With Walt Disney World’s 100th anniversary coming soon, new rides & attractions have been announced, construction has continued, and new décor have been added around all four theme parks. Although, due the pandemic some attractions were delayed until 2022 or beyond. Down below I have put together a list with descriptions of new attractions coming to Walt Disney World in 2023!
Let’s get into it!
Opening Date: September 10, 2023
At the D23 Expo 2022, it was announced that all-new Figment meet-and-greet experience would be coming to EPCOT in the near future! The meet-and-greet will be located in EPCOT’s Imagination! Pavilion near Journey into Imagination with Figment. At Disney’s Destination D23 2023, it was announced that the attraction would open on September 10, 2023.
Soarin’ Over California
Opening Date: September 22, 2023
At the Destination D23 2023 event it was announced that 2005 version of EPCOT’s Soarin’ will be returning to EPCOT’s The Land pavilion on September 22. The new version of the attraction will follow a similar concept to its predecessor as it will feature the same special effects and music, but visuals themed to the State of California
Moana: Journey of Water
Opening Date: October 16, 2023
A smaller-scale project coming from the front of Epcot would be “Moana: Journey of Water.” This is the first EVER created attraction based on the Pixar film: Moana. The walk-through water journey will be a calming environment where guests can interact with water in a beautiful setting, and make some new memories together!
Additionally, a brand new Moana meet-and-greet location will open near the attraction on October 16, 2023.
Luminous: The Symphony of Us – Fireworks
Opening Date: December 5, 2023
At the D23 Expo 2022, it was announced that a brand new fireworks spectacular would replace Harmonious for Disney’s 100th Anniversary celebration. The fireworks spectacular will follow a similar concept to its successor as it will feature fireworks, lazers and projections, special effects, and music from popular Disney properties! At Disney’s Destination D23 2023, it was announced that the attraction would open in December 2023.
CommuniCore Hall & Plaza
Opening Date: December 2023
In May 2022, Disney announced new plans for the transformation of Innoventions West. This new plan includes CommuniCore Hall, a center for indoor festivals, CommuniCore Plaza, an area for outdoor gatherings and concerts, and the EPCOT Central Gardens, showcasing a beautiful EPCOT logo fountain with a new park space area. In this beautiful area, you will also find a brand new section called “Dreamer’s Point,” featuring a wishing tree and a brand new Walt Disney statue, located near the Moana: Journey of Water attraction. This section of the park is slated to open in Late 2023.
Happily Ever After – Fireworks
Opening Date: April 3, 2023
Happily Ever After originally made its debut in the Magic Kingdom several years ago, and was briefly replaced in 2021 with the 50th Anniversary show titled “Disney’s Enchantment.” Recently, at the D23 Expo 2022, it was announced that the nighttime spectacular titled “Disney’s Happily Ever After” would return in April, after the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World ended.
Tron: Lightcycle Run Rollercoaster
Opening Date: April 4, 2023
This hit attraction opened as an opening day attraction over at Shanghai Disneyland and was an immediate success. The Walt Disney World Company has finally started construction for the Tron Roller Coaster in Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland as we see a new theme starting. This attraction is currently set to open in April 4, 2023.
Tiana’s Bayou Adventure
Opening Date: Late 2024
Due to the events that occurred in 2020, Disney had took action and agreed to re-theme several attractions in their parks including Splash Mountain due to their ties to controversial elements. Disney announced that Splash Mountain is going to be re-themed to the first ever Princess and the Frog attraction ever seen in the United States or around the world! At Disney’s D23 Expo 2022, it was announced that the attraction is now called Tiana’s Bayou Adventure and will open in Late 2023 in Walt Disney World and Disneyland.
Toy Story Round-Up Rodeo BBQ Restaurant
Opening Date: March 23, 2023
A new highly anticipated expansion to Toy Story Land is currently underway and will finally open soon in 2023. Themed to Andy’s lunchbox, guests will enter a cardboard Toy Story-inspired sit down restaurant featuring Woody and friends.
These are just a handful of brand new attractions confirmed to be coming to Walt Disney World in 2023. You can definitely expect to see way more attractions or updates to the parks added on to this list as the year progresses. If you enjoyed today’s blog and would like to stay up-to-date with the latest news updates or more you can follow me on Instagram @mattsworldofentertainment or Twitter @mattsworldofet. Have a great day and I will see you all real soon!
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