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The 20 New Rides, Shops and Restaurants Coming to Walt Disney World by 2017

10. The Edison

The Edison

Image via Bettyvine

Status: Rumored
Opening in: TBC

Another rumored resident in Disney Springs is The Edison. This would be based on the original nightclub in Los Angeles, which opened in 2007. It is housed in the Higgins Building basement, a former power plant, and features a post-industrial steampunk theme.

9. Capa

Status: Confirmed
Opening in: September 2014

Four Seasons

Luxury chain Four Seasons is due to open a new $360 million hotel on Walt Disney World property in 2014. It will feature 444 rooms, 3 pools, a "lazy river", a spa with 18 treatment rooms and extensive sports facilities including tennis courts and a climbing wall. One of the highlights will be a rooftop, Spanish-style steak house known as Capa, offering views of the Magic Kingdom's nightly fireworks. This could come to rival the Contemporary Resort's California Grill as a luxury location from which to observe the pyrotechnics.

8. Disney Springs Trolley System

Red Car Trolley
Image © Disney

Status: Rumored
Opening in: TBC

Rumors suggest that there are five versions of the Disney Springs plans - with two of them featuring plans for a trolley system similar to the one that was recently introduced at Disney California Adventure. However, some rumors have suggested that these plans have been cut in favor of spending on Pandora - The World of Avatar.

7. The Drop at Explorer Island

The Drop

Status: Confirmed
Opening in: August 2014

The Four Seasons Resort Orlando is due to open on August 14 at Walt Disney World - and it will come complete with its own mini-water park, Explorer Island. This will be themed around a ruined mansion, and swooping down from this will be The Drop, a 242-foot enclosed water slide. It's made from see-through fibreflass, so riders will be visible as they plunge downwarrds.

Explorer Island is expected to be open only to Four Seasons guests - making this the priciest water park at Walt Disney World.

6. The Observatory at Planet Hollywood

Planet Hollywood

Status: Rumored
Opening in: TBC

The popular Planet Hollywood restaurant in Downtown Disney is rumored to be set for an extensive makeover to become "The Observatory". However, it is expected to offer a simular menu and to continue to feature a host of movie memorabilia.

5. Kilimanjaro Safaris - late-night version

Status: Confirmed
Opening in: TBC

Kilimanjaro Safaris

Kilimanjaro Safaris, one of the most popular attractions at Disney's Animal Kingdom, is about to become two attractions in one. A new night-time version of the safari will be launched on an unspecified date, and is expected to feature an updated storyline and a focus on animals that are largely noctural.

4. Amphicars

The Landing

Image © Disney

Status: Rumored
Opening in: TBC

Concept artwork for The Landing at Disney Springs (the area formerly occupied by Walt Disney World) shows water-based cars known as Amphicars. Whether these will make the final cut remains to be seen.

3. Avatar "mess hall" restaurant

Pandora army base

Status: Rumored
Opening in: 2017

While it features some stunning eye-candy, much of the original Avatar movie is set in a fairly grim army base. And that could provide the setting for Pandora - The World of Avatar's quick-service dining location. No word yet on if there'll be a more upscale restaurant, too.

2. The Boat House

The Landing

Image © Disney

Status: Rumored
Opening in: TBC

Recently-submitted construction permits suggest that a 22,000 square foot restaurant known as "The Boat House" will be part of The Landing at Disney Springs. The restaurant is set to be created by Steven Schussler, who also created the T-REX and Rainforest Cafe restaurants at Downtown Disney, as well as the Yak and Yeti at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

1. Avatar boat ride

Avatar boat ride

Image © Disney

Status: Confirmed
Opening in: 2017

Housed partially on the ground floor of the same building that will host the flying attraction, and partially outside, will be a "C-Ticket" boat ride. Speculation suggests that Disney will employ advanced audio-animatronics to bring to life the inhabitants of Pandora as guests travel around the circuit.

The attraction will be a water-based dark ride through the planet's beautiful jungles at night, when bioluminescent plants begin to glow. This boat ride will be only the second dark ride at Disney's Animal Kingdom (after the fast-paced, thrilling Dinosaur) and will offer a much-needed family ride to the park's roster as well.

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There are 10 comments.

I wish Star Wars-land could be included on this list.

Oh man...so do I!

This is kind of ridiculous. SO, there are 4 actual attractions listed here ... out of your 20. The other like 16 are just ways to try and soak more money out of the guests. Nightclubs, shopping, etc, aren't attractions, period.

I don't believe I've referred to restaurants being attractions anywhere in this article (not intentionally anyway). In fact I deliberately chose a title that makes a distinction between a ride and a restaurant.

Walt Disney World IS spending a lot of money on changes. You can draw your own conclusions on whether it is spending it wisely.

Where is "Disney Springs"? I know they are making so many changes and adding new venues. I just do not know where this is located. And I work at Disney!! Lol

It's "replacing" Downtown Disney... They're making over DTD into DS.

Ohhhh. Thank you for the info.

I would like to see world of Coke in Disney Springs!

yuck to AVATAR - just yucky ! AK is my favorite park Exp Everest favorite ride - HATE the AVATAR & sci fi theme - yuck

I agree. What a forgetful movie and to allow a creep like James Cameron to share the Disney vision is regrettable.He is using Disney and his ability to access imagineers and artists (to his own advantage to produce sequels to an already forgetful movie).

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