Top 10 New Additions Coming to Walt Disney World Resort

This year is shaping up to be unforgettable for visitors coming to the Central Florida area. In addition to the new Reign of Kong themed area coming soon to Universal's Islands of Adventure and the two new coasters coming to SeaWorld Orlando (Mako) and Busch Gardens (Cobra's Curse), multiple new attractions, shows, delectable dining options, and signature shopping locations will debut at the Walt Disney World Resort. Let's take a look back at what was announced.

Here are the top reasons to start packing your bags for a Walt Disney World vacation:

1. Light Up The Night With “Rivers of Light” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Disney’s Animal Kingdom will come alive at night with new nighttime entertainment and experiences, the most spectacular being the “Rivers of Light” show debuting this spring. With a waterway as its stage, the innovative new show will feature entertainers, floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery in a performance that truly brings the animal kingdom to life at night.

2. Explore Kilimanjaro Safaris at Night

Starting in spring, guests will get to experience the African savanna at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in a whole new light: amid the orange glow of the setting sun. During the nighttime adventure, guests can extend their travels on the safaris into the evening.

3. Dine at Tiffin’s at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

The parks’ newest eatery will open its doors this spring to offer a menu inspired by the places the Imagineers traveled to when developing Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Open for both lunch and dinner, Tiffin’s will celebrate the art of traveling and include waterfront views from both indoor and outdoor seating areas. “Tiffin” is an Indian English word meaning midday meal or type of container used to carry food while traveling.

4. Soarin’ Around The World at Epcot

Guests onboard the popular Soarin’ attraction will journey to far-flung lands and fly above some of the world’s most unique natural landscapes and man-made wonders when the new Soarin’ Around the World makes its debut at Epcot in 2016.

 5. Experience Frozen Ever After at Epcot

The new “Frozen”-inspired attraction will open its doors in the Norway pavilion at Epcot in spring. In it, guests will be transported to the Winter in Summer Celebration where Queen Elsa creates a special day for the kingdom. Guests also will travel to Elsa’s Ice Palace, the ice-blue world of the North Mountain, and the Bay of Arendelle.

6. Stop By The New Frozen Character Greeting Location at Epcot
Guests can meet the royal sisters Anna and Elsa at Epcot at a new character greeting location in the Royal Sommerhus at the Norway pavilion starting in spring.

7. Try New Shopping and Dining Offerings at Disney Springs

Disney Springs will continue to grow in 2016, with plans to add new eateries including STK steakhouse, The Edison, Sprinkles, Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza, as well as two new restaurant concepts by chefs Art Smith and Rick Bayless.

Additionally, the opening of Town Center will bring some new, must-do retail shops to Disney Springs, including Edward Beiner, Lilly Pulitzer, L’Occitane en Provence, PANDORA, Tommy Bahama, UGG, UNIQLO, and Zara.

8. Enjoy Walt Disney World’s Springtime Event
Epcot will be in full bloom this spring when the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, with its colorful topiaries and dozens of Outdoor Kitchens, returns for 90 days starting March 2 through May 30, the longest the festival has ever run.

9. Celebrate The Invictus Games at ESPN Wide World of Sports
The Invictus Games will come to the United States for the first time ever in 2016. The games celebrate our wounded servicemen and women from around the world competing in a variety of sports events at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex May 8-12.

10. More Surprises to Come
Of course, there will still be many more new experiences coming to the Walt Disney World Resort later this year, but details have not been shared with the general public yet. Just wait and see...

PHOTOS: © 2016 Walt Disney Parks & Resorts. All Rights Reserved.


  1. The Flower and Garden Festival runs March 2 through May 15. That makes 75 days, not 90. If it is 90 days, what are the correct dates?

  2. Thank you for reporting the discrepancy, Anonymous. The press release was wrong. The 2016 Flower & Garden Festival will run through May 30.

  3. I'm curious to see what will happen to the former Innoventions West. Too big to leave empty, I think.

  4. you really ran out after number 6 didn't you, 10 isn't even a thing lol

    but the first 6 do sound pretty good

  5. My favorite new addition in the top 10 list is number 10.
    More new experiences coming. Wait and see. Great new addition!

  6. I can't wait to see new rides at Disney World For November 2016! It's awesome! With My Magicband!


Powered by Blogger.