parks)
- Beacon of Magic – EARidescent lighting of the park icons in celebration of the Magic Kingdom’s 18-month birthday celebration (from Oct. 1, 2021 to April of 2023)
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