ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Some amazing new attractions, restaurants, resorts, and transportation options are coming to Walt Disney World, as was announced during the D23 Expo. Here's all the big changes that you need to know.
Disney's Hollywood Studios
- Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge: This is the name of the upcoming Star Wars-themed land of Hollywood Studios. Opening in 2019, this land will allow park guests to encounter several characters, including: BB-8, Chewbacca, Rex, and Kylo Ren.
- Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway: This game-changing attraction will replace the Great Movie Ride, which is set to close on August 13th. The new attraction will feature an original story that will take guests on a journey inside the world of Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts using new technologies that will turn the flat cartoon into an incredible dimensional display.
- Toy Story Land: Toy Story Land is set to open in summer 2018.
- Guardians of the Galaxy: Epcot will have a brand new E-ticket attraction within Future World based on the rockin' and action-packed world of Guardians of the Galaxy. The attraction will replace Ellen's Energy Adventure inside Universe of Energy, which will close on August 13th.
- Ratatouille: Within World Showcase, in an all-new space in the France pavilion, will be a Ratatouille-inspired attraction. Guests will be taken on a dazzling chase across a kitchen with the sights, sounds, and smells of Gustaeu's Parisian restaurant. The attraction will open by the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort in 2021.
- China pavilion: An updated film will be added using next-generation digital camera systems.
- Mission: SPACE: Both the Orange and Green mission will updated. The updated Green mission will take guests on a stunning tour around the Earth, with younger cadets joining the adventure for the first time. The ride will re-open in August.
- New restaurant: Adjacent to Mission: SPACE will be a table-service restaurant that invites guests to travel high above the Earth for an unforgettable dining experience.
- Tron-themed attraction: The highest rated attraction at Shanghai Disneyland is coming to Tomorrowland in a new area near Space Mountain.
- Live entertainment theater: Based on the iconic Willis Theater in the 1920s Kansas City where Walt lived after he left Marceline, this addition to Magic Kingdom will be located off of Main Street U.S.A and will be an new venue for world class entertainment.
- Disney Riviera Resort: This Disney Vacation Club property will be located near Epcot with a rooftop restaurant that has unbelievable views of nighttime spectaculars at Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios.
- Immersive Star Wars-themed hotel: An immersive Star Wars-themed hotel will offer a one-of-a-kind experience where a luxury resort meets a multi-day adventure in a galaxy far, far away.
- Disney Skyliner: This new transportation system will give guests a bird's-eye view of Walt Disney World Resort. The skyliner will connect Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios to four resorts: Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort and Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, and Disney's Riviera Resort.
- Minnie Van service: The Minnie Van service is a whimsical, point-to-point service that will help guests get around Walt Disney World in a jiffy. Guests can arrange their own private Disney vehicle right from their smartphone.