Here are all of the major attractions, theme park-related restaurants, shops, and resorts being built that you may want to plan your vacation around.
As with any construction, the opening dates may change. All of these have been announced or are currently under construction. These are not rumors, but confirmed projects. This list, sorted by opening date, is updated as new attractions, dates, and details are announced.
Wonderful World of Animation
As part of the 30th Anniversary of the park, this new projection show will use state-of-the-art technology to take guests on a magical journey through more than 90 years of Disney animation, all beginning with Mickey Mouse.
Location: SeaWorld San Antonio
Opening Date: May 3, 2019
Located between the Rio Loco river rapids ride and Shamu Station, Turtle Reef at SeaWorld San Antonio will feature SeaWorld’s second underwater viewing area, where guests can watch turtles from inches away through a floor-to-ceiling, panoramic portal. Two new family rides will open alongside Turtle Reef – Riptide Rescue and Sea Swinger.
As Tidal Twister speeds up to 30 miles per hour, riders will ride the tide along a tight, figure-8 track that includes dynamic Zero-G roll at the center section. Two trains holding 16 riders will load at opposite ends on the track and cross in the center, with guests facing both forward and backward on the coaster trains.
The Lion King projections on Tree of Life
The Tree of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom will awaken in a whole new way to honor “The Lion King.” Starting Memorial Day weekend and appearing nightly through Sept. 30, projections on the iconic tree will feature music and animation paying tribute to the classic film.
Rivers of Light: We Are One
Location: Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Opening Date: Memorial Day Weekend 2019
This summer, the next chapter of the nighttime show Rivers of Light will unfold with the debut of Rivers of Light: We Are One. The show will introduce additional imagery and familiar animal characters from Disneynature films, along with a colorful tapestry of classic moments from Disney animation.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
Location: Disney’s Hollywood Studios, formerly Streets of America and Lights, Motors, Action!; Disneyland, formerly backstage area
Opening Date: May 31, 2019 (Disneyland), Aug. 29, 2019 (Walt Disney World)
This new area will invite guests to explore a never-before-seen planet in the Star Wars galaxy, complete with two new attractions. Guests can take the controls in one of three unique and critical roles aboard Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run. On Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, guests can join an epic battle between the First Order and the Resistance – including a face-off with Kylo Ren.
Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure
For the first time ever, guests will fly with Hagrid on a thrilling roller coaster ride that plunges into the path of some of the wizarding world’s rarest magical creatures. It will be Universal Orlando’s most highly-themed coaster yet.
Universal Orlando guests can start their theme park day with a Studio 1A experience and catch up on the top headlines from that day’s live Today Show broadcast. The new cafe will feel as though guests are stepping onto the ‘Today’ show set, and offer a menu of specialty food and beverage options.
Island H2O Live!
This water park will feature nine different thrill rides, a 1,300-foot-long lazy river with beach entry, a 24,000-square-foot dual beach wave pool, a kids’ area, and a river raft ride for the whole family to enjoy. The park will use a new RFID wristband system that will allow guests to customize their experience, such as changing the music and lighting on select rides.
Soaring: Fantastic Flight
Soaring: Fantastic Flight is a flight motion-simulator attraction, located in the Mediterranean Harbor area, that will take guests on a journey across the famous landscapes of the world, complete with breezes and scents that match the scenes. This version of the ride will feature new scenes and an exclusive experience to the park in Japan.
Gran Destino Tower
This tower will be the new main entrance point for guests visiting Disney’s Coronado Springs. The tower will add 545 new guest rooms, including 50 suites, and feature a two-story lobby. A themed table-service restaurant is also planned.
Inspired by the modern architecture of new NBA arenas, the state-of-the-art space will include interactive games and competitions, immersive experiences, a retail store, and an adjacent restaurant.
Calico River Rapids
Knott’s popular white water raft ride will undergo a major renovation to add new features to the attraction, including new animatronics, themed show scenes, a new story overlay, and dynamic water effects.
