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What's Coming to Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando in 2024 and Beyond

by Tad on April 1, 2024 846 Orlando   Video

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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 2024 and beyond! As the Frog Family’s resident thrill seeker, tech junkie and head frog videographer — thank you very much — I love 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. This year, we've got much to look forward to, so let's break it down!

What's Coming to Disney World and Universal Orlando in 2024 - Happily Ever After

We're so frogcited about the new rides and experiences coming in 2024, including Tiana's Bayou Adventure (coming summer 2024) and a new DreamWorks-themed land at Universal Studios Florida.

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 2023 and previous years.) And of course, openings bring excited fans to the parks, 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 2024 and Beyond

Magic Kingdom Park

What's Coming to Disney World - Tiana Animatronic

Tiana's Bayou Adventure — summer 2024 — Splash Mountain will be getting a total makeover as it transforms into Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, debuting in summer 2024 at Magic Kingdom (along with Disneyland Park later in the year). 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. Splash Mountain permanently closed Jan. 23, 2023, to prepare for this retheming.

Country Bear Musical Jamboree — summer 2024 — The beloved bears will be performing a new act, featuring favorite Disney songs in different genres of country music. The last day to see the original show was Jan. 26, 2024, before it reopens later in the summer.

What's Coming to Disney World - New Pirates of the Caribbean Lounge

Pirates of the Caribbean-themed lounge — TBD — A new lounge will extend the story from Pirates of the Caribbean in Adventureland.

Disney's Animal Kingdom

What's Coming to Disney World - Zootopia Show

Zootopia show — TBD — A new show based on "Zootopia" is in the works for the Tree of Life theater, replacing It's Tough to be a Bug. You'll visit different biomes from the film along with Judy Hopps, Nick Wilde and more furry friends from the movie.

30th Anniversary of "The Lion King" — June 10 to Sept. 6, 2024 — Celebrate the iconic film with limited-time merchandise (including a Pumbaa popcorn bucket) and a special Timon and Rafiki meet and greet at Rafiki's Planet Watch.


CommuniCore Plaza and CommuniCore Hall — June 10, 2024 — 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 in CommuniCore Hall.

¡Celebración Encanto! — June 10 to Sept. 6, 2024 — For a limited time, at the all-new CommuniCore Plaza Stage, join the family Madrigal in an "Encanto" sing-along.

Test Track refresh — 2024/2025 — The fan-favorite attraction will undergo a reimagining and will temporarily close June 17, 2024. Imagineers and teams from Chevrolet are drawing inspiration from the original World of Motion attraction to bring "that spirit of optimism" to the ride. A reopening timeline has not been revealed yet, so we're unsure if it will reopen in 2024 or 2025.

PLAY! pavilionpostponed 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 — postponed — This World Showcase pavilion will receive a new film that is presented in a seamless 360-degree format.

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.

Disney's Hollywood Studios

What's Coming to Disney World and Universal - Star Tours

New Star Tours Adventures — April 5, 2024 — Get ready to make the jump to lightspeed because frog favorites Ahsoka Tano, Cassian Andor, Din Djarin and Grogu will appear in new adventures at the Star Tours attraction beginning on April 5. With these additions, you'll have the opportunity to experience one of more than 250 variations aboard your Starspeeder 1000, including a visit to the planet of Peridea from the "Ashoka" series. This is the Way.

Meet Joy at Pixar Plaza — June 10, 2024 — Just in time for the release of "Inside Out 2," Joy will make her way to Pixar Plaza to greet guests.

"The Little Mermaid - A Musical Adventure" show — fall 2024 — A reimagined "Little Mermaid" show is coming to the Animation Courtyard Theater in fall 2024 with new scenes.

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

The Cabins at Fort Wilderness — July 1, 2024 — The Cabins at Fort Wilderness are undergoing refurbishment to become a new Disney Vacation Club property, with a projected opening date of July 1, 2024. You can become a member at this resort starting Feb. 27, 2024, and you can book a stay as early as March 12, 2024.

Disney Springs

"Disney Dreams That Soar" — May 24 to Sept. 2, 2024 — An all-new drone show is coming to Disney Springs! This summer, guests can enjoy a late-night show over Lake Buena Vista, showcasing Disney stories that celebrate the "joy of flight." The show will run nightly on the West Side.

Universal Orlando Resort

What's Coming to Universal Orlando Resort - DreamWorks Land

DreamWorks Land — summer 2024 — The former Woody Woodpecker's KidZone area will transform into a family-friendly space inspired by DreamWorks Animation. Hop on the caterpillar, Caterbus, and join Poppy, Branch and more as you try to escape from spooky spiders on Troll's Trollercoaster. Visit Panda Village and learn the ways of the Dragon Warrior at Po's Kung Fu Training Camp. Hang out with Shrek, Fiona and Donkey at Shrek's Swamp Meet. Sit back, relax and enjoy a new live show at DreamWorks Imagination Celebration and prepare to meet some of your favorite characters at DreamWorks Character Zone. Feeling famished? Silence your roaring stomach at Swamp Snacks and Trolls Treats. And don't froget to grab some fun souvenirs at High Five Hideaway!

