What’s New at Walt Disney World in 2022?

What’s New at Walt Disney World in 2022?

Walt Disney World in 2022 is all about the 50th Anniversary, new shows, restaurants, rides, and more. Here is what’s happening across the parks to help make a trip to Walt Disney World well worth your while. Here is everything you have to look forward to at Walt Disney World in 2022. 

50th Anniversary Golden Statues across all four parks

What’s Happening at Walt Disney World in 2022?

Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary Celebrations 2022

The biggest change to the Walt Disney World 2022 lineup is that Disney World’s Most Magical Celebration will be happening ALL YEAR LONG. This will include special merchandise, special snacks, special shows, and more. Construction projects for new rides and restaurants will also begin to complete in 2022. There will be plenty to add to your Disney Must-Do List in 2022. Be sure to keep an eye on your My Disney Experience App for new things that come available throughout the year. 

Harmonious Nighttime Spectacular

Harmonious at EPCOT is in full swing and happening nightly at EPCOT Park on World Showcase Lagoon. This new nighttime spectacular features a world of cultures sharing music and scenes to inspire. Keep in mind that these evening events usually start 30-15 minutes before closing and cause a pile-up at the Disney buses. So be sure to plan accordingly and stay a little later or consider alternative methods of returning to your resort. To be replaced by EPCOT Forever when the 50th Anniversary is over. 

Disney Enchantment Nighttime Spectacular

Disney Enchantment Fireworks at Magic Kingdom is one of the best shows to arrive at Walt Disney World yet! With gorgeous music, and a beautiful light show. This show covers not only Cinderella’s Castle but also Main Street U.S.A. Crowds are heavy in Magic Kingdom in the evening, so our best advice here is to be prepared for that. The best spot to see this show may actually be quite far away, halfway down Main Street, or near the entrance, so you can really see the full projection scope. To be replaced by a modified version of Happily Ever After when the 50th Anniversary is over. 

Disney KiteTails at Animal Kingdom

This new show in Animal Kingdom features a flying kite display set to music and filled with some favorite and familiar Disney characters. Simba, Zazu, Baloo and Rafiki, and more are sure to appear! This is a daytime show, so be sure to grab a times guide for details on when you can see the show at the Discovery River Amphitheatre. This show’s last run is September 30, 2022. 

Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… and Beyond! 2022 in Disney's Animal Kingdom

Finding Nemo, The Big Blue ….and Beyond! 

Revamped and returning at Animal Kingdom, this Finding Nemo Musical is all new! Features include a 32-foot-long sunken submarine and a fish tank volcano. And with a little help from Pixar, the set and costumes come to life as layered, cut paper sculptures. 

“The fish tell Nemo’s story in this fully updated, 25-minute show, incorporating live performers and puppets, along with many of the beloved songs and production numbers from the original “Finding Nemo: The Musical”

Be on the lookout for this new musical in Animal Kingdom to open soon, in the theater near the entrance of DinoLand USA. 

Guardians of the Galaxy Roller Coaster Cosmic Rewind

New Rides Coming to Walt Disney World in 2022

On the way for 2022 are a few top-notch attractions that had construction delayed during the closing. If you didn’t get a chance to experience late 2021 at Walt Disney World be sure to check out Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure in EPCOT’s France Pavilion, which opened in October 2021.

Adventure Flotilla at Animal Kingdom

The newest character cavalcade to show up in the parks arrives in Animal Kingdom. Sailing down the Discovery River you can see Dug and Russell, as well as Donald and Friends. This flotilla shows up throughout the day so be on the lookout. 

Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind Rollercoaster

Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind, open May 27, 2022, is located in World Discovery in EPCOT Park and features a rollercoaster ride experience. This ride includes vehicles able to be turned 360 degrees, complete with a backward launch into “space”. By far one of the most impressive rollercoasters to date,Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind Rollercoaster will have a Virtual Queue Boarding Pass system in place, and be an Individual Lightning Lane selection afterward. Standby is not available for this ride.

