New Attractions Coming to Walt Disney World

New Attractions Coming to Walt Disney World

Let’s face it, a ton of Disney World projects were put on hold, delayed, and canceled. But, there are still AMAZING projects on the way. And many are slated to complete and open in 2021 and 2022! While Disney’s pace on these Project Nugget construction projects may be ambitious, due to the coming 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World, we’re happy to play along. Especially if it means we have something to look forward to. So whether these arrive in time for The World’s Most Magical Celebration or not we’re just excited to have a few new attractions at Disney World.

While there are plenty of projects, that have gotten nixed this past year, Walt Disney World still has some magic up its sleeves. With some New Attractions at Disney World there is plenty to see, do and eat! These big-ticket attractions, restaurants, and shows are heading to the parks in 2021. Here’s the lineup of everything coming to Walt Disney World arriving just in time for the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World.

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New Rides at EPCOT 

EPCOT has been the talk of the town ever since the major overhaul announcement at 2019’s D23 Expo. With so much on the way in time for the 45th Anniversary in 2022, this Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow ( EPCOT) is pulling in more Disney characters.  So we’ll see Marvel, Pixar, and of course, a whole lot more Disney happening at EPCOT in the future. Here’s everything on the way. 

Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure and Courtyard

One of the biggest New Attractions at Disney World is Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure. Finally arriving in World Showcase France in 2021! Complete with a gorgeous, “Streets of Paris” Courtyard, a Remy Fountain, and an entrance to Les Halles Boulangerie & Patisserie. This ride will be much like the Disneyland Paris version in that it is 4D, and allows guests to “shrink” down to size in the busy kitchen atmosphere of Gusteau’s 5 Star Parisian restaurant. A much-needed family-friendly ride to help anchor EPCOT as a family park, check out our blog post to read more about Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure. Opening: OCTOBER 1, 2021

Guardians of the Galaxy Rollercoaster

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind Rollercoaster

A major new ride at EPCOT, previously announced at D23, Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind is combining a 360 technology and backward experience. This will also be a priority in regards to construction completion. We’re super excited to see the Marvel Universe get some airtime in EPCOT, expect this ride to come with all the bells and whistles. Opening: 2022

Play! Pavilion at EPCOT

Play! Pavilion 

The Play! Pavilion in the Wonders of Life building will bring interactive elements, a potential new monorail attraction, and plenty of spaces for kids to play. This project has been huge and will offer even more kid-friendly things to do at EPCOT, so we’re excited to see what it’s all about, and how it will open in the times of COVID, or if it will be delayed. Opening: 2021

Remys ratatouille adventure in EPCOT Disney world

New Restaurants at EPCOT

Space 220 Restaurant 

The newest immersion restaurant experience to come to EPCOT is all about outer space. From the entry into this space station to dining with a view of the stars, planets, and random astronauts, this dining experience is out of this world. With an extensive wine collection, and “modern American cuisine” this restaurant is sure to be one destination you’ll want to visit. You can access this restaurant near the Mission Space attraction in Future World. Fingers crossed this restaurant is ready for lift-off soon! Opening: September 20, 2021 

La Creperie de Paris 

The newest creperie at EPCOT can be found in Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure courtyard in World Showcase France. A perfect location for grabbing your crepes and strolling the streets of Paris. Featuring the cuisine of celebrity chef Jérôme Bocuse, this new restaurant will offer table service and quick service dining options. And since Chef Boucuse is also responsible for Chefs de France and Monsieur Paul, we know the food here will be fantastic!  Opening: OCTOBER 1 2021


New Shows at EPCOT

HarmoniUS Fireworks Digital Show

The newest show to arrive at EPCOT, Harmonius adds even more technology to the digital light show experience. Replacing Illuminations this show promises a cultural mashup of amazing music, honoring all cultures with special sights and sounds. Opening: OCTOBER 1 2021

Harmonius EPCOT Nighttime show for the 50th Anniversary
“Harmonious” will debut Oct. 1, 2021, at EPCOT at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. As one of the largest nighttime spectaculars ever created for a Disney park, the show will celebrate how the music of Disney inspires people the world over, carrying them away harmoniously on a stream of familiar Disney tunes reinterpreted by a diverse group of artists from around the globe. “Harmonious” will feature massive floating set pieces, custom-built LED panels, choreographed moving fountains, lights, pyrotechnics, lasers and more. (Kent Phillips, photographer)

New Shows at Magic Kingdom

Disney Enchantment Fireworks and Digital Show

Special for the 50th Anniversary, Magic Kingdom will be getting a whole new show complete with amazing effects, fireworks, music, and lighting! Crawling not only on Cinderella’s Castle but also all down Main Street USA. Opening: OCTOBER 1, 2021.

