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As the kids go back to school for the fall, 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 third update of 2017, we take a look at all of the new rides and attractions that were announced at this year's D23 Expo, and attempt to put them all in chronological order based on what we know about construction, project management, etc. And though there are still a lot of question marks and TBAs, one thing is definitely for certain: Walt Disney World is going to look a WHOLE lot different by the time the resort's 50th anniversary rolls around. 

1. Terralina Crafted Italian

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Status: Confirmed

Opening in: Fall 2017

Portobello Country Italian Trattoria at Disney Springs closed its doors on April 24th to undergo a major refurbishment, and just a few days later it was confirmed that this refurbishment will be more akin to a total overhaul, with the restaurant now confirmed to be opening again later this year with a new concept and name: Terralina Crafted Italian. This reimagined loction will reopen in Disney Springs Fall 2017 with a more authentic Italian concept including a family-style menu along with a selection of Italian craft beers and wines. 

2. The Edison

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Status: Confirmed
 

Opening in: Fall 2017

This new dining and bar location at Disney Springs will be based upon the original nightclub in Los Angeles, and will feature a steampunk theme. Construction is wrapping up on this location, which will will actually be include, dining, an aults-only area, and live music. This venue is expected to open sometime this fall. 

3. Disney Skyliner

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Status: Confirmed

Opening in: 2018

Though not technically a ride or attraction, it looks like transportation at Walt Disney World is investing heavily in overhauling transportation around the resort, as permits have been filed for several new projects over the past few months.

First off Walt Disney World finally announced its new gondolas project, officially named Disney Skyliner, which will connect Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort, and the new DVC property, Disney's Riviera Resort, through a series of elevated, closed-cabin gondolas. According to official documents, it looks like there will be six individual loading and unloading stations for the gondola system, serving the aforementioned four different destinations.  

It was also revealed that the various Disney Skyliner cabs will also feature favorite Disney characters, including the fab five as well as the hitchhiking ghosts. Unforutnately, no construction timetables or opening dates were shared, but we'd imagine that Disney is hoping to have this project off the ground, quite literally, before Star Wars Land opens at Disney's Hollywood Studios in 2019. You can read more about Disney's plans for this new system here

4. Slinky Dog Dash

 

Status: Confirmed

Opening in: 2018

A brand new roller coaster is coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios that will form the backbone of the all-new Toy Story Land, now confirmed to be opening in 2018. Described as a family-friendly roller coaster (so expect low speeds and small height restrictions), the Slinky Dog Roller Coaster will see guests boarding vehicles shaped like Slinky Dog and then zooming around a winding track, passing through tunnels and other landmarks around Toy Story Land.

This attraction reached an important milestone earlier this summer when the final piece of track for the Slinky Dog Dash coaster was installed. To celebrate, Walt Disney Imagineering shared a new video giving guests an up-close look at the new coaster, which you can watch above. Though we still don't know an exact date yet, Toy Story Land is still set to open in the summer of 2018 at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

5. Alien Swirling Saucers

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Status: Confirmed

Opening in: 2018

The second confirmed new attraction for Toy Story Land is a spinning flat ride named Alien Swirling Saucers (don't try and abbreviate that), which will be inspired specifically by the first Toy Story film and will be designed to look like a play set found in Andy’s room.

During the Alien Swirling Saucers ride experience, guests will be able to board rocket shaped toy vehicles while aliens fly around in toy flying saucers wielding “The Claw”, which will dangle menacingly above. Once things get going, riders will rotate quickly around toy planets and satellites, all while special “Space Jazz” music (which was developed just for this new ride) plays whimsically in the background. 

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