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The 15 New Attractions, Shows and Restaurants Coming to Walt Disney World by 2021 (Winter 2018 Edition)

4. Disney Skyliner

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Status: Confirmed

Opening in: 2019 (rumored)

Walt Disney World's new gondolas project, officially named Disney Skyliner, 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, one at each destination.

The various Disney Skyliner cabs will also feature favorite Disney characters, including the fab five as well as the hitchhiking ghosts. Construction has been moving along quickly at the resort, with work on stations at Disney's Hollywood Studios and Epcot able to be easily seen from guest areas. Though no opening date has been announced, 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

5. Unnamed restaurant in Japan

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Status: Confirmed

Opening in: 2019 (rumored)

Earlier this year Disney confirmed the rumor that an all-new table service restaurant would be coming to the Japan Pavilion in the World Showcase sometime in the near future. This new location will offer guests a signature dining experience inspired by the natural beauty of Japan.The setting will draw from both nature and takumi, which means “artisan” in Japanese, and the relationship between Japanese craftsmanship and the natural world will be evident throughout the space. Once completed, the restaurant will add to the rich tapestry of authentic cultural experiences available to guests in World Showcase.

This new restaurant will be operated by Mitsukoshi USA, which is a name you probably recognize as the operator behind the merchandise, restaurants (Teppan Edo and Tokyo Dining), and kiosks that are already in the Japan Pavilion.

Construction walls appeared earlier this year on the side of the Japan pavilion behind where the Mitsukoshi department store currently sits, and while we're expecting the restaurant to be close to this building, it probably won't actually be connected. Though construction is just starting, this is another project that we expect to be done sometime next year. The size of this new restaurant is actually reported to be a bit smaller than the one happening now in Future World, so we may actually see this restaurant open as soon as summer 2019. 

6. Ratatouille

Image: Disney 

Status: Confirmed

Opening in: 2020 (rumored)

It has been confirmed that a Ratatouille-themed 3-D dark ride, largely the same as the one at Disneyland Paris, will be coming to Epcot sometime in the next few years. This attraction, which uses trackless technology to "shrink" guests down to the size of a rat, will be placed in an expansion pad next to the France Pavilion. You can check out a full video of the Disneyland Paris version of this attraction here.

While Ratatouille hasn’t exactly had the cultural relevance that other Pixar films like Toy Story or Up have had in the past decade, this addition does make sense in the context of the France pavilion, and since the attraction already exists at the Disneyland Paris Resort, Disney is likely thinking they save time and money by building a copy of a pre-existing attraction here, which hopefully means that we’ll be able to experience this attraction at Epcot sooner rather than later.

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