TRON Lightcycle Power Run Rollercoaster

TRON Lightcycle Power Run (2023) is located in Tomorrowland, Magic Kingdom and covers a huge space next to Space Mountain. This light cycle ride brings riders over and under spaces within the complex and is filled with blue light, giving it a very futuristic look. A major rollercoaster, TRON is sure to become Walt Disney World’s most popular attraction as soon as it opens. We’re expecting a Boarding Pass system to start with, but stay tuned. We’ll share official info as soon as it’s confirmed. 

Merchant of Venus Relaxation Space | Magic Kingdom Park

New to the Tomorrowland Area is a much-needed Indoor Relaxation Space. Filled with Tomorrowland Posters on the walls and tables and chairs scattered throughout, this area, previously the Merchant of Venus gift shop, may or may not be a permanent change. But, given the need for areas where you can get away and relax while visiting the parks, we’re hoping this area is here to stay. 

Moana’s Journey of Water | EPCOT Nature

This whole new water-focused interactive experience will include waterfalls, sounds, and light that connect guests to the natural environment. With elements we see from the film, Moana, we’re sure to have a beautiful soundtrack in this new space inside the World Nature section.

EPCOT 50th Anniversary Pylons

New Restaurants Coming to Walt Disney World in 2022

Newer restaurants in Walt Disney World to check out also include La Creperie de Paris in EPCOT’s France Pavilion, and a slew of new eateries and snack spots over at Disney Springs.

Connections Café & Eatery at EPCOT

Connections Cafe | EPCOT

This new quick-service restaurant is part of the EPCOT renovations. Featuring burgers, fries, salads, and pizza. There is also a kid’s menu, milkshakes, and fun drinks to beat the heat. Connections Cafe is also the new home of Starbucks at EPCOT. This new quick-service location will likely offer mobile-order. And is set to open in Spring 2022. Check out the Connections Cafe Menu.

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 play sets and games. (Disney)

Woody’s Rodeo Roundup BBQ | Hollywood Studios

Woody’s Rodeo Roundup BBQ (2022) is a new table-service restaurant coming to Toy Story Land in Hollywood Studios.  This one promises to be a great family-friendly dining experience. Woody and Jessie are said to make appearances here. And the restaurant is filled with Toy Story characters, toys, and everything you would expect to find in a Wild West Rodeo playset. Serving an American BBQ menu, this restaurant is a nice respite from the outdoor dining at Woody’s Lunch Box. 

Space 220 Restaurant at Walt Disney world EPCOT Park

Space 220 Restaurant | EPCOT

The Space 220 Restaurant (2022) features an out-of-this-world dining experience with views from the space station into outer space. Full digital screen windows show the depths of the galaxy and the occasional astronaut while you dine. The menu offers American cuisine and an extensive wine list. Accessible from a hidden entrance next to Mission space, this restaurant offers a dining room and lounge. 

Star Wars Hotel Rooms at Disney World
©Disney via IAAPA Expo 2020 Presentation

New Disney Resorts in 2022

Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser Resort

Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser Immersion Hotel (2022) is open with 2-Night Immersion Experiences available. A resort stay includes several things as part of the experience including a day at Hollywood Studios, Lightsaber training, meals, and a special Databand to bring you on special missions throughout your stay. Sign up here for details as they’re released! 

Walt Disney World 2022 By Month

Check out our Walt Disney World 2022 Event Calendar for detailed information on dates and holidays that may affect your vacation. 

Free souvenirs at walt disney world festival

January- February 2022

runDisney Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend | January 5-9, 2022

Experience Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary with this annual race. The runDisney Walt Disney World Marathon features multiple race options for the whole family, new merchandise, and commemorative medals! By far the most popular runDisney Marathon at Walt Disney World, this one fills up fast! Take note of registration dates and plan for a virtual queue! 

