Disney Parks Opening Timelines & Predictions

Disney recently reiterated opening dates and timeframes in 2024 to 2026 for new rides, lands, restaurants, resorts, and more at Walt Disney World and Disneyland, the cruise ship expansion and parks in Paris, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Shanghai. This details the official timeline, plus our predictions about what opening dates are actually realistic based upon on-the-ground observations. (Updated February 10, 2024.)

Normally, this is something we track in our regularly updated What’s New & Next guides:

This timeline was first shared during the third quarter earnings call, which reiterated previous announcements and public timelines. An updated version with new dates & details was then shared during the first quarter 2024 earnings call. Here’s what stands out to us as noteworthy…

For one thing, there were some conspicuous omissions from the earnings call slide sharing upcoming Parks & Resorts openings and events. It’s often a sign when a major project just quietly stops being mentioned by the company, and there are a few instances of that now.

Moreover, this doesn’t yet include anything announced during last year’s Destination D23 event. (Here’s a full list of the Walt Disney World announcements from that.) It’s like that event didn’t even happen, and was a hallucination.

It’s also notable because just about all of the news from Josh D’Amaro’s keynote speech did not have a start date or an opening date. This includes a lot of projects: Test Track 3.0, Pirates of the Caribbean Tavern, Zootopia Tree of Life Show, Tropical Americas at Animal Kingdom, and more. To the best of our recollection, the only project that did have a timeline that isn’t on the below list is the Country Bear Musical Jamboree.

Here’s a look at the slide in question from the earnings call in February 2024:

Regardless, we wanted to share the consolidated official timeline for Parks & Resorts projects, followed by our predictions of when some of these near-term additions will actually open at Walt Disney World. (Anything with an asterisk is official, but not listed on the slide.)

All of this should underscore just how little is currently planned to debut in 2025 and 2026 at Walt Disney World…

Walt Disney World – Official Timeline

  • NOW OPEN – Figment Meet & Greet at EPCOT
  • NOW OPEN – Mirabel Meet & Greet at Magic Kingdom
  • NOW OPEN – Moana’s Journey of Water
  • NOW OPEN – World Celebration at EPCOT
  • NOW OPEN – Minnie & Mickey Mouse Meet & Greet at EPCOT
  • NOW SHOWING – Luminous: The Symphony of Us
  • NOW OPEN – Summer House on the Lake at Disney Springs
  • Spring 2024 – Ahsoka in Star Tours: The Adventures Continue
  • Spring 2024 – Cake Bake Shop by Gwendolyn Rogers at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn*
  • 2024 – CommuniCore Hall & Plaza
  • 2024 – Tiana’s Bayou Adventure at Magic Kingdom
  • Summer 2024 – Country Bear Musical Jamboree at Magic Kingdom*
  • 2024 – Disney Vacation Club at Fort Wilderness
  • Late 2024 – Disney Vacation Club at Polynesian Resort

As you’re undoubtedly aware, Universal’s Epic Universe theme park opens in 2025. We already know that Walt Disney World won’t have a new land or ride as the “answer” to Epic Universe. Even if construction started today (and it won’t!), nothing brand new could be finished until 2026 or 2027 at the absolute earliest.

We also know Walt Disney World has no plans for a 5th gate to compete with Epic Universe. Disney has suggested repeatedly and consistently that the plan is to build out the existing gates ‘beyond the berms’ and even the blue sky daydreaming reflects this. (See Why a 5th Theme Park Will NOT Be Built at Walt Disney World in the Next Decade for further commentary.)

That leaves ride reimaginings and new entertainment as pretty much the only options for marketable additions in 2025 as quasi-competition with Epic Universe. It’s not too late to add things to the schedule for the next couple of years at Walt Disney World, but the door is starting to close on 2025.

Most of the major ride reimaginings that have been announced or are rumored will take 6 months to a year-plus to accomplish, meaning news needs to be shared and the closure needs to occur by late 2025. (It’s our understanding that DINOSAUR transforming into Indiana Jones Adventure won’t open in 2025.)

Disneyland Resort – Official Timeline

  • NOW OPEN – San Fransokyo Square (Big Hero 6 Land) at Disney California Adventure
  • NOW OPEN – The Villas at Disneyland Hotel, New Disney Vacation Club Tower
  • NOW OPEN – Tiana’s Palace Restaurant
  • NOW OPEN – Adventureland Treehouse at Disneyland
  • NOW OPEN – Pixar Place Hotel
  • Spring 2024 – Ahsoka in Star Tours: The Adventures Continue
  • 2024 – Tiana’s Bayou Adventure at Disneyland
  • TBD – Avatar Experience at ???*
  • TBD – King Thanos Multiverse Attraction at Disney California Adventure*

Disney Cruise Line

  • NOW UNDERWAY – Australia and New Zealand Sailings
  • June 2024 – Disney Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point Private Island
  • December 21, 2024 – Disney Treasure Ship Maiden Voyage
  • Fiscal Year 2025 – Disney Adventure (Acquisition Ship – Global Dream)
  • Fiscal Year 2026 – Third Wish-class Ship

Disneyland Paris

  • NOW OPEN – Disneyland Hotel Royal Transformation
  • Spring 2024 – Ahsoka in Star Tours: The Adventures Continue
  • TBD – World of Frozen: Kingdom of Arendelle*

Tokyo Disney Resort

  • June 6, 2024 – Fantasy Springs Port-of-Call at Tokyo DisneySea
  • 2027 – New Space Mountain at Tokyo Disneyland*

Hong Kong Disneyland

  • NOW OPEN – World of Frozen Arendelle Land

Shanghai Disneyland

  • NOW OPEN – Zootopia Land

Walt Disney World – Our Predictions

CommuniCore Hall & Plaza (2024) – The only reason you can tell the above photo is from the last month is because of the 2024 EPCOT Festival of the Arts mural on the construction wall. Otherwise, you might not know whether I took that anytime between last summer and February 2024. That’s because CommuniCore Hall has looked materially the same for the last six months.

