FOUR Ways Your Disney World Trip Will Look Different in 2021

If you’re planning to visit Walt Disney World in 2021, you’ll likely experience quite a few things you haven’t before. From new attractions to new restaurants and so much more, Walt Disney World will certainly look different (but no less magical!) when it turns 50.

Spaceship Earth at Night
Spaceship Earth

Let’s chat about four ways your Walt Disney World vacation will look very different in 2021!

1. You Might Need a Map of Epcot

In case you haven’t heard, Epcot is beginning to undergo an extensive transformation so you just might need a map once these changes take place.

Concept Art ©Disney Parks Blog

The multi-year changes include revamping the main entrance, reimagining several dining and shopping locationsadding an all-new PLAY! Pavilion, opening the Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, and bringing a Space themed restaurant to life!

Play Pavilion Concept Art ©Disney

Explore ALL the changes coming to Epcot here!

With all of theses changes (and possibly continuing construction!), you might need a map to navigate the Park even if you’ve been many times!

2. You Might Experience Some New Attractions

Even though Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge just opened with its headline attraction Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, we’re already looking forward to the additional attractions coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. By early-2020, the Park will welcome TWO new attractions. On December 5, 2019, the highly-anticipated Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will open.

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

Learn more about Rise of the Resistance here!

And in spring 2020, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway will open in Hollywood Studios as Disney’s first Mickey-themed ride-through attraction.

Hollywood Studios Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway Concept Art ©Disney

Read more about Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway here!

In Magic Kingdom, TRON Lightcycle Run will open in Tomorrowland in time for Disney World’s 50th-anniversary celebration in 2021. This coaster is based on the TRON Power Lightcycle Run in Shanghai Disneyland, and we can hardly wait for it to open!


Check out the attraction’s ride vehicles and costumes here!

As we mentioned before, there are several new attractions and experiences coming to Epcot. We’re looking forward to the Moana-inspired Journey of Water

Journey of Water Concept Art

Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure

Artist Rendering of France Pavilion with new attraction ©Disney

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind Concept Art ©Disney

…AND an attraction inspired by Mary Poppins!

Mary Poppins Attraction Concept Art ©Disney

Learn about all the attractions coming to Epcot here!

Chances are there will be something — or many things — new for you to experience in the World of attractions come 2021!

3. You Might Discover a New Favorite Restaurant

Disney World will also soon introduce several new restaurants, a bunch of which will be located in Epcot (are you sensing a theme?). Soon, you’ll be able to try Space 220, Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue, and La Creperie de Paris.

Space 220 Concept Art ©Disney

Disney Springs will also welcome some new restaurants for us to enjoy. Not only will Disney Springs’ open its own Ample Hills Creamery location, but the new restaurant Beatrix is on the docket as well.

Beatrix ©Disney

Learn more about Beatrix here!

When Disney’s Riviera Resort opens this December, it will introduce several new restaurants for us to try.

Riviera Resort Concept Art ©Disney

The lineup of upcoming restaurants includes Bar Riva, Le Petit Cafe, Primo Piatto, and Topolino’s Terrace — Flavors of the Riviera, which will be located at the top of the Disney Vacation Club Resort.

Topolino’s Terrace ©Disney

Learn everything we know about Topolino’s Terrace here!

4. You Might Sleep on a Murphy Bed

Speaking of Disney’s Riviera Resort, you just might sleep on a Murphy bed if you choose to stay in one of the resort’s Tower Studios.

Disney’s Riviera Resort Tower Studio

These new studios will “feature flexible living space and a private balcony” and are priced lower than the Deluxe Studios and Villas at the Resort. This room category allows one to two guests all the amenities of a Deluxe stay but at a more affordable price point than other DVC room categories.

Disney’s Riviera Resort Tower Studio

Read more about the Tower Studios here!

It’s safe to say there are a LOT of changes coming to Disney World by 2021, and we’ve only just scratched the surface. Which changes are you looking forward to most? Let us know in the comments below!

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5 Replies to “FOUR Ways Your Disney World Trip Will Look Different in 2021”

  1. My trip will look different in November when the new Star Wars land will be visited. Am I excited? No! It already feels dull, one and done, what’s all the commotion? Smugglers Run attraction looks like an enhanced Star Tours. That’s it, folks! Nothing familiar. Where’s the tiny Princess Leia in a hologram? Why aren’t we in a huge battle with the Death Star? That’s the one main thing I remember about Star Wars! The Death Star battle. Does Disney think visitors just want scenery? Photo ops? It’s part of it, but we want substantial attraction s! Good thing Toy Story land had Toy Story Mania. That plus Slinky Dog made it a hit. Plus, toy Story is more universally liked, more family friendly. Really, who wants to spend hundreds of dollars to make a light Sabre ? I would love to make one for $50. And the toys? Absurd objects that appeal to a limited group of fanatics. I know there is another attraction opening in December. A 28 minute experience. Hmmm, it better be good! Flight of Passage good. Disney should survey many different types of people before they spend millions on a new land. Get a variety of opinions that reflect all of the guests who spend substantial coin to visit. Am I crazy?

    1. I recently went to Disney and am just commenting about the light sabre. In the gift shop of the original star wars, there is a place that you can make a light/sound sabre for $30 (yes it’s plastic) I needed one I could put in my luggage to take home. Plus, you have the option to double it for a total of $49 and it’s around 7ft long total but splits in half & can be used by 2 kids (adults). So you get to sabres for $49 basically & the kids get to build it. Yes it’s plastic but much better than the expensive one that will get pushed aside after arriving back home.

  2. If Disney continues with the nickel and diming everything every 2 weeks. I know Ways Your Disney World Trip Will Look Different in 2021 for me, it won’t look like Disney, because we will not go,