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The 20 New Rides, Shows and Restaurants Coming to Walt Disney World by 2021 (Winter 2018 Edition)

6. Unnamed film in China Pavilion 

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Status: Confirmed

Opening in: TBA 2019

The current Reflections of China circle-vision attraction's days are also numbered as it has been confirmed that a brand new film will be coming to Epcot's China Pavilion sometime in the near future. Though this was initially announced in 2017, we haven't heard much about this development. However, Disney Parks and Resorts chairman Bob Chapek has confirmed that this new attraction is still in development, so hopefully we'll learn more soon!  

7. Disney Skyliner

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Status: Confirmed

Opening in: Fall 2019 

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. Disney recently confirmed that this new transportation option will take flight next year before Star Wars Land opens at Disney's Hollywood Studios in the fall. You can read more about Disney's plans for this new system here

8. Unnamed restaurant in Japan

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Status: Confirmed

Opening in: 2019 

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. 

9. Epcot Forever 

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Status: Confirmed

Opening in: Fall 2019 

In case you haven't heard, IllumiNations is ending next year, and Disney announced recently that as soon as this iconic show finishes up its run, Disney will debut a limited-time nighttime spectacular, called “Epcot Forever,” which will feature classic Epcot themes. This new show is meant to showcase the best of Epcot while celebrating its unique history, all with classic music and advanced pyrotechnics. 

10. Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway

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Status: Confirmed

Opening in: Fall 2019

Though Mickey Mouse has appeared in several rides over the years (including the now-closed Great Movie Ride), it looks like Disney is finally giving its most famous character the chance to star in his own ride, along with Minnie Mouse and some of his other pals. However, instead of being based on some of the classic Mickey Mouse cartoons, the new Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway attraction (which is being constructed inside the building that formerly housed the Great Movie Ride) will be directly inspired by the Mickey Shorts that are shown on the Disney Channel (and have their own channel at Disney resorts). As you might expect, the people who produce the shorts at Disney Television Animation are partnering with Disney Parks and Resorts to help bring the attraction to life.

The actual setup of the attraction is pretty standard, as it will allow guests to literally step "through" a movie screen and join Mickey and his friends on a fun adventure where you’re the star of your own Mickey short and anything can happen. This zany out-of-control adventure will feature surprising twists and turns, dazzling visual effects and mind-boggling transformations that happen before your very eyes, including a forest instantly being transformed into a cityscape, which you can check out here

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Though this attraction sounds a bit like your standard screen-based affair so far, Disney is promising that this ride will be more than just a screen-based dark ride. Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway will make extensive use of new enhanced screen technology that Disney is calling 2 1/2D. Though we're not entirely sure what this really means, Disney said that the normally 2D world of Disney animation will pop in new ways inside this attraction, but interestingly, without the need for 3D glasses.  

Though it was rumored for some time, Disney confirmed in 2018 that this attraction would open with Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge in 2019. 

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