Here’s What Our Readers are Most Looking Forward to for Walt Disney World’s 50th

Walt Disney World is the Most Magical Place on Earth and has been for decades. Next year Walt Disney World will celebrate its 50th anniversary.

Then-Florida Gov. Haydon Burns, center, is flanked by Walt Disney, left, and Roy Disney during a press conference announcing Walt Disney World’s future construction. [The Orlando Sentinel]
Walt Disney World opened in Orlando on October 1st, 1971.

When Walt Disney World celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2021, there are expected to be several new attractions, restaurants, and shows in the parks.

Here are the things AllEars readers are looking forward to in 2021 — from least anticipated to most.


Polynesian Village Resort Reimagining

In time for the Polynesian Village Resort’s 50th anniversary, which is next year, too, the resort will undergo some slight refurbishment. Some of the rooms will be themed after the animated film Moana. Parts of the resort (namely DVC portions) are currently open, but the resort will officially reopen in 2021.

Concept Art ©Disney

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser

The Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser hotel is one of Disney’s most complicated undertakings. It isn’t just a hotel; it is an immersive experience where you will feel like you are on an actual Starcruiser in the Star Wars universe.

The Halcyon’s Atrium ©Disney


When the Illuminations nighttime spectacular closed in 2019, we all wondered when the next longterm show would open. HarmoniUS was first set to entertain guests for the first time in spring 2020, but that was delayed until next year. But it’s time to get excited because we are already starting to spot some of the barges getting in position for testing.

Harmonious Logo ©Disney

Space 220 Restaurant

EPCOT has been undergoing major improvements from new attractions to film updates to construction walls galore . Along with all of these changes EPCOT is getting a new restaurant that is out of this world. Space 220 is a space-themed restaurant that was originally set to open earlier this year. It’s now expected to blast off in 2021. Here is a first look of the inside of Space 220.

Space 220 Concept Art ©Disney

Old Favorites Re-opening

Disney often closes attractions to do repairs or refurbishments, and a couple of classic attractions have been out of commission for a long time. PeopleMover and the Walt Disney World Railroad in Magic Kingdom have been down for extended periods of time, the Railroad for years due to TRON construction and the PeopleMover since mid-March (preclosure) for reasons unknown. Both of these classic attractions are set to re-open in 2021.


Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind Coaster

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is going to be the first Marvel-themed attraction in Disney World. It is taking over the area that Ellen’s Universe of Energy once occupied in Future World in EPCOT. Construction is still ongoing, but the indoor coaster is set to open next year.

Guardians of the Galaxy Coaster Concept Art ©Disney

Tron Lightcycle Run

Tron is not usually the first movie that people think of when they think of Disney, but next year the Tron Lightcycle Run will be opening in Tomorrowland in Magic Kingdom. This roller coaster will be partially indoors and partially outdoors. The ride vehicles are modeled after the iconic Lightcycles from the movie.

Returning to Normal Operation

This year has been difficult all over the world. Walt Disney World has been operating with limited capacity, and some experiences have been modified. Many people are looking forward to the parks returning to normal operation in time for the 50th Anniversary.

Disney World Entrance

Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure

Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is a new attraction coming to the France Pavilion in EPCOT. This is a long-anticipated attraction that is great for all ages. Remy’s uses a trackless system for the vehicles. There is also a version of this attraction in Disneyland Paris, and Disney World fans have been waiting a long time for the attraction to open. It was set to open in summer 2020, but it is now expected in early-2021.

Disney Imagineers work to create Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure(Disney)

What are you looking forward to most for Disney World’s 50th Anniversary? Let us know in the comments.

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