Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Even though Disney World just celebrated its 50th Anniversary in October 2021, the parks are far from dated! While there are some classic attractions and traditions that we hope Disney NEVER changes, there are also some new experiences coming to Florida this year.
While some of these new changes are EXCITING, a few readers have shared some less-than-thrilled opinions on some other Disney World updates. From new attractions to crazy new foods, let’s take a look at seven things Disney World is doing for the first time this year!
1. Launching an attraction in REVERSE
Disney’s new Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind attraction is going to be the first Disney attraction with a reverse launch system! The ride is made with special vehicles that will spin 360 degrees around the track while moving! We were lucky enough to go on this ride, and it’s more than just your average rollercoaster — there’s an entire STORY attached to your ride!
2. Creating an immersive hotel experience
The Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser officially opened on March 1st, 2022. We were there BEFORE it opened for a media preview and we stayed as a paying guest after its official opening, so be sure to check out ALL our coverage on this pricey hotel.
3. CHANGING a Classic Disney Show
It’s been almost TWO YEARS since we’ve seen Fantasmic! in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This nighttime spectacular is full of music, lights, princesses, and MICKEY, but we recently learned that the show won’t be exactly the same when it returns.
Disney announced that Fantasmic! will reopen with some new changes this year. While we don’t know exactly what to expect, we know that Disney plans to change a segment of the old show.
4. Serving BLUE shrimp
That’s right: blue. shrimp. If you think that’s weird, there’s more where that came from!
5. Debuting MagicBand+
6. Magical Express is No Longer Available
Yeah, this news isn’t quite as exciting, but it will completely change the way guests navigate to Disney World from now on. Instead of using Disney’s free airport shuttle, guests have to pay for a separate service that provides transportation to Disney World hotels.
7. Debuting NEW Smart-Assistant Technology
Well, at least this new service is free! Starting sometime soon, Disney is introducing a custom voice assistant that uses Amazon Echo devices. The service can be used at home and it will also be available at Disney World hotels.
The new “Hey, Disney!” technology will be an optional feature that guests can use to ask questions in their Disney World resort hotels room.
As you can see, Disney has a TON of new ideas headed our way, and the parks are becoming more technologically advanced every year! Be sure to stay tuned as we wait for more information on some of the new updates happening around the parks and resorts!
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What are you looking forward to this year? Let us know in the comments!