Hold onto your helmets, folks! You’re in for the ride of your life with all these new reasons to visit Walt Disney World in the near future. A host of exciting new worlds and wonders are in the pipeline which will even get Grumpy tap-dancing with happiness.
10 New Reasons to Visit Walt Disney World:
#1: Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – Hollywood Studios
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will take explorers to a remote frontier trading post way out on the edge of space. Visitors will be able to immerse themselves in this new world like never before. If Pandora: World of Avatar is anything to go by, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is going to be out of this world. Literally.
Take your life in your hands as you throw yourself into the fierce action of a galactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance.
Not dangerous enough? Okay, fly the Millennium Falcon as a wannabe Top Gun on a critical mission where your efforts can either gain or lose you cosmic credits.
Characters, including Chewbacca, will be in attendance to ‘chew’ you up or pat you on the ‘bacca’ depending on your efforts.
This is definitely one to add to the growing list of new reasons to visit Walt Disney World.
Details: Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
#2: Toy Story Land
Buzz Lightyear is as famous, if not more so, than Han Solo. Naturally, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is going to thrill its’ adoring audience. But not to be outdone, Toy Story Land will be as important to its’ fans. Young and not-so-young, alike.
Find yourself shrunk to toy size as you explore Andy’s backyard with Woody, Buzz and other Pixar characters from the Toy Story movies.
New attractions include Slinky Dog Dash, a coaster as family friendly as the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in Magic Kingdom. Also, a gently spinning ride, the Alien Swirling Saucers, will have the riders gurgling contentedly.
Enough about the dads, the kids will love it as well.
Open: Summer 2018
Details: Toy Story Land
Epcot gives us two new reasons to visit Walt Disney World, along with a host of other announcements for 2021. This may seem a long way off to start announcing rides, restaurants and attractions, but when you take into account it will be Disney’s 50th anniversary, it all falls into place.
#3: Guardians of the Galaxy
Future World is the lucky recipient of this shiny new attraction. The movie trilogy (3rd movie in planning stage) ‘Guardians of the Galaxy‘ is the result of the combined efforts of Marvel Comics and Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. This new attraction brings the glamor, action and excitement to replace the Universe of Energy attraction which will close on August 13, 2017.
The France Pavilion is being extended to feature a new attraction based on the ‘Ratatouille’ movie. Guests are shrunk to the size of Remy and find themselves being chased through a kitchen as they desperately seek refuge.
To give the attraction authenticity, kitchen accessories and smells will be all around the escapees.
Details: New Epcot Rides
#5: Out-of-this-world Dining & New Mission Space Experience
Diners will be transported into space for a new dining experience with amazing views perched over planet Earth. Famous Disney characters won’t be the only stars around your table.
The new restaurant will coincide with the launch of a new Green Mission at Mission: SPACE that will take guests on a soaring journey over Earth.
The Patina Restaurant Group which operates Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs, Tutto Italia and Via Napoli at Epcot, will create the new restaurant next to Mission:Space.
Details: New Epcot Restaurant
#6: TRON Lightcycle Power Run
Magic Kingdom will be home to this shiny new attraction. Based on the movie, Tron, this exciting Light Cycle Rollercoaster ride has been hugely popular in Disneyland, Shanghai. Thrills, speed and lights combine to make Tron an awesome high-tech adventure.
Tron will be located by Space Mountain.
Details: Tron – Magic Kingdom
#7: Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway
Considering it ‘All Started with A Mouse’, Mickey has never had his own attraction. Until now that is. Although many will be sad to see the closure of the Great Movie Ride, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is promising a new world of cartoon as a replacement. It will also have more hidden Mickeys than any other attraction anywhere in the universe. Heads will be spinning counting them all!
So how would you like to star in a movie? A movie with Mickey and Minnie as your co-stars. Well, this dream is about to become a reality. How?
Simple. Step through the movie screen and become part of the filming. Anything can happen, which just makes it all the more exciting.
There’s no set launch date for the new ride, but the last day of The Great Movie Ride at will be August 13, 2017.
Details: Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
#8: New Theater at Magic Kingdom
The Magic Kingdom is getting a brand new theater to house world-class entertainment. Fitting right in with Main Street theming, the theater is inspired by the 1920’s Willis Wood Theater of Kansas, MO, where Walt lived after he left Marceline. The venue is expected to house world-class entertainment. Some live new reasons to visit Walt Disney World!
“Across Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, we’ve been upping the game in Entertainment with shows like Frozen Live at the Hyperion,” Bob Chapek, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts said. “It’s been a huge hit at the Disneyland Resort, and I’m sure many of you have seen it. This new theater at Walt Disney World continues that streak by bringing a new venue for world-class entertainment to the world’s biggest park.”
Details: Magic Kingdom Theater
#9: Disney Skyliner and Minnie (Van) Transport
Disney are introducing two new methods of transport.
Connecting several of Disney’s resorts to Hollywood Studios and International Gateway at Epcot will be the Disney Skyliner. The new gondola system will have pods decked with Disney characters giving guests a birds-eye view of the resorts and parks below.
Minnie (Van) Transport
Another means of transport, already being seen around the parks and resorts, is the Minnie vehicles. Painted red with white dots, these distinctive cute vans give guests a point-to-point service throughout the Walt Disney World Resort.
Details: Skyliner & Minnie Van
#10: Star Wars Resort
A new vacation resort based on the Star Wars theme is also planned for the future.
Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts is so enthusiastic, “It’s unlike anything that exists today. From the second you arrive, you will become a part of a Star Wars story.”
Being Disney, it just has to be awesome. Even though we have our own vacation homes, I might just have to check it out for myself one night!
Details: Star Wars Resort
So, have we given you enough new reasons to visit Walt Disney World? If not, stay tuned, there’s bound to be a lot more to come!