With four parks and over 20 hotels, there is something new going up at Walt Disney World pretty much constantly. In this post, we’re going to do our best to create a list of major ongoing construction projects.
This list includes only new constructions. We’re not planning to list refurbishments at this time. We also are not including restaurants.
We are including events and major entertainment changes to this. Events are not new “construction,” but they often impact trip planning just as much.
This list is obviously not “official”. We do our best to link to the source of the date. While this is the list we are using for scheduling our multitude of trips, you should definitely do independent research if you want to find out how “strong” a projected date is. That said, even dates confirmed by Disney (for new constructions) are constantly changing.
August 29 - Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge (Star Wars Land) scheduled to open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
August 29 - Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run (new ride) scheduled to open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
August 29 - Epcot International Food and Wine Festival begins
August 29 - New FastPass+ Tiers Begin at Hollywood Studios
September 8 - Significant closures and construction beginning at Epcot (no rides impacted)
September 30 - Final showing of IllumiNations Reflections of Earth (nighttime show) at Epcot
September 30 - Mickey and Minnie’s Surprise Celebration ends at Magic Kingdom
October 1 - First showing of Epcot Forever (nighttime show) at Epcot
October 31 - Start of RunDisney Wine & Dine Weekend
November 3 - End of RunDisney Wine & Dine Weekend
November 8 - Holiday festivities at Animal Kingdom begin
November 23 - Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Ends
November 29 - Epcot International Festival of the Holidays Begins
December 5 - Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance (new ride) scheduled to open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
December 16 - Disney Riviera Resort Opens
December 30 - Epcot International Festival of the Holidays Ends
Unspecified - Epcot Forever ending, HarmoniUS beginning
January 8 - Start of RunDisney Marathon Weekend
January 12 - End of RunDisney Marathon Weekend
January 17 - Start of Epcot International Festival of the Arts
Unspecified - New film debuts in Canada Pavilion
Unspecified - New “Awesome Planet” film debuts at The Land pavilion
Unspecified - Beauty and the Beast Sing Along film debuts in France Pavilion
February 20 - Start of RunDisney Princess Weekend
February 23 - End of RunDisney Princess Weekend
February 24 - End of Epcot International Festival of the Arts
“Spring 2020” - Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway (new ride) expected to open at Hollywood Studios (the linked post is mostly about the Disneyland attraction, but the penultimate line mentions the Florida version)
Unspecified - Expected start of Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival (March 6 in 2019)
April 16 - Start of RunDisney Star Wars Weekend
April 19 - End of RunDisney Star Wars Weekend
Unspecified - Rumored opening month for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure (dark ride) in Epcot (Disney has said summer 2020)
Unspecified - Expected end of Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival (June 3 in 2019)
Unspecified - TRON coaster expected to open in Magic Kingdom
Unspecified - Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind coaster expected to open in Epcot
2022 & Beyond or Unspecified
2022 Unspecified - Reflections (new DVC resort) expected to open
Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser (“Star Wars Hotel”) to open (D23 2019)
Moana Journey of Water walkthrough attraction opening at Epcot (D23 2019)
Mary Poppins attraction opening at Epcot (D23 2019)
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