What's Coming to Universal - Stella Luna and Terra Nova Resorts

Universal Stella Nova Resort and Universal Terra Luna Resort January 2025 and February 2025, respectively — Two new hotel properties are coming to Universal Orlando! Each featuring 750 guest rooms in the resort's Prime Value Category, Universal Stella Nova Resort and Universal Terra Luna Resort will be located adjacent to the future site of the new Universal Epic Universe theme park. Universal Stella Nova Resort will be inspired by distant galaxies, new stars and mysterious black holes, while Universal Terra Luna Resort will be inspired by the massive and diverse planetary elements of the universe.

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

Universal Epic Universe — summer 2025 — Universal Orlando Resort announced that it's building a brand-new theme park called Universal Epic Universe. Universal says it will be its most immersive and innovative theme park yet. And now, in exciting news, Universal has announced the five worlds we'll be transported to! Celestial Park will be the gateway to explore The Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Ministry of Magic, SUPER NINTENDO WORLD, How to Train Your Dragon — Isle of Berk and Dark Universe, home to classic Universal monsters. Located about 12 minutes away from its existing properties, Universal Epic Universe will nearly double Universal's total available acreage and contain over 50 attraction, entertainment and shopping experiences.

New Nighttime Spectacular — date TBD  Universal Orlando's Cinematic Celebration has ended its run at Universal Studios Florida. Universal has announced that a new nighttime show experience will be taking its place. No further details have been shared.

What's Coming to Other Florida Theme Parks in 2024 and Beyond

SeaWorld Orlando

What's Coming to SeaWorld - Penguin Trek

Penguin Trek — spring 2024 — A new family-friendly launch coaster is coming to SeaWorld Orlando! Penguin Trek will take guests on an Antarctic adventure with two launches along a 3,020-foot indoor and outdoor track, reaching speeds up to 43 mph on their snowmobile-style vehicles. Once riders complete their penguin rescue mission, they'll end up in SeaWorld's very own penguin habitat.

Aquatica Orlando

Tassie's Underwater Twist — now open — The newest addition will be an immersive waterslide that journeys through Australia's Shark Bay seagrass meadow. The reimagined slide will measure 129 feet long and feature a unique super-bowl element, a synchronized video display and an orchestral score.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay & Adventure Island

Phoenix Rising — spring 2024 — The newest roller coaster coming to Busch Gardens Tampa will feature family-friendly thrills with speeds up to 44 mph. The suspended coaster will swing riders from side to side above the Serengeti Plain, and feature on-board audio with a one-of-a-kind soundtrack.

Castaway Falls — spring 2024 — This all-new, multi-level interactive water-play attraction at Adventure Island will have four exciting waterslides, soakers, jets, water shooters, sliding buckets and more, doubling the size of the former splash area.

LEGOLAND Florida Resort 

LEGO Ferrari Build & Race — now open — Start your engines! You'll get to see a life-size Ferrari made from LEGO bricks, enter a "build zone" to create your own LEGO Ferrari race car, test it out on obstacle courses and digitally customize your car in a virtual race.

SEA Life Florida Resort — fall 2024 — This new aquarium will feature interactive exhibits centered on marine life and exploration.

I hope you've enjoyed this look at what's coming to Disney World and Universal in 2024 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 24, 2018 at 5:53 p.m. Tim Says...

So many cool things to come!

Jun 24, 2018 at 4:22 p.m. Jennifer Miller Says...

Looks like fun

Jun 24, 2018 at 4:15 p.m. roklover Says...

Soooo looking forward to our trip! Thanks for all of the great information! We used yall 5 years ago and are thrilled to do so again.

Jun 24, 2018 at 4:01 p.m. JodiT Says...

Lot's of fun things afoot!

Jun 24, 2018 at 3:52 p.m. Marissa H. Says...

I can't wait to see Toy Story Land in August! I've been looking forward to this for a long time!

Jun 24, 2018 at 3:34 p.m. WhatevaHeatha Says...

Very informative, thank you.

Jun 24, 2018 at 3:19 p.m. Tanesa Keehn Says...

So excited to finally visit Universal Studios next year!

Jun 24, 2018 at 3:18 p.m. Tabes a keehn Says...

Can’t wait until next year! We are so looking forward to enjoying Universal Studios now that the whole family is grown enough to ride ALL the rides! Yay!

Jun 24, 2018 at 3:16 p.m. B Diddy Says...

Cant wait for some of these exciting updates!

Jun 24, 2018 at 3:08 p.m. Evieoo Says...

Can't wait for all the new Disney experiences! And the new coaster for the Wizarding World at Islands of Adventure!

Jun 24, 2018 at 2:39 p.m. Brad Dyer Says...

Can't wait to be able to go back to universal Orlando.

Jun 24, 2018 at 2:37 p.m. AnneMarie Rollins Says...

So much to look forward to! I am going to need a month long vacation to see and do all of this.

Jun 24, 2018 at 2:20 p.m. Jackie Diprimo Says...

Can't wait to try the new restaurants at Disney Springs!

Jun 24, 2018 at 1:13 p.m. tim STARNES Says...

Cannot wait until the new rides happen at DW!

