When Will These Nine Disney Attractions Open?
The Walt Disney Company is on a recent tear. It has announced Disneyland’s reopening date and much-needed changes coming to Splash Mountain and Jungle Cruise.
We also learned some opening dates for high-anticipated new park additions.
When will these Disney attractions debut? Read on to find out…
Snow White’s Enchanted Wish
When Disney announced the return of the Happiest Place on Earth, the world felt like it returned to normal after an apocalyptic year.
Even better, Disney is offering its fans a bonus. When Disneyland reopens on April 30th, it’ll come with a pleasant surprise!
Imagineers have quietly worked behind the scenes to prepare Snow White’s Enchanted Wish to open with the park.
Sure enough, on April 30th, the new version of the former Snow White’s Scary Adventures will debut to the public.
According to recent Disney posts, the updated Happily Ever After theming will fundamentally alter the Snow White ride.
I fully expect guests to flock to this one the moment the park reopens.
Avengers Campus/WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure
Disney understandably chose to wait a few weeks before the grand opening of Avengers Campus.
If the Marvel superhero themed land had opened at the same time as the rest of Disneyland, chaos would ensue.
Park officials want to control the crowds, which had caused many to expect a prolonged delay for Avengers Campus.
How’s June 4th sound instead?
Yup, we’re only six weeks away from the final piece in Disney California Adventure’s overhaul.
A few years ago, management committed to rebuilding the park on the fly as half-Pixar and half-Marvel.
Once Avengers Campus debuts, that moment has finally arrived. Along with it, we’ll receive the new 3-D ride.
Its name is WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure, and it will debut on June 4th as well.
Yes, Disney has built a Spider-Man ride that’s only a few weeks away from opening!
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
In June of 2014, Walt Disney Studios Park became the envy of the Disney empire, something that had legitimately never happened before.
That month, Imagineers unveiled an anchor attraction, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure.
Since then, guests have flocked to Disneyland Paris for the E-ticket ride. Americans have loudly, repeatedly wondered when we’d get our version.
Well, we finally have a date for the arrival of Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure. Its grand opening will occur on October 1st.
If that date seems familiar, it’s also the 50th birthday for Walt Disney World as a whole.
So, you’ll have two reasons to celebrate if you visit on that date.
Okay, we’ve now moved away from confirmed openings into the realm of possibilities.
Disney hasn’t stated when the rest of the attractions on this list will arrive. We have some pretty good guesses, though.
For example, Space 220 has dropped most of its construction walls and scrims. That’s a good sign that all the remaining work is occurring indoors.
Now, I don’t want to understate that effort. The premise of this restaurant calls for wall-to-ceiling digital displays that mimic the appearance of outer space.
Those special effects will take some time and are the reason why the place hasn’t opened yet.
However, recent reports are encouraging enough that most people expect Space 220 to open by the summer.
Yes, we’ve heard that all before, but it sounds legit this time. Expect Disney to announce a June/July opening, barring something unforeseen.
Disney hasn’t brought back any of its nighttime presentations yet. So, any speculation about a new show seems a bit premature.
Still, we cannot ignore what we’re watching unfold at World Showcase Lagoon.
Park officials have steered five different barges into the water, including the center stage element.
With all the barges at their final destinations, Harmonious seems ready to begin final installation and testing.
Don’t get too excited! That process will likely take weeks, if not months…and Disney isn’t in any rush to complete the project right now.
After all, even when it’s ready, the parks need to bring back nighttime shows first. We’re not quite there yet, although I suspect we’re not that far away, either.
Still, Harmonious appears likely to debut at some point in 2021.
Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser
One of the most exciting projects on the docket will complete Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Disney always constructed the themed land with a plan in place for an entire Star Wars experience, which includes a thematic hotel stay.
Since this project will make the company a lot of money, Disney maintained construction during the pandemic, even as other projects fell by the wayside.
We will all benefit from this decision, as Galactic Starcruiser remains on pace to open within the next calendar year.
In fact, at the end of March, Disney filed some paperwork that includes a completion date in January of 2022.
Now, I’m trying not to read a lot into that fact. I cannot ignore the possibility that Disney believes the long-anticipated Star Wars Hotel could open this year, though.
At worst, this resort will debut during the first half of 2022. So, we’re at most 12 months away!
Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana
Last Fall, Nielsen started posting streaming media ratings. In the process, it confirmed what I’ve long suspected.
Moana’s popularity borders on incomprehensible. Even though the movie debuted five years ago, it remains one of the most-watched Disney+ programs.
Park officials wanted to capitalize on this popularity. So, they revealed a signature element coming to the former Future World section of EPCOT.
The newly renamed World Nature will include Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana. It’s a water feature akin to the unforgettable scenes from the movie.
Disney will capture the essence of Moana’s unique connection to water by building a somehow interactive structure. It sounds like an Imagineering miracle.
Originally, plans called for the water feature to be ready in time for the 50th anniversary celebration.
Alas, Journey of Water got delayed by the pandemic. You can safely expect it next year.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind
I have no definitive information about the following two attractions. All I know is what I’ve been told, along with some rumors I’ve seen elsewhere.
These stories all suggest the same situation with Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind.
The world’s first storytelling roller coaster fell behind due to the pandemic. Disney has since prioritized development once again, but it’s running late.
The current projections call for this roller coaster to debut before the end of Walt Disney World’s 50th birthday party.
While that timeframe may sound finite, there’s a lot of wiggle room. Disney intends to throw the party from October through March…of 2023.
I expect one of the coasters to debut in 2022, but I don’t think it’ll be Guardians.
Tron Lightcycle Power Run
Instead, I’m expecting Tron Lightcycle Power Run to open during the first half of 2022.
This staple at Shanghai Disneyland will function as the centerpiece of Tomorrowland for the next generation.
Management understandably wants to get the project right for that (and many other) reason(s).
Before the pandemic, Disney officials expected the Tron coaster to anchor the 50th anniversary party. It’s the ride that was supposed to sell tickets.
Now that Disney is returning to normal, construction has ramped up in Tomorrowland.
Several social media posts have shown that the exterior canopy is virtually complete. Insider reports suggest that interior work is nowhere near as advanced.
As such, Disney removed all mentions of the Tron ride in its 2021 literature. I suspect that tells the tale.
Still, I believe that we’re only a year or so away from this coaster’s grand opening.
As you can see, there’s plenty of reasons to look forward to Disney visits over the next two years!