Disney World is a group of theme and water parks located in Orlando in the southwestern suburb of Lake Buena Vista. They are renowned around the world for their magical offerings. Even though Disney World opened to the public in 1971, it continually undergoes expansion in order to bring new magical offerings in addition to the ones that already exist there.
So, even if you have previously been to Disney World, it may be that you missed out on the new attractions at Disney World, especially those that opened during the past few years. If you are planning a visit to Disney World soon, you will want to make sure to check out these new offerings.
Pandora – The World of Avatar
Pandora – The World of Avatar is located within the theme park of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. It was built in 2017 and is based on the movie, Avatar. This attraction is home to Disney World’s take on the fictional moon planet of Pandora from the Avatar movie. The unique features of Pandora that you can see at this attraction include floating mountains, alien wildlife, and bioluminescent plants.
There are two major attractions within the Pandora attraction that you will want to experience. The first one is Avatar Flight of Passage. This is basically a 3D flying simulator where you can ride on the back of a Pandora flying creature called a mountain banshee. Once you hop on one of these mountain banshees, you will feel like you are flying throughout the breathtaking landscapes of Pandora.
It is considered a rite of passage within the fictional Na’vi tribe of Pandora for each of its hunters to bond with his/her own mountain banshee once he/she has reached a certain age. The second major attraction within the Pandora attraction is called Na’vi River Journey. This is where you can go for a boat ride through the Kasvapan River of Pandora. You will travel through caves and bioluminescent rainforest.
Along the way, you will observe and hear the exotic plants and creatures on both sides of the river as well as overhead. You will also join the Na’vi Shaman of Songs who will sing a song in the Na’vi language to demonstrate her deep connection to the life force of Pandora. There are also two performances at Pandora that you may want to check out. The first one is Swotu Waya Na’vi Drum Ceremony.
This recreates the Na’vi tradition of performing a drum ceremony in a circle. The second performance is Pandora Utility Suite. This is where a Pandoran conservation scientist, dressed in a mech suit, interacts with guests and educates them about Pandora. A few Pandora themed restaurants and shops are available onsite including Satu’li Canteen, Pongu Pongu, and Windtraders.
Toy Story Land
Toy Story Land is located within the Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park. This attraction was built in 2018 and is based on the Toy Story movie series. There are some things I would like to mention. The first thing is the Character meet & greets where you can meet and interact with Toy Story characters including Sheriff Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Bo Peep, and Jessie.
You can find Buzz Lightyear near the Toy Story marquee, Sheriff Woody and Bo Peep outside of Toy Story Mania!, and Jessie outside of Alien Swirling Saucers. Then there is the Green Army Men Boot Camp. This is where you can go and participate in a variety of boot camp drills, games, and chants with Green Army Men.
Green Army Men also provide drum performances, using a variety of drums, as the Green Army Men Corps. Another thing to note is Alien Swirling Saucers. This is where you ride in a vehicle driven by one of Buzz’s little green aliens. As you ride around a toy playset of outer space in one of those vehicles, you will get whipped around.
This vehicle ride attraction is themed after the playset that the character, Andy, won at Pizza Planet in one of the Toy Story movies. These are just some things that you should check out at Toy Story Land. There are also two Toy Story inspired restaurants located onsite at Toy Story Land.
The first one, Woody’s Lunch Box, is already open. The second restaurant, Woody’s Roundup Rodeo BBQ, is set to open sometime this year.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
The newest attraction at Disney World is Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. This attraction is located within the Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park. Galaxy’s Edge was built last year and is based on the Star Wars movie series. The setting of Galaxy’s Edge is the village called Black Spire Outpost which is located on the wild frontier planet of Baluu. There are two major attractions at Galaxy’s Edge to note.
The first one is Star Wars: Millennium Falcon – Smugglers Run. Here, you will ride in a 6-seat motion simulator designed to resemble the iconic Millennium Falcom from the Star Wars movie series. You will be going on a smuggling mission during this ride. Each guest on this ride will be assigned a crew role for the smuggling mission.
The characters Hondo Ohnaka and Chewbacca will make an appearance during your smuggling mission. The smuggling mission is set between Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The second major attraction is Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. This attraction will draw you right into the middle of a major conflict between the Resistance and the First Order.
