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by Tad on December 4, 2018 810 Orlando

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'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. (To see what opened in 2017 and previous years, hop here.) During the IAAPA trade show in November 2018, Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products Chairman Bob Chapek shared a few cool new details about the Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster coming to Epcot, A1000 animatronics debuting with Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, Disney Skyliner gondola transportation system and a new 15-story tower rising up at Disney's Coronado Springs! 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.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party attraction overlays — Aug. 17 - Oct. 31, 2018, — 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!

The Incredibles "SUPER" Dance Party — ended summer 2018 — 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.

Disney Springs

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

Chicken Guy — now open — Coming from Chef Guy Fieri, partnered with Planet Hollywood's Robert Earl, this new quick-service spot focuses 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.

Disney Tails — now open — Disney's adorable line of pet toys and accessories has expanded into its own retail location so you can bring home some park-themed souvenirs for your furry friends. There's a Haunted Mansion collection, so we're already sold.

Lovepop now open — Stationary lovers, rejoice! If you're a fan of unique art, you'll Love(pop) this new location featuring intricate 3D paper art of all styles and designs.

The Art of Disney Presents Greg McCullough Nov. 3, 2018 - Jan. 1, 2019 — In the former location of Little Miss Matched, one of our favorite artists is setting up shop with his beautifully unique collection of Disney art. You can even catch him for autographs, meet-and-greets and live painting daily from 1:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (except Mondays.)

What's Coming - Wolfgang

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

Jaleo — coming soon — A Spanish concept from Chef José Andrés featuring small plates (tapas), paella and their specialty drink, sangria.

Ralph Breaks VR Hyper Reality Experience — opening Nov. 21, 2018 — This multi-sensory experience will immerse guests in the world of Ralph Breaks the Internet. Teams of four will break the internet with Wreck-It-Ralph and Vanellope von Schweetz disguised as characters from the film "Netizens." Guests will need to be at least 48 inches tall and 10 years old.

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.

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 — ended Summer 2018 — 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.

ESPN Wide World of Sports 

Multi-use sports and entertainment venue — now open — 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 — now open — 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. Want to know more? Read Mommy frog's more in-depth Universal's Aventura Overview.

SeaWorld Orlando

Infinity Falls — now open — 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

Municiberg — Jan. 18, 2019 — Pixar Place is transforming into the hometown of The Incredibles where a party is being held in their honor ... complete with Mr. Incredible, Mrs. Incredible and Frozone. Oh, and Edna Mode will finally have her own meet-and-greet. Be sure to keep an eye out for signs of the mischievous Jack-Jack as well.

Mike and Sulley — Jan. 18, 2019 — Mike and Sulley of Monsters, Inc. fame will be making their grand return to Hollywood Studios for a meet-and-greet.

Wonderful World of Animation —May 1 — Honoring 30 years of Hollywood Studios, a new nighttime spectacular will bring characters to life like never before.

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. Disney will debut the next generation of all-electric, life-like animatronics called A1000s in the new land.

Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run  late fall 2019 — Guests become the flight crew for this super immersive ride on the fastest ship in the galaxy.

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance  late fall 2019 — Guests will be taken hostage, resulting in a battle between the First Order and the Resistance ... and Kylo Ren himself. - 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

Mickey & Minnie’s Surprise Celebration Jan. 18, 2019— Our favorite mice are turning 90! On Main Street U.S.A. you'll find the Dapper Dans singing special songs in their honor, as well as the new Move It! Shake It! MousekeDance It! Street Party.

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

Epcot Forever  2020 — Illuminations: Reflections of Earth is coming to a close summer 2019, to be replaced by a limited-time fireworks show shortly thereafter. This show is set to focus on the music and fun of Epcot's past and present attractions.

New nighttime spectacular — 2020 — The new lagoon show is listed as “a worldwide celebration of Disney music” with highlights from the show featuring Moana, Brave, Pocahontas, Hercules, Brave and more.

Guardians of the Galaxy - What's Coming to Disney World and Universal in 2021

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. Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products Chairman Bob Chapek revealed that the coaster will have one-of-a-kind ride vehicles that will allow each cab to be programmed to direct riders' eyes to the story happening around them.

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.

