New Dates and Details Revealed for Upcoming Walt Disney World Experiences
Oh my goodness! Last night a flood of new announcements came from Disney regarding new rides and experiences. If you missed it don’t worry! I’m here to catch you up.
The first big announcement yesterday evening from Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman Bob Chapek was that Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway will open March 4, 2020, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!This will be the first Disney ride-through attraction featuring Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, inviting guests inside a Mickey cartoon for a fun-filled adventure where “Mouse rules apply” and anything can happen!
Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway is part of a broader transformation happening at Walt Disney World, as the Most Magical Place on Earth experiences its most significant period of growth in the past two decades. As part of a presentation to hundreds of media outlets from around the globe, Disney released new information about several more projects in development across the resort:
Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser
Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will begin “transporting” guests to a galaxy far, far away in 2021. This two-night vacation experience will surround guests 24/7 in Star Warsstorytelling, including a visit to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. New artist renderings released Tuesday show the guest arrival experience at the Galactic Starcruiser Terminal, as well as the out-of-this-world transport that will take guests from Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
Three new films will debut Jan. 17, 2020, at Epcot, on the same day the Epcot International Festival of the Arts begins:
- “Awesome Planet” in The Land pavilion showcases the Earth’s beauty and diversity in a 10-minute film featuring spectacular imagery, in-theater effects and an original musical score from Academy Award-winning® composerSteven Price.
- “Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along” in the France pavilion is directed and produced by Don Hahn, producer of the animated and live-action “Beauty and the Beast” films, and invites guests to participate in a twist on a tale as old as time. It also features narration from Angela Lansbury, who played Mrs. Potts in the original film. The new sing-along will run in rotation with “Impressions de France,” which will receive an upgrade to 4K projection.
- “Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360” in the Canada pavilion is an update to the previous “O Canada!” film with new scenes, a new musical score by Canadian composer Andrew Lockington and new narration by award-winning actors Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy.
Mickey Shorts Theater in Disney’s Hollywood Studios – opening March 2020 – will show an original short film in the style of the popular Disney Channel animated series “Mickey Mouse,” and will feature photo-opportunity locations for guests. A new rendering released today shows the interior of the theater, including fun Mickey Mouse-themed seats.
Disney’s DuckTales World Showcase Adventure
Disney’s DuckTales World Showcase Adventure invites guests to join Scrooge McDuck, Donald, nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie, Launchpad and Webby in search of priceless treasure. Using the Play Disney Parks mobile app, guests take a trip around World Showcase discovering exotic destinations, exciting mysteries, and maybe even a few thieves, villains and supernatural guardians of ancient artifacts. This will be the next iteration of a popular interactive scavenger hunt around World Showcase guests have enjoyed for years as they experience the magic of possibility at Epcot.
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, opening summer 2020 in the France pavilion at Epcot, brings guests on a super-sized adventure with Chef Remy through Gusteau’s restaurant. A new image released today shows Disney Imagineers at work creating the immersive attraction.
Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue
Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue, the new fast-casual restaurant opening this winter at The American Adventure in Epcot, will serve classic American backyard barbecue and home-style craft brews. A new rendering released today shows more of the atmosphere at this new dining experience.
Space 220 is a new table-service restaurant debuting this winter at Epcot – next to Mission: SPACE – that will give the feel of dining 220 miles above the Earth’s surface, complete with celestial views. In new details released today, guests will step inside the restaurant’s space elevator to prepare for liftoff; they’ll feel as if they’re traveling straight up into space to dock next to the Centauri Space Station suspended just beyond the orbit of Mission: SPACE. Upon arrival, guests will be guided to their seats past the grow zone, a spinning wall of produce that mimics Earth’s gravity and represents some of the fresh ingredients used by the restaurant’s culinary team.
Roundup Rodeo BBQ
Roundup Rodeo BBQ is a new table-service restaurant coming to Toy Story Land in 2020 as guests live their adventures together at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. A new artist concept image released today exemplifies how guests will be immersed with all their toy pals in a fun, family-friendly environment constructed from Andy’s favorite larger-than-life play sets and games.
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