The Disney Parks, both American and foreign, are seeing more expansions and changes than they have in nearly two decades. Almost every resort is seeing a major expansion over the next five years, many of which are multifaceted. With all of these projects and expansions, things get a little hard to keep track of. With many people wanting to book vacations, knowing when these projects finish up is a useful tool. That’s why we have this blog post!
I’m going to go through each Disney Resort and give an estimated opening date for each major project. Some of the smaller projects will be left off but feel free to ask questions about anything that you don’t see in the post (or anything you do see in the post!) There is also a chance that I will have left something off this list so drop me a comment if I have.
Each project will include a brief description of what is going on. I’m going to stay away from rumors for the most part, sticking to what Disney actually has announced. I will try to keep the post updated every year, adding whatever is announced along the way. We’ll go resort by resort, starting in Disneyland.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge (DL) – Rise of the Resistance (Jan. 17th, 2020)
Disneyland’s large expansion opened on May 31st but we are still waiting on the second attraction to open. Somewhat surprisingly, the land’s flagship attraction won’t open until January 17th.
Magic Happens Daytime Parade (DL) – Spring 2020
A new daytime parade is coming to Disneyland, opening in the early part of 2020. The parade will be called “Magic Happens” and will feature Moana and Coco floats, among others.
Avengers Campus (DCA) – 2020
Avengers Campus, which will reside where A Bug’s Land used to be, will feature a Spider-Man attraction, meet and greets and an Ant-Man restaurant. While I put 2020 down in the dates, I think the land will open in tiers and probably won’t be finished until 2022 (see a little further down the list). Details are still somewhat scarce but a Spider-Man ride will be opening next year.
Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway (DL) – 2022
Disney has announced that Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway (unfortunately, no announcement on a shorter name) will be coming to Disneyland’s Toontown. The same attraction will be opening at Hollywood Studios in 2020 before coming to Disneyland 2 years later.
Avengers Ride – 2022?
An E-ticket attraction will be the (likely) final addition to Marvel Campus. Guests will fly with the avengers through Wakanda and beyond. A 2022 opening date may be slightly optimistic but time will tell.
Walt Disney World
Tomorrowland Refresh (MK) – Now through 2021?
Tomorrowland is slowly going through a refresh in terms of aesthetic and attraction refurbishments. The land is receiving a paint job and could end up with a refresh of the PeopleMover, Carousel of Progress, Tomorrowland Speedway and something going in the Stitch’s Great Escape building. While I doubt anyone is actually booking a trip based on these changes, I do think they are essential to Magic Kingdom.
Disney Skyliner – September 29th, 2019
This new gondola system will be the latest transportation option in Disney World going between several resorts, Epcot, and Hollywood Studios. The opening date is a later than we expected, although I wouldn’t be surprised to see a soft opening of sorts before the end of September.
Epcot Forever (Temporary Nighttime Spectacular) – October 1st, 2019
Illuminations: Reflections of Earth will come to an end in the summer of 2019 and this show will be the temporary replacement. Epcot Forever will celebrate the history of the park and will run for about a year.
Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway (DHS) – Spring 2020
A dark ride based on Mickey and Minnie Mouse that is replacing The Great Movie Ride. While no season is announced for the opening, I would expect it to open before Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Unfortunately, the opening date for this attraction has been pushed back to Spring 2020.
Space Restaurant (Epcot) – 2019
A new restaurant in between Mission: Space and Test Track will be themed to outer space. The restaurant will open before the new year.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Rise of the Resistance (DHS) – December 5th
The final piece and major attraction of Galaxy’s Edge will open December 5th, ahead of the Disneyland version.
Riviera Hotel – December 2019
This new DVC hotel will be opening in 2019. The Riviera is near the Caribbean Beach Resort and is now accepting reservations.
Ratatouille Ride (Epcot) – 2020
This attraction in the France Pavilion is a replica of Disneyland Paris attraction, a trackless dark ride. I would guess a late spring, early summer 2020 opening.
HarmonioUS Nighttime Spectacular (Epcot) – 2020
The new show will replace Epcot Forever and will celebrate Disney music around the globe. It is rumored to open for the summer of 2020.
