Disney World excels at keeping their parks fresh, fun and entertaining! This year is no exception, as the park is bursting at the seams with activity. With that in mind, it’s time to discuss what’s new at Disney World Theme Parks and what’s next. To get the scoop on new attractions at Disney World for 2020, read on.
Several of the new attractions at Disney World for 2020 and beyond correlate to the park’s 50th anniversary in 2021. That year will be a huge year for the park but, as always, Disney will unveil new things every year leading up to the anniversary as well.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
Can you believe Mickey and Minnie Mouse have never been featured in a ride at Disney World? Well, in 2020 that will change when Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway debuts.
Set to replace The Greatest Movie Ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ Chinese Theatre, visitors will join the duo for a ride-through attraction based on the retro-style cartoon shorts. Visitors will embark on a merry ride full of surprise twists, turns, and imaginative transformations as the iconic pair attempt to save the day with Goofy as the engineer.
Guests can also look forward to a new original story as well as a catchy theme song. In addition, the ride will feature 2 ½ D, a breakthrough dimensional media concept that doesn’t require 3D glasses.
Now Open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Star War’s Galaxy Edge
When detailing what’s new at Disney World, you can’t overlook all that’s happening with the Star Wars Universe. Star War’s Galaxy Edge opened in 2019 with a bang, featuring new rides, restaurants, and shopping, creating an entirely immersive experience for Star Wars fans. Highlights include Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.
Wonderful World of Animation
An all-new cinematic spectacular opened last year at Disney’s Hollywood Studios to celebrate the special 30th Anniversary of the park. The show uses state-of-the-art projection technology to take guests on a magical journey through more than 90 years of Disney animation—all starting with Mickey Mouse!
Disney Early Morning Magic
Villains After Hours Returns
Tron Roller Coaster
What’s new at Disney World for the Magic Kingdom? Opening near Space Mountain in Tomorrowland, there will be a “Tron” inspired attraction designed after the highly rated TRON Lightcycle Power Run at Shanghai Disney Land. As such, the attraction will be coaster-themed, offering a high-tech thrill ride aboard a train of cycle-like cars that blast riders into the video-game-like “Grid” of the films.
Bringing Disney’s vision of Epcot being in a constant “state of becoming” to life, Epcot plans to change with the times. Over the next several years, the Disney park will open a multitude of new attractions and experiences to live up to that promise. Epcot will be unified with four neighborhoods that will reflect significant aspects of the world and its diverse cultures: World Showcase, World Celebration, World Nature, and World Discovery. Moreover, each neighborhood will showcase new experiences and innovations to celebrate the magic of possibility, hands-on wonder, and curiosity.
New Transformations and Openings include:
- Step down Cherry Tree Lane and enter Number 17, home of the Banks family, to begin your adventure with Mary Poppins! In 2020, the United Kingdom pavilion will host the first attraction inspired by the beloved films.
- At Epcot’s France Pavilion, a “Ratatouille” inspired attraction will open in summer 2020. This ride will be similar to the attraction already open at Disney Park in Paris. As such, guests will “shrink” to Remy’s size, then scurry around Gusteau’s legendary Parisian Restaurants. Additionally, a delicious new restaurant, La Crêperie de Paris, will offer both table- and quick-service options featuring a menu from celebrity chef Jérôme Bocuse.
- “Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360” will debut in January 2020 in the Canada pavilion with new scenes and a new story.
- In the China pavilion, “Wondrous China” will enable guests to journey across the country via a spectacular 360-degree digital format.
- And much more
Guardians of the Galaxy Attraction
Future World will be home to a new “Guardians of the Galaxy” inspired attraction. Few details have been released but we do know it will replace Ellen’s Energy Adventure and center on Peter Quill, or Star-Lord’s, visit to Epcot as a child.
Disney World Hotels & Resorts
Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser
Don’t just visit a galaxy far, far away—stay there. At this themed resort near Hollywood Studios, every room will have a view of space and completely immerse guests in the Star Wars world. In addition, the entire resort will be themed as a luxury starship complete with restaurants, recreation, and accommodations authentic to the Star Wars universe. Moreover, guests can mingle with iconic characters and anticipate spectacular dining and entertainment. More details to come.
Disney Riviera Resort
This resort, which will be Disney Vacation Club’s 15th property, will have a location near Epcot and offer nighttime views of the park’s spectacular evening shows. The chic resort takes its inspiration from the beauty Walt Disney experienced during his travels along the Mediterranean coastline.
Expanded Coronado Springs Now Open
Disney’s Coronado Spring’s Resort added 545 guest rooms in 2019. In addition, the resort opened a new activities hub, Villa del Lago, as well as as a new lakefront restaurant, Three Bridges Bar & Grill.
Sebastian’s Bistro Now Open
Sebastian’s Bistro at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort also opened in 2019. This restaurant, which is Little Mermaid-themed, features waterfront views and seafood cuisine. It replaced the Shutters Restaurant.
Reflections – A Disney Lakeside Lodge
Disney Parks will open Reflections – A Disney Lakeside Lodge in 2022. This deluxe, nature-inspired resort will include more than 900 rooms and, possibly, Disney Vacation Club Villas.
Disney Skyliner Gondolas
Move over ground transportation, the newest way to get around Disney World Theme Parks is via the sky. The Disney Skyliner Gondolas connect Disney’s Art of Animation, Pop Century and Caribbean Beach resorts and other locations with Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the International Gateway at Epcot.
In addition, some of the gondolas feature popular Disney film and attraction characters.
Disney Springs, previously known as Downtown Disney, has undergone a major re-imagining over the past five years or so. The entertainment and shopping district’s transformation is almost complete. However, new attractions are still being added to the complex.
Cirque du Soleil: Drawn to Life
Starting April 17, 2020, Disney Springs will be home to an all-new theatrical show—Cirque du Soleil. The show is the brainchild of a collaboration between Cirque Du Soleil, Walt Disney Imagineering, and Walt Disney Animation Studios. Show-goers can look forward to following the story of a courageous young girl who sets out on a quest involving animation and her late father.
What’s New at Disney World: 2020 Edition
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