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Coming Attractions – Details on Every Major Upcoming Attraction

by Attractions Magazine Staff

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.


Creations Shop

Location: Epcot, Walt Disney World Resort
Opening Date: Summer 2021

This brand-new retail space will be the new flagship merchandise location for Epcot and will feature an open interior design with huge glass walls for plenty of natural light. Color, materials and light will be utilized in new ways with “some unique Epcot touches” that hearken back to the park’s past, while at the same time looking toward the future.


Universal Beijing Resort

Location: Liyuan Town, Tongzhou District, Beijing, China
Opening Date: Sept. 1, 2021 (Trial Operations)

The seven highly themed and expansive lands at Universal Studios Beijing theme park will bring popular culture stories and characters to life. They include: Kung Fu Panda Land of Awesomeness, Transformers: Metrobase, Minion Land, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Jurassic World Isla Nublar, Hollywood and WaterWorld. In addition to the lands, Universal Beijing Resort will include a signature Universal CityWalk Beijing entertainment complex and two resort hotels.


Space 220 Restaurant

Location: Epcot, World Discovery
Opening Date: Sept., 20 2021

An expansion of the Mission: Space pavilion, the new restaurant Space 220 will feature an out-of-this-world culinary experience with the celestial panorama of a space station, including daytime and nighttime views of Earth from 220 miles up.


The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

Location: Los Angeles, Calif.
Opening Date: Sept. 30, 2021

When it opens, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will be the largest institution in the United States devoted to the arts, sciences, and artists of filmmaking. The museum will offer exhibitions and programs that tell the many stories of the movies through a variety of diverse voices.


Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure

Location: Epcot’s France Pavilion
Opening Date: Oct. 1, 2021

The France pavilion will offer even more for guests to discover, including the much-anticipated attraction Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, as well as a delicious new restaurant called La Crêperie de Paris.


Disney Enchantment

Location: Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World Resort
Opening Date: Oct. 1, 2021

A new nighttime spectacular titled “Disney Enchantment” will kick off Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary celebration starting Oct. 1 at Magic Kingdom. This evening spectacle will “take you on a journey filled with adventure, wonder and empowerment,” and will feature music, enhanced lighting, fireworks, and — for the first time ever — projection effects on Main Street, U.S.A.


Harmonious

Location: Epcot’s World Showcase
Opening Date: Oct. 1, 2021

Following the limited-time run of Epcot Forever, the new nighttime spectacular Harmonious will be the largest ever created for a Disney park, celebrating how the music of Disney inspires people the world over.


Disney KiteTails

Location: Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World Resort
Opening Date: Oct. 1, 2021

Disney KiteTails” will come to life several times daily at the Discovery River Amphitheater starting Oct. 1. Performers will fly windcatchers and kites of all sorts of shapes and sizes; out on the water, elaborate 3D kites — with some even stretching to 30 feet long — will depict Disney animals like Simba, Zazu, Baloo and King Louie. These unique kites will “dance” through the air to the beat of iconic Disney songs.


Columbia Pictures Aquaverse

Location: Bangsaray, Thailand
Opening Date: October 2021

The world’s first Columbia Pictures theme park and waterpark, “Columbia Pictures’ Aquaverse,” will feature experiences that bring to life beloved characters from movies like “Ghostbusters,” “Jumanji,” “Bad Boys,” “Men in Black,” and “Hotel Transylvania.” Rides and attractions are set to begin opening this October.


Cirque du Soleil: Drawn to Life

Location: Disney Springs (formerly Cirque du Soleil’s “La Nouba”)
Opening Date: Nov. 18, 2021

This first-of-its-kind show will celebrate the magic of Walt Disney Animation Studios in a touching story brought to life by Cirque du Soleil, Walt Disney Imagineering, and legendary Disney animators. It will combine Disney storytelling and heart with Cirque du Soleil’s signature artistry.


Prairie Screamer

Location: Trader’s Village
Opening Date: Fall 2021

This roller coaster was originally installed at the now-closed Scandia Amusement Park in Ontario, Calif. (then known as the Scandia Screamer) when Trader’s Village purchased it in October 2020, disassembled it, and shipped it to Texas. The renamed Prairie Screamer will join the other popular rides at Trader’s Village when it opens this fall.


Orlando Slingshot and Orlando Gyro Drop Tower

Location: Icon Park, International Drive
Opening Date: Late 2021

The Orlando Slingshot and the Orlando Gyro Drop Tower will be the world’s tallest slingshot ride and drop tower, respectively. The slingshot will tower at 300 feet high above Icon Park. Riders will be catapulted 450 feet into the air, nearly 50 stories up. The drop tower will take riders up above the park’s skyline, with the ride reaching 400 feet in the air.


