03 Nov Disney World’s Newest Attractions and Innovations
Disney World is a great vacation destination for families. You’ll find unique experiences there. Disney is expanding rapidly, most noticeably with a slew of brand new attractions announced in 2017. With new attractions at every Disney Park, it can definitely seem overwhelming! Below, we’ll guide you through the six most anticipated new attractions and innovations announced in 2017!
Newest Attractions Announced in 2017!
Pandora – The World of Avatar
Pandora opened at the end of May 2017 and became the largest expansion in the theme park’s history. Inspired by the 2009 film “Avatar”, visitors will truly feel transported to the lush planet of Pandora inside Disney’s Animal Kingdom. There are two rides you’ll find here: Na’vi River Journey and Flight of Passage. On the River Journey, a boat ride snakes through a dark river hidden inside a luminescent cave. Flight of Passage allows visitors to ride their very own banshee (which is a flying, friendly animals of the planet of Pandora). This simulated trip takes you above Pandora to see the colorful scenery and floating mountains.
Toy Story Land
The much-anticipated Toy Story Land is finally slated to open this coming summer of 2018 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Toy Story Midway Mania opened this past May, so with the opening of Toy Story Land approaching, Midway Mania will be getting an expansion. The expansion includes a new ride that takes passengers on an adventure under Andy’s bed. Attractions inside the new Toy Story Land will include the Slinky Dog Dash (which takes riders through Andy’s backyard on the back of the Slinky Dog character). Also in the mix is Alien Swirling Saucers, which will attract those who loved the adorable, creepy claw-aliens from the first Toy Story’s Pizza Planet. This ride spins guests around in flying saucers while the aliens chase you with the claw!
Ratatouille: The Adventure
Ratatouille: The Adventure is a dark, trackless ride on which riders are “shrunk” to the size of Remy (the rat and beloved main character) and the story is shown from his point of view. The cars cross the roofs of Paris, dive into Gusteau’s restaurant, run across the floor, past scenes of 3D animation, and under tables and ovens. However, stay tuned – the exact opening date hasn’t come out yet.
Vacation Innovations Announced in 2017!
“Minnie” Vans is a ridesharing service, which can take guests to certain Walt Disney World Resort locations. Current stops include Animal Kingdom Lodge, Boardwalk Resort, Grand Floridian, Polynesian Village, Wilderness Lodge, and the Yacht & Beach Club.
MyMagic+ guests have access to FastPass. This allows you to reserve access to FastPass+ attractions even before departing for your trip. Reservations can be completed via MyDisneyExperience.com or at FastPass+ kiosks at the parks. Using the My Disney Experience site, guests may make FastPass+ selections 60 days in advance of their visit. Disney Passholders and day guests are also able to make FastPass+ selections 30 days in advance of their trip.
Disney Magic Express
Lastly, this service is great and also reduces the hassle that can sometimes accompany traveling! Disney Magic Express provides airport shuttle, luggage delivery, as well as airline check-in for guests staying at one of the many Disney properties. Guests with this service check their bags at their departure airport and bypass baggage claim upon arrival at Orlando. A shuttle takes you from Orlando to your hotel, where your bags will be waiting for you in your room.
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