It’s a great time to be a Disney World fan!

Disney World fans tend to be resistant to change. This makes sense, as the nostalgia of past Disney trips is part of what feeds our obsession. Change can be good, though, so let’s take a look at some of the things we have to look forward to.

– Seven Dwarfs Mine Train officially opens on 5/28/14, completing the New Fantasyland expansion project at Magic Kingdom. I can’t wait to ride this family-friendly roller coaster in August!

– The Magic Kingdom “hub” expansion is expected to be completed in 2015. I have great hopes that this will ease pedestrian traffic flow through this often-congested area.

– The re-imagining of the Polynesian Resort is already underway. As part of this large renovation project, there will be a change back to its original name of “Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort,” the lobby will be majorly renovated, the pool area is to be overhauled, some of the buildings will be converted to DVC (Disney Vacation Club), and new over-water bungalows are already being built. The projected completion target is late 2015 or early 2016.


– Downtown Disney is being re-imagined as Disney Springs. Extensive work is being done to this shopping, dining, and entertainment area. It is expected to open in phases and be completed in 2016.


Concept art for Disney Springs

– Animal Kingdom has lots of exciting stuff going on! There’s a new theater for Festival of the Lion King, which will open in June of this year. There’s the recently-announced Rivers of Light nighttime show, debut date TBA. And, of course, there’s the upcoming Avatar-land, based on the James Cameron movie. This new area of the park is expected to open in 2017.


Concept art for Avatar-land

Change can be difficult, but I’m excited to see these new enhancements coming to the World! Remember what Walt Disney said – “Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.” Embracing that same spirit of change in Disney World helps keep Walt’s legacy alive.

Which change are you looking forward to the most?


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8 Responses to It’s a great time to be a Disney World fan!

  1. Thanks, Heather for keeping us up on all of these great changes. I think the change I would most be interested in is Avatar-land. That should be very cool!

  2. It’s amazing the amount of renovations and new things happening. I’m most excited about the Polynesian. I’d really like to expand our DVC points there next year.

    • HFBrainerd says:

      That’s a great idea, Curt! I haven’t stayed at the Poly since I was a kid (a looong time ago!) and would love to stay there again some day. The new bungalows look amazing!

  3. Lisa Green says:

    I love this post! It would be hard to pick just one thing to be MOST excited about – but I can narrow it down – I’m really stoked to ride 7DMT and have a FP+ on 5/30 for it. I’m also super excited about Disney Springs – we’ve had some really great times in DTD and the updates all look fantastic. I AM excited about Avatarland and I’m not ashamed to say it!

  4. I’m guessing AvatarLand will be amazing. Mostly because expectations are low. I think Disney will blow us away with it.

    • HFBrainerd says:

      That’s a really good point, Curt. It will be great when Disney proves the naysayers wrong! 🙂
      Personally, I love DAK, but my thrill-riding boys always want to hop to another park after just a few hours there. I’m hoping the Avatar expansion will make them want to stay longer.

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