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

Remy's Ratatouille Adventure — Spring 2020 — 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's Animal Kingdom

Hakuna Matata Time Dance Party — Jan. 18, 2019 — Dance along with Timon and Rafiki to celebrate The Lion King's 25th anniversary.

 Disney World Hotels and Resorts

Gran Destino Tower at Disney's Coronado Springs - What's Coming to Disney World in 2019

Gran Destino Tower - Disney's Coronado Springs Resort expansion — opening July 2019 — The new, 15-story tower will be the main entrance point for hotel resort guests and will add 545 guest rooms, including 50 suites, and a new, two-story lobby. A themed table-service restaurant will sit atop the tower and offer views of the resort. A second restaurant is also planned for an island in the middle of the resort's 14-acre lake.

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 — fall 2019 — Disney Vacation Club’s 15th property will have a rooftop restaurant and views of nighttime shows at Epcot and Hollywood Studios.

Reflections: A Disney Lakeside Lodge 2022 — Disney's 16th Disney Vacation Club property is in the works at the former site of River Country water park. 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.

Disney World Transportation

Hollywood Studios Complimentary Transportation - Tower of TerrorWalt Disney World Skyliner — fall 2019 — A new gondola system is under construction and will connect Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney's Pop Century Resort and Disney's Caribbean Beach resorts and Disney's proposed Riviera Resort to 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.

City Works Eatery & Pour House  — 2019 — The seventh of its kind in the country, City Works will offer 80 beers on tap and a menu of American food sure to delight every member of the Frog Fam.

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

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.

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.

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!

Related: Best Time To Visit Disney World

Stay cool!

Keep hopping, Tad!
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Jan 19, 2018 at 8:15 p.m. Mary Says...

I have hydrocephalus and have a brain shunt. Which rides would I be unable to ride?

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Jan 31, 2018 at 9:19 p.m. Steve Says...

Hi Mary,

I had hydrocephalus as a child and have two shunts plumbed in. I think it is very wise to check with your Doctor, but I am happy to report that no roller coaster has proven a problem for me. Hitting Dragon Challenge, the Hulk, Manta, Everest, all the mountains and the motion simulators was absolutely fine (apart from the abject fear). I do suffer with photo-sensitivity and so checking out which rides had strobe effects was valuable, although not a deal breaker.

Last year was the fourth time I have been to the parks and the only problem I had was if I was bumped about and knocked my shunt. A little queasy, but otherwise ok. We all had an amazing time. I hope you have a fantastic trip whatever rides you feel are appropriate for you and nice to connect with someone else who shares my affinity for plastic tubing!

Kind regards,

Steve

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Jan 23, 2018 at 10:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mary,

A majority of Universal's attractions are major thrill rides. We would recommend heading to Disney, where many of the attractions are much more calm. There are plenty to choose from! Of course, talk with your doctor about what intensity level you can handle, and go from there. Let us know if you have any other questions!

Stay cool!

Tad

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Jan 16, 2018 at 10:42 p.m. Logan’s kid geography and more Says...

What is the name of the restaurant in the nba experience ????????????????

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Jan 17, 2018 at 12:49 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

The name of the restaurant has not yet been announced. We'll keep you posted :)

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jan 15, 2018 at 11:28 p.m. Ray Says...

Any new shop will open in Diagon alley this year?

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Jan 16, 2018 at 3:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ray,

We haven't heard anything about new shops opening in Diagon Alley this year. Stay tuned!

Stay cool!

Tad

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Jan 15, 2018 at 9:57 p.m. Priscilla Says...

Regarding Universal Studios Hollywood. Why is Jurassic Park closed? I wished I had known that before purchasing tickets. My hop and ribbit are a little off finding that out????

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Jan 16, 2018 at 2:38 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Priscilla,

We also love Jurassic Park River - The Ride! It's a bummer it's closed for routine refurbishments. Hopefully, it'll reopen soon!

Stay cool!

Tad

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Jan 10, 2018 at 8:23 p.m. Kristy Says...

I am deaf does all the park have device for deaf??

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Jan 10, 2018 at 4:22 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristy,

Yes, Walt Disney World does provide services for guests with hearing disabilities. You can learn more about your options here.

Stay cool!

Tad

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Jan 2, 2018 at 1:22 a.m. IDA MARGAIN Says...