Jun 24, 2018 at 11:57 a.m. andy p Says...

love orlando

Jun 24, 2018 at 11:20 a.m. lisa Says...

Great blog posts! Lots of helpful information. Hoping to take my Great-Nephews to ToyStory Land one day! Thanks!

Jun 24, 2018 at 10:46 a.m. Sandy Says...

Wondering how Guardians of the Galaxy will fit -- hoping for a story to tie it with EPCOT

Jun 24, 2018 at 10:07 a.m. Jodi Says...

I sure wish I lived closer to the parks!

Jun 24, 2018 at 7:10 a.m. Nilyn Says...

Thank you so much for all the info????????!

They are all amazing! You are amazing Undercover Tourist!

Jun 24, 2018 at 4 a.m. Stacey Macchia Says...

Thanks for the discounted Disney tickets, and I can't wait to get back to Universal Studios!

Jun 24, 2018 at 3:24 a.m. Michelle Bush Says...

Lot's of great things to come. Look forward to Toy Story.

Jun 24, 2018 at 3:11 a.m. Jennifer Olson Says...

Love disney

Jun 24, 2018 at 2:30 a.m. edchua75 Says...

I cannot wait to experience all of these for the first time!

Jun 24, 2018 at 2:02 a.m. Sarah Says...

so cool

Jun 24, 2018 at 1:46 a.m. Craig Says...

Would love to go back!

Jun 24, 2018 at 1:33 a.m. Disneygal Says...

Great resource to have everything you need to know in one place!

Jun 24, 2018 at 1:27 a.m. Virginia Alworth Says...

Want to see President Trump in Hall of Presidents

Jun 24, 2018 at 1:12 a.m. Reece MacRae Says...

These look INCREDIBLE!!! Can't wait to experience them for myself soon!

Jun 23, 2018 at 10:36 p.m. Jacqueline Hughes Says...

All the new attractions to the park looks amazing!!!

Jun 23, 2018 at 10:31 p.m. Pamela Garrett Says...

So many wonderful and fun things to look forward to!

Jun 23, 2018 at 10:13 p.m. Lesli Peters- Ramey Says...

Wow, I didn't realize there were so many new things going in at the parks. I want to see and do them all! That Aventura Hotel looks so sleek and modern, super neat!

Jun 23, 2018 at 9:33 p.m. Theresa Schaecher Says...

So ready for another trip.

Jun 23, 2018 at 8:41 p.m. Kelly McBride Says...

Everything sounds GREAT ! ............................................ except the avatar nonsense. Won't EVER be going near any of that.

Jun 23, 2018 at 8:08 p.m. Natalie Says...

I think this is awesome! Thank you for sharing all of this knowledge! Especially since I did not know about some of it, it's nice to be kept in the loop. Not to mention to get to see what is happening in the parks around the world makes me wish I could visit them someday, one can only hope!

Jun 23, 2018 at 7:57 p.m. Ian VanKirk Says...

Lots of good stuff coming up. I’m especially excited about the Nintendo land.

Jun 23, 2018 at 6:28 p.m. Mariah Says...

I would love to get this and I love what they added for the summer!????

Jun 23, 2018 at 6:09 p.m. Jenifer Beck Says...

I would love to be able to bring my boys to Disney World to see to story land! My boys love all of the toy story movies and would be dream to visit this place!

Jun 23, 2018 at 6 p.m. Debbie Says...

I can’t wait to see the new toy story land!!!

Jun 23, 2018 at 5:52 p.m. Donna GWIZDOWSKI Says...

All i can say is WOW!

Jun 23, 2018 at 5:48 p.m. Jessi Housel Says...

My husband and I honeymooned in Florida 10 years ago, the parks have changed alot since then. We now have two kids who I know want a trip to see all the cool Disney and Universal parks. My superhero obsessed son and my little princess will love a vacation with these stops! We appreciate all the insider info. from UndercoverTourist and will def. use it when we plan a trip someday.

Jun 23, 2018 at 5:06 p.m. foxwl Says...

WOW that Star Wars hotel!!! Also, I love Tad that froggo :)

Jun 23, 2018 at 4:10 p.m. JoAnn Says...

I would love to go!

Jun 23, 2018 at 3:38 p.m. Jamie Manger Says...

We'll be there next February and can't wait to check out Toy Story Land!

Jun 23, 2018 at 3:23 p.m. Elizabeth G. Says...

I can't wait for star wars land!

Jun 23, 2018 at 3:18 p.m. Esteban Collado Says...

Avatar!!!!! Yes!!!!!

Jun 23, 2018 at 3 p.m. Millie Collado Says...

Amazing Info. Can’t wait to go and explore it all!

Jun 23, 2018 at 1:55 p.m. Ginger Says...

So exciting!!

Jun 23, 2018 at 1:46 p.m. Chris H Says...

I can't wait to see all the exciting new things coming to WDW!

Jun 23, 2018 at 1:42 p.m. DiaBac Says...

Can't wait for the Star Wars Park area to open in 2019! It should be awesome!

Jun 23, 2018 at 1:24 p.m. Jessica Says...

Can’t wait to see toy story land !

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