Change is constant at Walt Disney World, and for this summer's update on all of the big changes happening around the resort we take a look at big changes coming to the resort in the coming years, including the addition of elevated gondolas connecting Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios, and the addition of new lands in 2018 and 2019. But first, let's take a look of a new premium dining experience that will be making its debut later this year...
11. Club 33 makes its way to Walt Disney World
One of the worst-kept Disney secrets in history is that of Club 33, a private lounge and restaurant at Disneyland that is located in the New Orleans Square area of the park and is only accessible via a secret door. And though you've probably heard of this "secret" location, chances are slim you've ever been, as the cost to just get in the door requires a hefty $25,000 initial payment, followed by an annual fee of $10,000. Oh, and did we mention that, even if you have the cash, there's a lengthy waiting list as well?
However, even though you might never have the chance to dine inside Club 33 at Disneyland, it looks like plans are coming together to bring this ultra-exclusive, incredibly upscale (and of course insanely pricey) experience to Walt Disney World. Interestingly, it looks like there will be an individual Club 33 coming to each theme park, for a total of four locations inside Walt Disney World, as opposed to the single location at Disneyland Park.
Though it has only just been announced, insiders have said Disney is hoping to open the first such location inside one of its theme parks before the end of the year. Pricing and details have yet to be released, but if Disney is hoping to rush this opening, we'd imagine that we'll learn more in just a few weeks.
A waitlist for information on Club 33 at Walt Disney World has already been established, and Guests interested in joining can now email WDWClub33@disneyworld.com to be among the first to hear more about this exclusive membership and sign up at an as-now undisclosed date.
10. Say goodbye to the Jungle Cruise in its current form
In case you haven’t already heard, Disney is making a Jungle Cruise-inspired film, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. And while this already seemed like a pretty fun addition to Disney’s ever-expanding live action film slate, thanks to The Rock’s Instagram account, we now know that Disney has bigger plans for this movie that will extend far beyond the silver screen.
According to The Rock’s aforementioned social media post, the actor will be partnering with Disney's Imagineers to help re-engineer and re-design the Jungle Cruise ride in all the Disney theme parks around the world. This big change will take place during a major refurbishment, which has yet to be officially scheduled sometime next year, which is incidentally when the Jungle Cruise movie begins filming (presumably for a late 2018 or early 2019 opening date)
Now of course, details in the social media post are pretty much nonexistent, but we'll probably learn more about the changes coming to this classic attraction in the coming months.