WHAT IS THE BEST TIME TO GO RIGHT AFTER SEPTEMBER WHEN SCHOOL IS BACK IN AND HOW DO I FIND OUT WHICH RIDES ARE DOWN FOR REPAIR

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Jan 2, 2018 at 4:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ida,

September is a fairly calm month after Labor Day weekend. Check out the predicted crowd levels on our Crowd Calendar. To keep an eye on ride closures, hop over to our Disney World Refurbishments post!

Stay cool!

Tad

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Jan 1, 2018 at 11:21 p.m. Kylie Thomas Says...

When exactly is Summer 2018 in terms of Toy Story Land?

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Jan 2, 2018 at 4:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kylie,

We aren't sure of an exact date yet for the opening of Toy Story Land. As soon as we know, we'll be sure to post it!

Stay cool!

Tad

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Dec 30, 2017 at 3:43 p.m. Mark Says...

I will be taking my two boys 4 & 5 to Disney by myself. I will have a problem as most rides are for 2 people correct?

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Jan 2, 2018 at 11:21 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mark,

Many rides are for two, but there are also some that allow 3+ to ride together. There's also Rider Switch that can allow riders to switch so everyone can have a turn.

Stay cool!

Tad

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Dec 28, 2017 at 3:56 p.m. Elida A. Says...

When does the F&F-Supercharged actually open? (When is Spring 2018?) Lol. I'm dreaming of making the trip and don't want to miss that!

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Dec 29, 2017 at 9:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Elida,

An official open date has not yet been given. Stay tuned!

Stay cool!

Tad

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Oct 24, 2017 at 7:14 a.m. Angie Nguyen Says...

I'm heading to Disneyworld January 3rd to January 9th... will the Christmas decorations still be up? What about A Frozen Holiday Wish performance?

Thanks!

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Oct 24, 2017 at 4:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Angie,

There may still be some Christmas decorations up at Disney World at that time. As of now, it does not look like A Frozen Holiday Wish will run past Dec. 30.

Stay cool!

Tad

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Dec 28, 2017 at 5:31 p.m. Cleveland Carolyn Says...

We Vacation here every New Years—our past experience is that the xmas decorations magically disappear between the evening of January 1 .

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Oct 13, 2017 at 4:56 p.m. Jenny Clement Says...

Hi

We are staying near 192 West in a villa and want to know the best place to drop off our adult children at the WDW parks. We will be going ourselves but not every day lol. Anyone know?

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Oct 14, 2017 at 9:37 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jenny,

All four parks have Guest drop-off/pick-up areas. Note that the one for Magic Kingdom is at the Transporation and Ticket Center.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 6, 2017 at 12:41 a.m. Helena Fransson Says...

Is the 25 of december a bad time to visit universal studios?

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Sep 6, 2017 at 5:33 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Helena,

Yes, December 25th is a very busy day. Check out our Crowd Calendar to see our crowd projections during December.

Stay cool!

Tad

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Aug 22, 2017 at 1:40 a.m. Claire Says...

Wow, these all look so exciting! I'm hoping we get to experience some of them for our trip to Orlando in March of 2018!

I have become the trip planner for our group of 6 adults, and all of us have different priorities for our Disneyworld visit. Do you have any tips for how to make ADRs and FastPass selections when some people want to rope-drop every park and minimize wait times and other people want a spontaneous trip with lots of pooltime and without much planning? I don't want to over plan but I also want us to actually be able to spend some family time together!

Love the blog! Your park plans are a lifesaver!

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Aug 22, 2017 at 6:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Claire,

First off, THANK YOU for the sweet comments about da blog!

For large groups that want to do their own thing, we recommend—planning! Really. Start by planning around the things that you want the whole group to do together-dining, attractions and such. Nail down those dates and schedules. From there, the other parties are free to start thinking about what they want to do. Fastpass+ really requires you to "plan" your day, as least what day you want to visit a specific park. From there, you can work in meetups and attractions or other activities.

Stay cool!

Tad

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Jul 19, 2017 at 9:43 p.m. Says...

Will there be a CARS Land at Disney Worlds Hollywood studios like the one at WDLands Adventure Park??

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Jul 21, 2017 at 12:02 p.m. Kristen Says...

