New at Disney World 2017 Edition

New at Disney World 2017 Edition

Disney is constantly adding new things at the Walt Disney World resort every year. It can be hard to keep up on the latest openings and what to expect on your next trip to the Walt Disney World Resort. Trust me it has almost become a second full-time job with all the new Disney announcements lately. Since the average family visits every three years, we have included 2016 as well as 2017 items in our list of what is new at Disney World.

Keep checking back, as we are constantly updating this list as Disney World makes announcements on new opening dates and new additions to the resort! And also you will want to Hurry! Order your FREE Disney Vacation Planning Videos!!


Pandora the World of Avatar (May 27, 2017)

Pandora the World of Avatar is coming summer of 2017.
Pandora the World of Avatar is coming summer of 2017.

Disney announced that they are opening up this new expansion of Animal Kingdom in the summer of 2017. The new World of Avatar is going to be home to two new attractions. First, is the family friendly Na’vi River Journey, a river ride through a bioluminescent rainforest. And second, the Avatar Flight of Passage excursion will offer the jaw-dropping experience of riding on a Banshee over the world of Pandora.

We have a couple articles about this new land in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Happily Ever After (May 12, 2017)

Beginning May 12, 2017, Walt Disney World guests can discover the newest, most spectacular fireworks show in the history of Magic Kingdom Park with "Happily Ever After." The stunning new nighttime extravaganza will feature more lasers, lights and projections than any Magic Kingdom Park show before it. Characters and scenes from more than 25 Disney films will be featured through state-of-the-art projections, enchanted by more than 50 choreographed spotlights, brilliant lasers and plenty of awe-inspiring fireworks. (Disney)

A new fireworks show has replaced the long-running Wishes show at the Magic Kingdom. It features the latest in fireworks, pyrotechnics and projection technology, plus fresh animation, and a new musical score and theme song.

The new show takes you on a journey filled with heart and humor, as Cinderella Castle itself becomes part of the story. Dazzling projections bring heartfelt Disney stories to life on and around the iconic castle. The 18-minute spectacle will feature moments from all your favorite Disney films such as “The Little Mermaid” and “Aladdin,” as well as “Moana” and “Zootopia.” You can catch Happily Ever After fireworks nightly at the Magic Kingdom.




The Music of Pixar LIVE! A Symphony of Characters (May 26, 2017)

A new show is going to appear at Hollywood Studios for a limited time. The Music of Pixar Live will feature all your favorite characters from Pixar. A live orchestra provides the soundtrack for this 40-minute concert that will be presented three times nightly at Theater of the Stars. This will be after the Beauty and Beast stage shows so don’t worry about missing out on that!

Frozen Ever After – EPCOT (Opened June 2016)

The former Malestrom has been transformed into Frozen Ever After. This family-friendly attraction will take you to Arendelle where they are celebrating a Summer Snow Day! The lines can get crazy long on this one. If you are looking for some tips and tricks on how to avoid a long line check out our article Useful Tips on how to Ride Frozen Ever After.

Soarin’ Around The World – EPCOT (Opened June 2016)

Soarin Around the World opened at Epcot in 2016.
Soarin Around the World opened at Epcot in 2016. Copyright Disney.

Soarin Around the World received a new expansion and makeover this year. Now the attraction takes you to famous landmarks around the world instead of just around California. In the renovation for the new movie, they added a new theater which has helped to greatly reduce wait times! As well they upgraded the projector to be 4K and converted to digital, no more dusty movie!

Kilimanjaro Safaris at Night – Disney’s Animal Kingdom (Opened May 2016)

Adventure out on the safari at night.

Get a chance to see animals you never would during the daytime at Kilimanjaro. Hyenas can be spotting as well as some very active large cats. If you want to see the differences in the new nighttime safari you can watch this video.

New Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire Stage Show – Magic Kingdom (Opened June 2016)

Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire. Copyright Disney.

Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire is the new castle stage show that debuted at the Magic Kingdom.

Star Wars Launch Bay – Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Opened 2016)

Star Wars Launch Bay at Hollywood Studios. Copyright Disney.

Get a preview of the upcoming additions of Star Wars to Disney as well as the upcoming movies. Want to meet some Star Wars characters? This is a must do stop, there are numerous characters like Darth Vader, Chewbacca, and Kylo Ren. Just recently added are some props from the latest Star Wars movie, Rogue One.

