Though all eyes are on 2019's opening of Star Wars Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios, 2018 will be quite a big year itself, bringing a number of new attractions not just to Walt Disney World, but also Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld Orlando resort as well. If you are planning a visit to Orlando next year, here are all the new rides you can expect to experience!
1. Slinky Dog Dash (Disney's Hollywood Studios)
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 spring 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.
2. Alien Swirling Saucers (Disney's Hollywood Studios)
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.