There are so many new experiences coming to Walt Disney World over the next few months! From character meet and greets, to thrilling attractions, to new dining locations – there is something for everyone to enjoy. With so many announcements being released, we have them all here so you can stay in the know!
Without further ado, let’s dive in to all the new experiences coming to Walt Disney World!
New Experiences Coming Soon to Walt Disney World
Tiara-topped Water Tower Coming Soon to Tiana’s Bayou Adventure at Magic Kingdom
We are all anxiously awaiting Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. If you’re anything like me, you have probably tried to sneak a peek at construction updates any chance that you get! Well, today we have a construction update for you! Later this summer, a tiara-topped water tower featuring Tiana’s Foods logo will make its way to the Magic Kingdom.
TRON Lightcycle / Run Lauches April 4, 2023
We do not have to wait long for the debut of this next experience. Starting April 4, you’ll be able to race across the Grid in TRON Lightcycle / Run. As members of Team Blue, this will be your chance to board a high-speed Lightcycle and compete against a fierce group of Programs known as Team Orange. In just a few short weeks, Guests will be lining up (for hours!) to enjoy this new attraction. Will you be one of them?
New Character Greetings Debuting Soon
Meeting the Disney characters is always a magical experience. Soon, Guests will have the chance to meet even more of their favorite characters at Walt Disney World.
Just in time for the 25th Anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, Moana will greet fellow voyagers on Discovery Island for the first time, starting April 22. This is one event that I am very much looking forward to! Moana is one of my favorites!
Later this summer, guests will get the chance to hug long-time EPCOT icon Figment at the Imagination! pavilion.
And this fall, Mirabel from “Encanto” will greet guests in the Fairytale Garden at Magic Kingdom, which will be transformed with whimsical décor inspired by la Familia Madrigal. This is another can’t-miss-experience for me!
EPCOT Transformation Comes to a Crescendo Later This Year
There has been a TON for construction taking place at EPCOT over the past few years. I for one am ready for the black construction walls to come down! Well, it looks like I’m getting my wish because the transformation is set to be completed later this year! This means EPCOT will have plenty of new experiences coming soon!
Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana will debut this fall in World Nature. This self-guided exploration trail will take you through the natural water cycle – from the skies to oceans and all the way back again. Just like Moana, you’re encouraged to become a protector and friend to our natural resources.
When CommuniCore Hall opens in World Celebration later this year, it will be the center of festival programming throughout the park. In new renderings, you can see this will be home to a new character greeting location called Mickey & Friends. You’ll be able to meet Mickey Mouse and some of his best pals in this colorful space! I love that Mickey Mouse and his friends will have a home at EPCOT!
CommuniCore Hall will also be the home of a dynamic exhibition space that will transform with each festival throughout the year, as you can see here in one possibility imagined for EPCOT International Festival of the Arts. Playing with light, shapes and reflections, the architecture of this building was designed by Walt Disney Imagineering to celebrate the legacy of EPCOT and the original CommuniCore buildings.
Commemorating Disney100 at Walt Disney World
You would think that would be enough for EPCOT in 2023. Think again! EPCOT will host the Disney100 celebration at Walt Disney World Resort to commemorate this monumental milestone later this year.
Some of the new experiences coming include meeting Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse in their platinum attire, snapping a selfie with a platinum sculpture of the one who started it all, and watching Spaceship Earth illuminate the evenings with a special lighting design.
Plus, a new nighttime spectacular will debut at EPCOT later this year! Guests will gather around World Showcase Lagoon for a show designed to unite us all through commonalities of the heart in a dazzling display of fireworks, lasers, music and light. I cannot wait to check out this new show!
Celebrating 25 Years of Innovation & Conservation at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park
Can you believe that Earth Day marks 25 years of magic at Disney’s Animal Kingdom? The theme park originally opened on April 22, 1998 and has been inspiring Guests ever since. Even more inspirational, since 1995, with support from The Walt Disney Company and Guests, the Disney Conservation Fund has directed $120 million to support nonprofit organizations working with communities to save wildlife, inspire action and protect the planet. Additionally, the Disney Conservation team leads best-in-class scientific programs to conserve wildlife in Disney’s backyard and beyond, connects people to build a network for nature, and cares for the planet through everyday actions.
In April, there will be new ways to join in the celebration for Earth Day and this milestone, including new sweet and savory treats, specialty merchandise and limited-time character sightings in the park. There will be more surprises on April 22, when the park officially turns 25.
Summer House on the Lake Opens Later This Year at Disney Springs
As if there wasn’t enough to eat at Disney Springs already, get ready to enjoy a brand-new restaurant, Summer House on the Lake, coming in late 2023. This restaurant aims to capture a breezy, beach house vibe that will pair perfectly with the sweeping views of Lake Buena Vista. The California-inspired menu features simple, sustainable ingredients – from pizza and pasta to fresh salads and sandwiches. Plus, you can savor the restaurant’s exclusive Summer House Rosé along with a selection of wine, beer, handcrafted cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks.
Corkcicle Opening First-Ever Retail Location at Disney Springs
To wrap things up, Corkcicle is coming to Disney Springs! We love Corkcicle for their fun designs and high-quality products. Now, a new kiosk will be home to Corkcicle’s first-ever retail location and will open later this spring.
Wow! Like I said, there are a lot of new experiences coming to Walt Disney World this year! Which ones are you most excited for? Let us know in the comment section below!
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