Universal’s Endless Summer Resort (first phase)
Surfside Inn and Suites will offer nightly rates starting at just $73 for a seven-night stay and $85 per night for a four-night stay in a standard room. The hotel will feature 390 two-bedroom suites that sleep six and start as low as $111 per night for a seven-night stay.
A limited-time experience, this nighttime spectacular will be set to classic Epcot tunes. The show begins with a spark of imagination that quickly grows into a spectacle of fireworks, music, lighting, lasers, and choreographed special effects kites.
Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway
The first ever ride-through attraction themed to Mickey Mouse will feature a new original story and theme song as it takes guests on a journey inside the wacky and unpredictable world of Disney Channel’s “Mickey Mouse” cartoon shorts.
This new gondola system will connect Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot to four nearby resort hotels – Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, and the upcoming Disney’s Riviera Resort.
Disney’s Riviera Resort
Inspired by the European grandeur Walt Disney experienced in his travels along the Mediterranean coastline, this resort will be the 15th Disney Vacation Club property. Reservations are now open.
City Works Eatery & Pour House
This lively eatery and pour house-style restaurant will offer a large draft selection of local, regional and global craft brews with a constantly rotating draft list, complemented by classic American cuisine with chef-driven twists.
Jurassic World: The Ride
This next-generation thrill attraction will introduce never-before-seen dinosaurs, enhanced storytelling, scenic design, a new color scheme, and state-of-the-art technology.
Guests will be able to visualize the exciting plans for Epcot when doors open on a new Experience Center. They will discover engaging and interactive exhibits that showcase the relentless innovation, energy and excitement driving the future of the park all throughout this unprecedented period of transformation.
“Beauty and the Beast” sing-along
A special sing-along of the classic Disney film, created by Don Hahn, producer of the animated and live action “Beauty and the Beast” films.
O Canada! update
It has been announced that the “O Canada!” 360-degree show will receive an upgraded film.
Dollywood’s newest land will feature 11 experiences for guests, comprised of six unique ride attractions, including a suspended family roller coaster called The Dragonflier; a 55-foot-tall Wildwood Tree; live entertainment; various indoor and outdoor play areas for families to enjoy; a new restaurant and more.
Supermodel turned entrepreneur Tyra Banks recently announced the construction of Modelland, a new ticketed attraction set to open in late 2019 at Macerich’s Santa Monica Place. The 21,000 square foot facility will bring a fantasy version of the modeling world to life through state-of-the-art interactive entertainment, creative collaborations, curated retail, dining and special events.
2020 and Beyond
• Tron Lightcycle Power Coaster – Magic Kingdom
• Guardians of the Galaxy E-ticket ride – Epcot
• Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure – Epcot
• Authentic Crêperie Restaurant – Epcot
• Space-themed restaurant – Epcot
• New Play Pavilion – Epcot
• Redesigned park entrance area – Epcot
• New Circle-Vision show for the China pavilion at Epcot
• Nighttime transformative spectacular – Epcot
• New restaurant in the Japan pavilion at Epcot
• Star Wars-themed immersive hotel – Walt Disney World
• Reflections: A Disney Lakeside Resort – Walt Disney World near Fort Wilderness
• Marvel-themed lands – Disney California Adventure, Hong Kong Disneyland and Walt Disney Studios park
• Redesigned castle – Hong Kong Disneyland
• Frozen and Star Wars-themed lands – Walt Disney Studios Park
• Frozen, Peter Pan and Tangled-themed lands – Tokyo DisneySea
• Beauty and the Beast and Big Hero 6 attractions – Tokyo Disneyland
• Zootopia expansion – Shanghai Disneyland
• Super Nintendo World – Universal Studios Florida, Hollywood and Japan
• Universal’s Endless Summer Resort (second phase) – Universal Orlando Resort
• Universal Studios Beijing theme park
• New Sesame Place theme park
• Gwazi hybrid roller coaster – Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
• Legoland New York theme park
• Pirate Island Hotel – Legoland Florida Resort