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What's Coming to Disney World and Universal in 2018 and Beyond

by Tad on June 23, 2018 804 Orlando

'Sup! Welcome to Tad's toadally awesome list of what's coming to Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando and the other parks in 2018 and beyond! As the Frog Family’s resident thrill seeker, tech junkie and head frog videographer — thank you very much — I’ve been keeping tabs on all the attractions and experiences headed to the Orlando theme parks over the last few years.

Things were really hopping at Disney World and Universal in 2013 and 2014 . While 2015 was laid back, like yours truly on a weekend, 2016 saw some sweet additions all across the 407 (aka a Orlando). There were some major openings in 2017Pandora - the World of Avatar at Disney's Animal Kingdom and Universal's Volcano Bay water theme park being the two biggest.

Toy Story Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios

On this post, we'll be tracking what's coming to Disney World and Universal in 2018 and beyond! Be sure to bookmark this page and visit often! Catch you in the parks!

What's Coming to Disney World and Universal in 2018

Magic Kingdom

Hall of Presidents - What's Coming to Disney World and Universal in 2018 and Beyond

Donald Trump added to the Hall of Presidents — now open — The animatronic version of President Trump officially opened Dec. 19, 2017, at the Hall of Presidents. This attraction was under refurbishment for most of 2017. High-impact projection, sound lighting and other enhancements were added to the attraction.

The Incredibles "SUPER" Dance Party — now open — Edna Mode will join Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl and Frozone from Disney•Pixar's The Incredibles at a brand new DJ-hosted dance party on the Rocket Tower Stage in Tomorrowland.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party attraction overlays — August - October — Disney World announced four new experiences for this year's Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Interactive pirates will join you for a spooky sail on Pirates of the Caribbean, Mad Tea Party promises mystical color and lighting effects and Space Mountain will offer a transformative soundtrack and special effects. Oh, and you'll now be able to find your favorite Disney Junior pals for a dance party in Storybook Circus!

 

Disney Springs

The Edison at Disney Springs - What's Coming to Disney World and Universal in 2018 and Beyond

Chicken Guy — opening August 2018 — Coming from Chef Guy Fieri, partnered with Planet Hollywood's Robert Earl, this new quick-service spot will focus on all-natural chicken and delectable sauce. Welcome to Flavortown!

The Edison — now open — Resembling a 1920's electric company power plant, The Edison will feature food, cocktails, live entertainment, cabaret and music. It will feature distinct areas, with the Lab Performance room featuring entertainment such as palm readers, DJs and (ooh) contortionists. The Edison will be a sister restaurant to its Los Angeles location.

Terralina Crafted Italian — now open — Themed as an Italian home, this new restaurant serves authentic Italian meals and cocktails. Overseen by James Beard Award-winner and Top Chef Master Tony Mantuano, this restaurant replaces Portobello Country Italian Trattoria.

Wine Bar George  now open —  Master Sommelier George Miliotes returns to Disney (he helped open California Grill in 1995) with an intimate wine bar that resembles a winemaker's home estate. I'm a teenager and don't know what any of that means, but mom says it's fancy, so, cool. Yay, wine people.

Maria And Enzo's — now open — Located next to The Edison, this Italian restaurant will be designed as speakeasy feel, matching the feel of its neighbor. This table service and fast casual restaurant will be run by the Patina Group, operators of Morimoto at Disney Springs and Via Napoli at Epcot.

Enzo's Hideaway — now open — This small tavern is inspired by Roman aperitivo bars, located in the storied rum-runner tunnels that adjoin Maria & Enzo’s. Inspired by Florida’s true history of rum running, Enzo’s Hideaway will pour Prohibition-era cocktails at its Tunnel Bar and serve a casual menu of hearty Roman dishes, such as the city’s legendary Bucatini alla Carbonara and Tonnarelli Cacio e Pepe.

Pizza Ponte now open — Located next to Maria And Enzo's, this fast-casual restaurant will serve pastry specialties such as Bomboloni (Italian doughnuts), Sfoglia di Riso (pastry with rice cream) and Tiramisu. Savory items include signature Triangolo (stuffed pizza bread) sandwiches, Porchetta (roast pork) and Pizza al Taglio, Sicilian-style pizza by the slice.

Jaleo — 2018 — A Spanish concept from Chef José Andrés.

Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill — 2018 — A modern concept inspired by laid-back California dining.

Disney's Hollywood Studios

Slinky Dog Dash at Toy Story Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Toy Story Land — now open — An 11-acre land has risen up around Toy Story Mania, offering a Buzz-sized perspective on Andy's backyard. Look for oversized building blocks and game board pieces. There are two new attractions, Slinky Dog Dash and Alien Swirling Saucers.