After a lot of visible progress last spring, the pace of this project has slowed to a crawl. Back when the first flurry of announcements were made about Disney100 at EPCOT, the timeframe for CommuniCore Hall was “later this year” and the implication seemed to be that the completed transformation of EPCOT would be central to the celebration…which is now over.

I wouldn’t be surprised if the first festival to use it is the 2024 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival, but I’m skeptical given the current pace and since it hasn’t been mentioned in any of the festival announcements thus far. Instead, my theory is that Walt Disney World is going to introduce a brand-new EPCOT Summer Festival, and have that be the debut event for CommuniCore Hall, which would be a splashier way to open it. (New events center and new event!)

The basis for this is that Walt Disney World announced that the end date of this year’s EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival will be May 27, 2024. This is really notable, as last year’s event ran until July 5, which has become the common end date (within a couple of days) in the post-reopening era. The 2024 EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival is over a full month shorter than the event during any of the last 3 years.

Walt Disney World wouldn’t just leave all of that sweet, sweet food & beverage money on the table for no reason, so expect a new event to kick off in June 2024, and CommuniCore Hall to open then.

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure (2024) – To the company’s credit, Disney keeps reiterating that 2024 opening date for both versions of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. As covered in our post that covers Everything You Need to Know About Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, we were skeptical of this tight timeline even before the project began.

Not only are they reiterating the opening next year, but they’ve actually changed it from “Late 2024” to just “2024” in a lot of marketing materials. I’ve been told that the dropping of “Late” is purposeful, and that the Florida version of the attraction is actually ahead of schedule. This appears to be accurate just be watching progress on the exterior–they’ve already refilled the flume and started testing!

If Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is going to open in Summer 2024, Memorial Day weekend or early June make the most sense–if that early of a timeframe is feasible. Those are the dates consistent with past precedent. Of the recent additions with summer openings at Walt Disney World, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind and Pandora – World of Avatar both debuted on May 27; Toy Story Land opened on June 30.

As such, we’d expect Tiana’s Bayou Adventure to open as close to May 27, 2024 as possible. If that’s too aggressive–and it might be–that’s not a huge issue. Summer tourist crowds don’t really arrive in full force until mid to late June, so anytime before the end of the month would be good, timing-wise.

Disney Vacation Club Projects (Late 2024) – There are two upcoming Disney Vacation Club projects at Walt Disney World, the new Polynesian Tower and the Cabins at Fort Wilderness. The former is moving fast and the latter has yet to start.

However, work has been happening around Fort Wilderness to give the campground appeal to a more upmarket audience, so the groundwork is already being laid. Not only that, but the cabins are prefabbed, so it’s not like a tremendous amount of lead-time is necessary.

Nevertheless, this will likely be more a matter of advantageous timing than anything else. Disney Vacation Club is not going to flood the market with points–whether both of these actually open in 2024 depends on the sales status of Riviera, Disneyland Hotel, and (to a lesser extent since it’s selling well) Grand Floridian.

Disneyland – Our Predictions

Avatar Experience (???) – This is a weird one. Despite zero details whatsoever, including what the “experience” will entail or where it’ll go, Bob Iger has teased this on multiple occasions. Just last week, he said during the earnings call that “later down the road, we will be bringing an Avatar experience to Disneyland, reinforcing the unrivaled worldwide appeal of our brands and franchises.”

Oddly enough, this isn’t the first time this has happened with Avatar. The original announcement for Pandora at Animal Kingdom contained zero details, and it wasn’t until years later that the specifics were shared. (Ironically, this fulfills a promise made then of Avatar expansion happening elsewhere after Animal Kingdom.) I’m starting to think that maybe Bob Iger is a diehard Avatar fan, speaking fluent Na’vi, getting his face painted when he visits Pandora, wearing one of those tails, etc. Perhaps he pulled this idea out of thin air and blurted it out, and now Imagineering is scrambling to come up with a suitable concept for an Avatar “experience” at Disneyland.

As for when this happens, my bet is between 2025 and 2028. Very concise timeframe, I know.

King Thanos Multiverse E-Ticket (???) – As we’ve discussed elsewhere, this was a Bob Chapek project. It has not appeared on any timelines, BUT it was mentioned briefly at Destination D23. So I guess that means it’s still happening?!

I’m still skeptical it’ll happen before 2027. Given that the Avengers HQ facade has been built and there’s an expansion pad behind it, something will be built here eventually. It probably won’t be the King Thanos Multiverse ride, though.

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What are your thoughts on the upcoming slate of additions at Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and beyond? Predictions as to what, if anything, will deviate from the official timeline? What has you most and least excited? Anything you’re hoping does not end up coming to fruition? Do you agree or disagree with our assessments? Any questions we can help you answer? Hearing your feedback–even when you disagree with us–is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts below in the comments!

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