Ahsoka Tano (played in the new “Ahsoka” series by Rosario
Dawson) will join Star Tours, the "Star Wars"-themed motion ride, in a new
adventure at Hollywood Studios and Disneyland next spring.
2. “WISH” Characters are Coming to the Parks
In EPCOT and Disneyland, Asha, the main character of the
upcoming animated film “WISH,” will be available for meet and greets. It will
probably coincide with the film’s premiere, which releases this November.
3. The Hatbox Ghost Will Officially Be Part of Haunted Mansion at Magic
The villain of the new “Haunted Mansion” film and a legend
among Disney enthusiasts, the Hatbox Ghost was a Haunted Mansion character
who’s head would disappear from his body and reappear inside a hatbox. Because
of technical limitations of the time, the animatronic was removed in 1969
shortly after the ride debuted because it didn’t work well. Now that the
technology exists to properly execute the character, he arrived in the
Disneyland ride in 2015 and will finally come to the Magic Kingdom in November.
He will appear in the Endless Hallway scene.
4. New Songs Are Coming to Country Bears Jamboree
In 2024, the beloved animatronic bear show will reopen with a
new act, new songs and some much-needed “love” in Disney’s words.
5. There Will Be a New Ride in Avengers Campus
Disney released concept art for a new attraction at Avengers
Campus at Disney California Adventure. It’s a time
jumping vehicle described as having “elements of Tony Stark's
time-suits with Xandarian jump points and Wakandan technology.” In the ride,
the Avengers will team up across the multiverse to defeat King Thanos. There’s
no official word yet on the ride’s name, what kind of ride it will be, or when
it will debut.
6. A New Pirate Restaurant Serves Up Grub and Grog in Adventureland
A Pirates of the Caribbean-themed “watering hole “is coming
to Adventureland in the Magic Kingdom. There are no details on the menu, but
Disney said it will expand the story of the pirates. No opening date was
7. World Celebration Will Welcome Visitors in EPCOT
As a centerpiece of the countries featured in EPCOT,
Disney will unveil a World Celebration pavilion. Located towards the front of the park, it will also tie the World Discovery and World Nature neighborhoods together.
8. Journey of Water Opens in October
the much awaited Journey of Water opens in the World Nature section
of EPCOT in
October. Based on “Moana,” who will be nearby to greet guests, the walk-through
attraction allows you to interact with water in a variety of whimsical ways.
9. Get Ready for a New Fireworks Show in EPCOT
A new fireworks show, that replaces the somewhat aesthetically
controversial “Harmonius” begins in EPCOT in December. Luminous – The Symphony of Us will feature “fireworks, fountains, lasers, lighting effects and music.” Harmonius' barges, which many
thought were unsightly, were removed from the World Showcase Lagoon earlier this
10. Test Track Will Be Reimagined
Disney imagineers are working with Chevrolet to reimagine
Test Track for EPCOT. Their inspiration comes from the original World of
Motion, which told the history of transportation. No date has been set for the ride’s relaunch.
11. The Magic Kingdom Is Expanding Beyond Big Thunder Mountain
What they’re calling “Beyond Big Thunder Mountain,”
imagineers will break ground past the train-themed rollercoaster for the
biggest Magic Kingdom expansion ever. What this means has not yet revealed, but
it sounds exciting and on the same scale as previous theme park expansions like
Galaxy’s Edge and Pandora.
12. Tree of Life Will Be "Zootopia"-Rethemed
One of the most hated attractions in Animal Kingdom is the “Bug’s
Life”-themed "It's Tough To Be A Bug” film in the Tree of Life Theater (it’s scary for
kids and generally creepy). Imagineers are exploring a “Zootopia” retheme for this very cool
tree-shaped theater, but plans aren’t firm just yet.
13. "Encanto" and Indiana Jones come to DinoLand
DinoLand U.S.A. is about to be extinct. A tropical-themed South
American land will inhabit this corner of Animal Kingdom, with possible "Encanto" and Indiana Jones theming. Dinosaur might become an Indiana Jones dark ride.
14. Meet and Greet
Figment in EPCOT
Fan-favorite Figment gets his own meet and greet at EPCOT
starting now. Straight outta Journey Into Imagination, the lovable purple
character is wearing his iconic yellow shirt and ready for a photo with you.
15. Soaring Over California
Soarin’ Around the World is a super cool ride, where you feel like you're flying like a bird all over the globe. In a fun twist for the 100th anniversary celebration, Soarin’ Around California
will return to EPCOT for a limited time, starting this month, with spectacular
birds-eye views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Yosemite National Park, Malibu
and more. Fans say this version is far superior to the global version.