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The 24 New Attractions, Shops and Restaurants Coming to Walt Disney World by 2021 (September 2015 Edition)

19. NBA Experience restaurant

Status: Confirmed 

Opening in: 2016 or 2017

In summer 2015 it was confirmed that a new "NBA Experience at Walt Disney World" restaurant would be moving in to Disney Springs. Though details were scarce at first, we learned several months later that this new dining and entertainment center would be taking over the spot currently occupied by DisneyQuest. 

It is unknown if the DisneyQuest building will be demolished when it closes or whether the structure will simply be gutted to make room for the new experience. However, what we do know is that DisneyQuest is closing in 2016, and the new NBA experience restaurant will be replacing it either late next year or in early 2017. 

18. The Jungle Navigation Co. Skipper Canteen

Status: Confirmed 

Opening in: Late 2015

During a special Jungle Cruise panel at the 2015 D23 convention, Disney finally confirmed the existence of the long rumored Jungle Cruise-themed restaurant at the Magic Kingdom. Officially named The Jungle Navigation Co. Skipper Canteen, this new location will be taking over the space occupied by the former Adventureland Veranda restaurant and will be welcoming its first guests later this year.

Interestingly, this new dining location will tie into the Society of Explorers and Adventurers, which has been absent from Walt Disney World since the closure of the Adventurer's Club in 2009. Alberta Falls, the proprietor of this new location, is the daughter of the late founder Albert Falls, who is a member of the Society of Explorers and Adventurers. In an unprecedented move, it was confirmed that some narrative changes will be coming to the Magic Kingdom's Jungle Cruise ride to support the story and theme of this new restaurant.

17. New theater at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Status: Confirmed (but not announced)

Opening in: TBA

A new theater has been under construction at the far end of Sunset Boulevard for several months now, and work has progressed fairly quickly. Though this project remains unannounced, the new theater building is easily visible from the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror And Rock 'n' Roller Coaster queues. We still don't know what exactly is coming to this theater, but official audition listings have popped up for an all-new Villains-inpired show, which could be what this new theater will be used for. 

16. Frozen Ever After

Status: Confirmed
 

Opening in: May 2016

While we've known about the Frozen boat ride that is replacing Maelstrom since last year, we got our first real details about this attraction this past June. Confirmed to be named Frozen Ever After, this new ride will use the same boat ride system as Maelstrom, and will have projection enhanced animatronics, similar to those in use at the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

It has also been confirmed that the ride will feature a truncated version of the events of the film, as told by the troll characters, and will also feature a small cameo by the "snowgies" popularized by the Frozen Fever short. Construction is well underway and the attraction is on track to open next spring

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