Following Summer Debuts, here’s what’s next at Walt Disney World

Here is a great article from our friends at The Orlando Sentinel regarding what’s coming up next at the Walt Disney World Resort!

We can’t wait to experience some of these new attractions and Lands as they become a reality over time!

Matt Mauney

by Matt MauneyContact Reporter Orlando Sentinel
June has been a busy month at Walt Disney World.

Just in the last week, three of the four Disney theme parks debuted a new attraction. There’s a new fireworks and projection show at Hollywood Studios, a new stage show at Magic Kingdom and two new additions to Epcot — a revamped version of Soarin’ and the all-new Frozen Ever After attraction.

This follows the debut of new nighttime offerings at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in late May.

But there’s always the question of “what’s next?” Here’s what’s on deck at Disney World.

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Disney gave media a taste of the new “Rivers of Light” show at Animal Kingdom.
Rivers of Light – TBA
This would be final major addition this year, at least that we know of. The new nighttime show at Animal Kingdom was originally set to debut on April 22 but has been postponed and still doesn’t have an official opening date. The show features animal-inspired floats and lanterns plus live performers in the form of storytellers.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party – Sept. 2-Oct. 31
The annual family-friendly Halloween event returns to Magic Kingdom this fall. Read more here.

Night of Joy – Sept. 9-10
The annual Christian concert series will move to a new home this fall — the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The two-day event features 16 contemporary Christian acts performing in three indoor and outdoor venues. The event debuted at Magic Kingdom in 1983 and stayed there until a two-year period at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in 2008 and 2009. It returned to Magic Kingdom from 2010 to 2015. Read more here.

20th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
The kiosks and food of the 20th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.
Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – Sept. 14-Nov. 14
Epcot will host two full months of its most popular event, which offers food, wines and beers from around the world, along with a concert series. Read more here.

Disney’s Wine & Dine Half Marathon – Nov. 3-6
The final runDisney race of the year at Disney World revolves around the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. The race weekend consists of the half marathon, a 10K, Mickey’s Holiday 5K, kids races and an expo. Read more here.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party – Nov. 7-Dec. 22
Magic Kingdom’s annual holiday celebration typically includes themed parades, fireworks and shows. Like Not-So-Scary, it requires a ticket separate from regular park admission. Read more here.

And looking forward to next year…

Pandora – Disney’s ‘Avatar’-inspired land at Animal Kingdom
Disney has unveiled new details about its proposed “Avatar”-themed land at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Pandora – The World of Avatar
The 12-acre expansion at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is planned to open sometime in 2017. Pandora is based on the fictional moon in “Avatar,” which features a lush environment and bioluminescent forest that thrives after dark. The land will feature many interactive elements, including walkways that illuminate when guests walk on them. The land will feature at least two attractions — a ride based on the banshee characters called “Flight of Passage” and “The Na’Vi River Journey,” a gentler boat ride that will take visitors through a bioluminescent forest. Learn more about Pandora here.

And what about beyond 2017?

Details on Disney’s new Star Wars Land
Scott Trowbridge with Walt Disney Imagineering details the new Star Wars Land including the two rides coming to both Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World and Disneyland.
Still unclear is an opening date or ballpark time frame for two new lands at Disney’s Hollywood Studios — one based on Star Wars and the other based on Disney-Pixar’s “Toy Story” franchise. The 14-acre Star Wars section will feature two signature rides along with fully-themed dining locations and a marketplace set in “a galaxy far, far away.”

Disney’s new Slinky Dog Dash roller coaster at Toy Story Land
The Slinky Dog Dash roller coaster will be one of the features of Toy Story Land when it opens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
The 11-acre Toy Story land will be based on the character Andy’s backyard. Guests will feel like they are shrunk to the size of a toy. The signature attraction here will be the Slinky Dog Dash roller coaster.

So while there has been plenty of recent additions to Walt Disney World, there is even more to look forward to in the future.

Copyright © 2016, Orlando Sentinel


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