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All the NEW Disney Thrills coming to Walt Disney World Resort in 2023

Walt Disney World is always a must visit destination, but especially in 2023 as the resort has so many new and exciting experiences set to debut this year include one of the fastest coasters at any Disney theme park, a new restaurant to savor, the continued transformation of EPCOT, returning nighttime spectaculars filling night skies throughout the resort and so much more.


Read on for all the exciting Disney Thrills coming soon to Walt Disney World!


Disney Thrills coming soon to Walt Disney World Resort


New Character Greetings Debuting Soon

Let’s start with one of the most magical moments: meeting your Disney favorites face-to-face.


We recently saw the return of many fan-favorite character experiences including Enchanted Tales with Belle, Ariel’s Grotto and Pete’s Silly Sideshow at Magic Kingdom Park, and now in 2023, new friends will make their debut soon.


Just in time for the 25th Anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, Moana, from the hit Walt Disney Animation Studios film, will greet fellow voyagers on Discovery Island for the first time, starting April 22.


Moana, from the hit Walt Disney Animation Studios film, will greet fellow voyagers on Discovery Island

Later this summer, guests will get the chance to hug long-time EPCOT icon Figment at the Imagination! pavilion.


Figment at the Imagination! pavilion

Mickey Mouse and Friends will also have a new home at Communicore Hall opening later this year as part of the EPCOT transformation.


Mickey Mouse and Friends will also have a new home at Communicore Hall opening later this year as part of the EPCOT transformation

And this fall, Mirabel from Disney Animation’s Academy Award-winning film “Encanto” will greet guests in the Fairytale Garden at Magic Kingdom, which will be transformed with whimsical décor inspired by la Familia Madrigal.


 Mirabel from Disney Animation’s Academy Award-winning film “Encanto” will greet guests in the Fairytale Garden at Magic Kingdom


Roundup Rodeo BBQ Comes to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Yee-haw! Andy’s backyard is preparing to welcome more toys at Roundup Rodeo BBQ opening March 23 in Toy Story Land.


Serving barbecue-inspired comfort foods, this one-of-a-kind dining experience is the first “Toy Story” table-service restaurant in the world.


A collaboration between Walt Disney Imagineering, Disney Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney World Food & Beverage, Roundup Rodeo BBQ will bring more toy-sized, tasty fun to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.


Roundup Rodeo BBQ Comes to Disney’s Hollywood Studios


Nighttime Spectaculars Brighten Skies and Warm Hearts at Magic Kingdom Park and EPCOT

Fan-favorite nighttime spectacular “Happily Ever After” Presented by Pandora Jewelry returns to light up the night sky over Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park beginning April 3.


New this year, the nightly fireworks show will fully immerse guests in heartfelt Disney stories as brand-new projections extend down Main Street U.S.A., adding even more magic to this unforgettable spectacle.


Happily Ever After” Presented by Pandora Jewelry

“EPCOT Forever” returns to World Showcase Lagoon starting April 3. Featuring stirring renditions of memorable EPCOT music, the show sparks fond memories from the park’s rich history.


“EPCOT Forever” returns to World Showcase Lagoon


The Grid Awaits on TRON Lightcycle / Run

Beginning April 4, guests can climb aboard Lightcycles for a thrilling race on TRON Lightcycle / Run Presented by Enterprise.


Located in Magic Kingdom Park, it is the fastest coaster attraction in a Disney theme park, alongside its sister coaster at Shanghai Disneyland.


The attraction masterfully blends coaster thrills with speed, visual effects, music and a one-of-a-kind ride system to create an experience like no other.


A virtual queue will be in place when TRON Lightcycle / Run opens and guests will also have the option to purchase individual Lightning Lane entry for the attraction via the My Disney Experience app on the day of their visit.


The Grid Awaits on TRON Lightcycle / Run


Celebrating 25 Years of Innovation & Conservation at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

We can’t wait to celebrate 25 years of magic at Disney’s Animal Kingdom next month on Earth Day!


Since it opened on April 22, 1998, this one-of-a-kind theme park has offered awe-inspiring animal encounters, thrilling attractions and larger-than-life musical stage shows.


Since 1995, with support from The Walt Disney Company and guests, the Disney Conservation Fund has directed $120 million to support nonprofit organizations working with communities to save wildlife, inspire action and protect the planet.


In April, there will be new ways to join in the celebration for Earth Day and this milestone, including new sweet and savory treats, specialty merchandise and limited-time character sightings in the park.


There will be more surprises on April 22, when the park officially turns 25


Celebrating 25 Years of Innovation & Conservation at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park


Summer House on the Lake Opens Later This Year at Disney Springs

A stunning new restaurant will open at Disney Springs in late 2023. Summer House on the Lake embodies a breezy, beach house vibe that will pair perfectly with the sweeping views of Lake Buena Vista.


Summer House on the Lake Opens Later This Year at Disney Springs

You’ll be able to enjoy a California-inspired menu featuring simple, sustainable ingredients – from pizza and pasta to fresh salads and sandwiches.


