What is new in past 5 years?


The last time we went to Disney World was 5 years ago. What are the biggest changes/most exciting things to see? I’ve been doing a lot of reading, but would love to hear from people who have been there recently. Any must do FPP that would have changed? We have two sons ages 13 and 15 and are staying at Pop Century.

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Great question! I’m eager to hear the replies, we haven’t been since 2012.

I haven’t been since 2014 myself, but the two elephants in the room are Pandora in AK and TSL at DHS. Frozen ever after has replaced Marlstrom and ther has been an expansion of Norway in EP. There’s a new film in Soarin’. In MK, Wishes has been replaced with a new show that combines castle projections and fireworks. DHS has a number of new SW things; daytime and nighttime shows, a parade, and Hanger Bay. Artist Point is now a Snow White CM meal. There are more “parties” than ever and more ticked “extra hours” events.

I’m sure there are things I missed.


Pretty good list. A few others: Bon Voyage breakfast, New TS in MK Skippers Canteen, BOG dinner is now prix fixe and 2 credits, signature restaurant Tiffins at AK, Rivers of Light at AK. A whole bunch of different characters have been switched out. Anna and Elsa are at Epcot. A few rides closed: The Great Movie ride at HS and Ellen’s Energy Adventure at Epcot.


What is in the Norway expansion?

They e added a second courtyard which is the entrance area for the Anna and Elsa meet and greet. And new bathrooms…

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Note even a complete list … a LOT has changed, a lot is the same though!

Things that have opened in 2016
Frozen Ever After June 21st, 2016
Royal Sommerhaus June 17th, 2016
Soarin Around the World June 17th, 2016
Town Center Disney Springs May
Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire June 17th, 2016
Tiffins in Animal Kingdom May 27th, 2016
Nighttime Safaris May 27th, 2016
Tree of Life Awakenings May 27th, 2016
Star Wars Galactic Spectacular June 17th, 2016
Toy Story Midway Mania Third track May 27th, 2016
Ample Hills Creamery May 23rd, 2016
Inside out Meet and Greet April 2016
Abracadabar (Boardwalk) July 2016
Flying Fish (Boardwalk) August 3rd, 2016
Great Moments in History with the Muppets (MK) October 2nd, 2016

Things that have opened in 2017
New Magic Kingdom Welcome Show January 9th, 2017
Rivers of Light February 17th, 2017
Happily Ever After (Magic Kingdom) May 12th, 2017
Pandora: The World of Avatar (Animal Kingdom) May 27th, 2017
Star Tours Update November 17th, 2017
Star Wars VR Experience (Disney Springs) December 16th, 2017

Things that have opened in 2018
Up! A Great Bird Adventure show Animal Kingdom April 22nd, 2018
Donald’s Dino Bash! May 25th, 2018
Toy Story Land Orlando June 30th, 2018
Pop Century Room Refurbishment Summer 2018
Pixar Play Zone March 2018
Wreck it Ralph at The Void (Disney Springs and DTD) November 2018
Disney Junior Dance Party

Things that have opened in 2019
Move it! Shake it! Mousekedance it! Street Party Jan. 18th, 2019
Municiberg City Block with the Incredibles at DHS Jan. 18th, 2019
Lion King 25th Dance Party at AK Jan. 18th, 2019
Monsters Inc. Meet and Greet at DHS Jan. 18th, 2019

Things that have closed in 2018
Flights of Wonder Jan. 1st, 2018
Circle of Life film at The Land - February 4th, 2018
Pixar Place June 30th, 2018
Sammy Duvall’s Watersports August 30th, 2018
Disney Junior Live On Stage September 2nd, 2018
Captain Jack’s Pirate Tutorial September 30th, 2018
Move It Shake It Dance and Play It! December 2nd, 2018
Stitch’s Great Escape (no specific date)


Holy cow! That’s a complete list. Saving it for when I make plans for my December trip.

OK. Well Soarin is just a new film and Flying Fish was a refurb but you get the idea.

Wow! That’s exhaustive- and exhausting to write, I’d bet!

Here are the “new” things I have penciled in for our May trip so far, did not count updated things like Flying Fish, Star Tours and Soarin’ though we’re excited to see the changes:


  • Happily Ever After Terrace Dessert Party
  • Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Cafe
  • blahblahblahCanteen (Really what’s with these long restaurant names?) :grinning:
  • Pongu Pongu (that’s better!)
  • Raglan Road
  • Nomad Lounge
  • Ample Hills Creamery


  • The Void- Star Wars
  • Navi River Journey
  • Flight of Passage
  • Slinky Dog Dash
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Rivers of Light
  • March of the First Order
  • Star Wars a Galaxy Far Far Away
  • Star Wars Galactic Spectacular
  • Launch Bay
  • Frozen Ever After
  • Tree of Life Awakenings
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Holy moly, that’s a long list! Thanks so much!