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As the temperatures cool down around Walt Disney World to a still-warm 75 degrees (this is Florida after all), it's time once again to take a look at some of the big projects Disney has in the works for the next five years.

For our winter update, we take a look at several of the resort's long-term projects, including recent rumors that seem to indicate budget worries have caused a potentially thrilling new ride to be either scaled down or cancelled altogether. However, let's get things started with two new shows that were announced last month and will debut in just a few days! 

1. Once Upon a Time

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Status: Confirmed

Opening in: November 4, 2016

Once Upon a Time is a new nighttime castle projection show that is replacing Celebrate the Magic in just a few days. This show is based on an existing nighttime spectacular at Tokyo Disneyland and features Mrs. Potts from Beauty and the Beast sharing familiar bedtime stories with Chip inspired by classic Disney films like CinderellaPeter PanAlice in Wonderland and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

2. Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!

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Status: Confirmed

Opening in: November 14, 2016

Over at Disney's Hollywood Studios, the current Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular show will be going on a little hiatus for the holiday season to make way for the brand new seasonal Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM holiday show. Like its predecessor, this show will feature high definition projections on the Great Movie Ride as well as pyrotechnics and special light effects.

Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM will feature a fun story that invites guests to embark on a festive adventure to get Santa Claus to the North Pole in time for Christmas Eve. On the way, viewers will be transported into classic scenes from beloved Disney films including Mickey’s Christmas Carol, Beauty and the Beast, Pluto’s Christmas Tree, Bambi, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and more, all while renditions of familiar Christmas songs play in the background and magical "snow" falls from above. 

3. PizzeRizzo 

Status: Confirmed

Opening in: November 18, 2016

PizzeRizzo, the newly reinvented restaurant in the Muppets Courtyard area of Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be opening in just a few days and as expected, this quick service eatery will serve personal-sized pizzas, that will come in four different varieties: cheese, pepperoni, meat and veggie. And though this restaurant will primarily serve the pies that inspired its name, there will be some other items on the menu, including a meatball sub and an antipasto salad.  

The restaurant will also serve Italian-inspired dessert items, including Cannoli and Tiramisu and will have specialty drinks as well, including a non-alcoholic Peach Bellini, and a Wildberry-Basil Lemonade Limoncello. A variety of beer and wine selections will also be available.

4. Rivers of Light 

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Status: Confirmed

Opening in: November 2016

Rivers of Light is a new nighttime show that will be hosted around and above the Discovery River and will feature live music, floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery all centered around an illuminated Tree of Life. This new show was originally supposed to debut this past Memorial Day weekend, but technical issues forced Disney to delay it. 

However, in recent months rehearsals have started back up again for this show, and insiders suggest that Disney will begin potential early screenings and soft openings before the end of November, with a full opening happening just as the holiday season is getting ready to ramp up. 

You can learn more about this new show in the video above.


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