With the new year nearly upon us, we have a pretty good idea about what to expect in 2015 at Walt Disney World. Disney’s Animal Kingdom will open an expanded Harambe that includes new shopping and dining options, the expanded hub at the Magic Kingdom will open, and the first phase of Disney Springs will finally open.
However, despite all these confirmed developments, there are still some unanswered questions we have about what this coming year might hold for Walt Disney World.
1. Could 2015 see new attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios? Or more Frozen?
2014 saw five big closures at Disney’s Hollwyood studios (including the Sorcerer’s Hat park icon). Though fans are eagerly anticipating Star Wars Land, it looks like plans for this new area have been delayed. In the meantime, Disney’s Hollywood Studios is looking a little bare, with only five rides in the entire park. In order to prevent steep attendance drops, the park will need to do something in 2015 to keep guests occupied while the park is in this transitional phase.
One possibility is the long-rumored Toy Story Playland area could be fast-tracked for a late 2015 completion. Though this area still isn’t confirmed, if it is indeed being developed as reports suggest, then construction could begin very soon. Disney is notorious for taking its time with construction projects, but the bulk of this area will be occupied by flat rides, which shouldn't require as long of a building period as something as complex as (for instance) a dark ride or roller coaster. However, the lack of an official announcement for this area does cast some doubt on whether a 2015 opening for Toy Story Playland is indeed something we could look forward to.
Another (seemingly more likely) option for Disney's Hollywood Studios could be a repeat of last year’s Frozen Summer Fun. 2014's event was certainly a big hit, and has since been exported to parks around the world including Tokyo Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. However, the pull of another Frozen event may not be enough to get guests back into the park, especially since the Frozen Sing-a-long show is still holding over from last year, and its unknown whether the fireworks and parade by themselves would be enough to draw the same types of crowds that came in 2014.
Still, recent events like the Frozen Desert Party (which tied into the annual Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights) prove that there is still quite a market for Frozen-themed occasions, so perhaps another Frozen Fun event could be fasable.
No matter what happens, Disney will need something to help boost attendance in 2015 while Disney’s Hollywood Studios continues to wait for Star Wars Land. But exactly what that could be remains shrouded in mystery.