Yes Disney World really needs to OPEN UP a Carsland like California has!!!!!

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Jul 2, 2017 at 1 p.m. Betina Says...

Any idea at all about when they plan to open Toy Story land? Like is it within the next couple of years? Or in 5 or 10?

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Jul 2, 2017 at 8:10 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Betina,

Toy Story Land is due to open sometime in 2018.

Stay cool!

Tad

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Jun 1, 2017 at 8:26 p.m. Karen Says...

If you stay at 2 hotels, you can used the meal plan up until midnight of check out day for the first hotel you stay at. My favorite hotel is the Wilderness Lodge. You can purchase a bowl of chili for a snack. They have a nice smoking area.

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May 1, 2017 at 9:10 a.m. Heather Berechree Says...

I am from Australia but I have been to WDW a number of times. My question is about the free Dining Plan and Dining Plans in general. We are not big eaters and have never thought them good value for money but we plan to be at WDW during a time that partly coincides with the free dining offer. My question is how long does the dining plan last. If for example we stayed 5 nights at one hotel with the free dining plan offer then moved to another hotel that was not offering the dining plan would we be able to use outstanding dining points (if there were any) once we moved to the second hotel or do they expire the day we move to the other hotel. I am somewhat confused my this. Thanks for your help

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May 6, 2017 at 10:55 p.m. kristin Says...

Hello. You will be able to use dining credits for only the days that you are staying at the qualifying Walt Disney World hotel. Depending on if you upgrade or not there are two different plans. We find as a family of four that it saves us a ton of money. Only certain hotels qualify and you do have to upgrade to the park hopper option on the tickets to be eligible. I hope that helps!

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May 1, 2017 at 1:16 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Heather,

We're not familiar with dining plans moving from hotel-to-hotel. Perhaps some of our other readers know. You can always call 407-WDW-DINE to get exact info from Disney.

Keep Hopping!

Leap

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Apr 7, 2017 at 1:07 a.m. Patrick Says...

We have stayed at the All Star Music resort three times ,it's not fancy but all you really need . A clean room,food on site,and great swimming pool s

Also offers free shuttle service to all Disney Parks. Price is very reasonable .

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Mar 13, 2017 at 6:25 p.m. camille Veltri Says...

where is the best place to stay in Disney, and what is the best price

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Jul 29, 2017 at 5:52 p.m. Austin Says...

The lowest price one is epcott, best time to go is winter

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Jun 13, 2017 at 12:58 a.m. Madison Says...

hi Camille!

It depends on how long you want to stay and how big your party is.

- Madison (:

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May 19, 2017 at 3:27 p.m. PJ Says...

A great place to stay is Orange Lake Resort. It's only 3 miles from the Magic Kingdom. I rent a 6th floor villa overlooking a golf course that sleeps 8 people for only $145.00 per night. The resort is massive and has its own water park, pools and lazy river. Restaurants and shopping on premises.

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Sep 13, 2017 at 8:54 p.m. Holly Says...

I completely agree with staying at Orange Lake Resort! It is a fantastic place, close to Disney and it allows you to get away for a day too. Great pools with a real resort feel. Full kitchens and washer and dryer make it great for families. We've stayed there several times.

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Mar 19, 2017 at 3:16 p.m. Nay Says...

Blue heron beach resort condo. It's 2 miles from Disney world parks. Restaurants are walking distance.Publix grocery store is close too. They provide bus rides to the parks. Great price, clean and nice facilities.

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Mar 27, 2017 at 1:54 a.m. Slynn Says...

We stayed at the Blue Heron also a few years ago. It was perfect for us. We had one teenage boy with us. The shuttles were nice. Property was nice too!

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Aug 22, 2017 at 4:06 p.m. lorena Says...

The Blue Heron , in my opinion, has gone downhill. I have stayed there several time in the past - and it just kept getting worse. Not very clean - and needs a lot of work.......

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Mar 13, 2017 at 2:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Camille,

That depends on how much you want to spend, and how close you want to be to a particular theme park. Consider one of Disney's Moderate hotels, like Disney's Caribbean Beach resort. It's close to Epcot!

Keep Hopping!

Leap

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Feb 22, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. Ridah kaiko Says...

Wow! That's so amazing...I will definitely plan for this...Thank you.

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