Though there have been a lot of attraction closures at Walt Disney World so far this year, if you are planning a trip to the resort in the final weeks of 2018, there are some new experiences coming to the resort that you can check out in between taking in all the holiday cheer and festivities that this time of year brings to the resort. 

 1. Meet Wreck-it Ralph and Vanellope at Epcot

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Just in time for the opening of Ralph Breaks the Internet, Disney has opened a new character meet and greet experience inside the Imagination Pavilion, which is a "new experiment [at the] Imagination Institute, creating a portal into other dimensions", This is the first of several planned character "portals" inside this newly re-purposed space, which brings guests into the internet so they can meet Ralph and Vanellope. More unannounced characters will be added in this new character area with new "portals" next year, but for now guests visiting over the holidays can visit this iconic duo.  

2. Take a tour of the Walt Disney World Railroad Train

Last week the iconic Walt Disney World Railroad pulled in to the station for the holiday season, while work is done in Tomorrowland for the upcoming Tron roller coaster, which is projected to open in 2021. However, in the meantime, guests are now able to get an up-close look at the train and take advantage of one-of-a-kind photo opportunities while the train is not in active service.

Guests who head over to Main Street Station over the next few weeks (the train is rumored to be opening again in January before closing again later in 2019) will also get the chance to learn more about the history of the Walt Disney World railroad and can appreciate the details of both the locomotive and the passenger cars that have carried guests around this park for over 45 years. And though this experience will only be available for a few weeks this holiday season, when the train closes again next year we are expecting this walk-through experience to return! 


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