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.
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: 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
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
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: Rumored 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: 2021
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
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
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.’”
Victoria and Albert’s Bistro | Grand Floridian Resort
Previously a table service restaurant at Grand Floridian, Citricos is being re-themed to Victoria and Albert’s Bistro. Given that this is a mild decor and menu change this should be ready in 2021. 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.