Walt Disney World Resort – New in 2023

After a few years of construction at Walt Disney World, several new additions and closures are coming to the Most Magical Place on Earth!

New in 2023: Walt Disney World

Splash Mountain

In preparation for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, Splash Mountain at Walt Disney World Resort will be closed starting Jan. 23, 2023, so we can begin the next phase of this attraction’s development.

Tiana's Bayou Adventure 2023 2024 Walt Disney World

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will have riders joining Princess Tiana and jazz-loving alligator Louis during Mardi Gras season as they prepare to host a one-of-a-kind celebration for the people of New Orleans. 

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will debut at the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort in 2024, and I will be bringing you all updates along the way!

WDW50 Cinderella Castle

Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary

Fans of the Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary celebrations and treats will want to soak in all the fun before March 31, 2023.

Disney’s Enchantment has been illuminating the night sky over Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom for over a year. The spectacular evening will dazzle guests for the last time this Spring. 

While we don’t have many details about the show’s replacement, we do know (and are stoked) that the “Happily Ever After” anthem will be returning as part of the updated spectacular.

Harmonious at EPCOT will also be coming to a close at the end of March, and the rumor is that EPCOT Forever will return for a short run.

Disney 100 Years of Wonder

Disney100 will be the largest cross-company global celebration in the 100-year history of The Walt Disney Company. It will bring new décor, specialty food and beverages, character experiences, merchandise, and more to parks around the world and beyond.

The celebration will be based at Disneyland, and the fun will begin at the Walt Disney World Resort on April 1, 2023.

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TRON Lightcycle / Run

The MUCH anticipated TRON Lightcycle / Run will take riders into the Grid at the Magic Kingdom in 2023!

Lean forward into the ultimate race of survival! Leave the real world behind and join Team Blue in an epic quest across the Grid—the dark, computerized world with no horizons from TRON. Here, there’s no limit to the excitement.

Tron lightcycle run

Climb aboard your Lightcycle and take off on a high-speed adventure, racing against the Grid’s most menacing Programs. Surge past your fierce opponents as you attempt to cross through 8 Energy Gates and secure your team’s victory—so you can survive to race another day.

Walt Disney World has previously announced that TRON will open in Spring 2023, and I have my fingers crossed for an April 2023 opening since that is my Birthday month!

Woody's Roundup BBQ Disney's Hollywood Studios 2023

Roundup Rodeo BBQ Restaurant

Roundup Rodeo BBQ at Toy Story Land in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is set to welcome guests for delicious barbecue and toy-sized fun in Spring 2023 to welcome guests for delicious grub and toy-sized fun. 

Using his imagination, Woody’s Roundup toys, and other playthings, Andy has built a rodeo restaurant for all his pals to enjoy barbecue-inspired comfort foods served family-style, with platters of house-smoked meats, a roundup of sides, and some miniature sweet surprises along the way.

The restaurant will be the world’s first “Toy Story” table service restaurant!

Disney’s Animal Kingdom 25th Anniversary

Disney’s Animal Kingdom will celebrate its 25th Anniversary on April 22, 2023. 

While nothing has been officially announced, we will surely see some commemorative merchandise, art, and treats.

However, I am going to keep my fingers crossed for some big announcements! As soon as I know more, you know that I will be screaming it from the top of Expedition Everest!

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Journey of Water

Stroll along a self-guided outdoor trail where you can play and interact with water as it travels from the sky to the ocean and back again. Along the way, learn about the importance of water and discover its playful personality—just as Moana did on her heroic voyage.

Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana, is scheduled to open in 2023 within World Nature — the EPCOT neighborhood dedicated to understanding and preserving the beauty and balance of the natural world.

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Dreamers Point

Get ready to find inspiration inside World Celebration,  the EPCOT neighborhood offering experiences to connect us to one another—and to our world, when the lush gardens of Dreamers Point open in late 2023.

Dreamers Point is located behind Spaceship Earth, and will also be home to the newest statue of Walt Disney.

D23 Expo 2022 Walt Disney World Announcements Figment Meet and Greet EPCOT

Figment Meet and Greet 

Imagination has always been a core theme at EPCOT, and guests will once again be able to meet their favorite Royal Purple Pigment Figment in late 2023.

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Hatbox Ghost Arrives at the Haunted Mansion

A fan favorite, the Haunted Mansion, will welcome a new happy haunt as the Hatbox Ghost materializes in 2023.

The new Haunted Mansion movie releases on August 11, 2023, and wouldn’t that be an amazing promotional tie-in???

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