Plus, you can savor the restaurant’s exclusive Summer House Rosé along with a selection of wine, beer, handcrafted cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks.


Just imagine sipping your favorite drink on one of three expansive outdoor patios with a lake view.


Those of us with a sweet tooth will be delighted to hear about The Cookie Jar, a dessert-focused market within this space serving up freshly baked cookies and house-made pastries.


Summer House on the Lake Opens Later This Year at Disney Springs


More Disney Dining Options – Throughout the Year

On April 1, 2023, Narcoossee’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa will welcome guests to an exciting new dining experience. This signature-dining restaurant – renowned for its panoramic views of Seven Seas Lagoon – will introduce a new interior along with a refreshed menu offering a perfect balance of updated classics and new culinary delights.


Guests can look forward to the return of house specialties such as lobster bisque and new dishes like Blackened Redfish and tasty plant-based options.


Narcoossee’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Later this year, more dining delights will debut, including The Cake Bake Shop at Disney’s BoardWalk.


The Cake Bake Shop at Disney’s BoardWalk.


Tiara-topped Water Tower Coming Soon to Tiana’s Bayou Adventure at Magic Kingdom

Construction on Tiana’s Bayou Adventure continues to take shape, and later this summer, a tiara-topped water tower emblazoned with the Tiana’s Foods logo will make its way to Magic Kingdom.


Disney Parks guests will get to experience Princess Tiana’s story like never before following the attraction’s debut at Walt Disney World Resort in 2024, and what a party it will be!


The story will pick up where the film left off as guests join Princess Tiana and jazz-loving alligator Louis on an adventure down the bayou as they prepare to host a one-of-a-kind celebration during Mardi Gras season where everyone is welcome.


Along the way, guests will encounter familiar faces, make new friends and travel through the bayou to original music inspired by songs from the film. Lots of memorable fun in store!


Tiara-topped Water Tower Coming Soon to Tiana’s Bayou Adventure at Magic Kingdom


Corkcicle Opening First-Ever Retail Location at Disney Springs

Corkcicle is coming to Disney Springs! A local Orlando business, Corkcicle creates innovative, obsession-worthy, high-performing insulated drinkware, coolers and accessories in a variety of gorgeous colors that elevate every sip and bring delight to everyday moments.


This kiosk will be Corkcicle’s first-ever retail location and will open later this spring.


Corkcicle Opening First-Ever Retail Location at Disney SpringsCorkcicle Opening First-Ever Retail Location at Disney Springs


EPCOT Transformation Comes to a Crescendo Later This Year


This fall will bring even more exciting experiences as part of the multi-year transformation of EPCOT.


Guests will be able to explore the wonders of water when Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana opens.


This fun interactive outdoor trail offers a chance to play and interact with water as it travels from the sky to the oceans and back again. Along the way, guests learn about the importance of water and discover its playful personality – just as Moana did on her heroic voyage.


Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana EPCOT

Fall will also see completion of the new World Celebration neighborhood. As the hub of the park, it will feature different gardens that change with the seasons.


The new World Celebration neighborhood EPCOT

It is also where guests will discover Dreamers Point, an inspiring overlook showcasing a statue of Walt Disney called “Walt the Dreamer.”


Dreamers Point, an inspiring overlook showcasing a statue of Walt Disney called “Walt the Dreamer.”

Also located in the World Celebration neighborhood, CommuniCore Hall will be the home of a dynamic exhibition space that will transform with each festival throughout the year, as you can see here in one possibility imagined for EPCOT International Festival of the Arts.


Playing with light, shapes and reflections, the architecture of this building was designed by Walt Disney Imagineering to celebrate the legacy of EPCOT and the original CommuniCore buildings.


World Celebration neighborhood, CommuniCore Hall EPCOT

When CommuniCore Hall opens in World Celebration later this year, it will be the center of festival programming throughout the park.


In new renderings, you can see this will be home to a new character greeting location called Mickey & Friends. You’ll be able to meet Mickey Mouse and some of his best pals in this colorful space.


CommuniCore Hall  in World Celebration EPCOT

Plus, a new nighttime spectacular will debut at EPCOT later this year, inviting everyone to gather around World Showcase Lagoon for a show that will unite us through commonalities of the heart in a dazzling display of music, pyrotechnics, lasers and lighting, the show will feature an original composition and evocative selections from the Disney songbook – all woven together to remind us that we are more alike than different


A new nighttime spectacular will debut at EPCOT later this year


Commemorating Disney100 at Walt Disney World

EPCOT will host the Disney100 celebration at Walt Disney World Resort to commemorate this monumental milestone later this year.


Enjoy all-new experiences as Walt Disney World celebrate this momentous anniversary and the culmination of the EPCOT transformation – from meeting Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse in their platinum attire to snapping a selfie with a platinum sculpture of Walt Disney, and watching Spaceship Earth illuminate the evenings with a special lighting design.


To experience all that Walt Disney World theme parks have to offer, guests need both valid park admission and a park reservation on the same date.


Guests can visit DisneyWorld.com for more information about planning their visit.


Micke Mouse and Minnie Mouse Commemorating Disney100 at Walt Disney World

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