When you’re planning trips, or thinking about it, it’s always helpful to discover what’s coming to Disney World in the future. Should you visit Disney World in 2024 or 2025? The debut of a new attraction or experience can help you make that decision. This is the first time in a long time that Disney hasn’t had a massive new project under construction. In the last few decades, New Fantasyland, Pandora – The World of Avatar and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge all debuted, changing the footprints of and expanding capacity in their respective parks. So what’s coming to Disney World in 2024?
The Disney 100 celebration will have passed in 2024 and there are no park wide, anniversary celebrations or overlays planned. No matter what year you choose to visit, you can always expect seasonally inspired offerings and decor celebrating fall and the holidays. There is not a current, defined new land or major attraction being built at this time. Disney is continuing to “blue sky” (imagine without bounds) potential projects that were teased beginning in 2022. Things have changed quite a bit since the initial thoughts, attractions and lands were shared.
“Innovation is finally catching up with our imagination.”
– Josh D’Amaro Chairman, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products
What’s Coming to Disney World in the Future
At the 2023 Destination D23 event at Walt Disney World Resort, Josh D’Amaro, Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, spoke about what’s coming to Disney World in the future. This event hasn’t always been a place for announcements. Formerly known as just Destination D, it typically focused on Disney history. D’Amaro mentioned Disney has refreshed over 7,000 rooms across the Disney hotels and speaks of momentum at Disney Parks around the world. We did get some opening dates for some of the final things at Epcot and some new information as shared below.
It’s been announced that the 2024 D23 Expo is Friday, August 9th through Sunday, August 11th in Anaheim, California next to Disneyland Resort. This is the event where big announcements are usually made for Disney additions, refurbishments, expansions and surprises. We could absolutely find out more about what’s coming to Disney World in the future before then and we’ll keep you posted here.
New Rides at Disney World in 2024 and Beyond, New Characters and Updated Attractions
Ahsoka Joins Star Tours Spring 2024
Next Spring, Ahsoka will become part of Star Tours: The Adventures Continue. This is attraction was majorly updated in 2011 and is equipped to offer new show scenes as needed.
Asha from the Animated Film Wish Comes to Epcot 2024
Asha from Disney’s animated feature film Wish will meet at Epcot, Disneyland and Disneyland Paris starting in 2024. The movie Wish debuts in theaters November of 2023.
Tiana’s Bayou Adventure Opens Late 2024
Tiana’s Bayou Adventure picks up where the movie left off. This new attraction takes over the place of Splash Mountain at Magic Kingdom.
New Country Bear Jamboree Show 2024
Imagineer Chris Beatty announced the Country Bear Jamboree will feature a new take on the classic jamboree in 2024. The news was revealed with a classic variety show style poster. Disney is working with authentic Nashville artists to refine the sound of the music. You can expect some Disney tunes in this updated version of the show like The Bare Necessities from The Jungle Book.
Pirates of the Caribbean Lounge Timeline Unknown
It looks like the Tortuga Tavern in Adventureland will receive a makeover. Chris Beatty shared a Pirates of the Caribbean themed lounge is coming to Adventureland at Magic Kingdom. It will extend the story of the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction across the way. The Barker Bird, the green parrot from outside the attraction, has taken residence in this new location.
Zootopia Show at Animal Kingdom Timeline Unknown
A new Zootopia show for the Tree of Life theater at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park has been announced. This replaces It’s Tough to Be a Bug. Judy Hopps, Nick Wilde and others from the film will introduce guests to more of Zootopia in the initial concept.
Encanto House and Indiana Jones Replacing Dinoland Timeline Unknown
The future of Dinoland has been changed again. Now it seems the land will go along with the regional theming of the rest of the park and become the tropical Americas. Disney says these are biodiverse places people travel for adventure. It’s said to be a land filled with authentic experiences from this part of the world. A rendering showed the area featuring the house from Encanto. Indiana Jones music played during the announcement and it looks like an Indy attraction will takeover Dinosaur. In Disneyland, the Indiana Jones attraction has the same track, vehicles and layout as Dinosaur.
Reimagining of Test Track with Chevrolet Timeline Unknown
Imagineers are also working with Chevrolet to reimagine Test Track again.
What’s Coming to Disney Vacation Club Resorts
The year 2024 will also bring many more Disney Vacation Club rooms to Walt Disney World resort. The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort will replace the existing cabins at this historical resort. The property is slated to receive enhancements along with the DVC additions. The Polynesian DVC tower is also under construction, expanding the resort by hundreds of rooms. Based on wording from DVC, it looks like this building will be part of the existing DVC property at the resort and not a new home resort.
What’s New at Disney in 2023
If it’s been a while since you’ve been to Disney, or if you’ve never been, you’ll want to know about what’s new at Disney World as of the last few years.
Epcot Construction Ending December 2023
The last three new neighborhoods in Epcot open December 2023. This will be wonderful and open the front half of the park.
Luminous The Symphony of Us December 5th 2023
Epcot gets a new nighttime show in December of 2023.
Figment Meet and Greet at Epcot September 10th 2023
A Figment meet and greet is now at Epcot as of September 10th, 2023. He’s not the little guy with Dream Finder but a large mascot type Figment.
Journey of Water Inspired by Moana October 16th 2023
This walk through exhibit opens October 16th, 2023. Guests can explore, play with and be inspired by water like Moana.
Moana Meet and Greet at Epcot
Moana has a dedicated meeting space next to the walkthrough exhibit. In terms of streaming, Moana is one of the most popular films of the last few years.
TRON Lightcycle / Run Now Open
TRON: Lightcycle / Run soars through Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom Park as of early 2023.
Hatbox Ghost Debuts in Late November 2023
Haunted Mansion at Magic Kingdom gets its own Hatbox Ghost character in November of 2023. Many thought Hatbox Ghost would be present for the spooky season which started in July as decorations made their way around the parks. While the attraction was recently closed for refurbishment, Hatbox Ghost arrives at this later date.
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