The 10 BIG Updates From Walt Disney World This Week (April 10-16 2017)By Amanda Kondolojy, Sunday, April 16, 2017 00:45
This week at Walt Disney World was quite busy, with a fresh new look released for Star Wars Land, more changes announced for Disney's Animal Kingdom after the opening of Pandora - The World of Avatar, and the surprise revelation that Club 33 is coming to Walt Disney World before the end of the year.
Outside Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort announces plans for a new holiday-themed projection show at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and SeaWorld Orlando announces plans to build a new ride in 2018.
1. New details released about Star Wars Land
Star Wars Celebration came to Orlando in 2017, and in addition to superstar panels, trailer releases and touching tributes, Disney took an opportunity to release additional details about the upcoming Star Wars Land. Though the announcement video (which you can play above) teased bigger announcements in the future (we're guessing this summer at the D23 festival), they did confirm that Star Wars Land will have walk-around characters the likes of which have never been seen before inside a Disney park. Several new pieces of concept art will also released.
2. Expanded viewing coming to the Tree of Life Awakenings Show
Beginning late May 2017, (presumably after the opening of Pandora - The World of Avatar) Disney is adding new viewing areas for the Tree of Life: Awakenings projection show. While guests previously were only able to see this show from the front of the park (which made a huge block towards the exit), guests can now view the same projections on the rear of the tree, with crystal-clear viewing available along the walkway from Africa to Asia.
3. Club 33 coming to Walt Disney World
It was confirmed this week that plans are coming together to bring the ultra-exclusive, incredibly upscale (and of course insanely pricey) Club 33 to Walt Disney World. Disney is working quickly on this project, and is aiming to have a Club 33 location inside each theme park by this fall. You can learn more about this project here.