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What's Coming to Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando in 2022 and Beyond — Tiana's Bayou Adventure Opening in Late 2024!

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'Sup! Welcome to Tad's toadally awesome list of what's coming to Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort and the other Florida theme parks in 2022 and beyond! As the Frog Family’s resident thrill seeker, tech junkie and head frog videographer — thank you very much — I live to keep tabs on all of the attractions and experiences heading to the Orlando theme parks, and I've been doing it for a few years. After a couple of unusual years for theme parks, with temporary closures due to COVID-19, some openings and projects were delayed or postponed indefinitely. But there are a lot of exciting things to look forward to in 2022 and beyond!

What's Coming to Disney World and Universal Orlando in 2022 - Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind

2022 has already proven to be a toadally amazing year, with the return of the Disney Festival of Fantasy parade at Magic Kingdom and the upcoming return of Fantasmic! at Disney's Hollywood Studios. While not an opening, we're just as excited about traditional character meet and greets returning, as of April 17 at both Disney World and Disneyland. And the party won't stop — the Walt Disney World's 50th anniversary continues all year long!

But that's not all! SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay have launched their respective roller coasters, Ice Breaker and Iron Gwazi, which opened with rave reviews! Plus the very first Peppa Pig Theme Park opened Feb. 24, 2022, and became a hit among tadpoles, including my sister, Lily.

Plus, we're excited about things on the horizon beyond 2022, including Tiana's Bayou Adventure (the retheming of Splash Mountain) in late 2024 and Universal's Epic Universe in 2025.

If you're curious about all of the Universal Orlando and Disney World construction around the parks, you're at the right place. Be sure to bookmark this page because I add to it as new rides, shows and other hoppenings are announced! (Hop here to see what opened in 2021 and previous years.) And with great openings comes great crowds, so if you're wondering about the best times to visit Disney World and Universal Orlando, this post should help as you plan your trip, whether you want to be first in line or avoid the elevated crowds.

What's Coming to Disney World and Universal Orlando in 2022 and Beyond

EPCOT

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind — now open — One of the world's longest enclosed roller coasters, the ride features a unique story by Walt Disney Imagineering and includes a new, innovative ride system that’s guaranteed to wow guests. The experience begins in the "Galaxarium," a planetarium-like exhibition that highlights the formation of Earth's galaxy and Xandar. But then the Guardians of the Galaxy arrive, and you're whisked away on an adventure across the cosmos. Glenn Close reprises her role as "Nova Prime," the leader of Xandar and commander of the Nova Corps. It is an exciting storytelling coaster that rotates 360 degrees so you can focus on the action — and features the first reverse launch on a Disney coaster! Check out our Cosmic Rewind frequently asked questions for more information.

What's Coming to Disney World - Epcot Reimagined Entrance

Reimagined main entrance — in progress — EPCOT's main plaza will include new pathways, green spaces and a reimagined fountain (which is now complete!). The Leave A Legacy photos have moved just outside the park's gateway in a new, multi-colored display. There will be additional redevelopment to the area between Spaceship Earth and World Showcase Promenade, which includes several unique gardens, united by a central planter based on the five-ring EPCOT logo. Special lighting will provide a different experience at night.

What's Coming to Disney World and Universal - Journey of Water

Journey of Water, Inspired by “Moana” — date TBD — This brand-new walkthrough attraction will "let guests interact with magical, living water in a beautiful and inspiring setting," and you'll get to learn about the importance of the natural water cycle.

Connections Cafe and Eatery — now open — The new quick-service restaurant is now serving up sandwiches, burgers, pizzas, salads and more in World Celebration. Connections Cafe serves as the new Starbucks location.

Dreamers Point — date TBD — Near the exit of Spaceship Earth, a new statue that celebrates the legacy of Walt Disney will be placed alongside natural environments. It will include a wishing tree and a story fountain that plays iconic music from Disney storytelling.

PLAY! pavilion — date TBD Originally slated to open in time for Walt Disney World's 50th anniversary, this new pavilion in the former Wonders of Life location will showcase first-of-its-kind experiences devoted to play and fun, including an interactive city where guests will be able to interact with characters. Help Edna Mode on a fashionable quest to rid the world of uninspired style, or compete in a water-balloon fight with Huey, Dewey, Louie and Webby.

"Wondrous China" film — date TBD — This World Showcase pavilion will receive a new film that is presented in a seamless 360-degree format.

CommuniCore Plaza and CommuniCore Hall — date TBD — This new multi-use facility and outdoor event space will support EPCOT's festivals. The plaza will have an outdoor stage to host musical performances, and the hall will be an exhibition and gallery space, featuring experiences that highlight art, live music and food (complete with a demonstration kitchen). Also, a permanent Mickey & Friends location will find its home right next to CommuniCore Hall.

