We’re officially into the final quarter of the year, which means we’re one step closer to 2023 — a BIG year for Disney World!
Throughout 2023, we’ll be getting new additions in EPCOT and Magic Kingdom, the 50th Anniversary celebration will end, and we’ll be getting some new entertainment options. If you’re as pumped as we are, check out this update on all the big construction projects in Disney World!
Let’s kick things off with a look at the TRON coaster construction! In the back corner of the park, we’ve seen a lot of work happening in the past few days. Crews have been focusing a lot on the pathway leading past Tomorrowland Light & Power toward the new coaster.
Closer to the building itself, we’ve got big progress on the upper platform, and new concrete poured for various outdoor elements and sidewalks. We can’t wait to see it completed!
Keep in mind that this ride is set to open in the spring of 2023. No exact date has been announced yet.
Moving on to EPCOT, there’s a lot to check out! First of all, gradual progress is happening next to Spaceship Earth, over by the Guest Relations building. This doesn’t seem to be the priority project in the park right now, but we’ll keep watching for changes.
Cool Wash near Test Track is still closed and blocked off at this time. It’s harder to see inside when riding the monorail due to trees, but it looks as though the inside is completely dirt-covered ground right now.
And then we’ve got to talk about the BIG projects! First up, a concrete platform has been built towards the back of World Celebration, where CommuniCore Plaza will likely be located. This raised section of ground reminds us of similar areas nearby in World Nature, where ponds and creeks flow underneath and around the walking paths.
Then, closer to World Nature, we’ve got some big progress with Journey of Water — Inspired by Moana. If you look on the right side of the photo, you’ll see that these white tree-like figures were installed recently. (They effectively look like white tree trunks.) We’re interested to learn more about their purpose.
And over by Spaceship Earth, more concrete structures and buildings are coming together. We’d seen the two pavilions before, but now there’s a brick structure getting built alongside them. We’ve also noticed that more materials have arrived, ready to be used!
Finally, we have to mention the PLAY! Pavilion over in World Discovery. Once again, we spotted construction crews on the top of the building, working on the roof.
Disney hasn’t shared any details on this project in a while, but we’ll be on the lookout for any new announcements.
In Toy Story Land, we’ve got a couple of ongoing projects. First up, there’s still construction happening in the Toy Story Mania exit queue, next to Woody’s Lunch Box. Disney hasn’t indicated what’s happening here yet, but it’s not affecting the flow of guest traffic.
We’re closely following updates on Roundup Rodeo BBQ as well! We’ve noticed scaffolding on the outside of the building recently, but not much has changed of the part that we can see.
This restaurant is supposed to open before the end of the year, so we’re counting down — just a few weeks to go, hopefully!
Disney World Hotels
Finally, let’s talk about the hotels! At Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, a portion of the lobby is still under construction where the small bridge and stream are located. It’s blocked off with walls.
And of course, we rode by Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort to see what was going on with the construction of the new DVC tower. It’s still mostly dirt out here, but we’ve spotted crews on site this week.
Those are all the big updates we spotted this week, but we’ll be on the lookout for more construction projects around the parks soon. There’s so much to look forward to in 2023!
If you’re interested in checking out details on the new Moana attraction or watching the testing on the TRON coaster, make sure to see our related posts. We’re so excited about these upcoming attractions!
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