Epcot

Guardians of the Galaxy — Awesome Mix Live! — now open — Star-Lord and Gamora rock alongside an alien band to the hits of Awesome Mixtapes 1 and 2 at American Gardens Theatre for five showings daily.

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Explorers Meet UP! A Great Bird Adventure — now open — Russell and Dug help guests discover species of birds from around the world in their newest adventure at the Caravan Theater in Anandapur Village.

A "Dino-Tastic" Celebration for Donald Duck — now open — Donald Duck, LaunchPad and Scrooge McDuck take over Dinoland, U.S.A. for a fun, new character celebration. Rumor has it, this will be a permanent fixture at Animal Kingdom!

Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

H2O Glow Nights — June 21- August 11 — Woody, Buzz and Jessie throw a party on the beach complete with dancing, party games, character meet-and-greets and access to all of the attractions after hours. We're selling tickets!

ESPN Wide World of Sports 

Multi-use sports and entertainment venue — 2018 — This one-of-a-kind venue will accommodate 8,000 fans and has the ability to be configured for events such as volleyball, basketball and concerts. A large number of cheerleading competitions are held at Disney World, and the ESPN complex hosts the Cheerleading World Championships each April. Lily, the resident jumper, will certainly enjoy this.

Universal Studios Florida

Roundup - Fast and Furious

Fast & Furious: Supercharged — now open — Based on the popular film franchise, the new Fast & Furious: Supercharged puts guests in the middle of the action, where they'll explore the headquarters of Dom Toretto's underground racing world and be part of a high-speed chase with some of the films' stars. This will be similar to Fast & Furious: Supercharged that opened at Universal Studios Hollywood.  Check out the video here. Fast & Furious at Universal Studios Florida will be located in the San Francisco area of the park.

Universal Orlando Cinematic Celebration

Cinematic Celebration — now open — Universal's new music, water and light show features some of the park's favorite films and characters takes place on the Studios Lagoon with wow-ing water visuals and exciting pyro. Catch all of your favorites, including Minions, Harry Potter, Fast & Furious, Jurassic World and more.

Universal Orlando Resort

Universal's Aventura Hotel — August 2018 — This tower hotel will offer views of all three Universal Orlando theme parks and will embody a sleek, modern design. Its 600 rooms will offer warm-toned decor.

SeaWorld Orlando

What's Coming to Disney World and Universal in 2018 - SeaWorld Infinity Falls

Infinity Falls — summer 2018 — Just when you think you know raft rides, SeaWorld changes the rules. This new ride will take you through the remains of an ancient civilization, past fountains, and waterfalls. World class rapids will spin and soak you, but that's nothing compared to the end. Your raft will enter a lift and be elevated to the top of Infnifty Falls. From there, you'll plunge down the tallest drop of its kind into the churning  water below. The journey ends at Harmony Village, where you'll be informed and inspired to spread the message of conservation.

Aquatica Orlando

Ray Rush — now open — At nearly 60 feet tall, this new raft ride will send families  on three exciting thrills as they slide, splash and soar like never before. Riders will be launched at 33 feet per second with water jets designed to propel rafts into the first of several enclosed tube sections. Next, riders will swirl into a colossal translucent sphere which spins the raft around the slide walls before entering another enclosed tube section. Finally, riders will drop into an open-air halfpipe that resembles the shape of a manta ray. Rafts will soar back and forth on the wings of the manta before entering the final enclosed tube section that ends with a splash.

What's New at Disney World and Universal Orlando in 2019 and Beyond

Disney's Hollywood Studios

Star Wars - Galaxy's Edge - What's Coming to Disney World and Universal in 2018

Star Wars - Galaxy's Edge — Late Fall 2019 — This can't come here fast enough. At 14 acres, Star Wars -Galaxy's Edge will be the largest land at Disney World. It will transport guests to a never-before-seen planet, with two new attractions. One will be based around a secret mission aboard the Millennium Falcon and another that will place guests into the middle of a battle between the First Order and the Resistance.

 - What's Coming to Disney World and Universal in 2018 and Beyond

Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway — 2019 — Starring everyone's favorite pair, this new attraction will put guests inside the wacky and unpredictable world of a Mickey Mouse Cartoon Short where they're the star and anything can happen. This new ride will feature  "2 1/2 D," a new no glasses required experience. This new experience will replace The Great Movie Ride.

Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy — early 2019 — A new show will be coming near Rock 'n' Rollercoaster in which Lightning McQueen showcases all of his tricks of the trade ... but things don't always go according to plan! This new show will feature animatronic cars (your fave characters, of course) and sure to be lots of surprises.

