Disney fans: A spellbinding slate of new rides, hotels and restaurants is coming to the parks over the next few years.
At last weekend’s
D23 Expo in Anaheim, Disney officials shared details on upcoming developments for the two theme parks that make up Disneyland Resort in California and the four theme parks that make up Disney World in Florida. While some of the new experiences don’t have official opening dates yet, they’re all expected to debut by 2021, Disney World’s 50th birthday.
It looks like these new experiences will delight fans of both old-school Disney and the company’s
recently-acquired. Here’s what we’re anticipating most. franchises 1. A Star Wars hotel
A stay at this “immersive” hotel will include
dressing up in costume and views of “outer space” from guest rooms. Coming to Disney World in 2019. 2. Toy Story Land
real-life version of Andy’s backyard will include two new rides: A Slinky Dog coaster and some “Swirling Saucers” based on those little green aliens. Coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in summer 2018. 3. Marvel land Spider-Man and Avengers attractions will join the new Guardians of the Galaxy ride at Disney’s California Adventure to make a complete “ Super Hero universe.” Coming to California Adventure, date TBD. 4. A Tron ride
epic new attraction is based on Shanghai Disneyland’s Tron ride, which USA Today calls “Disney’s most intense and best themed roller coaster.” Coming to Magic Kingdom in 2021. 5. Gondolas
character-themed capsules will transport guests through the sky to various Disney World locations. Coming to Disney World, date TBD. 6. Minnie Vans
Guests will use an
Uber-like app to book rides in these cute cars for their travels between Disney World parks and hotels. Coming to Disney World in summer 2017. 7. A Ratatouille ride
feel as small as a mouse in this 4-D adventure, which will be similar to the one at Disneyland Paris. Coming to Epcot by 2021. 8. An outer space restaurant
This eatery isn’t linked to Star Wars, but it might as well be:
Table service and high-backed chairs will come with views of the galaxy. Coming to Epcot, date TBD. 9. A Millennium Falcon ride
Star Wars-themed lands will include two signature attractions: A Star Destroyer and this Millennium Falcon ride in which guests can fly the ship and shoot blasters. Coming to Disneyland and Disney World in 2019 10. Disney Riviera Resort
Members of the
Disney Vacation Club timeshare program will be able to ride those gondolas straight to this lavish new 300-unit property. Coming to Disney World in fall 2019. 11. An old-school theater
Just off Main Street, U.S.A., this new theater will
host Disney stage shows similar to “Frozen Live.” It’s modeled after the historic Willis Wood Theater in Kansas City, where Walt Disney started his film career. Coming to Magic Kingdom, date TBD.