Mary Poppins attraction — postponed — At this time, development for this attraction has been postponed indefinitely. The United Kingdom pavilion was set to host the first attraction inspired by Mary Poppins, allowing guests to stroll along Cherry Tree Lane, past Admiral Boom's house, and enter Number 17, the Banks family's home.

Magic Kingdom Park

What's Coming to Disney World and Universal - Festival of Fantasy

Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade — now showing — The full-length parade is back! Dozens of Disney characters from your favorite stories are marching down Main Street once more.

Mickey's Magical Friendship Faire — now showing — The Cinderella Castle stage show has returned with a new opening and finale featuring Mickey Mouse and his friends in their EARidescent outfits. The show features an all-new song, "Where the Magic Feels Like Home."

Disney Adventure Friends Cavalcade — now hoppening — This new cavalcade features the most Disney characters of any cavalcade since reopening in July 2020. Catch Nick and Judy from "Zootopia," Baloo and King Louie from "The Jungle Book," José Carioca and Panchito from "The Three Caballeros, Miguel from "Coco," Merida, Moana, The Incredibles and more. And most recently, Mirabel from "Encanto" has joined the crew!

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

TRON Lightcycle Run — date TBD — Imported from Shanghai Disneyland, Tron Lightcycle Run will be 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.

What's Coming to Disney World - Tiana's Bayou Adventure

Tiana's Bayou Adventure  late 2024 — Splash Mountain will be getting a total makeover as it transforms into “Tiana’s Bayou Adventure,” debuting in late 2024 at Magic Kingdom (along with Disneyland Park). Inspired by "The Princess and the Frog," the popular log flume ride's new storyline will pick up after the final kiss, and follow Princess Tiana, Naveen and Louis on a musical adventure. Enjoy lively Mardi Gras celebrations with familiar faces as guests travel through the bayou with original music inspired by the film. There is no announcement yet on when Splash Mountain will close for this retheming.

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Finding Nemo: The Big Blue ... and Beyond! — now showing — As a reimagined version of "Finding Nemo: The Musical," the show is set during the timeline of "Finding Dory." The story follows how the fish from Dr. P Sherman's office have made their way across the ocean to the Marine Life Institute.

Disney's Hollywood Studios

Fantasmic! — 2022 — The nighttime spectacular will reopen an all-new sequence featuring live performers, stunts, special effects and more!

Roundup Rodeo BBQ — 2022 — A table-service restaurant is coming to Toy Story Land in 2022! Themed to feel like a rodeo run by Andy's toys, this immersive restaurant will have toys, games and playsets scattered around, including toy versions of Jessie riding on the back of a Trixie pull-toy and Bo Peep and her sheep performing in the rodeo together.

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

What's Coming to Walt Disney World and Universal - Galactic Starcruiser Cabin

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser — now open — Debuting as part of the new Disney 360 vacation concept, this hotel becomes a living adventure that allows guests to immerse themselves in an entirely new form of Disney storytelling. Guests check-in for a two-night adventure aboard a starship, The Halcyon. You become a citizen of the galaxy and experience all that entails, including dressing up in the proper attire. Once you leave Earth, you discover a starship alive with characters, stories and adventures that unfold all around you. It is 100 percent immersive, and the story touches every single minute of your day. It culminates in a unique journey for every person who visits. Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser is located near Hollywood Studios, with easy access to Galaxy's Edge! It debuted March 1, 2022, and general bookings opened Oct. 28, 2021.

MagicBand+ — summer 2022 — As part of Disney World's 50th-anniversary celebration, a new-and-improved version of the MagicBand will debut with some toadally magical features! After you enter the park, MagicBand+ will light up, vibrate and interact in certain areas, such as Disney Fab 50 Character Collection statues and Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, as well as during nighttime spectaculars.

Reflections: A Disney Lakeside Lodge date TBD — Disney's 16th Disney Vacation Club property is in the works at the former site of River Country water park. Originally slated to open in 2022, the nature-themed deluxe hotel will be located between Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. The project has likely been postponed.

Disney Springs

Salt & Straw — now open — A new ice cream parlor will make its way to Disney Springs sometime in 2022. Salt & Straw is known for its unique flavors that make up its ever-changing menu.

Local Green Orlando — now open — This new food truck will bring healthy, affordable food that "tastes good and helps you feel good" to Disney Springs.

Beatrix — date TBD — We're excited that this new restaurant coming to Disney Springs' West Side will feature healthy food options, including vegetarian, gluten-free and vegan menu items. Beatrix is your neighborhood restaurant, coffeehouse and grab-and-go market all rolled in one. It will also feature a bakery and full-service bar with beer, wine and fresh-squeezed juice cocktails.

