2022 will be an amazing year On the Go in the Parks as new thrills, immersive experiences, interactive technology, beautiful venues, and out-of-this-world fun joins the return of fan favorites.
On the Go in the Parks: New in 2022
Walt Disney World Resort
Walt Disney World Resort’s 50th anniversary celebration will continue in 2022, with new and returning experiences coming to all of the theme parks and beyond.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, EPCOT’s first “other-world” showcase pavilion opening in the summer, will feature a new storytelling coaster that rotates 360 degrees to focus on the action, including the first reverse launch on a Disney coaster.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom will debut the all-new “Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… and Beyond,” which will be a reimagined stage show set in the timeline of the Finding Dory film.
A new quick-service restaurant, Connections Café and Eatery, debuting in the World Celebration neighborhood of EPCOT as part of the park’s ongoing transformation.
Walt Disney World’s immersive Star Wars-themed hotel, Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, will open on March 1, 2022, inviting guests aboard the starship Halcyon for an all-inclusive experience that puts them into the immersive world of Star Wars.
MagicBand+ will be available for purchase beginning this year, retaining existing MagicBand features, like park and guest room entry, retail, dining, and Disney PhotoPass, while adding new functionality to interact with experiences in the parks and beyond.
“Fantasmic!” will be returning to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in 2022 with an all-new sequence featuring live performers, stunts, special effects, and more!
At the Magic Kingdom Park, your favorite Disney friends will continue to make their return with enhanced experiences!
“Mickey’s Magical Friendship Faire” will return to the Cinderella Castle Forecourt stage with favorite scenes from the previous version of the show plus a new opening and a new finale with Mickey Mouse and all his friends in their 50th Anniversary EARidescent fashions. The show will also include an all-new, original song entitled “Where the Magic Feels Like Home.”
The streets of the Magic Kingdom will once again be filled with beloved Disney characters and stories with the return of the Disney “Festival of Fantasy” Parade and the addition of a vibrant cavalcade.
SeaWorld Orlando Parks & Entertainment
Ice Breaker, SeaWorld Orlando’s first launch coaster, will open on February 18, 2022, with family-friendly thrills, including four backward and forward launches that culminate in a reverse launch with a 93-foot-tall spike with a 100-degree angle, the steepest vertical drop in Florida.
At Aquatica Orlando, Reef Plunge will zoom into Spring with a vibrant array of marine life, Commerson’s dolphins, leopard sharks, and a variety of other cold-water fish.
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Adventure Island Water Park
Iron Gwazi, North America’s tallest, fastest, and steepest hybrid coaster in the world, will open in March 2022, taking thrills to new heights, plunging from a 206-foot-tall peak into a 91-degree drop, a dozen airtime moments, and three inversions while reaching top speeds of 76 miles per hour.
Rapids Racer at Adventure Island water park is an experience built for two as riders race through nearly 600 feet of slide, complete with low walls to encounter your opponents throughout this side-by-side experience and the world’s first dueling saucers.
Wahoo Remix will be Adventure Island’s first waterslide to feature synchronized light and sound elements, delivering an all-new, high-energy, family raft ride experience with ultimate party vibes. Enclosed tunnels that were once dark will now glow and groove as riders zoom through over 600 feet of fun.
LEGOLAND Florida Resort
The world’s first Peppa Pig Theme Park will open on February 24, 2022, at the LEGOLAND Florida Resort. This all-new standalone park will be filled with multiple rides, interactive attractions, fun live shows, themed playscapes, and water play areas for even the youngest fans.
Pirate River Quest, LEGOLAND Florida Resort will launch a family-friendly treasure hunt adventure through the legendary Cypress Gardens to discover the secrets protecting its canals as this all-new story unfolds brick by brick.
Beyond the Theme Parks
Steinmetz Hall at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts has opened in the heart of downtown Orlando, and what makes this facility so special is that it achieves an N1 sound rating – the lowest level at which humans can detect sound.
The Orlando Slingshot and Orlando Free Fall – two world-record-setting attractions – opened in early January at ICON Park on International Drive. The Orlando Slingshot, the world’s tallest slingshot, stands at 300 feet, launching riders at speeds up to 100 mph. The Orlando Free Fall at ICON Park stands at 430 feet, making it the world’s tallest free-standing drop tower.
At Kennedy Space Center Visitor, the 50,000 square-foot, multi-level Gateway: The Deep Space Launch Complex will open in March 2022, featuring a showcase of NASA and commercial spacecraft hardware with immersive displays, as well as a “journey” through space, unique launch viewing opportunities, and more.
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