Four BIG Walt Disney World Ride Transformations Coming Soon

We’ve seen a lot of HUGE changes at Disney World in the past year! From the beginning of the 50th Anniversary Celebration to the launch of Disney Genie to the opening of Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure at EPCOT (not to mention EPCOT’s massive ongoing transformation), there’s been a lot going on.

EPCOT is undergoing a HUGE transformation

But 2021 isn’t the only year that’s going to see changes. In fact, four Disney world attractions are scheduled to undergo some big changes soon.

Here are the attraction transformations you’ll want to keep on your radar!

Splash Mountain

Splash Mountain will soon be getting a new theme inspired by The Princess and The Frog. This new theme will follow the adventures of Tiana and Louis after the end of the movie. In August, we learned that it might take some time for this theme to come to fruition, though, so we don’t know EXACTLY when the re-theme will happen. But we did get to see some concept art for the new Splash Mountain.

Splash Mountain Re-Theme Concept Art ©Disney

Disney also shared a painting by Sharika Mahdi, which will give Imagineers inspiration for a Mardi Gras party that will happen at the end of the ride.

©Disney | Artwork by Sharika Mahdi

Although we don’t know when work will begin on adding the new theme to Splash Mountain, Imagineers have already started on the music selections and animatronics. 

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Finding Nemo: The Musical

One of the entertainment options that has not yet returned to Disney World is Finding Nemo: The Musical at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Instead, Disney announced that the show will be reimagined as a new show called Finding Nemo: The Big Blue…and Beyond.

Finding Nemo: The Musical

The new story will pick up during the events of Finding Dory at the Marine Life Institute. Disney World guests can expect the debut of the new show in 2022.

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Meanwhile, over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, a popular nighttime show has also not returned to entertain guests. But we did recently learn that Fantasmic! will return soon. But the show is getting some huge changes — one segment is getting completely replaced.

Fantasmic! at D23

Guests will also see new characters and animations as well as new stunts and effects. These changes explain all the construction we’ve seen at the Fantasmic! venue recently. Fantasmic! returns in 2022.

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Universe of Energy

Technically the Universe of Energy is long gone; the attraction permanently closed in 2017. But the space where it once sat, including the building, is getting transformed into a new ride — Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind. This will be a storytelling roller coaster with vehicles that rotate from left to right as the story unfolds. And expect to see plenty of familiar faces!

©Disney | Entertainment Weekly

And for those thrill-seekers — this is also a reverse launch coaster, a first of its kind for Disney Parks. The ride is set to debut in summer 2022.

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There are some other attraction updates that may or may not happen, so we thought we’d give them a mention, too, starting with Primeval Whirl in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Primeval Whirl was permanently closed in 2020 and then demolished. We don’t have any official word on what that space will become.

What’s left of Primeval Whirl — nothing

We also have no idea what’s going on with the promised Spaceship Earth update at EPCOT that was supposed to happen in 2020. We had already seen a sneak peek of what guests could expect in the updated ride, including a new version of the Egypt scene. At the 2019 D23 Expo, Disney said the new iteration of the ride would also bring brand new scenes into the attraction. Except after Disney World’s closing due to the global health crisis, we haven’t heard word about this update since.

Concept Art for Reimagined Spaceship Earth ©Disney

Finally, another update promised as part of EPCOT’s transformation was a new film at the China Pavilion called Wondrous China. This new film was set to take guests on a journey across China, filmed and presented in a seamless 360-degree digital format. This project has also not been mentioned since Disney World’s closure and reopening.

Wondrous China Poster ©Disney

These are all projects we still have a lot of questions about, but we’ll let you know if we get any more details or new information.

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So those are all the rides at Disney World set to have big transformations soon. And as soon as we get dates, opening timelines, and closure information, we’ll be sure to let you know, so stay tuned.

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Which Disney World ride transformation are you most excited about? Tell us why in the comments.

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