Walt Disney World is constantly evolving. I feel like I just finish a post and a new Disney renovation is underway. I’ve been to Disney World over 40 times and even I can’t keep up. As my teenage son would say #thestruggleisreal.
With more and more to experience on an annual basis, this post is my attempt to “catchup” on all things new and exciting in Disney World for 2016.
The safari is now going to offer rides after sunset. The Animal Kingdom has long been considered a “half day park” and this is one of Disney’s attempts to keep visitors exploring past 5pm.
A new eatery, Tiffins, is opening this spring. Open for lunch and dinner, this restaurant will offer indoor and outdoor seating with waterfront views. The menu is inspired by places Disney Imagineers visited while creating and developing the Animal Kingdom.
My heart broke a little when Disney decided to close the Maelstrom ride in Norway and renovate it to create a Frozen themed experience instead. This year we get to see what that new ride is all about when Frozen Ever After opens in the World Showcase. While I’m sure I won’t be disappointed I’ll always have a place in my heart for the original.
Soarin’ is another ride I was hesitant about Disney renovating. I’m realizing with this post I am not a fan of change. However, I am thrilled to announce that Soarin’ Around the World opens this summer. I couldn’t imagine a trip to Disney without a turn on one of my favorites, even if they did change the experience to include new landmarks.
I’m not a Star Wars girl. I admit it. However I know there are many Star Wars fans out there, and Hollywood Studios is opening a new experience that will thrill tiny (and adult) clone troopers. The fireworks and laser show Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular is slated to begin this summer.
I can’t even believe anyone had to suffer through a trip to Hollywood Studios and not be able to ride on Toy Story Mania. However, the third track should be finished sometime in 2016 and the ride’s debut is sure to be hit with all ages.
The long running stage show Dream Along with Mickey is being replaced with Mickey's Royal Friendship Faire, which debuts in June. The new show will feature characters from "Princess and the Frog," "Tangled," and "Frozen" along with classic characters Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy and Goofy.
Now if I can only get that bakery in Hollywood Studios, The Starring Rolls Café, to start making my favorite cupcake again all will be right with the world.
A girl can dream right?