Pantheon

Location: Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Opening Date: Anticipated opening 2021

The coaster will be located in the Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s Festa Italia village and will feature four launches and a top speed of 72.5 miles per hour – making it the fastest multi-launch coaster in North America.


Ice Breaker

Location: SeaWorld Orlando
Opening Date: February 2022

Located near the Wild Arctic attraction, Ice Breaker will feature four launches, both going backward and forward, with the coaster culminating in a reverse launch that goes into the steepest beyond vertical drop in Florida – a 93-foot-tall spike with a 100-degree angle.


Pirates of Speelunker Cave

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Location: Six Flags Over Texas
Opening Date: Early 2022

Pirates of Speelunker Cave is a boat ride that will feature animatronics and a combination of both digital and physical sets. The brand-new ride will place guests right in the middle of a pirate treasure hunt foiled by speelunkers. This new attraction re-imagines an original Six Flags Over Texas attraction: The Cave, which operated from 1964 to 1991. Pirates of Speelunker Cave will also replace the current Yosemite Sam and the Gold River Adventure.


Iron Gwazi

Location: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Opening Date: March 2022

This new coaster will be North America’s tallest hybrid, and the fastest, steepest hybrid coaster in the world. This new addition will be a wood and steel hybrid coaster manufactured by Rocky Mountain Construction, and will feature a maximum height of more than 200 feet tall. The coaster will offer all-new thrill elements, as well as use restored elements of Gwazi.


Emperor

Location: SeaWorld San Diego
Opening Date: March 2022

Speeding at more than 60 miles per hour, this new coaster will be the tallest and fastest floorless dive coaster in California. Riders will dangle and drop at more than 150 feet before diving 90 degrees into loops – a tribute to the Emperor penguins’ journey from chilly cliffs to the depths of the ocean.


Tidal Surge

Location: SeaWorld San Antonio
Opening Date: Spring 2022

Opening in spring 2022, Tidal Surge will be the world’s tallest and fastest screaming swing, and will take riders on a high-flying journey above the clouds. The ride will seat 40 riders and feature two pendulum-like arms that will soar progressively higher to a towering height of 135 feat at its peak. The dueling arms will alternate sides and sway back-and-forth at 68 miles per hour, creating multiple airtime moments that will levitate guests out of their seats with every swing


Disney Wish cruise ship

Location: Disney Cruise Line
Opening Date: Summer 2022

Reflecting the theme of the vessel, Rapunzel will grace the stern, representing her character’s wish to see the world. The ship’s three-story atrium is inspired by the beauty of an enchanted fairytale.


Dr. Diabolical’s Cliffhanger

Location: Six Flags Fiesta Texas
Opening Date: Summer 2022

This new custom-designed dive coaster created by Bolliger & Mabillard for Six Flags Fiesta Texas features a cliffhanger hold, which suspends riders as they face straight down a 95-degree, beyond-vertical drop, then releases them moments later into a 150-foot dive. As guests enter the queue for the roller coaster, they will find themselves immersed in the story of Dr. Diabolical and her evil quest to create menacing creatures to frighten the world. To bring her creations to life, she has constructed a machine to capture the essence of human adrenaline and fear.


Studio Ghibli theme park

Location: Aichi Expo Commemorative Park in Nagakute City, Japan
Opening Date: Fall 2022

Once opened, this Studio Ghibli theme park will house five areas themed to classic Ghibli films, including “Howl’s Moving Castle,” “Spirited Away,” and “My Neighbor Totoro.”


Peppa Pig Theme Park

Location: Legoland Florida Resort
Opening Date: 2022

This all-new standalone theme park will offer multiple rides, interactive attractions, themed playscapes and water play areas—complete with “muddy puddles”—and live shows daily, all based on the world of Peppa Pig.


Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser

Location: Walt Disney World Resort
Opening Date: 2022

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida will invite guests aboard the Halcyon, a starcruiser known throughout the galaxy for its impeccable service and exotic destinations. Onboard, they will stay in well-appointed cabins, experience onboard dining, make a planet-side excursion to Black Spire Outpost on Batuu, and much more. 


Aquaman: Power Wave launched shuttle coaster

Location: Six Flags Over Texas
Opening Date: 2022

Opening next year, Aquaman: Power Wave is a launch-style coaster that will suspend riders at a 90-degree angle before hurtling them across more than 700 feet of track at 63 miles per hour.


Rocky Mountain Construction roller coaster at Fun Spot Atlanta

Location: Atlanta, Ga.
Opening Date: 2022

Fun Spot America Atlanta has announced that the park will be teaming up with Rocky Mountain Construction (RMC) for a brand-new roller coaster, scheduled to debut in 2022. Details on the new roller coaster have yet to be announced, but Fun Spot is “pursuing a naming rights sponsorship opportunity with one of Atlanta’s major sports franchises.”


Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway

Location: Disneyland park, Mickey’s Toontown
Opening Date: 2023

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.


Fantasy Springs

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Location: Tokyo DisneySea
Opening Date: 2023

This newly announced expansion at Tokyo DisneySea will create the eighth themed port, inspired by a magical spring leading to a world of Disney magic and fantasy. The port will be made up of three areas that recreate the worlds of the Disney animated films “Frozen,” “Peter Pan” and “Tangled,” as well as a deluxe hotel with a one-of-a-kind luxury wing that is set to be the most luxurious accommodations ever at the resort.


Warner Bros. Studio Tour Tokyo – The Making of Harry Potter

Location: Tokyo, Japan (site of former Toshimaen amusement park)
Opening Date: 2023

Like its sister attraction in London, this Studio Tour will take guests behind-the-scenes of the Wizarding World with authentic sets, costumes and props from the “Harry Potter” films.


Dollywood’s HeartSong Lodge & Resort

Location: Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Opening Date: 2023

An ambitious expansion has been announced for Dollywood Parks and Resorts: The new 302-room HeartSong Lodge & Resort, which will open adjacent to Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa. Reminiscent of a grand lodge in the Smokies, HeartSong Lodge & Resort will have a “rustic-chic” design with four-story lantern-inspired lobby windows, welcoming fireplace, exposed beams, balconies for a “place tucked in the leaves,” and an outdoor cove with screened-in porch and communal fire pit. Family-friendly features include bunk rooms and spacious suites, loft rooms tucked into the dormers, balconies, indoor and outdoor pools, and more.


DuckTales World Showcase Adventure

Location: Epcot’s World Showcase
Opening Date: TBA

Your favorite “DuckTales” pals are headed to Epcot. Through the Play Disney Parks app, guests will join Scrooge McDuck, Donald Duck, Launchpad McQuack, Webby, and the nephews in search of priceless treasure. Travel around the World Showcase to discover unique destinations, mysteries, and maybe even a few thieves, villains, and supernatural guardians of ancient artifacts.


Roundup Rodeo BBQ restaurant

Location: Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Opening Date: TBA

Set to be built in Toy Story Land, this new table service restaurant will make guests feel like honorary toys in a Western-themed play set created from a colorful mash-up of fun, oversized toys and cardboard boxes.


Super Nintendo World

Location: Universal Orlando Resort; Universal Studios Hollywood; Universal Studios Singapore
Opening Date: TBA (Orlando, Hollywood, and Singapore)

Super Nintendo World will be comprised of expansive and multi-level environments filled with state-of-the-art rides, interactive areas, shops and restaurants, all featuring Nintendo’s most popular characters and games


Sesame Place San Diego

Location: San Diego, Calif. (formerly Aquatica San Diego)
Opening Date: TBA

Sesame Place San Diego will be the second Sesame Place park in almost 40 years, and the first on the West Coast. The park will feature family rides, water slides, live character shows, parades and interactive experiences that will extend the laughter and learning of Sesame Street.


Universal’s Epic Universe

Location: Universal Orlando Resort
Opening Date: TBA

Universal Orlando’s newest theme park will feature its own entertainment district, restaurants, hotels, shops, and immersively-themed lands once it’s built. The park will be located on a 750-acre site near the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. Construction was temporarily paused due to the pandemic, but has since resumed.


Avengers e-ticket attraction

Location: Disney California Adventure
Opening Date: TBA

One of the iconic buildings in California’s Avengers Campus will be the Avengers Headquarters. The building will become the future entrance to a brand-new E-Ticket attraction where guests will fly alongside the Avengers in an adventure to Wakanda and beyond.


Tron Lightcycle / Run

Location: Magic Kingdom
Opening Date: TBA

The hit Tron roller coaster from Shanghai Disneyland will make its way to the Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland in an entirely new area right next to the Space Mountain attraction.


Transformation of Epcot

Location: Walt Disney World Resort
Opening Date: TBA

As revealed at D23 Expo 2019, Epcot will stay true to its original vision while bringing timeless Disney storytelling to life with the magic of possibility. The park will be unified with four neighborhoods that each celebrate a unique aspect of what makes Epcot so special: World Showcase, World Celebration, World Nature, and World Discovery.


New Pavilion

Location: Epcot’s World Celebration
Opening Date: TBA

A new pavilion will be the home base for Epcot’s signature festivals. It will provide a view of World Showcase and an ideal spot to witness the park’s nighttime spectacular. This three-level structure will have one of the most remarkable designs at any Disney park and will fast become a new icon for Epcot.


Dreamers Point

Location: Epcot’s World Celebration
Opening Date: TBA

Dreamers Point will feature lush gardens, a wishing tree, an interactive new fountain and a statue celebrating the legacy of the original dreamer, Walt Disney.


Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind

Location: Epcot’s World Discovery, formerly The Universe of Energy
Opening Date: TBA

Guests will ride on a daring adventure featuring the first reverse launch into space on Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind. This thrilling, family-friendly attraction will feature a never-before-seen storytelling coaster that rotates to focus on the action, wherever it may be.


Journey of Water, Inspired by “Moana”

Location: Epcot’s World Nature
Opening Date: TBA

Journey of Water, Inspired by “Moana” at Epcot will be the first attraction inspired by the hit Walt Disney Animation Studios film. This lush exploration trail will invite guests to meet and play with magical, living water.


PLAY! Pavilion

Location: Epcot’s World Discovery, formerly Wonders of Life
Opening Date: TBA

In this interactive metropolis, guests will discover a city bursting with games, activities, and experiences that connect them with friends, family, and beloved Disney characters like never before.


Wondrous China

Location: Epcot’s China Pavilion
Opening Date: TBA

In the China pavilion, Wondrous China will take guests on a spectacular journey across China, filmed and presented in a completely seamless 360-degree digital format.


Reflections: A Disney Lakeside Lodge

Location: Walt Disney World Resort
Opening Date: TBA

Reflections: A Disney Lakeside Lodge is a unique hotel and proposed Disney Vacation Club resort drawing inspiration from the wonders of nature and artistry of Walt Disney.


Lighthouse Point

Location: Island of Eleuthera
Opening Date: TBA

Disney Cruise Line guests can look forward to a signature island experience that celebrates nature and the spirit and culture of The Bahamas at a new Disney port of call located on the island of Eleuthera at a place called Lighthouse Point.


Zootopia expansion

Location: Shanghai Disneyland
Opening Date: TBA

In addition to a major new attraction that blends storytelling and state-of-the-art technology to bring this favorite film to life, guests can expect immersive entertainment, merchandise, and dining options that can only be found in this mammalian metropolis.


Frozen expansion

Location: Hong Kong Disneyland
Opening Date: TBA

The area will feature two attractions: a new coaster called Wandering Oaken’s Sliding Sleighs that takes guests on a winding journey through the kingdom, and Frozen Ever After, inspired by the popular family attraction in Epcot’s Norway pavilion at Walt Disney World Resort.


Walt Disney Studios Park expansion

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Location: Disneyland Paris
Opening Date: TBA

This new plan will include a complete transformation of Walt Disney Studios Park, which will gain three new areas based on Frozen, Marvel and Star Wars, along with new attractions and live entertainment experiences.


“The Princess and the Frog” retheme of Splash Mountain

Location: Magic Kingdom; Disneyland park
Opening Date: TBA

Disney has announced that Splash Mountain at both Disneyland park in California and Magic Kingdom in Florida will soon be rethemed to “The Princess and the Frog.” The story of this attraction picks up after the final kiss in the film, as riders join Princess Tiana and Louis on a musical adventure (featuring music from the film) as they gear up for their first-ever Mardi Gras performance.


Tokyo Disney Resort Toy Story Hotel

Location: Tokyo Disney Resort
Opening Date: TBA

This will be the fifth Disney hotel to open in Japan but the first moderate-designated Disney hotel, and will feature 595 guest rooms and 11 floors. The exterior, entrance, lobby and other areas will be themed to the Academy Award-winning Disney and Pixar films. There will also be a restaurant, a Disney retail location, and parking. The hotel is located right in front of Bayside Station on the Disney Resort Line, offering easy access to both Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea.


Mary Poppins attraction

Location: Epcot’s United Kingdom Pavilion
Opening Date: TBA (POSTPONED)

World Showcase will welcome the first attraction inspired by Mary Poppins in Cherry Tree Lane, which will join the United Kingdom pavilion as an entirely new neighborhood.


Spaceship Earth revamp

Location: Epcot’s World Celebration
Opening Date: TBA (POSTPONED)

The iconic Spaceship Earth will remain a voyage through time as the journey transforms with new scenes reflecting the universal nature of the human experience. A new guide and all-new narration will focus on the storytelling that brings people together.

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5 comments

Clint February 21, 2019 - 4:15 pm

I love this new Coming Attractions section!

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shabsi August 14, 2019 - 9:05 am

amazing

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Billy December 8, 2019 - 6:55 am

Wow it’s really all here! Amazing work!!!
Epcot has so much to come

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Nrthwnd December 23, 2019 - 9:18 pm

Wow. Totally a Disney Renaissance in the making! Most looking forward to the Asian and Paris parks’ additions.

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David Holler January 5, 2020 - 9:30 pm

really hoped Dollywood would add something for 2020 but I guess 2021 is the year for the next big attraction. wonder what it will be!

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