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The next few years are certainly going to be exciting for Disney fans. 2016 will bring the opening of Epcot’s Frozen ride and 2017 will see the unveiling of Pandora: the World of Avatar at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Looking even further into the future, 2018 could even bring Star Wars Land to Disney's Hollywood Studios. However, with all these in-development projects so far out, some might look at the upcoming year at Walt Disney World as one without much to look forward to.   

Though it’s true there aren’t any major attractions opening in 2015, there are still some pretty big things happening next year that Disney fans definitely shouldn’t miss! Here are four brand new things that Walt Disney World guests will be able to do in the coming year. 

1. Explore brand new areas of Disney Springs

Downtown Disney has been under a huge amount of construction walls for most of 2014, but early next year the first phase of Disney Springs will finally open, giving guests their first real glimpse of this new area. Dubbed The Landing, this first phase will include restaurants like Morimoto Asia and The BOATHOUSE as well as several retail stores that have yet to be announced.

The new Amphicars feature will also debut in early 2015, with guests able to rent these unique water transportation vehicles from The BOATHOUSE and then zip around the lagoon that surrounds Disney Springs. Regular boat rentals and guided tours will also be available from The BOATHOUSE, which should make spending the afternoon at Disney Springs a lot more exciting! 

Though we don’t have an exact date yet, this first phase is set to have its grand opening in Spring 2015. 

However, Disney Springs will see another opening in 2015 as well. Later next year, aviation-themed restaurant The Hanger will also open. Though we don’t know much about this restaurant concept yet, it will likely be open next fall, and will serve as an entry point to the new Lake Village area of Disney Springs (which won't be fully open until 2016). 

2. Grab a bite to eat at the Harambe Marketplace in an expanded Africa 

2015 will bring an expanded Africa to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, which will grow the area past the current area where the Festival of the Lion King attraction is, and will offer brand new shopping and dining experiences. This new area will be anchored by the Harambe Marketplace quick service restaurant, which will feature several walk-up windows where guests can select one of several different types of regionally inspired dishes.

Though we don’t have an official opening window, construction is already underway we are expecting this new area to open in either the late spring or early summer of 2015, probably in preparation for something else

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