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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 24, 2018 at 5:53 p.m. Tim Says...

So many cool things to come!

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

Looks like fun

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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.

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

Lot's of fun things afoot!

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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!

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

Very informative, thank you.

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

So excited to finally visit Universal Studios next year!

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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!

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

Cant wait for some of these exciting updates!

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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!

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

Cannot wait until the new rides happen at DW!

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

love orlando

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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!

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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

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

I sure wish I lived closer to the parks!

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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!

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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!

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

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

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

Love disney

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

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

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

so cool

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

Would love to go back!

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

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

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

Want to see President Trump in Hall of Presidents

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

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

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

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

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

So many wonderful and fun things to look forward to!

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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!

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

So ready for another trip.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!????

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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!

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

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

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

All i can say is WOW!

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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.

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

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

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

I would love to go!

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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!

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

I can't wait for star wars land!

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

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

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

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

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

So exciting!!

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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!

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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!

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

Can’t wait to see toy story land !

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