Universal Orlando Resort

What's Coming to Universal and Disney World - Universal's Epic Universe concept art

Universal's Epic Universe — summer 2025 — Universal Orlando Resort announced that it's building a brand-new theme park called Universal's Epic Universe. Little is known about the themed lands, but Universal says it will be its most immersive and innovative theme park yet. In addition to the lands, it will feature an entertainment center, hotels, shops, restaurants and more. Located about 12 minutes away from its existing properties, Universal's Epic Universe will nearly double Universal's total available acreage! Check out the latest developments in our Universal's Epic Universe guide.

Due to COVID-19, further development had been postponed, but construction has restarted and it's been confirmed that the park's completion will hoppen by summer 2025.

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

Super Nintendo World at Universal's Epic Universe summer 2025  — Universal has partnered with Nintendo to bring to life experiences based on Nintendo's games, characters and worlds. It has been confirmed that Super Nintendo World will be one of the themed lands at Universal's Epic Universe. The very first Super Nintendo World (which will likely be similar to the future Orlando version) opened at Universal Studios Japan on March 18, 2021.

What's Coming to Other Florida Theme Parks in 2022 and Beyond

SeaWorld Orlando

Ice Breaker — now open — SeaWorld's first multi-directional launched roller coaster is here! It features four launches — both forwards and backward — that ultimately launch you into the steepest vertical drop in Florida at 100 degrees, followed by lots of twists, turns and airtime!

Unnamed roller coaster — 2023 — SeaWorld has teased its seventh roller coaster in the making. We don't know too many details just yet, but it's confirmed for a 2023 opening.

Busch Gardens Tampa

Iron Gwazi — now open — Gwazi is getting a makeover! The former wooden coaster that closed in 2015 has been converted into a hybrid steel-wooden coaster, manufactured by Rocky Mountain Construction. It features all-new thrills and restored elements from Gwazi. Standing at 210 feet tall, it is North America's tallest and the world's fastest and steepest hybrid coaster. Iron Gwazi also has three inversions, including a 180-degree stall that keeps riders upside down for a few seconds while moving forward.

LEGOLAND Florida Resort 

Peppa Pig Theme Park — now open — Peppa Pig has arrived at LEGOLAND Florida Resort! Based on the popular Nick Jr. TV show for tadpoles, Peppa Pig Theme Park features rides, live shows, character interactions, themed play areas and water-play areas with “muddy puddles." While it operates as part of LEGOLAND Florida Resort, guests enter through a separate gate. 

Pirate River Quest — Nov. 2, 2022 — Join the LEGO pirate crew on a quest to find Captain Redbeard's lost treasure. Along the way, the pirate crew will meet Calico Jade and encounter flamingos, monkeys and even a kraken.

I hope you've enjoyed this look at what's coming to Disney World and Universal in 2022 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!

Related: Best Time To Visit Disney World

Related: Best Time To Visit Universal Orlando Resort

Stay cool!

Keep hopping, Tad!
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Jun 25, 2018 at 8:36 p.m. Ruth D. Says...

Trying to decide between Disney and Universal. I like seeing what's coming...

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Jun 25, 2018 at 7:49 p.m. Shane Wilkinson Says...

Cool post!

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Jun 25, 2018 at 7:33 p.m. Alecia Kurek Says...

Cant wait

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Jun 25, 2018 at 7:33 p.m. Alecia Kurek Says...

Cant wait

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Jun 25, 2018 at 7:28 p.m. Sevv Says...

Can't wait to visit Toy Story Land

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Jun 25, 2018 at 7:21 p.m. justbeachy Says...

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Jun 25, 2018 at 7:15 p.m. cheryl Says...

Wow love the Toy Story land and a Star Wars hotel!!

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Jun 25, 2018 at 7:06 p.m. Mark Whiteley Says...

Lots of great info!

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Jun 25, 2018 at 6:47 p.m. Angelene Ukena Says...

I am excited for Toy Story Land

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Jun 25, 2018 at 6:40 p.m. Melissa Borchardt Says...

My daughter wants to move back to Orlando after finishing the Disney College Program. Is it wrong to not be upset? I would have a free place to stay!

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Jun 25, 2018 at 6:32 p.m. Terra Thompson Says...

I cannot wait to ride the Slinky Dog ride this October! Loving reading about all that is to come.

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Jun 25, 2018 at 6:29 p.m. Joseph delgado82 Says...

Can't wait to try the new attractions. Was able to make it out to universal Hollywood this year. Good thing to. We were able to ride the Jurassic park ride one last time before it closes for the remake of the ride. Thanks under cover tourist..

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Jun 25, 2018 at 6:07 p.m. Laurie Miller Says...

Sweet! I was looking forward to our upcoming trip in March but now it looks like we need to plan a few more trips!

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Jun 25, 2018 at 6:01 p.m. Ashley Sublett Says...

I hope I win.

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Jun 25, 2018 at 5:59 p.m. Iliana Mendiola Says...

Can't wait to visit and make new memories!!

