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The 7 BIG Changes That Are Coming to Walt Disney World by 2022 (Summer 2018 Edition)

3. Future World gets reimagined as well

After months of speculation, Disney unveiled a new vision for Epcot's Future World in 2017 which will bring a lot of changes to this area of the park, including the addition of an all-new Guardians of the Galaxy attraction in the former Universe of Energy building. Disney has said that this franchise makes for a good addition to Epcot’s Future World because it gives guests the chance to experience the excitement and adventure offered by space travel.

It was finally confirmed during the Epcot 35th anniversary that this attraction would indeed be a roller coaster. But if you were expecting the next Space Mountain, you'd actually be quite wrong as this new attraction will be on a scale never before attempted at a Disney park. 

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According to WDWMagic, Disney is still going to repurpose much of the original Universe of Energy building, but as just queue and pre-show space for this new attraction, which will actually occupy a new building which is now under construction and is visible from the Epcot parking lot. Now while you may wonder how a single attraction can occupy two buildings, it looks like there will be some clever Imagineering here, as there will be a "launch tube" of some sort which will catapult guests from the first building into the second, kind of like on the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster.

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In addition to the Guardians of the Galaxy attraction, Future World is also getting a new dining location that will bring guests out of this world. Though it doesn’t have a name yet, this new dining establishment will be located adjacent to the Mission: Space attraction and will have special "windows" that simulate views of the galaxy as diners “travel high above the earth” during their meal. No details on the menu have been released, but we do know this new restaurant will be operated by Patina Restaurant Group, which already operates nine dining locations at Disney parks, including Morimoto Asia and Tutto Italia.

However, though there are going to be some interesting additions to Future World, the image above has some notable structures missing as well. Here's a quick run down of everything that would be shuttered according to the concept art above: 

  • MouseGears
  • Club Cool
  • Joy and Sadness character meet and greet
  • Baymax character meet and greet
  • FountainView Starbucks
  • Colortopia

While none of these closures have been confirmed, given everything that is going on with Epcot, we'd be inclined to believe that, even though no announcements have been made, Disney may very well be looking at half a dozen closures in the near future as the front half of the park is reinvented. 

4. Tomorrowland also preparing for an overhaul

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Last year we finally got confirmation that Disney is bringing a duplicate of Shanghai Disneyland’s Tron Lightcycle Power Run attraction to Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom. This attraction, which allows guests to board a train of two-wheeled Lightcycles and go on a high-speed adventure through Tron’s high-tech universe, has been one of the most popular attractions at Shanghai Disneyland, and certainly is a sensible addition to the Magic Kingdom that should help draw thrill seekers and sci-fi fans to this park. You can check out a ride through of the version in Shanghai (which is supposed to be virtually identical to the upcoming Magic Kingdom version) here

However, in an interesting twist, it looks like rumors that predicted the destruction of the Tomorrowland Speedway to make way for this attraction were premature, as concept art shows Tron Lightcycle Power Run being built in an unused area next to Space Mountain, with a re-worked (and possibly re-routed) Tomorrowland Speedway in the foreground. Interestingly, it looks like changes may also be in store for some of the Magic Kingdom’s transportation options as well, as concept art shows the Magic Kingdom railroad going through the Tron building and the Tomorrowland Peoplemover being upgraded and possibly re-routed as well. Though the addition of the Tron Lightcycle Power Run is certainly exciting by itself, it looks like this addition will continue the Magic Kingdom’s quiet transformation of Tomorrowland with subtle improvements to other areas of this land.

5. Club 33 makes its way to Walt Disney World

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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. 

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Guests interested in joining can email WDWClub33@disneyworld.com for more information, though memberships are reportedly only being offered to Golden Oak residents right now. No official pricing information has yet to be revealed. 

6. Disney Skyliner gondolas to take flight at Walt Disney World soon

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The new "Disney Skyliner" gondola system will connect Disney’s Art of Animation, Pop Century and Caribbean Beach resorts with Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the International Gateway at Epcot. Gondolas will be fully enclosed, and cabs will also feature favorite Disney characters, including the fab five, Marvel superheroes and even the hitchhiking ghosts from the Haunted Mansion. Construction on the Gondola stations is well underway, but no opening targets have been announced. Though it might be a long shot, we'd imagine that Disney would really like to have this project off the ground, quite literally, before Star Wars Land opens at Disney's Hollywood Studios in late 2019. 

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