Magic Kingdom

Tron Lightcycle Attraction - What's Coming to Disney World and Universal in 2018

Tron Lightcycle Power Run — 2021 — Imported from Shanghai Disneyland, Tron Lightcylce Power Run is a coaster-style attraction where riders board a train of two-wheeled Lightcycles. The ride pushes you into the energy, lights and excitement of TRON’s high-tech universe.

Epcot

Guardians of the Galaxy - What's Coming to Disney World and Universal in 2018

New restaurant in Japan — date TBD — An all-new, artisan, table-service restaurant will be coming to the Japan pavilion in World Showcase showcasing Japanese craftsmanship and authentic cuisine.

Guardians of the Galaxy-inspired rollercoaster — 2021 — Planned to be one of the world's longest enclosed rollercoasters, the ride will feature a unique story currently being created by Walt Disney Imagineering and include a new innovative ride system that’s guaranteed to “wow” guests.

Space-themed restaurant — date TBD — Guests will have the opportunity to dine in the stars in a space-station themed restaurant to be located next to Mission-Space.

New film in China — date TBD — This World Showcase pavilion will receive a new film.

Ratatouille Inspired Ride - What's Coming to Disney World and Universal in 2018 and Beyond

“Ratatouille”-inspired attraction — date TBD — The France pavilion will be receiving an imported favorite. Similar to the popular 4-D ride Ratatouille: The Adventure that opened at the Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris, guests will shrink to Remy’s size and scurry to safety within Gusteau’s legendary Parisian restaurant.

 Disney World Hotels and Resorts

Star Wars Immersive Resort - What's Coming to Disney World and Universal in 2018

Star Wars-inspired immersive resort — date TBD — Debuting as part of the new Disney 360 vacation concept,  this is being billed as a living adventure that allows guests to immerse themselves in an entirely new form of Disney storytelling. From the second you arrive, you will become a part of a Star Wars story! You’ll become a citizen of the galaxy and experience all that entails, including dressing up in the proper attire. Once you leave Earth, you will discover a starship alive with characters, stories, and adventures that unfold all around you. It is 100% immersive, and the story will touch every single minute of your day, and it will culminate in a unique journey for every person who visits. This new resort will be located near Hollywood Studios, so there will be easy access to Galaxy's Edge!

Disney Riviera Resort — date TBD — Disney Vacation Club’s 15th property will have a rooftop restaurant and views of nighttime shows at Epcot and Hollywood Studios.

Disney World Transportation

Disney World Skyliner - What's Coming to Disney World and Universal in 2018

Walt Disney World Skyliner — date TBD — A new gondola system will connect Disney’s Art of Animation, Pop Century and Caribbean Beach resorts and other locations with Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the International Gateway at Epcot.

Disney Springs

NBA Experience - What's Coming to Disney World and Universal in 2018

NBA Experience at Walt Disney World — summer 2019 — Located in the space formerly occupied by DisneyQuest, this NBA fan's dream will include interactive games, immersive experiences, a retail store and an adjacent restaurant.

New Cirque de Soleil Show — date TBD — With the closure of the current show at Disney Springs on New Year's Eve 2017, Disney has announced Cirque du Soleil will develop a new original show that will pay homage to Disney's history of animation.

Universal Orlando Resort

Endless Summer Resort — 2019 — Endless Summer Resort will encompass Universal's first ever on-property value hotels. The Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites and Dockside Inn and Suites will offer guests the same perks as Universal's existing hotels, complete with a beach and surf theme. With Surfside set to open in 2019, prices as low as $73 per night are being offered. Best of all, more than half of the rooms at both hotels will be family suites.

Universal's Islands of Adventure

New Wizarding World thrill ride — 2019 — Universal has announced a yet unnamed new generation of thrill ride coming to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Hogsmeade in Universal's Islands of Adventure! This "highly themed coaster experience" will more fully immerse guests in the Wizarding World, where they will encounter favorite characters and other creatures. It will be located where Dragon Challenge was located.

Hogwarts Nighttime Show — now open — Hogwarts castle lights up with your favorite house colors as the Sorting Hat narrates this evening spectacular on select nights throughout the year.

Universal Studios Florida

Shigeru Miyamoto with Nintendo - What's Coming to Disney World and Universal in 2018

Super Nintendo World — date TBD — Universal has partnered with Nintendo to bring to life experiences based on Nintendo's games, characters and worlds. The first new addition — Super Nintendo World — will open at Universal Studios Japan in 2020. Orlando and Hollywood versions are set to follow.

LEGOLAND Florida Resort

THE LEGO MOVIE WORLD — spring 2019 — Everything is awesome, indeed! The Quest for Chi will be transformed into a new LEGO MOVIE boat ride in addition to two new rides, character meet-and-greets and a fun playscape. Lily and I *demand* to meet Princess Unikitty ASAP.

