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Walt Disney World Resort: What's New and What's Coming

By Kimberly Fidler 08/05/2015
 
Get Away Today is full of Disney vacation experts. You probably know that our agents regularly visit Disneyland in California, but we also personally visit Walt Disney World in Florida, of course to pass our expert tips along to you. Two of our agents, Lisa and Emma, recently returned from a whirlwind trip to the Walt Disney World Resort where they were able to visit the Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Downtown Disney and a number of the unique and incredible Disney Resort Hotels. If it's been a while since you've been to the resort, there are a lot of changes that have happened and even more that are coming. We'll be sharing more about their trip over the next few weeks, but for now, we'll share some of the highlights of the updates.
 

 
Magic Kingdom
 
Guests visiting the Magic Kingdom now have the pleasure of visiting three different castles. Cinderella's Castle remains the focal point of the park, but you can now also see Eric's castle at The Little Mermaid - Ariel's Undersea Adventure, and dine in the Beast's Castle at the Be Our Guest Restaurant. The addition of these two smaller castles are part of the recent expansion of Fantasyland. One of the most recent updates is the all-new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, which is part roller coaster and part story ride like those that make Fantasyland so charming. It is a hot Fastpass, so as soon as you can make your ride reservations, you'll want to scoop this one up. 
 

 
The Magic Kingdom also recently added new interactive queues. And, at Dumbo the Flying Elephant, you're given a pager, so the kids can play while the parents hang out. When your pager buzzes, you head straight to your elephant and climb aboard.
 

 
Disney's Hollywood Studios
 
Frozen has taken this park by storm this summer with Frozen Summer Fun Live, featuring live shows, fireworks, a character meet-n-greet and more. It's no surprise it's been a huge hit with guests. 
 
Epcot
 
Perhaps one of the most highly anticipated attractions of all is the new Frozen attraction coming to the Norway Pavilion. No opening date has been announced, but it is supposed to be sometime next year. 
 
Disney's Animal Kingdom
 
One of the most fun things going on at Disney's Animal Kingdom is the Wilderness Explorers experience. This interactive adventure allows explorers of all ages to follow Russell and Dug from Up and earn 35 different badges ranging from a Dinosaur badge, Veterinarian badge, a Music badge and a Yeti badge.That should be enough to keep you busy until 2017, when the new Avatar land will open at the park. There is no official opening date, but it promises to be completely immersive experience when it opens.
 

 
Downtown Disney
 
Downtown Disney is undergoing some major changes as well. In early 2016 it will be renamed Disney Springs and will encompass anything that is outside of the parks. It will be comprised of the Landing, Town Center, Marketplace and the West Side. DisneyQuest will also close next year to make way for the new NBA Experience. 
 

 
With so much to see and do, this just barely scratches the surface. Keep following us on Facebook and our blog for future articles about all that the Walt Disney World Resort has to offer. And of course, if you're planning a trip, be sure to check out our Disney World packages online or call our Disney Experts at 855-GET-AWAY. We'd love to help!
 

 
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