New Magic Kingdom 50th Anniversary Fireworks
A new nighttime spectacular, “Disney Enchantment,” will debut Oct. 1, 2021, at Magic Kingdom Park in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Created to launch with the “World’s Most Magical Celebration” the show will take guests on a journey filled with adventure, wonder and empowerment, inspiring guests to believe in magic. “Disney Enchantment” will feature music, enhanced lighting, stunning fireworks and, for the first time, immersive projection effects that extend from Cinderella Castle down Main Street, U.S.A. (Disney)

Pixar’s Coco Coming to Mickey’s PhilharMagic 

The newest attraction to arrive at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom comes just in time for the 50th Anniversary. The new song “Un Poco Loco” find Donald in all sort of mayhem and mishaps with familiar characters, colors, and music from Coco the movie. Opening: OCTOBER 1, 2021.


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New Rides at Magic Kingdom

Tron Lightcycle Run Rollercoaster

Tron is by far the headliner attraction for the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World and  Magic Kingdom. Construction has been on task and it’s too big of a footprint in Magic Kingdom to be abandoned at this point. This light cycle ride features guests on “bikes” like in the TRON movie, going at top speeds weaving over and under a futuristic canopy that covers pieces of the Tomorrowland area of Magic Kingdom. Plan on seeing hoards of crowds, and waits hours long for this one. Opening: 2022

Princess and the Frog Ride Name TBD

Splash Mountain is being re-themed as a Princess and the Frog ride. With Josh D’Amaro sharing that the timeline for this project has sped up we could see renovations complete as early as 2021. First announced on the Disney Parks Blog in June, the Princess and the Frog ride is coming to Magic Kingdom with hopes to make a more inclusive and relevant experience for guests. And more appropriately sharing the amazing and beautiful elements of the southern culture. Since Princess and the Frog is one of our FAVORITE movies, we are super excited about this new experience. Opening: Rumored 2021

Woody's BBQ Restaurant
Roundup Rodeo BBQ is a new table-service restaurant coming to Toy Story Land in 2020 as guests live their adventures together at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. This artist concept image exemplifies how guests will be immersed with all their toy pals in a fun, family-friendly environment constructed from Andy’s favorite larger-than-life playsets and games. (Disney)

New Restaurants at Hollywood Studios

Woody’s Roundup Rodeo BBQ

If Hollywood Studios didn’t need a family restaurant so badly, we’d be putting this one on the “May Not Happen” List. BUT, the uproar around Woody’s Lunch Box offering only outdoor seating leaves limited dining experiences for families visiting Hollywood Studios. That said, Woody’s Roundup Rodeo BBQ is a priority. Check out all the details about Woody’s Roundup Rodeo BBQ Restaurant. Opening: Rumored 2021

New Things at Disney Resorts

Star Wars Galactic Star Cruiser Resort

While the Galactic Cruiser Resort will be almost necessary to bolster the Galaxy’s Edge experience, the immersion hotel itself may be slightly delayed.  But not by much. Reservations are being taken if you’re ready for your 2-Night Immersion Adventure on the Galactic Star Cruiser. Grab your Reservations for the Star Wars Hotel here. This is a smaller hotel, so spots fill up fast! Opening: 2021

Star Wars Hotel Rooms at Disney World
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The Polynesian Village Resort Moana Re-Theming

Disney’s Polynesian Resort will not be reopening until Summer 2021 due to extensive refurbishments and some re-theming to Moana. According to the Orlando Sentinel, a spokeswoman from Disney World indicated that the Polynesian theme is making  “a move to a Pacific Ocean-inspired color palette as well as details, patterns, and textures from Disney’sMoana.’”

Citrico’s Mary Poppins Returns Re-Imagining | Grand Floridian Resort

Citricos is being re-themed to a Mary Poppins Returnsthemed signature dining experience as it awaits its larger renovation into Victoria and Albert’s Bistro. This new restaurant is part of a larger theme overhaul at the Grand Floridian. The first change happened with the new Enchanted Rose Beauty and the Beast inspired Lounge. And if the lounge is any indication of the kinds of changes we’re going to be seeing, we cannot wait!!! 

Everything New Coming to Disney World

So there you have it all the New Attractions at Disney World in 2021 and 2022! As the parks continue to find their new footing during the pandemic we’ll be interested to see how it all works out. From ride and restaurant openings to the 50th Anniversary Celebrations, there will be limitations on guests and the ability to allow crowds to gather. If you’re visiting in 2021, be sure to check out our Best Times to Visit Walt Disney World. 

New Attractions coming to Walt Disney World in 2021! New restaurants, awesome rides, and shows are on the way. check out the 2021 list of things arriving at Disney. #disneyworld #disney2021


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