2018 is almost here, and there are plenty of new things as well as returning favorites coming to Walt Disney World in the new year. Here’s what to look forward to at Walt Disney World in 2018.
Toy Story Land
Of course, the biggest thing coming to Walt Disney World in 2018 is the new Toy Story-themed land scheduled to open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios this summer. There isn’t an official opening date yet, but once it opens, guests will enter a new land with attractions themed around one of our favorite Pixar films, Toy Story. The land will feature two new attractions, the Slinky Dog Dash roller coaster and the Alien Swirling Saucers, as well as a new quick-service restaurant, Andy’s Lunch Box. I expect more updates as we get closer to summertime.
Both Disney’s Pop Century Resort and Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort have been undergoing some changes this past year, and they are expected to complete them in 2018. Disney’s Pop Century has had a room refurbishment that has made a lot of changes – for the better, in my opinion – and is expected to finish in late spring. Disney’s Caribbean Beach is revamping its table-service and quick-service restaurants in its hub of Old Port Royale, and those are expected to be completed in early fall 2018. Please note that Disney’s Caribbean Beach will likely still have some other areas under construction into 2019.
New Disney Springs Restaurants
Disney Springs is continuing its stream of new eateries with several new ones scheduled to open in 2018. We’ll see a new Italian restaurant, Terralina Crafted Italian, will open in early 2018, and later in the year Jaleo, a Spanish restaurant by Jose Andres, will also add to the roster. The Edison, located in a former power plant building and featuring its centerpiece Boiler Bar, will serve all guests for lunch and dinner but becomes adults-only after 10PM. Adjacent to The Edison will be three related Italian concepts: the table-service Maria & Enzo’s, counter-service Pizza Ponte, and a lounge in Enzo’s Hideaway. These are also expected to open in early 2018.
This doesn’t cover all the new things that are coming to Walt Disney World in 2018, but be sure to follow Nerd Travel Pro on social media by clicking one of the links on the right to keep up with new updates.
Returning Festivals at Epcot
One of our favorite things to visit at Walt Disney World is Epcot’s many different festivals that they offer throughout the year, which feature specialty food and drinks, concert series, exhibits and performances, and more.
- As we kick off the year, the park welcomes the Epcot Festival of the Arts from January 12 to February 19. This festival celebrates art of all kinds from animation to photography, and features specialty food as well as a Disney on Broadway concert series.
- From March 1 to May 29 guests can enjoy the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival with beautiful flower displays and Disney character topiaries around the park, as well as delicious food and drinks and the Garden Rocks concert series.
- In the fall is one of our favorites, the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, with food marketplaces representing dozens of countries from around the world, the Eat to the Beat concert series, food seminars and workshops, and more.
- For the holidays, guests can also enjoy Festival of the Holidays, with holiday food from around the world, holiday storytellers showcasing traditions from their home countries, and gorgeous decorations around World Showcase.
Halloween and Christmas Events
From September through the end of the year, the Magic Kingdom also celebrates with their special hard-ticket events, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, available on select nights. For the holidays Epcot also hosts its Candlelight Processional, a narrated and musical telling of the Christmas story, and I expect that the Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! show will return to Disney’s Hollywood Studios next holiday season.
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