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Jun 25, 2018 at 5:52 p.m. Liz Ticona Says...

so many amazing things coming!. Gives me hope that one day when I can finally save enough to take both my boys, there'll be amazing thigns for them to see & discover! :) thanks!!

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Jun 25, 2018 at 5:18 p.m. Joe Duncan Says...

Cant wait to see Super Nintendo World!

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Jun 25, 2018 at 5:11 p.m. Bri Says...

Love all the info.

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Jun 25, 2018 at 4:44 p.m. Melanie Says...

I can't wait to see all the new updates!

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Jun 25, 2018 at 4:18 p.m. Ray Says...

Never been to Orlando

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Jun 25, 2018 at 4:05 p.m. Jim Says...

I recently went on Tron in Shanghai - it was spectacular. So cool. Its a modern day space mountain!

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Jun 25, 2018 at 3:56 p.m. Matthew Morin Says...

I cannot wait to experience this. It looks amazing

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Jun 25, 2018 at 3:32 p.m. Sofia Werbach Says...

Hoping I can come visit later this year! If not definitely next year! Can't wait for Star Wars land!

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Jun 25, 2018 at 3:23 p.m. Jessica W Says...

Had no idea about Super Nintendo world! Can't wait for more details!

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Jun 25, 2018 at 3:15 p.m. Ragi Says...

had the best time of my life! thanks UC.

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Jun 25, 2018 at 2:58 p.m. Kimberly A Ripley Says...

Toy Story Land will bring back the excitement of when our kids were young. Can't wait!

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Jun 25, 2018 at 2:37 p.m. Kathleen Moore Says...

Always wanted to visit! I hope I get to very soon!

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Jun 25, 2018 at 2:31 p.m. Cameron Snell Says...

The Edison was the best restaurant I've ever been too! Highly recommend checking it out after dark!

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Jun 25, 2018 at 1:13 p.m. Disney Gal Says...

So exciting!

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Jun 25, 2018 at 10:50 a.m. Sheri Says...

Thanks so much for this very comprehensive list. I can't wait to visit these parks again and again. Great article!!

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Jun 25, 2018 at 10:40 a.m. Sarah Kate Says...

Changes look amazing! Can't wait to go Christmas 2019

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Jun 25, 2018 at 10:23 a.m. Katie H. Says...

I’m most looking forward to seeing Edna at the Incredibles Dance Party! She’s my favorite!!

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Jun 25, 2018 at 7:03 a.m. Lisa Says...

It’s gonna be even better

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Jun 25, 2018 at 5:05 a.m. Brenda A Sheridan Says...

Awesome! Can't wait to see it.

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Jun 25, 2018 at 4:29 a.m. EvaX Says...

Love Disney's water park! Stay cool this summer!

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Jun 25, 2018 at 4:06 a.m. Amanda Says...

❤️ Orlando

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Jun 25, 2018 at 2:15 a.m. April P. Says...

Wow, all that looks like fun! I need to go back to Universal soon....and Disney, since I've never been. Looks like good time to go!

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Jun 25, 2018 at 1:11 a.m. Teralyn Pilgrim Says...

All of it looks like so much fun!

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Jun 25, 2018 at 12:57 a.m. Rebecca Guerrero Says...

Can't wait until we can return and see all the new stuff!

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Jun 25, 2018 at 12:08 a.m. Robyn Mitros Says...

Love undercover tourist for Disney tix

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Jun 24, 2018 at 11:29 p.m. Thrill Seeker Says...

I haven’t been to Orlando in a while. Maybe it’s time to revisit Universal.

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Jun 24, 2018 at 10:58 p.m. Jessica Harris Says...

I am so excited for all these new attractions!

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Jun 24, 2018 at 10:56 p.m. WinnDixie Says...

Looking forward to visiting Disney and Universal soon.

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Jun 24, 2018 at 10:40 p.m. John M. Says...

Will be interesting to see what Galaxy's Edge does to HS crowds and wait times of other attractions. Might be able to learn from HP at universal.

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Jun 24, 2018 at 10:37 p.m. Alexandra Welch Says...

Disney World was amazing (though I prefer Disneyland to Magic Kingdom...nothing beats the ambiance of New Orlean's Square.)

I've never been to Universal on either coast.

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Jun 24, 2018 at 9:56 p.m. Kim Cagle Says...

Thanks for the preview. Everything was very Informative.

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Jun 24, 2018 at 7:56 p.m. Mandi Says...

I can't wait to see these changes. Very excited for Toy Story Land!

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Jun 24, 2018 at 7:55 p.m. Melissa c Says...

Need to see it all

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Jun 24, 2018 at 7:54 p.m. Melissa camuy Says...

Definitely need to vist all of this

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Jun 24, 2018 at 7:19 p.m. RSRT Says...

Undercover Tourist is the best at keeping me updated and saving me time & money in Orlando!

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