One of many quotes attributed to the late Walt Disney is, “Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious… and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” Lately it seems the Disney Imagineers have really taken this quote to heart. Looking around on our last trip to Florida, there were so many projects happening at all the parks and resorts. WDW is moving forward in a big way lately. The main reason for this is the lead up to Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary coming up in October of 2021. We’re very excited for these new projects to come to fruition, even the ones we were skeptical about (I’m talking specifically about those gondolas.) Here we look at the new projects we are most excited about and when we can expect to see them.
Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway
It’s been 2 years since The Great Movie Ride closed to make way for this attraction featuring everyone’s favorite mouse, and though many were sad to see it go, it’s hard not to be fired up about the Chinese theatre’s new tenant. I’ve tried not to read too much about this attraction because I don’t want the spoilers, but I know it’s going to use something called 2 1/2 D technology, meaning you’ll get a 3D effect without the use of special glasses. It seems like it’s going to be zany and really fun, and best of all, Mickey’s first attraction! Opening March 4, we are so looking forward to this!
Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind
There is so much coming to Epcot in the near future that it’s hard to pick what we’re most looking forward to, but we’re huge fans of those Marvel misfits, the Guardians of the Galaxy, so the indoor coaster taking over the former Ellen’s Energy Adventure has to be what we’re most excited about! Opening sometime in 2021, this ride seems like it’s been under construction for forever. The ride vehicle design was recently unveiled and it looks like it might not be a great ride for those who get motion sick (terms like “OmniCoaster ride system” and “reverse launch” have us worried), but we can’t wait to see how it all comes together.
Tron Lightcycle Coaster
Tron is such an iconic movie for us that we were delighted when the news came that the Magic Kingdom would be getting its own version of the insanely popular Shanghai Disneyland ride. Admittedly, we’re not excited that the Railroad has had to be shut down during the majority of construction, but it should all be worth it once we’re speeding around “the grid” on our very own Lightcycles. This ride just looks insanely fun and completely immersive. It’s going to be a huge game changer for Tomorrowland and 2021 can’t come soon enough.
Ok, we were just seeing if you’re paying attention! The Skyliner has been carrying folks around the Walt Disney World Resort since fall of 2019, but we’re still so excited about them. We have ridden them several times, and even are starting to plan hotel stays so we can make use of them more frequently. Honestly, getting around property has never been so easy. The lines to get on seem to be especially long going to Epcot in the afternoon, but we don’t mind waiting, and the lines move pretty quickly. It’s worth the wait to get one-of-a-kind views of Disney property.
These coming attractions are just a drop in the bucket of new things coming to Walt Disney World in the next year or two. Which new attraction or experience are you just dying to try? Let us know in the comments!