Disney Announcements from Destination D23 are here, and they include a bunch of New Things Coming to Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World. As home to all things magical, we’ve seen loads of new things at Disney this past year. From the opening of the TRON rollercoaster to new snacks, there is always something new coming to Magic Kingdom. Here’s What’s New at Magic Kingdom.
Hatbox Ghost at Magic Kingdom | Late November 2023
Finally, we have received a timeline for the arrival of the Hatbox Ghost at Disney’s Haunted Mansion in Magic Kingdom. The Hatbox Ghost has a strong lore interwoven with much of the Haunted Mansion storyline. So it will be awesome to see this larger-than-life villain become part of the attraction. This ghost also features a fun technological trick that is showcased in the Behind the Attraction Haunted Mansion episode on Disney Plus. Well worth the watch.
The Hatbox Ghost will appear to guests as they pass the Endless Hallway, welcoming himself inside from the swinging wake in the cemetery and grinning at the Doom Buggies as they set off deeper into the mansion. Guests will soon see temporary barriers materialize as we await his apparition.
Tiana’s Bayou Adventure | Magic Kingdom June 30, 2024
In a much-needed refresh, Splash Mountain is set to transform into Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. This Princess and the Frog re-imagining of Splash Mountain turns this boat ride into a bayou-focused ride featuring Princess Tiana, Mama Odie and friends, opening in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park. Recreating a New Orleans Mardi Gras experience this ride includes jazz music, bayou culture, familiar faces from Princess and the Frog, and more. This new ride features Tiana, Naveen, and Louis the alligator preparing to host a Mardi Gras Celebration. This ride picks up where the movie left off. Open June 30, 2024
- Brand-new cast of original Disney characters with distinct names and personalities
- Dozens of entirely new Audio-Animatronics figures
- Adorable critters with incredible talent, bringing the diverse flavors of musical gumbo found in New Orleans!
- New, original music alongside favorite tunes from the film
- Do you love beignets as much as Louis? Well, you’re in luck because the alluring scent of beignets being prepared for the party will be part of the attraction queue!
- Additional talent voices from the film reprising their roles, including Bruno Campos as Prince Naveen, Michael Leon Wooley as Louis, and the one and only Anika Noni Rose as Princess Tiana
- Familiar faces from the film such as Princess Tiana, Prince Naveen, Mama Odie, Louis, Eudora, Charlotte, “Big Daddy,” the King and Queen of Maldonia and Prince Ralphie
Country Bears Musical Jamboree at Magic Kingdom | TBD 2024
This fan-favorite attraction in Disney’s Magic Kingdom is finally getting an update. One of the Disney Announcements surely to make veteran Disney World vacationers happy, the Country Bears Musical Jamboree Refresh is set to open in 2024. In Classic variety style, this refresh of the Country Bear Jamboree will combine Rockabilly, Bluegrass, and Country Music Style performances.
“The bears will be reinterpreting favorite Disney songs in different genres of country music. Imagineers are envisioning the new experience as a homage to the classic musical revues in Nashville and they’re working with Nashville musicians to get the authentic country sound.”
Pirates of the Caribbean Tavern at Magic Kingdom | TBD
Peg-Leg Pete from Pirates of the Caribbean returns in a new Pirates of the Caribbean-themed Disney Lounge coming to Adventureland at Magic Kingdom Park in Florida. Extending the Pirates of the Caribbean story, and set to be located near the attraction. This first-of-its-kind experience will extend the story of Pirates of the Caribbean. Imagineers are in the design process now and more details are coming in the future.
Magic Kingdom Park Expansion | TBD
As part of the Disney announcements of things coming to Walt Disney World, the CCO Disney Imagineering shared that this new Magic Kingdom Park expansion, will be in the scale of a new land. Very early in the development stages, the location for this new land is said to be past the Big Thunder Mountain area of the park, where there is significant land that can be developed. Per the statement below we can expect this space to be on par with the 11-14 acre parcels used for previous new lands at Disney World. As this expansion plan may also be the “largest for the park“, we may see something larger than Fantasyland, re-imagined in 2012.
Bruce Vaughn, Chief Creative Officer at Walt Disney Imagineering, is joining Josh for a special “Blue Sky” look at what’s possible when dreaming big at Disney Parks. Future expansion plans for Magic Kingdom in Florida are the largest ever for the park, according to Bruce. Imagineers are looking to tell stories “Beyond Big Thunder Mountain” similar in scale to things like Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and Pandora – The World of Avatar – adding new attractions, restaurants, shows, and more! More details to come in the future.