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

Wow the Ratatouille attraction looks beautiful

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

A Star Wars theme park sounds great.

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

Cool

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Jun 30, 2018 at 4:58 p.m. Katie Says...

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

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

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

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

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Jun 30, 2018 at 3:50 p.m. Leslie Fitzgibbon Says...

Thank You so much! Got a trip planned using you guys for Next Year!!! So excited

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

I cannot wait to enjoy these events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jun 30, 2018 at 2:22 p.m. Yvonne Lugo Says...

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

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Jun 30, 2018 at 1:42 p.m. Dorie Says...

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

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

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

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

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

So excited to see all the new attractions/entertainment.

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

So many fun things to see and do!

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

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

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

So many fun additions

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

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

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

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

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Jun 30, 2018 at 11:18 a.m. victoria6798 Says...

I LOVE ORLANDO... I HOPE WE WIN

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Jun 30, 2018 at 11:10 a.m. melissa Says...

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

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

Looking forward to checking out the Edison!

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Jun 30, 2018 at 10:47 a.m. shirley boothe Says...

Thank you for keeping us updated..!!

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Jun 30, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. Kathleen Farrell Says...

Would love to bring my family here, we’ve never been!

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Jun 30, 2018 at 10:20 a.m. Jessica W Says...

Looking forward to the new HP ride!

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Jun 30, 2018 at 9:05 a.m. Kim N Says...

We have never been to Universal in Orlando. Love your crowd calendars for the parks. Thanks for the contest. Would love to win!

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Jun 30, 2018 at 9:02 a.m. Fred Says...

What great updates! Just got back from first ever trip and want to go back already! So much to look forward to!

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Jun 30, 2018 at 7:14 a.m. m Says...

hi

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Jun 30, 2018 at 6:55 a.m. Diana Lingar Says...

Awesome info! And I always view your crowd calendar on the website when trying to decide when to visit.....very helpful

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Jun 30, 2018 at 5:48 a.m. ALClark Says...

I desperately want to get to Universal. Never been and my teens would LOVE it!

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Jun 30, 2018 at 4 a.m. Emi Says...

The dinosaur costumes for Donald's celebration in the animal kingdom are hilarious.

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Jun 30, 2018 at 3:56 a.m. Jolene Jacoby Says...

My daughter wants to go to universal for her birthday!!

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Jun 30, 2018 at 3:36 a.m. Gina M Allen Says...

I will be there soon!

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Jun 30, 2018 at 3:12 a.m. vansks Says...

Loving Pandora, missing the Great Movie Ride, waiting for Star Wars

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Jun 30, 2018 at 2:56 a.m. Mumush Says...

Excellent deals for get good value.

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Jun 30, 2018 at 2:54 a.m. Mares C. Says...

My youngest son is now tall enough to do all the rides; can’t wait to visit again!

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Jun 30, 2018 at 2:21 a.m. Chad Brown Says...

What a great time to be a amusement/theme park fan...Orlando is like the world's playground!

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Jun 30, 2018 at 2:19 a.m. Janet Says...

Thanks for the information.

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Jun 30, 2018 at 1:44 a.m. NatP Says...

So many exciting things coming! It's making hard to decide whether to skip a year and see more things in 2019 or 2020...nah, who am I kidding?! We'll be there soon!

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Jun 30, 2018 at 1:42 a.m. Katey O’Connor Says...

Wowzers!

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Jun 30, 2018 at 1:02 a.m. James Davis Says...

Need to get back to Orlando

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Jun 30, 2018 at 12:52 a.m. Nancy Says...

So much fun new stuff coming!

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Jun 30, 2018 at 12:39 a.m. Jjjjjj Says...

Sounds exciting

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Jun 30, 2018 at 12:16 a.m. Tracy Parker Says...

Looking forward to seeing Toy Story Land

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Jun 30, 2018 at 12:15 a.m. JO2018 Says...

Can’t wait for all the new Star Wars adventures!

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Jun 30, 2018 at midnight JayK Says...

The Edison thing almost sounds like the one at The Henry Ford.

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