EPCOT’s International Festival of the Arts 2022

The International Festival of the Arts returns to EPCOT mid-January and runs through mid-February featuring artist galleries, artful cuisine at the outdoor kitchen studios, and performances across the park! With Figment’s Brush with the Masters Game, The Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine Challenge, and new merchandise, there will be plenty of new things to explore at the Festival of the Arts in 2022. Read more about the Festival of the Arts.

runDisney Princess Half Marathon Weekend | February 24- 27, 2022

Join the Disney Princesses in the runDisney Princess Half Marathon at Walt Disney World. Taking place during the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World you can count on even more magic across the parks. This race is open to princes and princesses everywhere! 

Flower and Garden Festival Tips

March-June 2022

EPCOT’s International Flower and Garden Festival 

The Flower and Garden Festival at EPCOT arrives every spring in early March and runs through mid-July, bringing new topiaries, Disney-themed displays, fresh foods at the outdoor kitchens, and more. Performances at this festival include the Garden Rocks concert series which may return in 2022. Guests can also play Spike’s Pollen-Nation Scavenger Hunt for more fun in each World Showcase country. Read more about the Flower and Garden Festival. 

runDisney Springtime Surprise Marathon Weekend | March 31- April 3, 2022

This brand new runDisney event will debut in 2022, and promises a new theme every year! A wonderful way to keep up with the times, this new event has dates, but limited information. Check the runDisney Springtime Surprise Weekend for all the latest details!

Earth Month at Animal Kingdom | April 18-24, 2022

Celebrating Planet Earth all month long, Disney’s Animal Kingdom offers specialty snacks, events, and fun at the Conservation Station. Be on the lookout for animal babies across the park, and special merchandise too! Check out everything happening for Earth Month at Animal Kingdom. 

H20 Glow Nights Typhoon Lagoon Park | May 28- Aug 27, 2022

H20 Glow Nights returns to Walt Disney World’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park this summer. Offered Saturday nights May 28- Aug 27, 2022, from 8-11 pm, you get 3 hours of fun after the park closes. Complete with low waits, exclusive glow-themed snacks, and free popcorn, select ice-cream treats and beverages to enjoy! This is a ticketed event with limited availability. Grab your H20 Glow Nights at Typhoon Lagoon tickets here. 

Disney's Food and Wine Festival

July- October 2022

EPCOT’s International Food and Wine Festival | July 14- November 19, 2022

The Food and Wine Festival at EPCOT is one of the largest festivals at Walt Disney World featuring over 30 food kitchens, and cuisine from a variety of cultures! Covering the park with foodie opportunities, this festival includes the Eat to the Beat concert series, Emile’s Fromage Montage Challenge, and Remy’s Ratatouille Hide and Squeak Scavenger Hunt. Read more about EPCOT’s Food and Wine Festival. 

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2022 | August 12- October 31, 2022

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party returns to Magic Kingdom in 2022, and we are here for it! This event includes special entertainment, fireworks, specialty snacks and merchandise, and unique character experiences along with the Trick or Treat experience. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is a hard-ticketed event that will require a separate ticket. Guests are usually allowed to enter Magic Kingdom at 4 pm ahead of the 7 pm party start time. Read more about Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. 

christmas show at disney world 2020

November – December 2022

runDisney Wine and Dine Marathon 2022 | November 3-6, 2022

runDisney’s Wine and Dine Marathon typically takes place the first week in November and offers an opportunity to really dig into the fun a couple of weekends before the holidays hit. Read all about the Wine and Dine Marathon at Walt Disney World. 

EPCOT’s International Festival of Holidays 2022

The Festival of Holidays at EPCOT Park starts in late November and runs through late December. Featuring Holiday Storytellers across the World showcase and holiday kitchens featuring cultural holiday cuisine. Plus, Olaf’s Tradition Expedition Scavenger Hunt game and the Holiday Cookie Stroll offer plenty to do at this festival. Read more about the Festival of Holidays

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2022

Just like Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, we expect Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party to return in 2022. With holiday fun for families at a more reasonable time of day than an After Hours event can provide. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party requires the purchase of a separate ticket. But allows guests access to the evening party as early as 4 pm, ahead of a 7 pm party start time. The party includes a special parade, fireworks, access to specialty snacks, merchandise, and character experiences. Read more about Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. 

