This is an exciting but confusing time for Disney fans. The long-awaited Star Wars Land has come to fruition with lower turnout than expected. More developments are on the way, and details have just come out of D23. Therefore, it’s hard to decide when to visit Disney World. Here is a look at the next couple of years. Hopefully, this helps you make your decision.
New in 2020
Galaxy’s Edge opened this August at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, but there is still one more phase to complete the opening of the land. That phase brings in the highly anticipated dark ride Rise of the Resistance. The ride is behind schedule for completion in early December, and rumors of a delayed opening are spreading fast. It’s safe to say that it will be available at some point during 2020, but not necessarily right at the beginning of the year.
In the same park, another delayed major attraction is scheduled to open in May. Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway was announced alongside Galaxy’s Edge back in 2017. The trackless dark ride with autonomous vehicles is so new and technologically sophisticated, that when it does open, you will want to be among the first to experience it.
Also new in 2020 will be some Epcot entertainment and an attraction. The Ratatouille dark ride will be opening in the France Pavilion, and Illuminations will have a new replacement show. The temporary show Epcot Forever will run at the beginning of the year, then the new permanent show HarmonioUS will take over later on.
In the Magic Kingdom, the Tron coaster Lightcycle Power run will reach completion by 2021, so you can’t count on getting a chance to ride it until then, but it may be available earlier.
Construction walls will cover much of Epcot throughout 2020. However, no real closures are scheduled during this time, other than some resort refurbishments. The Hippy Dippy Pool and Petals Pool Bar at Pop Century are closing at the beginning of the year but will reopen by spring.
New in 2021
Anything that doesn’t open in 2020 will most likely arrive in 2021. Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is potentially going to open then instead of in 2020. Although Tron is promised by 2020, you will have to wait until 2021 to be sure to catch it. Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind will finally open in 2021 as well. The newly transformed Future World will be revealed at some point during 2021 to have Epcot complete by 2022, the 4oth anniversary year.
Additional attractions that we expect to open sometime in 2021 are the Play Pavilion in the new World Discovery section, and Cherry Tree Lane, a United Kingdom pavilion expansion. The Moana walkthrough will open as well near the all-new Festival Center in World Celebration. The Space-themed restaurant will also be opening before 2021 is out.
When to Visit Disney World
Although it seems like a lot more is opening in 2021, the details of these opening are still unconfirmed. There are a few new things at the end of 2020 that you will be able to experience, but to see all of the new changes, you should actually wait to book in 2022.