Update to Star Wars: The Force Awakens in Star Tours – The Adventures Continue  (Opened November 2015)

Star Tours: The Adventure Continues. Copyright Disney.

Star Tours the Adventure Continues now includes scenes from the brand new Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens.

Rivers of Light – Disney’s Animal Kingdom (Opened February 2017)

Rivers of Light is a beautiful water show at the Animal Kingdom.
Rivers of Light is a beautiful water show at the Animal Kingdom.

Nighttime water show, includes water, special effects, and lights at the Animal Kingdom. Join in on a magnificent emotional journey. The show includes a visual mix of water, fire, nature, and light choreographed to an original musical score. Continuing the park’s transformation from a day-into-nighttime experience, the amazing after-dark show on the banks of Discovery River celebrates the majesty of nature and the connection between animals and humans in the world. With innovative and never-before-seen technology, Rivers of Light will be unlike any other production ever staged at Walt Disney World Resort. Check out our review here


Royal Sommerhus – EPCOT (Opened June 2016)

Royal Sommerhus where you can meet Anna and Elsa from Frozen.

Dory Joins Turtle Talk with Crush – Epcot (Opened May 2016)

Dory and some of her new friends from Finding Dory can now be found visiting Crush at Turtle Talk in Epcot.

Meet Joy and Sadness from “Inside Out” – Epcot (Opened April 2016)

Meet Joy and Sadness from Pixar’s movie Inside Out. Find them at the newly expanded Epcot Character Spot. Copyright Disney.

Olaf Meet and Greet – Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Opened 2017)

Grab a warm hug from everyone’s favorite, Olaf. Just stop in Celebrity Spotlight at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Copyright Disney.


Tiffins – Disney’s Animal Kingdom (Opened May 2016)

Bread sampling from Tiffins located inside the Animal Kingdom.

Jungle Navigation Co., Ltd. Skipper Canteen – Magic Kingdom (Opened Decemeber 2015)

“Tastes Like Chicken” Dish from the Skipper Canteen at the Magic Kingdom. Copyright Disney.

Boathouse & Amphicars (Opened April 2015)

Boathouse Amphicar car rides are now available in Disney Springs. The food at the restaurant is delicious as well. Specializing in seafood options.

STK – Disney Springs (June 2016)

STK a modern twist on a traditional steakhouse.

Frontera Cocina – Disney Springs (June 2016)

Some food samplings from Frontera Cocina.

Sprinkles – Disney Springs (June 2016)

You can watch how the magic is made at Sprinkles Cupcakes.

D-Luxe Burger – Disney Springs (May 2015)

Enjoy artisanal shakes and burgers at this ranch inspired location. Copyright Disney.

Blaze – Disney Springs (August 2016)

Create your custom Pizza at Blaze.

Homecoming – Disney Springs (July 2016)

Chef Art Smith's Homecoming restaurant at Disney Springs serves delectable farm-to-fork cuisine showcasing FloridaÕs fresh flavors. Disney Springs is an exciting, new waterfront district for world-class shopping, unique dining, and high-quality entertainment at Walt Disney World Resort. Located along the shores of Lake Buena Vista, Disney Springs is undergoing its largest expansion in history. Inspired by Florida's waterfront towns and natural beauty, Disney Springs has four distinct outdoor neighborhoods: The Landing, Marketplace, West Side and Town Center, all interconnected by a flowing spring and vibrant lakefront. (David Roark, photographer)
Chef Art Smith’s Homecoming restaurant at Disney Springs serves delectable farm-to-fork cuisine showcasing Florida’s fresh flavors. Copyright Disney.

Planet Hollywood – Disney Springs (January 2017)

Planet Hollywood reopened and joined forces with Guy Fieri to fire up an exclusive portion of the new menu, featuring Guy Fieri’s burgers and sandwiches.
Planet Hollywood reopened and joined forces with Guy Fieri to fire up an exclusive portion of the new menu, featuring Guy Fieri’s burgers and sandwiches.

Edison – Disney Springs (Opening Summer 2017)

The Edison. Copyright Disney.

The Edison will feature exceptional classic American food, artisanal craft cocktails, and unparalleled live entertainment. This location will be similar to its’s sister in Los Angles

Paddlefish (Opened February 4th, 2017)

This restaurant used to be known as Fulton’s Crab House but is currently undergoing a full gut and transformation into Paddlefish. The new space will offer multiple dining areas and event space. The new menu will mostly be focused around seafood.

