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The 27 New Attractions, Shops and Restaurants Coming to Walt Disney World by 2021 (December 2015 Edition)

4. The Planet Hollywood Observatory

Image: Planet Hollywood

Status: Confirmed 

Opening in: 2016

Planet Hollywood has finally confirmed its long-rumored redesign, and will be transitioning into a “turn-of-the-20th-century observatory” in order to jive with the new Disney Springs theme, complete with a Planet Hollywood water tower (replacing the current sign).

“Disney is turning it into a turn-of-the-century Central Florida mining town, and the observatory was a feature at the time,” said Planet Hollywood International founder and chairman Robert Earl. “We’ve gone back to that look for Planet Hollywood.”

In addition to the changes to the building, the name of this establishment will change to Planet Hollywood Observatory and a new menu will be introduced. 

3. Kilimanjaro Sunset Safaris

 Status: Confirmed

Opening in: 2016

Disney announced at the 2015 D23 Expo that Kilimanjaro Sunset Safaris will be coming sometime next year, and that work is currently underway on the existing Kilimanjaro Safaris attraction to “magically extend the orange glow of the setting sun” (which means, essentially, they’ll be installing some fancy lights). The only only real difference confirmed to be a part of this new(ish) nighttime experience will be the addition of two new species to the ride: hyenas and African wild dogs.

2. Avatar "mess hall" restaurant   

Image: FOX

Status: Confirmed (kind of)

Opening in: 2017

Though Disney still has not officially confirmed the existence of this quick service dining location inside Pandora: The World of Avatar, this new restaurant location was visible in a model that Disney had on display for the event. In addition, during the Parks and Resorts panel, special "in universe" food options were discussed, but not specified. Though we don't know what it will be called, we feel confident saying this rumored restaurant will indeed exist in Pandora: The World of Avatar 

1. Na'Vi River Journey

Image: Disney

Status: Confirmed

Opening in: 2017

Housed partially on the ground floor of the same building that will host the flying attraction, The Na'Vi River Journey will be a "C-Ticket"-style boat ride. This attraction will offer a C-Ticket family ride experience that will take guests via canoes through a mysterious, sacred river hidden within Pandora's bioluminescent rainforest. While on this attraction guests will encounter exotic glowing plants and amazing creatures before a finale sequence that will feature a Na’vi shaman, who has a deep connection to the life force of Pandora and sends positive energy out into the forest through her music. 

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