This week, after years of waiting, “Star Wars” fans finally got what they wanted to hear: Star Wars Land is coming to Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World.
But it wonâ€™t be the only new feature at the Orlando, Fla., entertainment complex.Â Each of Disney Worldâ€™s four Florida theme parks will be getting something new.
Check out some of the cool coming attractions, and get ready to put on your mouse ears.
1. Toy Story Land
Toy Story Land, at Hollywood Studios, will â€œshrinkâ€ families to toy size, making them feel like they’re part of the play in Andyâ€™s backyard.Â Guests can ride in Slinky Dog trains on a family roller coaster and in a flying saucer spinner ride underneath â€œThe Claw.â€Â The always popular Toy Story Midway Mania! interactive shooting game will expand to accommodate more riders, too. No date has been given for Toy Story Landâ€™s opening, but visitors can expect lots of construction in the coming months and years.Â
2. Pandora â€“ The World of AVATAR
Disneyâ€™s been working with James Cameron since 2011 to bring AVATAR to life at Animal Kingdom. Scheduled to open in 2017, the attraction will include lush jungles, floating mountains, blue-skinned Na’vi aliens and two signature attractions.Â AVATAR Flight of Passage, a thrill ride, will allow guests to soar on dragon-like Banshee creatures over the world of Pandora. The second attraction, for guests of all ages, will be a gentle boat ride through Pandoraâ€™s bioluminescent rainforests.Â
3. Rivers of Light and Kilimanjaro Safaris
Animal Kingdom has always closed much earlier than Disney Worldâ€™s three other theme parks, even on the busiest days of the year. But soon two evening and nighttime experiences will let families extend their day there. Rivers of Light, scheduled to open early next year, will be Animal Kingdomâ€™s first nighttime show.Â Performers, floating lanterns, water screens and light effects will bring animals to life on the river at the base of the Tree of Life. Also, Kilimanjaro Safaris will continue operating into the evening hours beginning in the spring and add two nocturnal species: African wild dogs and hyenas.Â
4. Frozen Ever After
Epcotâ€™s Norway pavilion will take guests on a boat ride through the mythical land of Arendelle, the setting for the film â€œFrozen.â€Â Families will visit Queen Elsaâ€™s Ice Palace and pass animatronic versions of characters from the film.Â The Norway area will also have a new location for the very popular Princess Anna and Queen Elsa meet-and-greet.
5. Soarinâ€™ Around the World
One of Epcotâ€™s most popular Future World attractions will get an update next year. Soarinâ€™ Around the World swaps out the film from the original 2005 Soarinâ€™ â€“ a 3-D attraction focused on California.Â The new Soarinâ€™ Around the World will take families on a â€œhang glidingâ€ tour above landscapes and icons such as Monument Valley in Utah and Arizona, an African savanna and the Great Wall of China.
6. Jungle Navigation Co., Ltd. Skipper Canteen
Magic Kingdom completed its largest expansion ever last year, but that doesnâ€™t mean it wonâ€™t be getting anything new. The Skipper Canteen, an Adventureland restaurant, will have a â€œJungle Cuisineâ€ theme based on the parkâ€™s Jungle Cruise attraction. Expect plenty of puns and sight gags when the eatery opens late this year.