Sunset at Disney's Animal Kingdom
  • On Sep 28, 2016
    Sharon from TX Asked

    What has closed permanently and what is new since 2014?

    Hi Sharon,

    The last two years have been busy at Walt Disney World as Downtown Disney transforms to Disney SpringsAnimal Kingdom at night begins offering a host of new experiences; and Hollywood Studios continues a major re-imagining to add Star Wars and Toy Story lands. Magic Kingdom and Epcot have had their share of new as well. Let me try to hit the highlights.

    At Magic Kingdom, you will notice an expansive new hub area in front of Cinderella Castle, a new Mickey's Royal Friendship Faire stage show and the new Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen. Main Street Electrical Parade takes its final bow October 9.

    At Epcot, the Maelstrom has been replaced by Frozen Ever After and Anna and Elsa now greet guests in the adjacent Royal Sommerhus.

    The largest number of closures have taken place at Hollywood Studios to make way for the expansion. These include the American Idol Experience, The Backlot Tour and Lights, Camera, Action! Extreme Stunt Show. New Star Wars experiences have been added.

    Animal Kingdom at night includes new sights, sounds and tastes, including River of Light (coming soon) and Tiffins restaurant.

    And Disney Springs is a festival of expanded restaurants, shops and entertainment. You certainly will see the most change there.

    Thanks for your question at Disney Parks Moms Panel. Please let us know if you need details on any of the recent innovations at Walt Disney World. Enjoy exploring all that's new!

    Wilma
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Meet the Panelist: Wilma, Florida

We live 90 miles from Walt Disney World and have visited frequently for 20 years. Disney is the place our family can relax together, try new things (especially interesting food) and have conversations, no matter what park we visit or where we stay.
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