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The 8 BIG Updates from Walt Disney World (and Beyond) This Week (August 19-25, 2019)

This week at Walt Disney World, Disney makes some pre-panel announcements about upcoming attractions for Epcot, the Magic Kingdom and more, plus some new refurbishments are announced

Outside Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort quitely confirms a Stranger Things 3 addition to this year's Halloween Horror Nights and SeaWorld brings back a popular festival starting next month! 

1. Journey of Water: Inspired by Moana attraction announced for Epcot

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Disney announced yesterday that the first-ever attraction based on the Walt Disney Animation Studios hit film Moana is coming to Epcot. Named Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana, this new attraction will let guests interact with magical, living water in a beautiful and inspiring setting. Though we don't know exactly where this new walkthrough attraction will go, we'd guess that it will be some part of the reimagined Central Spine of the park, which will lead to new lands in the area of the park formerly known as Future World.  

2. New concept art shown for Tron roller coaster

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It's hard to believe it has been two years since the initial concept art for the Tron roller coaster at the Magic Kingdom was shown off, but at the D23 Expo Disney offered an updated look at what guests will eventually see when this attraction opens. Notable differences from the original concept include a new route for the Walt Disney World Railroad, which now passes by the ride in an enclosed tunnel, and the escalators up into the building have been removed and replaced with a new elevated pathway connected to walkways around this area that lead into and under the attraction. 

3. Disney unveils Walt Disney Imagineering presents the Epcot Experience

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Disney also announced this week during the D23 Expo that the Epcot preview center formerly confirmed to be coming soon to the Odyssey building will now officially be called Walt Disney Imagineering presents the Epcot Experience. This reimagined space will bring guests up-close and personal with engaging and interactive exhibits where they can step inside the relentless innovation, energy, and excitement driving the future of Epcot throughout this amazing transformation.

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