Roundup Rodeo BBQ Restaurant (Hollywood Studios) – 2020?
Disney World’s first expansion to Toy Story Land will be a table-service restaurant. The project was announced in late April 2019 but we think this could be built quickly to help ease Hollywood Studios influx of crowds.
Epcot Play Pavilion – 2021
The Epcot Play Pavilion will house characters and interactive exhibits for the whole family to explore. The new pavilion will reside in Future World and will likely be Epcot’s largest integration of Disney characters ever.
Mary Poppins Attraction (Epcot) – 2021?
A new Mary Poppins attraction will be coming to the UK Pavilion in the coming years. Cherry Tree Lane and an attraction inside the Banks’ house will be added to the pavilion. Not many details have been released about the attraction but rumors have been going around to not expect anything too grand.
Star Wars Hotel – 2021
The immersive Star Wars Hotel will pair along with Galaxy’s Edge but will open later. We don’t have an exact opening date but would guess 2021.
Guardians of the Galaxy Coaster (Epcot) – 2021
The coaster is taking the place of Ellen’s Energy Adventure and will be indoors. The story will be based around Guardians of the Galaxy, specifically Peter Quill.
Tron Lightcycle (MK) – 2021
Magic Kingdom’s newest roller coaster is slated to open by 2021 for the resort’s 50th anniversary. This will be a replica, although maybe not exact, of Shanghai Disneyland’s attraction.
Reflections – A Disney Lakeside Lodge – 2022
A new hotel will be added to Disney’s DVC program, inspired by Walt Disney’s love of nature. This hotel will reside on the old River Country site and isn’t expected to open until 2022.
Epcot Transformation – 2022(?)
Epcot will look very different in a few years. The park will be divided into four lands instead of the original two, have a new entrance and will add several new pavilions. Spaceship Earth will also undergo a lengthy refurbishment. More details will be released over the years and this project will take a long time.
Tokyo Disney Resort
Beauty and the Beast mini-land, Minnie’s Studio, and Big Hero 6 expansion (TDL) – 2020
Beauty and the Beast will go in Fantasyland, Minnie’s will be in ToonTown and Big Hero 6 in Tomorrowland. These will all be attractions of some kind with Beauty and the Beast attraction being a dark ride and possibly being the most expensive attraction of all-time. This will open in 2020 before Japan hosts the summer Olympics.
DisneySea Fantasy expansion – 2022
DisneySea is opening a fantasy port in the back of DisneySea that will be the biggest expansion in park history. The new port will feature Frozen, Tangled and Peter Pan and will add four new attractions plus restaurants and a lavish hotel.
Hong Kong Disneyland
Castle & Hub – 2020
The remodeled castle and hub will be done in 2020, transforming Sleeping Beauty Castle into the Landmark Castle that will have 13 towers.
Frozen Land – 2021
Hong Kong Disneyland will recreate the world of Arendelle with an ice palace and two new attractions, a roller coaster and boat ride. There will also be restaurants in this new expansion.
Marvel attraction – 2023?
Another Marvel attraction is slated to be opened in 2023, finishing off Hong Kong Disneyland’s expansion plans. More details will come.
Zootopia Themed Land- ??
Disney has announced Shanghai Disneyland’s first major expansion (not counting Toy Story Land which was already under construction when the park opened) in a Zootopia themed expansion. While no opening target has publicly been announced, construction has begun.
Marvel Land (WDS) – 2021
A rethemed coaster as well as a new show and attraction are slated to come to this new land that is kicking of the Studios Park expansions. The park will also introduce the same Spider-Man attraction that’s coming to California Adventure in 2020.
Star Wars and Frozen in WDS – 2023 and beyond
The Studios Park is getting an expansion and makeover but it will take some time. Frozen and Star Wars Land are coming but not for at least 5 years.
That is all of the major announcements Disney has come out with for the next five (or so) years. Much like my life, Disney’s five-year plans hardly ever stick to schedule so don’t take this as gospel, although we will try to update periodically and after big announcements. Again, if I’ve missed something please let me know in the comments and if you have questions about a certain item on the list then let me know!
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