The Polite Pig (Opened April 10, 2017)

polite pig

The Polite Pig is a sister restaurant to the Ravenous Pig, a favorite with Orlando locals. The restaurant will bring the same focus on genuine Florida cuisine to a broader global audience at Disney Springs. Lunch and dinner menus will feature a variety of wood-fired smoked and grilled items as well as an innovative beverage program that serves all drinks on tap, including beer, wine, and cocktails.

Wine Bar George (2017)

Orlando master sommelier George Miliotes uncorks his first Disney wine bar in a space reminiscent of a winemaker’s estate warmed by oak wood and cozy lighting. Small plates dominate the food menu but it will be the wines with a starring role: more than 100 selections both by the bottle and the glass in a range of varietals and vintages.

Events & Tours

International Art Festival (January 2017)

Epcot International Festival of the Arts.
Epcot International Festival of the Arts will debut in January 2017.

Epcot will host yet another festival starting in 2017. The International Festival of the Arts will be held for six weekends starting in the beginning of 2017. Held Fridays through Mondays starting Jan. 13 – Feb. 20, 2017, the Festival will feature new art each week, making each weekend original.

Club Villian at Hollywood Studios (January 2016)

Club Villain at Hollywood Studios. Copyright Disney.

Club Villain at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is an add-on ticketed event. Only available on select nights. Club Villian includes a banquet-style meal followed by a dance party with so evil Disney Villians.

Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks – Disney’s Hollywood Studios (June 2016)

Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular. A nightly firework show now playing at Hollywood Studios. Copyright Disney.

Star Wars Guided Tour (2017)

Advanced Weapons Research from Rogue One. Copyright Disney.
Advanced Weapons Research from Rogue One. Copyright Disney.

This seven-hour guided tour will be led by a Star Wars “all-in-the-know” tour guide that will include: a journey on Star Tours – The Adventures Continue; an opportunity to participate in Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple (for guests age 4-12); a guided exploration of Star Wars Launch Bay, dinner at a quick-service restaurant featuring Star Wars-themed items; the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party; fireworks viewing and more. More information to come.


More Guest Experiences and Dining Options Coming to Disney’s Coronado Springs and Caribbean Beach Resorts (More Info Coming Soon)

More Guest Experiences and Dining Options Coming to Disney’s Coronado Springs and Caribbean Beach Resorts
More Guest Experiences and Dining Options Coming to Disney’s Coronado Springs and Caribbean Beach Resorts – Copyright Disney

The expansion at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort will include a new 15-story tower that will add 500 rooms, featuring suites and concierge level services. The resort will also refurbish its current resort rooms and transform its landscape with floating gardens and an island oasis that connects the resort through a series of bridges.

New Cabins and Deluxe Villas coming to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge (Summer 2017)

There is soon to be a new Disney Vacation Club Resort in town, Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort. This area features new Resort accommodations that include plans for Deluxe Villas and unique waterfront cabins. Other enhancements coming to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge include a brand-new bar & grill, in addition to a quick-service restaurant. A sweeping re-imagination of the former Hidden Springs Pool, part of Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, is also scheduled to open in summer 2017. Named Boulder Ridge Cove, this area will feature an expanded sun deck and zero-depth-entry pool.

And so much more is sure to pop up as 2017 continues on! So, make sure you put together a list of all your new must do at Disney for your next trip. Also, make sure that you keep visiting our website for news, trip planning, and great insights into building your perfect trip to the Orlando area!

If you want some more information on planning your 2017 trip to Disney World, outside of reading this blog for free of course, we have a couple of book recommendations. We love these two unofficial guides, due to their unbiased opinions! Be sure to give a look at both The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 2017 and The Easy Guide to your WDW Trip 2017.

Looking for a FREE packing list for your trip check out the FREE: The Ultimate Disney Packing List! Or head over to our list of 20 Items to Buy Online Before Your Next Disney Trip to save some money on your next Disney vacation.

Disney is constantly adding new things at the resort to do every year. It can be hard to keep up on the latest openings and what to expect on your next trip to the Walt Disney World Resort. #newatdisney #newdisneyattractions #newdisneyrides


Avid Disney fan who has been visiting the parks since she was a little baby. Now, after moving to Orlando, she shares all her tips and tricks with you from years of experience.

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