I hope you've enjoyed this look at what's coming to Disney World and Universal in 2018 and beyond. Make sure to come back to see what's been added as you get closer to your visit. Hop on over to our When to Visit Orlando page for more planning tips, part of our Orlando Planning Timeline!

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Stay cool!

Keep hopping, Tad!
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Jul 3, 2018 at 7:35 a.m. The Taylor's Says...

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Jul 1, 2018 at 4:17 a.m. Cliff Plummer Says...

Wow so many exciting things coming. toy story land sounds awesome!

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Jul 1, 2018 at 3:57 a.m. Heather Stone Says...

Love everything DISNEY!!! So many new memories to make over the next few years!

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Jul 1, 2018 at 3:40 a.m. Jean Says...

Looking forward to the new Wizarding World ride at Universal!

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Jul 1, 2018 at 2:29 a.m. Ronald F Says...

I am so looking forward to Star Wars Land!

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Jul 1, 2018 at 12:31 a.m. Amy A Says...

Planning a trip in August...would be better if it were free!! :)

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Cant wait for Skyliner.Lots of news

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Jul 1, 2018 at 12:28 a.m. Kimberly Eckard Says...

Looks amazing!

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Can’t wait to visit the water park!

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Can't wait to go.

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This is great information. I would love to go back here since it has been over 20 years!

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Cant wait to visit again!!

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Jun 30, 2018 at 11:12 p.m. Robin Says...

So exciting! I can't wait for the Tron coaster!

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Jun 30, 2018 at 10:30 p.m. Cory Thornton Says...

Ready to go to Orlando for all of the above! Especially Star Wars Land and Harry Potter

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Jun 30, 2018 at 10:29 p.m. Bailey Says...

Awesome article- loved the puns! Can’t wait for Star Wars land. Disney and Universal rock!

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Can't wait to visit!

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I would like to plan a visit!

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Jun 30, 2018 at 9:45 p.m. Iliana Mendiola Says...

Awesome news!

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Sounds fun!

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Jun 30, 2018 at 9:06 p.m. T. Flaherty Says...

So excited to visit for the first time!

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Can't wait for my next vacation down there!

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Can’t wait to get back to both Universal and Disney again!

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Jun 30, 2018 at 6:21 p.m. Jaz Says...

Wow the Ratatouille attraction looks beautiful

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Jun 30, 2018 at 5:44 p.m. Sheila Says...

A Star Wars theme park sounds great.

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Jun 30, 2018 at 5:42 p.m. Pat Says...

Cool

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Great article! I can't wait for my next vacation!

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Jun 30, 2018 at 4:25 p.m. GMartin Says...

Heading to Universal this October. First time for my family.

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Can’t wait to take my family to Universal!!!

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Jun 30, 2018 at 3:29 p.m. Mohammed Nasser Says...

I cannot wait to enjoy these events

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Jun 30, 2018 at 2:58 p.m. Ginger Liberatore Says...

We can’t wait for a Universal/Disney Adventure in August 2019!!!

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Jun 30, 2018 at 2:57 p.m. Haley Skinner Says...

Going to Disney in November, can’t wait to see all of the changes!!!!

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Jun 30, 2018 at 2:44 p.m. Anna B Says...

Thanks for keeping us up to date on all the Orlando happenings!

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I love Disney! Can't wait till I go back.

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Jun 30, 2018 at 1:14 p.m. Mary Essman Says...

So much exciting stuff going on! Can’t wait to experience it all.

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Jun 30, 2018 at 12:50 p.m. EE Says...

My son can’t wait to go to Universal for Fast & Furious!

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Jun 30, 2018 at 12:24 p.m. Eileen Fernandez Says...

So excited to see all the new attractions/entertainment.

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Jun 30, 2018 at 12:22 p.m. ERIN YORKER Says...

So many fun things to see and do!

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Jun 30, 2018 at 12:21 p.m. Annette Says...

All the changes are awesome, the only not negative is that the Great Movie Ride is gone!

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Jun 30, 2018 at 12:08 p.m. Mac Says...

So many fun additions

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Jun 30, 2018 at 12:02 p.m. Mom of 2 Says...

Can't wait to see the Incredibles dance party and the Guardians of the Galaxy stuff!

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Jun 30, 2018 at 11:54 a.m. Paulette Says...

Thank you for this information! Looking forward to exploring these exciting places.

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OMG, can not wait to meet all new stuffs!!

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Jun 30, 2018 at 11:01 a.m. Erin M. R. Says...

Looking forward to checking out the Edison!

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