Major Additions Coming to Walt Disney World Through 2021 (and Why You’ll Want to Try Them All)

Walt Disney World has some big changes coming in 2020 and 2021. Whether it’s the latest ride, restaurant, or resort, expect to see a ton of new additions, refurbishments, and enhancements in anticipation of the World’ 50th Anniversary!

Concept Art for Cinderella Castle Renovation ©Disney

Today we’re taking a look at all the announced big changes and sharing what we’re looking forward to the most! Check out a full schedule of openings by browsing the AllEars calendar of events here!

Attractions and Entertainment

Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure — Epcot’s France Pavilion

This summer, we have our sights set on Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure. This trackless dark ride comes direct from Disneyland Paris and should be fun for the whole family! Disney says to expect Ratatouille to start racing through the kitchen in summer 2020!

Ratatouille Ride Vehicle

Drawn to Life — Disney Springs West Side

For entertainment in 2020, Disney World has a couple of big shows yet to open. The first is Drawn to Life, the newest Cirque du Soleil show to open in Disney Springs! The show takes the place of La Nouba, and the concept alone sounds spectacular! Bringing the magic of Disney animation to life with the artistry of Cirque du Soleil?! Sounds like a match made in heaven! Previews begin on March 20, 2020, and the show officially opens on April 17.

© Disney

Harmonious — Epcot

The second major new entertainment offering coming to Disney World is Harmonious. This show officially replaces Illuminations: Reflections of Earth and certainly has a lot to live up to. We’re eager to see how the show measures up to its predecessor. In the meantime, Epcot Forever has dazzled nightly over World Showcase Lagoon as a temporary nighttime show. Harmonious is expected to begin showing in spring 2020.


Tron Lightcycle Run — Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland

In 2021, we’re going to see two massive E-ticket additions to the Magic Kingdom and to Epcot. The first is TRON Lightcycle Run, direct from Shanghai Disneyland.  While we’re looking forward to this state-of-the-art roller coaster-type experience, we are equally as excited for the reopening of the Walt Disney World Railroad! The Railroad closed temporarily starting in December of 2018 due to construction of the upcoming TRON attraction.

Tron Lightcycle Run ©Disney

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind — Epcot

Also coming in 2021 is Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind in Epcot. This ride takes the place of Ellen’s Energy Adventure and promises to deliver when it comes to big thrills. From a reverse launch into space to an innovative ride vehicle that faces the action rather than passing by as a typical roller coaster would, we can’t wait to experience the new innovations on this coaster.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind Ride Vehicle


Space 220 — Epcot’s Future World

Perhaps the most anticipated dining addition coming to Disney World is Space 220. While there is still no official opening date announced, we can expect guests to step foot in this highly unique dining experience sometime this spring!

Space 220 Concept Art ©Disney

From the unique elevator taking guests 220 miles above Epcot to what we hope is an exquisite dining experience with modern American cuisine, this is certainly one of the most exciting dining additions to Disney World in some time!

Space 220 Space Elevator

La Creperie de Paris — Epcot’s France Pavilion

One restaurant that isn’t getting as much attention as Space 220 but that we’re really looking forward to is La Crêperie de Paris in the France Pavilion! Opening in conjunction with Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, we think the crêperie will give guests a great alternative to fan favorite, Les Halles.

La Creperie de Paris Concept Art ©Disney

Roundup Rodeo BBQ — Hollywood Studios’ Toy Story Land

The final major dining change (expected in late 2020) is Roundup Rodeo BBQ, a much needed dining addition to Toy Story Land in Hollywood Studios! Not much is known about this family-friendly restaurant, but it will be a welcomed change for sure! With the recent opening of Regal Eagle in Epcot, Disney seems to be on a big barbecue kick lately — we’ll see how the food at Roundup Rodeo measures up!


Resort Hotels

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser — Hollywood Studios Resort Area

There’s a major resort hotel set to open in the next couple of years, and it’s not really a hotel. Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, set to open in 2021, is a two-night experience that completely immerses guests in the world of Star Wars.

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser Concept Art ©Disney

Modeled more like a cruise ship and less like a hotel, your two night experience will take place mostly within the starcruiser onboard a ship called The Halcyon. Filled with character encounters, lightsaber training, dining, play areas, and even an opportunity to operate the ship’s defense systems, we can’t wait to hear more details as they emerge!

Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser Hotel Concept Art ©Disney

The Cove — Epcot Resort Area

Also on track to open in 2020 or 2021 is The Cove, a new tower resort joining The Swan and The Dolphin family of resorts.  This property will have 349 rooms, with the aim of hosting groups, events, and conventions. The resort will include over 21,000 square feet of space in order to accommodate such events.

The Cove — A New Tower Hotel Coming to the Swan and Dolphin Resorts

What are YOU looking forward to the most in 2020 and 2021?  Let us know in the comments!

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