Disney is constantly adding new things at the Walt Disney World Resort every year. It can be hard to keep up with the latest openings and what to expect on your next trip to the Walt Disney World Resort. Trust me it has almost become a second full-time job with all the new Disney announcements lately. Since the average family visits every three years, we have included 2021 as well as 2022 items on our list of what is new at Disney World in 2022.
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Attractions New at Disney World in 2022
Guardians of the Galaxy (2022)
Epcot’s brand new E-ticket attraction will be based on the rockin’ and action-packed world of “Guardians of the Galaxy.” This attraction is marked as the World’s largest indoor roller coaster and Disney’s first reverse launch coaster.
There are a lot of firsts to celebrate with this attraction. The first coaster attraction at EPCOT. The first reverse launch for a Disney coaster. The first Disney Omnicoaster, where vehicles make controlled rotations to always keep guests focused on the action. The first Walt Disney World attraction to feature the Guardians of the Galaxy. Now let’s dig into more on Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind.
Read our full review of What to Expect on Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind
Tron Coaster (Late 2022/2023)
Coming over from Shanghai Disneyland Tron Coaster will be added to the Magic Kingdom! This coaster will sit next to Space Mountain in a brand new area. This coaster-style attraction will allow riders to board a train of two-wheeled Lightcycles for a thrilling race through the digital frontier. If you want to sneak a peek at construction progress I highly recommend hopping on the PeopleMover in Tomorrowland to get a good look.
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure (October 2021)
A Disney Pixar’s Ratatouille-inspired attraction was added to the France Pavilion in World Showcase. The attraction expanded the France Pavillion creating a whole new area that wraps around the back of the area. The attraction is the same as the 4-D attraction Ratatouille: The Adventure which opened in Paris in 2014.
Shrink to Remy’s size and scurry to safety in a dazzling chase. You come across a kitchen with the sights, sounds, and smells of Gusteau’s legendary restaurant. The grand opening was on Epcot’s birthday October 1st, 2021!
New Disney World Nighttime Entertainment
Harmonious (October 1, 2021)
This has been a much anticipated new firework show at Epcot. It was originally set to open in 2020 but with the theme park closures, it got pushed back to the Disney World 50th anniversary on October 1st 2021.
Harmonious” at EPCOT is one of the largest nighttime spectaculars ever created for a Disney park. This new show will bring the globe together at World Showcase Lagoon in a celebration of Disney music that inspires people worldwide.
It’s a grand, powerful tribute to the unifying power of story and song, embracing new technical magic that incorporates pyrotechnics, fountains, lighting, and media in new ways. The show will feature new interpretations of classic Disney songs, reimagined in more than a dozen languages by a diverse group of 240 artists from around the world.
Disney Enchantment (October 1, 2021)
Move over Happily Ever After, Magic Kingdom is about to get a whole new nighttime firework show! A new nighttime spectacular, “Disney Enchantment,” kicked off the 50th-anniversary festivities when it debuted on October 1 at Magic Kingdom Park.
Created to launch with “The World’s Most Magical Celebration,” this evening extravaganza will take guests on a journey filled with adventure, wonder, and empowerment. Inspiring everyone to believe in magic, “Disney Enchantment” will feature music, enhanced lighting, stunning fireworks, and, for the first time, immersive projection effects that extend from Cinderella Castle down Main Street, U.S.A.
It is unknown at this time if Happily Ever After will return again or if this is a new permeant Magic Kingdom fireworks show.
Beacons of Magic Shine (October 1, 2021)
As part of “The World’s Most Magical Celebration,” icons at each Walt Disney World theme park will transform into magnificent Beacons of Magic at night, coming to life with their own EARidescent glow*.
- Cinderella Castle will illuminate Magic Kingdom with a dazzling radiance that sparkles with pixie dust.
- At Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, a warm light will emanate from the Tree of Life as magical fireflies gather to usher in the magic of nature.
- The Hollywood Tower Hotel at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be awash in a brilliance evoking the golden age of imagination and adventure.
- And at EPCOT, new lights will shine across the reflective panels of Spaceship Earth, connecting to one another in a symbol of optimism resembling stars in a nighttime sky. The iconic structure’s permanent new lighting will continue beyond “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” as a defining feature of the park.
New at Disney World in 2022 Dining Locations
Roundup Rodeo BBQ (2021)
There’s a brand-new table-service restaurant coming to Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Using three cardboard boxes cut and taped together, Andy has created a new rodeo arena using some of his favorite toys, games, and playsets. And while some pieces are definitely western-themed, what makes this rodeo special is the broad assortment of toys that have been brought together to create a fun, colorful mashup-atmosphere that only a child could create.
Salt & Straw (April 2022)
Salt & Straw is the popular scoop shop in Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort, and they are now open at Disney Springs! They focus on making ice cream about the ingredients they use! Plus they put a heavy emphasis on farms and artisans they source from.
The shop always scoops “classics”, but new flavors make their debut every series and then disappear, sometimes forever. This ever-evolving ice cream exploration pushes us to keep collaborating, experimenting and inventing.
Read our full Salt and Straw Disney Springs Review
Space 220 (September 2021)
Adventure into space with this new table-service restaurant debuting at Epcot. You can find it next to Mission: SPACE, here you have the chance to dine 220 miles above the Earth’s surface, complete with celestial views.
When you arrive you will step inside the restaurant’s space elevator to prepare for liftoff; and travel straight up into space to dock next to the Centauri Space Station suspended just beyond the orbit of Mission: SPACE. Then you 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.
Read our full Space 220 Review
La Crêperie de Paris (October 1, 2021)
This new eatery is located right next to the new attraction, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure. The new crêperie will feature the cuisine of celebrity chef Jérôme Bocuse, the mastermind behind the pavilion’s Chefs de France brasserie, and its celebration of gourmet cuisine, Monsieur Paul. With a menu inspired by the Brittany region of France, the new location will offer table service dining as well as a quick-service stop for guests craving savory crepes called galettes and sweet crepes.
New Hotels at Disney
From the second you arrive onboard the Haylcon, you will become a part of a Star Wars story!
Conclusion on Disney World in 2022
So, now that you have read what is new at Disney World in 2022 be sure you put together a list of all your new must-dos for your next trip. You can organize it all in our FREE Disney vacation planner! Next, make sure you order your FREE Disney Vacation Planning Video, then come back for news, trip planning, and great insights into building your perfect trip!
If you want some more information on planning your 2022 trip to Disney World, we have a couple of book recommendations. Be sure to give a look at both The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World and The Easy Guide to your WDW Trip. If you are trying to figure out when to vacation to Disney in 2022 read The Best Dates to Visit Walt Disney World in 2022. Or you can look at my Disney Crowd Calendar.
If you are looking for a FREE packing list for your trip? Check out the FREE: The Ultimate Disney Packing List! Or head over to our list of Items to Buy Online Before Your Next Disney Trip to save some money on your next Disney vacation.
I have been visiting the parks annually since my parents first brought me at just a year old. Recently I was able to fulfill my life long dream of being a Florida local and moved from the wintery Northeast to the sunshine and fun of central Florida. Now I am hoping to share my Disney knowledge with you so you can have the best vacation possible!
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