This is done by having four interworking ride systems in combination with Audio-Animatronics, practical sets, projection mapping, and screen-based media. This is one of the most complex and advanced attractions ever designed by Disney.
If you are looking for the iconic blue or green milk as seen in Star Wars, you can buy them at The Milk Stand. If you would like to create and buy your own custom lightsaber, head over to Savi’s Workshop.
You can go to Mubo’s Droid Depot to create and buy your own custom droid. There are multiple other Star Wars themed restaurants and shops onsite at Galaxy’s Edge such as Oga’s Cartina, Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo, and First Order Cargo.
These are the new attractions at Disney World that have opened during the past few years. So, you will want to make sure to check them out as soon as you pay a visit to Disney World. You can buy a Standard Theme Park Ticket for $104. That will allow you to visit one theme park within a day.
But, if you are planning on visiting multiple theme parks over multiple days, you will want to go with the 4-day Magic Ticket for $84.69 per day (or $338.77 per ticket). This will give you one theme park per day, allowing you to visit all four theme parks over four days. Either way, you can buy your Disney World tickets here.
If you are looking for additional attractions to go along with Disney World, you may want to check out this post as it walks through some places in Orlando that don’t have anything to do with theme and water parks at all. Also worth noting is that if you drive south for a little over six hours, you will reach Key West which is famous for being the southernmost city in the continental United States.
If you are looking for a place to stay overnight at as soon as you visit Disney World, I have you covered here. Here are the two hotels I would suggest you to book with. Both of these hotels are located in Lake Buena Vista southwest of Orlando, so that you can be close to Disney World.
Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
This resort hotel is located on Broadway in Orlando. This gorgeous resort hotel is inspired by historic Saratoga Springs, New York during the late 19th century. The resort hotel is designed in the Victorian architectural style. The resort hotel is split into multiple sections. They are The Springs, The Carousel, The Paddock, Congress Park, and The Grandstand. There are two main swimming pools at the resort hotel.
The first main pool is High Rock Spring Pool. This pool is home to gushing waterfalls. It is gorgeously decorated with rocks, boulders, and babbling brooks. It has a 128 foot long waterslide that is built into the rocks.
Also, if you find yourself hungry for a little something to eat, there is a poolside place called On the Rocks Pool Bar. The second main pool is The Paddock Pool. This pool has a 146 foot long waterslide that flows down to the pool from the water tower.
During your time at this pool, you can buy something to eat from The Paddock Grill. In addition to these two main pools, there are three smaller, leisure pools throughout the resort hotel. Along with the pools are multiple hot tubs. There are jogging trails, basketball and tennis courts, and a fitness center available onsite to use. Golfers should check out Disney’s Lake Buena Vista Golf Course, located onsite.
Those looking for a place to play games can head to Win, Place or Show Arcade and the Community Hall. Campfires and outdoors movie nights are also onsite activities worth considering. If you are looking for a restaurant to dine at and/or a bar for an alcoholic drink, there are multiple options.
The Turf Club Bar & Grill, The Artist’s Palette, and The Paddock Grill are a few options. Senses – A Disney Spa is the place where you can go for massages or other spa treatments at the resort hotel.
There are a few categories of accommodation options. They are Studios, Villas, and Treehouse Villas. There are a wide range of options for which breathtaking views you would like to have, depending on which accommodation option you choose to sleep in. Studios will offer mini refrigerators and microwaves.
Villas and Treehouse Villas will offer full kitchens, living and dining rooms, and separate bedrooms. WiFi will be available in all the accommodation options. The average rate for a standard room range from $358 to $1,178. You can head here to explore your booking options and/or view some photos.
Holiday Inn Orlando – Disney Springs Area
This hotel is located on Hotel Plaza Boulevard in Orlando. There is an onsite restaurant located at the hotel known as Palm Breezes Restaurant. If you are looking for an onsite bar to have an alcoholic drink, you can head to Palm Breezes Bar & Lounge. There is an outdoor heated swimming pool and hot tub onsite. There is a fitness center available for you to use 24 hours per day.
All of the hotel rooms are designed in contemporary decor with refreshing earth tones. There is WiFi, mini refrigerators, microwaves, and coffee makers in every hotel room. The average rate for a standard room range from $153 to $294. You can go here to book your stay and/or check out some photos.
What are your thoughts? Are you looking to check out the new attractions as soon as you visit Disney World? Feel free to leave a comment here.