Tomorrowland Entrance Sign

Disney Vacation Planning in 2022

There are so many things to know ahead of Disney Vacation Planning in 2022. And with several things still in place since the pandemic, here is everything you will need to know if you are planning a Disney Vacation in 2022. 

Disney Park Pass Reservations are Required

In addition to a valid park ticket, Disney Park Pass Reservations are required for each day you plan to enter a Disney theme park. Be sure to check Disney Park Pass Availability before booking your vacation. 

Transportation to and from Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World does not have free transportation service to and from Orlando International Airport ( MCO) to Walt Disney World Resort in 2022. With the retirement of Disney’s Magical Express and the Brightline Railway still, a few years away from completion, you still have a few options. Mears Connect, Uber, Lyft, and traditional taxi services along with car rental are all options for getting to and from the airport to your Disney Resort. 

MagicBand+ Arrives in 2022

MagicBands are getting a makeover with some interactive technology that will be incorporated into these upgraded MagicBands that become available in 2022. Stay tuned!

MagicMobile Wallet Options

Contactless access to park tickets and linked credit card within the My Disney Experience app is now available through Disney’s Magic Mobile Wallet. Allowing guests to scan into parks, and pay for meals by holding their phones near the scanner. Even though MagicBands are no longer given for free to Disney Resort Guests, they are still able to be purchased at Disney gift shops and on shopDisney.com

Early Theme Park Entry for Disney Resort Guests

Replacing Disney’s Extra Magic Hours, Disney Resort Guests are allowed to enter the parks 30 minutes before the official park opening time. Early Theme Park Entry Crowds will still be high. So, we recommend getting to the gates at least 30-60 minutes before your early theme park entry time if you’re hoping to rope drop popular rides like Rise of the Resistance or Flight of Passage. 

60-day Advanced Dining Reservations

Previously at 180 days, Dining Reservations are able to be made 60 days prior to your vacation. Due to extremely high crowds expected throughout the 50th Anniversary Celebrations, it is highly recommended that guests reserve all restaurants desired the first day that your reservation window opens. Access to make dining reservations usually come available at 6 AM EST. 

ARe Disney Annual Passes Available in 2022?

Walt Disney World Annual Passes are not currently avaialble. 

Are Disney Dining Plans Available in 2022?

No. With Disney Dining Plans still unavailable it’s important to have a Disney Dining Budget plan in place. With options for quick service, table service, and snacks across the parks, getting a handle on the 70-100 per-person cost of food per day is helpful. Things like prepaid Disney gift cards, and deciding at which restaurants to eat ahead of time can help save you from the sticker shock of dining at the most magical place on Earth. 

Disney Rides when its hot or raining

Disney Genie and Lightning Lane Pass

Walt Disney World has replaced the FastPass system with something new! As part of the Disney Genie service, guests can now get a Lightning Lane Pass as part of Disney Genie+ or an individual ride Lightning Lane Pass. Check out all the details about Lightning Lane Passes at Walt Disney World

New Disney Snacks for 2022

We’ll be sharing updates on snacks arriving in the parks throughout the year in our New Snacks at Walt Disney World post. Be sure to be on the lookout for new snacks honoring Disney film anniversaries, Epcot’s 40th Anniversary, and the Walt Disney World Resorts 50th Anniversary. 

Everything at Walt Disney World in 2022

There you have it. This Walt Disney World 2022 event roundup should help you plan your next Disney Vacation. And give you a glimpse into a year of annual events that are all part of the Disney Experience! We’ll be adding even more details to this post as they are shared by Disney. Happy Vacation Planning! 

Walt Disney World in 2022


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