Out-of-this-world lands, an NBA-themed venue and new savory sensations await visitors at Walt Disney World Resort in 2019 and beyond. What follows is a rundown on these and other new projects.
5 New Attractions and Restaurants at Walt Disney World Resort
1. Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge
The force will be strong in August, when Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge debuts at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Visitors will “land” on the long-forgotten planet of Batuu to explore the Black Spire Outpost when not defending the galaxy while aboard the Millennium Falcon. Rise of the Resistance, a riveting battle attraction that pits the forces of good against the evil First Order, will open later this year.
Read about all the new hotels, venues and group activities happening in Orlando by visiting Northstar Meetings Group's Orlando Destination Guide.
2. NBA Experience at Disney Springs
Also opening this summer at World Disney World is the NBA Experience at Disney Springs. This interactive basketball-themed venue, which will offer 13 activities spread across approximately 44,000 square feet and two floors, promises to “put everyone in the middle of the NBA action.”
3. Toy Story Land
A beloved franchise in the Disney family became the center of a major new attraction at the Walt Disney World Resort in 2018. Toy Story Land, an 11-acre park at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, is populated with favorite characters (Jessie, Woody, Buzz Lightyear, platoons of those loyal toy soldiers) and depicts familiar scenes (e.g., the gang cavorting around Andy’s backyard) from the popular series of Disney/Pixar films.
Highlights include the Alien Swirling Saucers ride, the adorable Slinky Dog Dash roller coaster and a kid-friendly dining outlet.
4. Jaleo at Disney Springs
Disney Springs has added Jaleo, a Spanish eatery and lounge by chef José Andrés and his team, to its robust roster of food-and-beverage outlets. The authentic Latin menu features expertly crafted paellas, sangria, Spanish cheeses and wines.
5. Big Things at Epcot
Major developments are underway at Epcot. Among the upgrades are a reimagined main entrance featuring new pathways, lush green spaces and a revamped fountain; the redesign will pay homage to the park’s original layout. Meanwhile, a new Experience Center in the Odyssey Events Pavilion will debut later this year. The facility will serve as a place where visitors can learn about the updates that Epcot has yet to embark on.
Other new offerings include a dining experience inspired by the natural beauty of Japan and a space-themed restaurant near the Mission: Space attraction. The opening dates for both were not yet available at press time.